Tag Archives: Andrew Chianese

Red Crowned Crane: A Splash of Color Makes the Difference.

This incredible bird is a Red Crowned Crane. Cranes are birds of elegance and beauty that very few other species can match. The natural colors for the bird are simply a bright red crest on its head, a blackened color plumage to the face and a long, tall elegant body with further white plumage.

Red Crowned Crane
Red Crowned Crane

As you can see, it’s not very far off what this work intends to demonstrate. However, placing a black and white filter over the bird allows the bringing out of  finer nuances in the beak and head area. You see detail that would otherwise be lost to color. So, in an essence you gain parts of the image by promoting black and white.

This also works the other way around.  The black and white filtering of the image causes the background to disappear in a sea of darkness.  The result is a loss of distractions from the subject of the work and adding visual stimulus from the clashes of the white feathers of the bird against the black unseen background.

Normally, this opposition of black and white would take over the photo. But what makes this crane stand out, what grabs the viewer’s attention more than any other aspect, is the brilliant red color of its crest.

I took a chance by introducing the color to a black and white image.   Adding color to a black and white work of art has become very commonplace in photographic art communities. Generally though, like HDR style photographs, overproduction of these colored images has led to a bit of abuse.  More often than naught, the artist will color in a wide swath of the picture to try to highlight a large feature like a car or bus. Usually, the object takes up so much of the picture it becomes unclear why the artist changed it to black and white in the first place.  But in our case, the bird only needed that small flush of brilliancy.  So the overall effect of the color is a punch of visual impact that centers the bird as the sole object of attention. The impression is cleanly made.

To overdo the color in an image destroys the artistic flair of creating the black and white image in the first place.   It is proof of the concept that a little burst of color goes a long way to developing something special.

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Art Show! Opportunities with Animals

Welcome to our new online show!   Opportunities with Animals is a fresh view of animals from the lens of our resident photographic artist Andrew Chianese.

This show will remain online from June 1st – June 14th 2015.  All prints, and more, are available for purchase here or here.

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Coming Soon: Opportunities with Animals

We are so excited to announce our new upcoming show.

The show, titled Opportunities with Animals, will be on display June 1, 2015 – June 14, 2015.

This solo artist show will display the photographic artwork of Andrew Chianese and his artistic view of the natural world of animals.

The works presented will share a curated theme of the grace and emotive expressions of various animals Andrew has had the fortune of capturing through his lens. .

Join us on Monday for the launching of this online show.

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A Brief Look at Andrew Chianese’s “Painted Peacock”

Upon my latest visit to the Greenhill Campus I found inspiration in this wonderful peacock resting on a concrete wall. These magnificent birds have graced the school campus for generations and continue to provide inspirations for new works of art like “Painted Peacock

Painted Peacock
Painted Peacock

Since it was spring time our dear subject was much more interested in claiming his territory and having a friendly discourse with the nearby wandering peahens who were pretending not to notice.

The peacock required special coloring by hand to keep the red filters from diluting the bright colors of the bird. The result is a colorful bird that is of beautiful contrast to the darkening background. Enjoy.

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