Art is a great tool to question the world, to challenge it, to change its traditional structure, to change its preconceptions. Art is a great tool to challenge yourself, to explore yourself and to push yourself to evolve. Art is a great tool to change the status quo of the world. But in order to challenge the status quo of the world through art, you need to start by challenging the status quo in art itself.
In this tutorial, I will show how to create a fine art photograph of Empire State Building
Urban Saga II – Empire State of Light
ESB – The symbol of New York City. This is the way I see it.
The Story of the Image
In my new black and white fine art image in the series “Urban Saga”, Urban Saga II -Empire State of Light, I aim to show one of the symbols of New York City in a way that suits my idea about this city and the way it makes me feel.
Here is a quote from Tom Wolfe, that I totally agree with, because it is very close to what I think about this city and how I feel about it.
“One belongs to New York instantly, one belongs to it as much in five minutes as in five years.”
– Tom Wolfe
If you ask me what is my favorite city in the world I will always hesitate between Paris and NYC. I think a combination of both would fit my personality perfectly and would solve my dilemma about which city to mention first when I am asked which is my favorite one. A combination of both cities would be for me a combination of history and modernity, of Continue reading →
Fine art architectural street photography as a new direction in photography
Waves of Imagination – Agora, Athens Olympic Center
This is my last fine art architectural street photograph that I shot during my previous private photography workshop. These days I’m working with another student in Athens and, like every time I work with my photography students, I’m thinking again how lucky and grateful I am to be working with such interesting people at my workshops. It is amazing to see how every artist has his own style and artistic personality and to be able to help them develop it.
The image Waves of Imagination (you can see it at the link in better quality and larger size) is part of the genre I presented recently as fine art street photography , it is also an Continue reading →
Living your photography. When can you part with your images?
Urban Saga I – Deepest Secret – Chicago Skyline
“Here is the deepest secret nobody knows.
Here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud…”
– e. e. cummings –
Use your imagination in fine art photography
Imagination is one of the most important things in art and implicitly, one of the most important ingredients of black and white fine art photography. In this article I will talk about how I use imagination in my work and generally how to use imagination in fine art photography, especially black and white fine art photography, in order to create (en)Visionography, and I will study this based on my new image EQUIVALENTS II (you can order prints at this link)
This long exposure image is a new addition to my series EQUIVALENTS, a black and white fine art series where I intend to deal with more complex volumes and relations among them than what I’ve done in the past, where I aim to investigate a new direction and add some new nuances to my work.
WHY THE CREATIVE PROCESS IN PHOTOGRAPHY TAKES TIME – THE CREATION OF EQUIVALENTS I – Pennzoil Pl., Houston, TX
The creative process in photography – How important this process is?
Equivalents I (Pennzoil Place, Houston TX – Arch. Phillip Johnson) is the start of a new black and white fine art series and maybe a new direction in my work, a direction not so minimalist as before, with more complex subjects and relations among them. As always, my creative process in photography is based on my interpretation of the world, my images are born from my experiences and what I do is to tell my stories through them. I tell my stories through black, white and shades of gray, through lines and shapes. Every tone in my images means something, every line, every accent, contrast or the lack of it.
HOMAGE TO ALFRED STIEGLITZ
This is why I call this series Equivalents and I mean it as an homage to Alfred Stieglitz, the one who used this word for the first time in the beginning of 20th Century to create the first abstract photography series, when he shot more than 200 photographs of clouds, Continue reading →
The black and white fine art video tutorial – Fluid Time V is a “making of” tutorial about how I created the image Fluid Time V – Aligning Paths
In this tutorial I present my vision for this image and for the series whose part it is, I analyze the composition of the image and I make a general presentation of the way I processed it with my method Photography Drawing (PhtD). More than just processing, this is a presentation of what happens from when the first idea is born till the finished image is ready to be delivered.
Here is also a link to the same video on VIMEO.
How to create an award-winning series of photographs
This is an insight into how I conceive, compose and process my black and white fine art images to create award-winning series. An overview of how to create (en)Visionography and how to process with Photography Drawing (PhtD) to create images that match your inner world as artists.
More details about how I create my photographs you can find in the book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography with co-author Joel Tjintjelaar and my recently released video tutorial and processing eBook Long Exposure, Architecture, Fine Art Photography – Creating (en)Visionography Continue reading →