Sony Cyber shot DSC QX10 and DSC QX100 demo. Clever.
With the increasing ubiquity of photographers and photographs, it was only a question of time before the fine art community posed the question: “What is a Photograph?” Interesting article from the nytimes about redefining photography in the modern age. Another semantics battle methinks: more for the benefit of curators and collectors who need to put things in quantifiable boxes with neat labels for financial reasons. Creators just want to create – others want to define.
Link: With Cameras Optional, New Directions in Photography – NYTimes.com.
Portrait of my niece © Sean Hayes
Many of you have remarked how my photography work reminds them of oil paintings by the old masters. I always take these remarks as the greatest of compliments because I have a deep love of painting and painters and have spent many years studying, in detail, how they handle light and composition to create their masterpieces. In fact, I would highly recommend that any aspiring photographer take a course in life drawing, painting and/or the history of art to improve their photographic skills. Learning how to “see” is essential to mastering any visual medium, and the old masters were masterful at understanding how light and composition combine to create sublime imagery: photography is no different. One painter that I am particularly interested in at the moment, is the German Symbolist and Art Nouveau artist, Franz Von Stuck (1863-1928). I admire his draughtsmanship and dramatic use of light. I am particularly enamoured with his rather formal portrait work; beautiful profiles with ornate textural clothing. The portrait above, of my niece Ashling, is heavily influenced by Von Stuck’s approach to light and composition. Below, is a painting by Von Stuck, called, Cinderella. The Symbolists were heavily influenced by mythology and romanticism; a perfect theme to portray the emerging beauty of my niece.
Cinderella © Franz Von Stuck
Absolutely delighted to have received a 2nd place for my image “The Butcher of Bruxelles” in the ‘People’ section of the 2013 Mobile Photography Awards. Congrats to all the winners and honorable mentions in all categories. Gratifying to see the quality of the work of fellow mobile photographers continue to excel year after year. Please check out the other categories and prepared to be amazed at the sheer artistry of the work awarded. Mobile photography truly comes of age. Congratulations to Dan Berman and his MPA team for organisng and ajudicating a sophisticated and quality photographic competition of global proportions. No mean feat.
Link to competition winners: 2013 Mobile Photography Awards People Category Winners | The Mobile Photography Awards.