Ode to Black | Black Hope II – Anima Black – Jewish Museum San Francisco
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 Ode to Black | Black Hope series. The images in this series have been photographed in London UK, San Francisco, and Athens Greece.
The photograph in this print depicts the new Wing of the Jewish Museum in San Francisco, designed by renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.
The photograph was shot in San Francisco, and was first published in July 2013.
Ode to Black – Black Hope started as a light and volume study long before I decided to create a series on this subject. It started as an impulse to study the extremes of light and shadow, and it became a series on the subconscious exploration of dark tones and how far darkness can be extended through the removal of light before photography is not possible anymore. It is an exploration based on visual elements taken from my professional world as an architect, elements used to express my inner world and my life experiences, to communicate my feelings to the outer world, and to translate them so the viewer can understand them. Intended as symbols, the images in this series have the same meaning and goal as the famous photographer and theoretician Alfred Stieglitz’ gave to his “Equivalents”: to use the subject to create an equivalence between the inner world of the artist and the meaning that the resulted images have for the viewer.
The motif of the bright light, even if it covers an infinitesimal area of the image and is surrounded by darkness, being the last light before total darkness, is intended as the most important element in the story: light as hope, black as a driving force that guides me towards the light. Together with the architectural object used as a subject, they form a language to communicate with the viewer.
The images of the series are meant to be experienced in a sequence according to the number of each image, and their names are inspired by what the famous psychoanalyst Carl Jung calls “Archetypes”. The artistic intention was to give these images the same role Jung gave to his archetypes and archetypal events – to express my subconscious world and tell a story.
The aesthetical theme of these series – an intensely dark image containing only a sparkle of light became very popular in the circles of black and white fine art photography after the publication of this series, starting with Ode to Black | Black Hope III in 2012. Many photographers subsequently followed this path of creating intensely dark atmospheric images, making this series a milestone and a trend starter in 21sth Century black and white fine art photography.
The image Ode to Black | Black Hope I, published in April 2013 was the image that launched the concept of (en)Visionography that would become one of the most important concepts in the fine art photography of the past decade.
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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For larger orders (2+ prints), we offer incremental discounts depending on the quantity, which can be very attractive especially for larger quantities (see orders for office spaces, hotels, exhibitions, museums etc.). You can find Julia Anna Gospodarou’s prints in numerous high-end offices, hotel spaces, and exhibitions around the world.
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