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A Podcast Worth Watching

 

I listen and watch podcasts to give my brain with another way of learning about the latest trends and reviews in photography.  When I find a podcast that helps me view photography as an art I want to share it.    For this reason, I want to refer you to a photographer that runs a podcast worth listening to. The Art of Photography http://theartofphotography.tv/  is a podcast run by Ted Forbes.  He also provides some technical expertise when it comes to photography but that is not his main purpose in making the podcast.  I find his podcast worth watching and mentioning for two reasons.  Mr. Forbes has a great deal of passion and historical knowledge of his subject.

 

Mr. Forbes displays a passion for the art that draws the viewer past the technical and into the creative. He often discusses what it means being a photographer and how to become a better one.  Currently, the podcast is concentrating on a series of learning from the masters of painting and photography.  He selected some of the earlier master photographers and is showing how they copied the composition techniques of the great painting masters in art history.  It is a very well done and thought out series.

 

The second reason for watching is that he isn’t an actor.  The information he shares is coming from his knowledge of the subject and his love of sharing the art side of photography.  He is teaching, not preaching. I look forward to hearing his podcasts as they help me continue to learn some composition of art history and it’s relevance to the world of photography.

 

I guess this is the part where I say that I’ve never met Mr. Forbes.  However, as a photographic artist I find what he has to say interesting and worth watching.

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5 Issues Decorating with Light and Fine Art

 

If the light source of a room is from windows or a skylight, your decorating design will need to be different from a dark hallway or windowless room. Lighting is the lifeblood of any art.  Why?  Color.  Different light levels and types of light can influence the color of a displayed picture.  What does the room look like during the daytime hours?   Are you positioning your artwork to take advantage of the light sources?  Light and color attract the eye.  The pictures above are of the same piece of plastic under a different type of lighting to give you a sense of how dramatic the change in color is.  Use this to your advantage when placing your art.

1. Non-direct natural light is best.  If the light source is from a series of windows, diffuse any excess light with window dressings like shears or light draperies.

2. Avoid direct sunlight.   It will wash out all colors and eventually ruin photographs and other fine arts.

3. Avoid fluorescent lights when possible.  These lights give off a harsh light.  Thus giving things a different color tint.  Further, many people report having migraines if subjected to fluorescent lights for an extended length of time.

4.  Be careful with halogen lights.  Not only can the light source be bright but also halogens spotlights are known to give off heat.   They are useable, but keep them away from any fabrics, drapes, or photographs.

5.  Be careful with soft white or yellow lights.  Yellow lights are, well, yellow.  They offer a wonderful mellow warming effect against cool colors like blue.  However, too much yellow will change the color.

All lights have their uses.   It is impossible to say that you should use only this type of light or that type of light every time.  Determining the effect that you want the lighting to have in a room before hand will aid you in choosing the types of lighting that will go best for your situation.

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Does Your Art Have Heft?

Here is a post brought to us by Michael Zhang of Petapixel.  http://tinyurl.com/cxcutk6 about a review of photographic art by Andrew Graham-Dixon of The Telegraph in London.

It’s a great post, and the article in The Telegraph http://tinyurl.com/corwqco is worth a read also. However, I do not think that Mr. Dixon is a big fan of photography. He is too busy lifting the weight, heft, of his bias towards only one form of art. The quote in the article is:

“The truth is that very few photographers have ever produced images with the weight of thought and feeling found in the greatest paintings. The camera is certainly an artistic tool, and photos can certainly be works of art. But can they be works of art of the same order as paintings? Modern critical orthodoxy would say yes. But the real answer is no. Photography lacks the depth and heft, the thinking sense of touch, that painting possesses.

That is why the greatest images of the last 150 years– the images people argue about, contest, return to again and again – are not photographs but paintings”

This made me wonder what would happen if we started to look at other forms of fine art from the same hefty reference point.

“The truth is that very few sculptors have ever produced works with the weight of thought and feeling found in the greatest paintings. Clay for bronze casting is certainly an artistic tool, and sculptures can certainly be works of art. But can they be works of art of the same order as paintings? Modern critical orthodoxy would say yes. But the real answer is no. Sculpture lacks the depth and heft, the thinking sense of touch, that painting possesses.

That is why the greatest art of the last 150 years– the art people argue about, contest, return to again and again – are not sculptures but paintings.”

Nope, still sounds rather hefty.  I wonder how he would define a class of preschool finger painting?
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Does Your Art (Pictures) Make Links?

 

Creating links is an extremely important part of the human experience. Indeed, One definition of culture is how a group of people creates links with their environment and each other while surviving both.  So what does this have to do with your pictures?

Well, do your pictures create links with your audience?

  • Physical Link: Is there a physical link in your photograph?  Things like water, rocks, leafs, or puppies.  People know these objects and find them in the physical world. This provides their link to the photograph.  The picture becomes an experience.

 

  • Emotional Link: Is there an emotional link in your picture?  Color causes emotion and that’s a good place to start.  Ever feel down or sleepy on a gloomy cloudy grey day?  That’s the power of color to cause an emotional response.  Show a picture of a dark hallway to cause fear or suspense or bright sunshine flowing off the petals of a beautiful flower to create happiness. A still lake with reds and blues will create calm. Emotional links in a picture is very powerful.

 

  • Spiritual Link:  This link is tricky as everyone is different and has a very personal link to the divine.  What may work for one viewer may not for another.  The subject of the picture needs to remind the viewer of a religious or personal story they have heard or believe in.  A ray of sunshine bursting through storm clouds or a rainbow may remind people of the story of Noah, or God.  This transmits a feeling of hope.  A picture of a wooden flute with a lotus flower signifies peace and meditation to a Buddhist or Lord Krishna to Hindus.  However, be careful you are not transgressing on a belief or a cultural system of laws.

 

  • Logical Link:  These are patterns and special relationships.  Use the rule of thirds or the Golden Ratio to meet this kind of mind stimulation.  The picture of a chessboard or checkers being played in a park or an ancient Go table with black and white pebbles.  These can create the images that stimulate your thoughts and the logical sides of the brain.

 

Truly great art will contain elements of all 4 links and more.  So there are 2 reasons why people might not like a piece of art.

  1. It has all the links, but your experience with one of them is a negative one.
  2. It’s missing one or more of these elements.

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The idea for this post came from reading parts of Multi-modal Intelligence and Multiple Intelligenceshttp://goo.gl/VRgYl