Saturday, June 17, 2017

Simple Advices on Composition in Photography.

Photography is not about an expected result.

When you visit a photo gallery and see just the same thing that you’ve expected, it’s not interesting. Every great photograph is something unexpected, it is always a discovery. You see a person or an event from the other side. You can see some details that you’ve never noticed before. You can gain a new point of view on many things.

Principles of composition in photography are absolutely the same as in painting. We need a hero. And we need to know what happens to our hero. So we need a story.

The viewers begin to empathize with our flat image when something happens with our hero.

He is struggling with something... He is committed to something… He’s running from something… It seems like there's something on his mind…  The viewer should empathize with our hero.

 We believe in a flat image, when the elements in the frame tell us a story.

There are styles of photography (such as abstract or landscape photography), where it’s not so easy to discover an obvious hero or a story. The viewer could enjoy these styles of photography for the correct composition and/or beautiful colors. This is another area of photography.

You analyze the photograph by answering questions such as: who is doing something, what is he doing, where is he.

You need to define the foreground and the background of the image.
Remember that the viewer’s eye will read the image from left to right.
If you found a beautiful background, choose the appropriate object.
If you found the great object, choose the appropriate background.

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Friday, June 16, 2017

The 21st Week of 2017 in Photos “Windflowers”.

Anemone flowers are commonly called windflowers ("anemone" comes from the Greek word which means "the wind's daughter").

 I noticed that they liked to twist even without wind.

Anemone flowers could symbolize many things in different cultures:
- protection against evil,
- fairies,
- the approach of storm (when their petals are closed) and so on.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

The 20th Week of 2017 in Photos “Spring in the City”

Spring means different things to different people.
 It can mean rebirth and the beginning of something new in our life.

It can mean vivid colors and sweet smell of the first flowers.

It can mean joy. 

It can mean love.

Spring in the city
I saw a crocus blooming in the park,
I felt a hint of magic in the air,
I heard faint music sighing everywhere,
And so, as all the world, grew softly dark –

I found again the hope that never dies,
And hungrily, with out-flung arms, I came
Once more to you. And when you spoke my name
I read springtime eternal in your eyes!
Margaret E. Sangster

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

The 19th Week of 2017 in Photos “Now This Is Spring”

“What a strange thing!to be alivebeneath cherry blossoms.”                                                                         Kobayashi Issa 

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”
                                                                                            Anais Nin 

“It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart.”                                                                      Rainer Maria Rilke

“Can words describe the fragrance of the very breath of spring?”                                                                         Neltje Blanchan

“That is one good thing about this world...there are always sure to be more springs.”                                            L.M. Montgomery

“May is green and pink and red.”                                                                           Richard L. Ratliff

“The world's favorite season is the spring, All things seem possible in May.”                                                                            Edwin Way Teale 

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

The 18th Week of 2017 in Photos “Butterflies Around You.”

A decoration.

“Metamorphosis has always been the greatest symbol of change for poets and artists. Imagine that you could be a caterpillar one moment and a butterfly the next”.  
                                                                    Louie Schwartzberg
Buterflies on the bed linen.
Butterflies on the bed linen.

The metamorphosis of the butterfly, from the ugly caterpillar to the beautiful butterfly has inspired people for many years.

A coaster.
The butterfly has always been an inspiration for culture, art and fashion.

A book illustration.
Butterflies symbolize different things to different cultures.

A butterfly on the note-book.

Usually butterflies represent change and transformation.

Butterflies on the linen fabric.

And if you look around, you will discover that there are many butterflies around you in your common things.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

The 17th Week of 2017 in Photos “Shades of Green.”

After the white color of winter and the grey color of the off-season we could enjoy the green color of spring.

There are many varieties of the color green: dark and light green, forest and moss green, pine and tea green, olive and avocado, army and bottle green, sea green and emerald, so on.

“Green is the soul of Spring. Summer may be dappled with yellow, Autumn with orange and Winter with white but Spring is drenched with the colour green.”                                                                                   Paul F. Kortepeter

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises”.                                                                                  Pedro Calderon de la Barca

“For in the true nature of things, if we rightly consider, every green tree is far more glorious than if it were made of gold and silver”. 
                                                                                 Martin Luther

“Green how I want you green. Green wind. Green branches”. 
                                                                               Federico Garcia Lorca

“The grass always seems greener on the other side of the fence”. 

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

The 16th Week of 2017 in Photos “Mannequins.”

“In the 1920s, realistic dolls with sculpted wax heads and glass eyes became “mannequins” as we know them today.

Why do we love mannequins? Are we looking at them? Or are they looking at us?
 We love them covered in dust or wearing the clothes from the last fashion collection. Some of them make us laugh. Some of them touch our hearts. Perhaps you even feel the sadness.

Artists, crafters and florists are experimenting with diverse poses for mannequins, their sizes and colors for all kinds of creative projects.

“A mannequin can be a tool, but it also enables the artist to manipulate the emotions or reactions of the viewer. There are all sorts of stories of artists and mannequins cohabiting a studio; both in literature and art, such as The Tales of Hoffmann. A man would fall in love with an inanimate mannequin... But later in the 19th century, the paintings suggest a more troubled relationship; a relationship that isn't defined.”                                                                                             Jane Munro

“In the same way mannequins resemble people, fiction resembles life”.                                                                                            Marty Rubin

“Models are there to look like mannequins, not like real people. Art and illusion are supposed to be fantasy”.                                                                                              Grace Jones

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The 15th Week of 2017 in Photos “The Art of Sumi-e.”

"A flower and a ladybug" by E. Zevakina

Sometimes you just have to get away from the routine of your everyday life. It doesn’t have to be a long vacation. It can just be any workshop.
I decided to take a workshop on sumi-e. I can’t draw or paint, but I want to find a new source of creativity.
A workshop on sumi-e.

The brush painting originated in China many centuries ago and spread to Japan where it became known as sumi-e. “Sumi” means ink and “e” means picture. The sumi-e instruments are: a brush, ink, ink stone and rice paper.
This form of art is more about the ability to capture the spirit of nature rather than a photographic likeness.

"Flowers" by E. Zevakina

 Elena Zevakina is a sumi-e artist from Chelyabinsk, Russia. She has been practicing sumi-e for 7 years and teaching in Russia for about 3. She says that sumi-e gives you harmony, helps to cope with stress and helps to learn new ways to artistically express yourself.

A sumi-e artist E.Zevakina with a young student.

You don’t have to have done any kind of art to start learning sumi-e.
Many people take it for the fun and for the meditative process.
During the workshop.

During the workshop you receive the information about the history of this art form, its technique. You discover the wonderful joy of studying brush painting. After the workshop you are able to create your own piece of sumi-e art.

Understanding the sumi-e technique.

Creating a piece of sumi-e art.

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