Archive for the ‘Photography’ Category

Memorial Photography – Inspiration from Cemeteries

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I recently came across a gallery with an exhibition I thought quite interesting. It was a collection of different artists work, but what made the collection interesting was that it was a collection of fine art photographs of cemetery and memorial art from different parts of the world.

Some of the cemeteries were in Paris, others in the United States, in Milan, Genova and even from Moscow. The photographs were truly emotional and believe it or not, I did feel inspired. You would think that it would be morbid, but it is more nostalgic, beautiful, sensitive, solitary and awe inspiring.

What makes an artist look to portray this type of art? It may be his need to portray the solitary existence of man, and the knowledge that in the end we all face the same fate. It is a form of poetry, and of salvation, and maybe even transcendence. Whatever it is, it is beauty. Although this type of exhibit may seem morbid, it is more of a sentimental journey and should be witnessed by all.

Enjoy art – Sit, meditate, listen and look

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

The world seems to be coming to a fresh new awakening. Many people are now realizing that there are many things in this world well worth taking a second look at, and most of those things have nothing to do with possessions. In fact, many wealthy people seem to be stopping in their tracks and taking a long hard look at their life. What’s causing this? Believe it or not, but art is causing this, art in literature, and art in the visual arts world. Artists are teaching us to sit, meditate, listen and look.

They are teaching us that even flowers are intrinsically beautiful, but also well grounded, full of strength and demonstrate the beauty in the world that we have forgotten. Artists are now showing us that if we will take just a moment each day to look at nature in its simplest form, the flower, we can come back to ourselves and become centered in our world again. All we have to do is take the time to observe the simplest things in nature, and allow it to seep into our skin, our mind and our being. Suresh expresses this vision of many of today’s artists.

Inspiration from Animals – Back to Our Origins

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Ashes and Snow by the renowned Canadian photographer, Gregory Colbert. This audiovisual is a moving museum with 50 astounding photographs a 60 minute film and two short films, that once you begin watching you will be taken on a magical journey through humanity and animal life. You will live this show with an intense wonder at the magic of life in all its forms. The exhibit opened in 2002 in Venice and has been traveling all around the world receiving public acclaim wherever it goes. It has traveled throughout Europe, United States and North America. It reverberates with the strength of nature, and the perfection of creation. We are reminded of the thin thread that divides mankind and animals.

Among some of the titles of the works are “Dreaming amongst lions” and “Learning from the Falcons” The images are truly unbelievable and unique, and if the exhibit is near you, this is one of those “once in a lifetime” exhibits. The book of Ashes and Snow is also on the market, if you never got to see the exhibit and well worth reading.

Ashes and Snow brings us back to our “Origins,” when we were one with the animals. If we learn to observe our surroundings, listen to others in our surroundings we will be able to coexist with the elements as we were once able to do. Our essence would be reborn, and we could rejoice with nature and obtain eternal harmony.

Black and White is More Emotional

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Rodney Smith - Black and White PhotographWhen you go into a museum or when you go to a photography show, which photos draw your attention? It’s usually the black and white photos that interest you more and a lot of photographers prefer to work in black and white film.

Have you ever wondered why photographers work in Black and White? The truth is that once they have finished with their magic and have used the right lighting, the right editing and photo enhancement techniques, black and white photos tend to stand out more, be more defined, sharper and in some ways define the artists feelings better than color images. Black and white photos seem to make angles starker and define contrasts better. Lets take the work of Rodney Smith. This photographer, does many photos in black and white . If you look at his work, you will notice that it is much more arresting than when photographers take the same type of image in color.

What is the reason for this? It’s hard to say why black and white takes seem more interesting than color images. It may have to do with the way light is reflected better in black and white or it may have to do with the artist’s creativity.

What is Digital Art?

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

What is Digital ArtToday there is actually more than one category in the digital art field, digital photography, digital painting, and darkroom effects. Of course many digital artists combine several digital categories when creating their digital art.

In digital photography the artist uses a digital camera and then uses image editing software to create special effects or manipulate their images.

In digital painting, the artist has even more freedom and combines images and a lot of manipulation and color to create his image. Here the artist usually creates his artwork totally on the computer using painting software.

3D art work – this type of work is usually done using programs that give the image a three dimensional look

These are the basics to digital art but there are many sub categories to this type of art. Because this is a relatively new medium, there are many areas to grow in and the field is still implementing and taking on new techniques. This is a truly unusual and beautiful art style.

Photo: Platinum Image Conception Studio

Art and Science – Photography

Friday, April 11th, 2008

Photo Clouds ReflectedDo art and science go together? Most will say “NO” that the two are different worlds, but lets consider the art of photography. Would photography exist without science? Could professional photographers be as creative if they had no knowledge of the physics involved in photography? The answer to these questions is “NO”

Photography is not just an art form, it is also a science. Most photographers don’t just take a pretty picture and it is as simple as that, in fact, most photography is based on scientific knowledge.  Photography could not exist without the sciences of chemistry and physics.

In order for a photographer to be a master at his art he must know the mechanics of the camera and how light and dynamics affect the photograph. He should also know what chemicals work in the development of the photograph. In fact science affects most aspects of the photographic process.

Professional photographers know about composition, how light affects a subject, the speed and aperture of the lens that is needed to take the right photograph, and the film speed that is needed in certain shots. All of these are scientific elements, and every photographer that is worth his salt as an artist must also be well versed in the science of his art form.

Photo: Cloud Appreciation Society

Photography in advertising

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Photo advertisementTalent in photography is also seen in advertisements. The pictures are perfect with the model or product looking more appealing than maybe their original form. The photographer’s talent and creativity come to the fore in portraying the product in the most attractive way. It is the photographer’s talent and his perception that creates this vision for the observer to be taken up with and this sells the product more than anything else.

Whatever the method of creating a beautiful picture it is the artists and photographers work that makes it happen.

Photography – profiles

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

Penelope Cruz“Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder” is very true to the profiles that are required by upcoming models and actors. To get noticed by agents, advertisers, producers and movie makers the first attraction would be the visual impact. What you look like in the photos is what the photographer makes of the portraits. With technical gizmos and digital photography he can work wonders on the original package and present a flawless one to the viewer. Skin, figure, and attitude come alive with beauty and aplomb on the celluloid. This gives the job producer confidence in his protégée at least where the appearance is concerned.

The photographer

Friday, December 28th, 2007

Photo retro style ItalyThe photographer is an artist in his own rights, who can see a myriad dimensions through his lens. He can create his own invention with his techniques or portray the original effect if he desires. The modern day equipment gives a lot of leverage to the photographer who can play with his photos and give them a magnitude of proportions to suit the mood and the requirement. The photographer is a creative artist with a flair for imagination which he uses with a particular image. He can change things according to the prerequisite of the use of the photo.

As Ansel Adams says ‘In my minds eye I visualize how a particular … sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense an ability that comes from a lot of practice.’


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