An article about why we need vision in photography and how to make your art personal.
I was asked many questions about vision lately by my students and other fellow photographers, and I would like to address these questions and talk about the concept of vision in photography again and also share some tips on how you can make your art personal, meaning original. With this article, I’m starting a series of articles dedicated to vision and creativity and how to use them to create photography that can stir emotion in the viewer.
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As you know I’m often talking about vision, about art and what pushes us to create. I have done it extensively in my book and my new video tutorial, and I am doing it in almost every article I write, every workshop I teach or every lesson with my mentoring students.
How vision in photography can help you create and not emulate?
Why do I talk about vision in photography?
I’m talking about vision because I believe that vision is the most important ingredient of art. Further, in this series, I will tell you why I think like this and why I believe you should start Continue reading →
I have to state from the beginning, this is not a “How to” article. This is not a problem-solving article, in the true sense of the word, but more a philosophical one, of the type of me discussing with you about art and fine art photography, over a glass of wine, by the fireplace, on a cold winter night, or over a cup of hot coffee, depending on the taste.
Between us, I do think philosophizing now and then can solve a lot of problems and give many answers, when it comes to art and fine art photography, but that might be just me and my meditative nature when it comes to art.
So, if you want something practical, you may want to stop reading and do something else instead. Or wait for my next tutorial that I am writing now, and that I felt the need to interrupt so I can get a bit philosophical. I’ll publish the tutorial very soon if you don’t want to miss it you can subscribe and will receive it by email. But if you want to hear me meditating about art and fine art photography, you’re welcome, and I always like good company in these reflective moments. So, if you’re still around, pour yourself a nice glass of wine (or a hot cup of coffee) and let’s chat…
WHERE DOES ART START?
WHEN YOU THINK AND FEEL DIFFERENTLY…
I think this is where art starts. I think this is when we feel the need to express ourselves when the way we look at the world is different than how others look at it, and we see and feel this difference. That is the moment when we feel the need to show this difference to the others, we want to communicate it to them because we are excited about what we see and feel and we need to externalize it.
ART AS A WAY OF COMMUNICATING: SHARING YOUR WORK WITH OTHERS
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 →
Visualization, Pre-Visualization, Post-Visualization and VISION. What are they and why vision comes first?
I will explain all these terms and the relation among them in this article, by talking about Visualization versus Vision, two very important concepts and phases of the creative process in photography.
I’m starting with an image I created a couple of years ago in Athens in a very inspiring place, the hill of Areopagus, one of the most symbolic places in this city full of symbolism. This image is a combination of vision and visualization and if you read the article till the end you will see what I mean.
(Pre) Visualization – Ansel Adams
Many of you may be familiar with the term Pre-visualization or simply Visualization. The term Pre-visualization was attributed to Ansel Adams (see here a Pinterest collection I created with Ansel Adam’s best photographs), but in reality he never talks about “pre-visualization” but simply about “visualization”. The term and concept of visualization was made popular by Ansel Adams but its history is even longer. Ansel Adams discusses it for the first time in 1927 and then he uses it throughout his long career. He writes about visualization in the first book of his trilogy: “The Camera”, but he talks about it repeatedly also in the next two books: “The Negative”, “The Print”. I warmly recommend you to read this trilogy. Even if it Continue reading →
Fine Art Street Photography is a new photography style and a new concept too.
Just like (en)Visionography, fine art street photography shows my approach to photography, this time to street photography, one of my other big loves in photography, next to architecture and black and white in general.
As an example of this new style I’m working on, I present my new image “Nightly Love in Paris”. I shot this image in Paris while I was there for my black and white fine art architectural workshop. It is a still night shot and it shows how lively this city is even at night and how people love and enjoy each other and the night life on the streets of Paris. For me, this is one of the magic things about this city. This image shows how I see street photography – I see it as fine art street photography.
What is Street Photography – Henri Cartier-Bresson and the “Decisive Moment”
A tutorial about the creation of the image – Vision and black and white post processing Exuberance I
This is the first time I am publicly posting this image. You can also see it my book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography, together with many other images I never posted publicly. These images can be seen only in the book, being created especially for it. You can find details about the creation and processing of this and many others in the book.
It was not a long exposure this time. I shoot handheld once in a while and especially when there are no clouds or water in my frame or when the subject is enough to create the image itself.
This is an image of a bridge I love and whose realization I followed closely from the first to the last moment of its construction.
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With the first of the postulates of enVisionography I am starting a new series, that will include my thoughts, other ideas I admire, tips and short pieces of advice regarding VISION and how to create your personal photography – (en)Visionography.
Vision is such a difficult concept to explain, a concept I analyze in depth in my (en)Visionography workshops, but I’ll try here to make it easy for everyone to understand it and help you find your own personal VISION and how to express it in your photography to create something more than photography, to create photography based on YOUR own personal vision, your (en)Visionography.
I had started this series a while ago as the “The Postulates of Vision” but the series name slowly transformed into “The Postulates of (en)Visionography”.
WHY POSTULATES OF enVISIONOGRAPHY?
The main reason is because these thoughts have become more and more deep and extended and they are not only related to vision anymore, but to a wider expression of it, to what I call (en)Visionography, which is a personal kind of fine art photography, a photography about the artist much more than a photography about the subject he photographs. This is the base concept of (en)Visionography and with these postulates I want to make it easy to understand so others can use in their process of creation what I discovered and what helps me find photography so fulfilling and such a great tool for expressing my artistic self.
More thoughts will come after this first. They will be enunciated in the form of postulates, in a concise form so they are as clear as possible, and I hope they will give you inspiration and help you get deeper in interpreting your photography and creating a personal fine art photography, which is what I call (en)Visionography.
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THE FIRST POSTULATE OF (en)VISIONOGRAPHY
“Inspiration is not to be found outside, but inside yourself”
What you see in the outside world is only a pretext for you to feel something about what you see and be inspired to translate it into images by using vision. So, next time you will Continue reading →