Like a Harp’s Strings I – Overture – Calatrava Bridge Athens Greece
Limited edition print by Julia Anna Gospodarou
Limited edition series have a set number of 22 prints + 2 AP, covering all sizes and mediums.
You will be one of the only 22 people in the world who own a print in this limited edition series.
About the photograph
The photograph in this print is part of the multiple-award-winning Like a Harp’s Strings series. The images in this series have been photographed in Athens Greece and they depict the Santiago Calatrava Bridge.
The photograph was shot in Athens Greece and was first published in March 2012.
Like a Harp’s Strings is a series of photographs speaking about music, architecture, wind, clouds, and beauty. The series is a study of an elegant cable-stayed bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava in Athens, presented as an imaginary Concert for Harp in five parts and one Encore, played on one instrument only, the cables of the bridge itself seen as strings. Many of the bridges designed by Calatrava remind of instruments with strings, and his organic architectural style instills in the mind of the viewer the idea of harmony and music. The elegance of the shapes, the structural characteristics of most of his bridges that are cable-stayed, the asymmetrical shape of the suspending element, all remind of rhythm, detail, sounds, music.
Considering that a shape can be associated in the mind of the viewer with sounds, the aim of the composition was to capture the shape of the bridge every time from a different angle with the aim to create a symbolic orchestra made of different kinds of harps, each time different, but every time emphasizing the element that creates the sound: the strings. This is the meaning of the bright streak of light on the cables; it symbolizes the sound of the wind softly touching the strings, creating music.
The images were captured with the technique of long exposure in order to associate the movement of the soft long exposure clouds to the way sound travels through the air.
Just like with many other original elements in the author’s work, the characteristic bright streak of light on the bridge’s cables (the light on the harp’s strings) became a signature aesthetic element that became very popular and quickly spread out internationally, being replicated by many other artists who create their work in Julia Anna Gospodarou’s style. One more reason for collectors to own the original photographs that depicted this element and style.
The image was created in the personal style of the artist, called by the artist (en)Visionography™, and it was executed with her signature processing method, Photography Drawing™.
About the Artist
Award-winning photographer exhibited internationally, architect, author, and educator, winner of more than 80 prestigious international awards and distinctions, Julia Anna Gospodarou is the founder of (en)Visionography™. (en)Visionography is the artistic concept and the 21st Century fine art movement that aims to define a new way of creating fine art photography in the digital age, based on the vision of the artist and their own life experiences and emotion, rather than on depicting the actual subject or the conventions of traditional photography.
“I consider Julia’s (en)Visionography and Photography Drawing the most important innovation in black and white photography since the invention of Ansel Adam’s Zone System.” – George DeWolfe
“I am 100% dedicated to creating the highest quality photographs possible, both in technical terms and in terms of investing my whole creativity, energy, belief, my entire life, and all my personal experiences into making an image that triggers to the viewer the same emotion I invest into creating it.
When you acquire one of my photographs, you acquire a part of my own self, a piece of my soul.
Every photograph I create is highly personal and is related to a special moment or experience in my life, that gave birth to a strong emotion of which the photograph is the translation into the language of image. I express myself through photographs. I articulate my feelings, my happiness, or sadness through the images I create. I transform every image I capture into the finished work starting from the emotion that created it and every photograph is my message about life to the world.
I believe making art as an artist, as well as collecting and experiencing art as a collector is the highest form of artistic happiness, it is what brings mindfulness into our lives and helps us experience every moment we live at its highest intensity. In other words, it makes us live longer.”
About the Print Quality and Process
Julia Anna Gospodarou’s prints provide a state-of-the-art museum print quality and can be found in some of the most prestigious private collections and public spaces worldwide.
The photograph is printed on the highest quality fine art paper, the only medium considered suitable for genuine fine photography by critics, i.e. Hannemühle Photo Rag Baryta paper or similar, either with the method of Piezography or on high-end Epson printers. This process ensures the smoothest tonal range, greatest detail and sharpness, and the highest print longevity possible today. The prints are created by some of the very few high-end award-winning monochrome printers in the world of fine art photography.
The finished prints have a longevity of more than 120 years when exhibited in proper conditions, being an excellent investment for many years to come.
After a certain limited edition is sold out, the image will not be printed anymore, so you will be owning one of the few high-end prints of this image existing in the world, together with other high-regarded collectors.
All limited edition prints are numbered, titled, dated, stamped with a unique handmade stamp, and hand signed by the artist. The prints come with a unique officially registered certificate of authenticity and are secured with a Hologram Security System applied on both the print and the certificate, to certify and preserve their authenticity.
The prints are available in several sizes, covering all space requirements, from home spaces to public spaces, including the largest size possible today for a fine art print, suitable for large spaces, high-end offices, hotels, galleries etc.
In case you need custom sizes please inquire.
The larger sizes are best for revealing the high amount of detail in the photographs. Flawless, abundant detail is one of the characteristics of Julia Ana Gospodarou’s signature style recognized internationally by collectors and critics.
About the Artist’s Creative Process
Every finished photograph is the outcome of tens or even hundreds of hours of work, of days and sometimes weeks of careful craftsmanship, of polishing every single detail and every trace of light, from capturing the image in the camera to advanced creative editing and high-quality printing.
The photographs are created by the artist entirely manually, without any automation or outside intervention, either in the process of capturing or during editing and printing. The artist makes a point of doing 100% of the work in creating the image herself. The result is that you will hold in your hands a unique piece of art that is nonreproducible, being 100% handmade, personal, and authentic.
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