Coming from a fine art background I tend to be very fascinated by conceptual work. It took me a long time to start to understand the context of what fine art is and how simple or complex can be. It is commonly misunderstood and often overlooked especially with the growing interest and demand in commercial photography. To say I even fully understand it now would be nothing short of a lie, but I believe we should all open our minds to the confounding world of fine art. Nicholas Scarpinato knows how to construct some rather engaging work. [more]
Joshua Chuang, associate curator of photography and digital media at the Yale University Art Gallery, created a photography exhibit ‘Best of 2012′ list for Art in America magazine. While many of these are over, some can still be seen (but hurry, some end as soon as Monday!). Check to see if they’re in your area… [more]
Jaroslav Monchak has such an incredible eye for finding the beauty in women. His work has a sort of timeless essence to it that draws you in deeper than the surface of the image. To me it creates a state of mind that can only be visually achieved through images like his own. I hope his work inspires you to go out and shoot. Most of his shots are not technical equipment wise and can be achieved with a ff camera and a 85mm,(most of his work appears to be on a 85mm). Just get yourself a model, a concept, and go shoot. [more]
I woke up this morning to an iPhone picture from my dad. It was a picture of a wall that said “Mario Testino In Your Face.” Ok dad, you did it, I am intrigued. Upon further investigation my dad and my little sister had gone to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to check out the exhibit today and told me it was amazing. Well I live exactly 2,725.2 miles from the MFA, so I had to just do some online research for myself. If you live in the New England area though, this looks like an amazing exhibit you don’t want to miss.
Alright, just when I thought he couldn’t do anything more amazing, he proves me wrong, way wrong. If you have seen any sort of sports portraits, they usually do something different then your normal portrait. Adding cool lighting effects, lots of post work ect, not Wyn. His story for this shoot is a must read and great advice for anyone wanting to blow away their competition in their town. The way Wyn went about getting this all organized, shot, and edited is a pure masterpiece. [more]
When shooting a photograph, aside from the technical aspects I believe the most important roll of portrait photography is what are you trying to convey to your audience. What mood are you setting? Whether it be comical, tragic, romantic, ect… This is important since you are essentially telling a story with someone’s actions or expressions.(This is probably why we are all drawn to B&W shots of homeless people).By using light, shape, color, or movement of the body we can emphasize these expressions. [more]
More young people are getting into photography every single day. Luckly, not everyone with a phone and Instagram thinks they are photographers. Marcus Bitsch is one of those young kids who picked up a real camera and starting creating awesome images. From floating with bubble gum to being out in the middle of the ocean with nothing, he covers all sorts of locations in his current 365 project and he is doing very well with it. [more]
To have an eye for fine art requires a special kind of talent. Nicolas Ruel does a fantastic job of creating unique photographs that capture the essence of a city in his “8 Seconds” project. For all of his images within the project, he sets the camera to an 8 second exposure and changes perspective mid shot. This lets him capture a layering effect in a single shot.
Tara Minshull is a rather successful fine art photographer based in Los Angeles who specializes in conceptual and cinematic images, oftentimes utilizing mixed media to realize her vision. Tara was kind enough to give us some of her time for an interview, in which she discusses the merits of art school, her motivations and the constantly evolving themes of her work. [more]
The incredibly young and talented, Joey L. has released a new documentary that was shot while shooting his intimate series of photos, ‘Holy Men’. Set in the breathtaking backdrop of India, the documentary filmed by Cale Glendening shows Joey while at work with his assistant Ryan, but more importantly proves that capturing an amazing portrait isn’t just about the latest gear or technique, but truly the subject.
Miriam Bohm has a unique way of capturing and displaying her pictures. After photographing an object or scene, she will print and sculpt it into an eye catching display. Instead of stopping there and hanging it on a wall, she repeats the process several times, leaving the viewer with a final photograph which captures an extra sense of dimension and light play.
Raphael Guarino is a brilliant fine art photographer from Grafenau, Germany. Ive always been a fan of simplicity, and I think Raphael does a great job of exploiting that. Although most of his work is shot on a black background and lit with what seems to be one light source, he really seems to grab your attention with such subtle new nuances. I hope you enjoy his work as much as i do. [more]
Vinny Picardi is a successful fine art and advertising photographer based in Los Angeles, CA, who has exhibited work all over the country and around the world. I recently came across Vinny’s work and I have to say that I’m a pretty big fan, so I thought it would be interesting to share not only just a photo series with our readers, but also to take some time to ask a few questions to get inside the head of a successful fine art photographer. [more]
Hengki Koentjoro has quite the delicate eye for black and white fine art photography. His images have such a subtle and simple subject matter yet to me are very powerful. I would guess most of these images were shot on film due to the organic nature and grain to them. “He acquired his knowledge of multimedia production at brooks institute of photography, Santa Barbara, California, USA. Majoring in video production with minoring in fine art of photography, he graduated in 1991. Photography is not just a way of expressing his most inner soul but also creating a window to the world where through his pictures the unseen and the unspoken can be grasped. [more]
Terry Richardson is pretty much the biggest name in celebrity portraiture, and his recent batch of photos of 30 Seconds to Mars musician and actor Jared Leto are really interesting. Leto is preparing for his upcoming role in The Dallas Buyers Club as a transgender struggling with aids, and Richardson did an excellent job capturing that character. [more]