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A New Place To Get Your Fine Art Fix.

If you like to shop for art like I do then you know that very few places to buy art online directly from the artist.   Especially when that art is in the very unique media of fine art photography.   Well the art gods are smiling on you!  Buying the fine art photography of Andrew Chianese is even easier and with a larger selection than ever before.

A&A Photographic Arts has now partnered with the online security of e-commerce giant Shopify to bring you our new gift shop! Order your personally signed artwork on fine art paper, canvas, metal and even acrylic. We now accept all major credit cards including PayPal. So don’t miss out on feeding your art obsession at https://store.aaphotographicarts.com/.

Shop at A&A Photographic Arts?  Never heard of it….

A&A Photographic Arts has provided artistic consulting and access to my specially signed artwork worldwide via the Internet and locally. But that is only part of the story. Based out of Dallas, Texas in 2012, the gallery works to bring the unique photographic art of Andrew Chianese to the world.  We have worked with individual patrons, a very prestigious private school, and several restaurants in two states to bring art to the community.

Needless to say, as we continued to provide this service, we constantly branched out and developed a much more significant presence in the both the traditional brick and mortar art galleries and online art communities. Since sales of our fine art only continue to gain momentum and our obsession in making quality art continues growing stronger each year, we have expanded in order to meet both patron and collectors rising demand.  At the same time, the recent expansion allows us to  and provide a full online shopping experience for both the general public and our future obsessed art collectors.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Understanding The Creative Experience in Photographic Art

Part of the creative experience when you are creating art of any kind is to understand when to break the rules. Studying the successful works of the masters before you earns you some of this knowledge; however, this alone does not guarantee success.

People that practice both photography and art like to have rules. But, rules are guidelines. More like suggestions to be contemplated. What makes a rule a steadfast guarantee of success in one photograph will make it an utter failure in another.

No, instead it’s really applying learned academic knowledge combined with the intangible gut feeling of pure instinct over the period of many viewings.   When you are looking at a subject, say a flower, if you purely concentrate on the academic aspects of taking the picture all you will accomplish is taking a clear focused picture.

 

That’s it, and that is harder than what most people realize in the days of iPhone photographers. That’s because the proper academic technique of taking a picture consists of the mathematical measurements of aperture, focus, rule of thirds, white balance and lens selections, the list goes on and on. You either get these right or it’s wrong.

 

The result is a properly formatted picture of a flower. It looks good. But is it art? That’s where so many people get hung up on definitions.

Now let’s look at that flower from a more creative view. When you are viewing the flower what are you trying to express? What vision are you giving your work? Do you want to break any rules to make that image speak the emotion or action you want it too.

Purple Daisy
Purple Daisy

How you come to this is by experimentation and learning what works for what goal you want to accomplish.   For instance, does the flower have to be precisely centered in the picture, or by putting it to one side can you force the viewer to move their attention?

After a while and about 10,000 pictures you begin to develop an eye for what is going to work and what might not. It is not really a conscious thing though.  I mean you don’t wake up one morning and the world suddenly looks different.  Rather, it is a slow process that usually takes years to appear.

However, I daresay you will become as proficient in the creative view of photographic art as the academic photographer does with all of their math and formula.

Mind you, neither side is necessarily better than the other and any photographer worth their lenses will tell you that it takes both the academic and creative approaches to truly the master the art and science of photography.

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The Reconsideration of Older Art Works of an Artist

It is time to spend a brief post about something we found in the storage closet. Why are we doing this?   Well, We introduced this art work back when there were less than 200 followers of our art on social media and this blog.   Now there are over 3300!  That’s a lot of people who never got to experience our earlier works!

 

Since the lifeblood of a gallery is the ability to present the work of the artist they represent it is necessary to cleverly reintroduce older works of an artist in with newer ones.   Besides, and I know this to be quite true, very few people will look at 150 pieces of art all at the same time.   So, as an artist’s list of works continue to grow it is necessary to reintroduce older ones to present how the artist has also changed over time.

 

So from our finely aged collection of photographic art, I’d like to once again present Blanket of Green.

Blanket of Green
Blanket of Green

You can discover it and other collectibles here.

 

This work is a close up shot of the rigid back top of a banana leaf. Hundreds of black lines cascading down the leaf highlight the natural yellows and greens found in nature. They also provide a sense of depth and contrast as the lines of the leaves at the upper left seemingly flow in a direction quite different from the bold bark shade lines of the leaf on the right edges of the photograph.

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Art Basel and Milo Moiré Exposure (Pun Intended)

Every year there is a huge art show in Basel, Switzerland known as Art Basel, this huge show brings in the collectors with very deep pockets to wander through a maze of art galleries. These aren’t your ordinary galleries either. They apply for and survive a tenuous juried selection process to be allowed in.

Individual artists are not allowed; only galleries.   However that does not stop certain performance

Painted Peacock
Painted Peacock

artists like naked artist Milo Moiré. That’s right, Moiré decided to strut her stuff, like some attention seeking peacock looking for a response, into the convention center naked.

Milo Moiré
Milo Moiré via Facebook

According to Artnet , when the convention authorities turned her away, and told to put some clothes on, she decided to take her performance to a local town square.   The daily patrons and tourists evidently got a real kick out of taking pictures with the nude artist. Well, at least the men did. Evidently, no women jumped at the chance to take selfies with her.  Go figure.

This left me wondering. How is she able to get away with walking around town naked? If you tried this in the states you would probably end up in a jail cell or at the least with a coarse wool blanket and a ticket for indecent exposure.

Well, according to Switzerland’s The Local it’s not a legal issue.

“In the canton of Basel-City, mere nudity in public is not prohibited,” Andreas Knuchel, city police spokesman, told 20 Minuten newspaper.

The “non-sexually motivated” baring of flesh in a public place is neither punishable by the criminal code or by cantonal law, Knuchel said.

If anyone is disturbed by the public display of nudity they can launch a complaint, which the public prosecutor would then have to examine, he said.”

Responses to this performance range from a few whistles to claiming it’s all just a really sad joke.  I’d love to show some pictures of the event but, after all art and nudity are always found together.  But, the truth is I have a hard time accepting this under the category of art.  It may have started out that way. But in the end it is nothing more than, for lack of a better word,  exhibitionist exposure.  (pun intended.)

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The Secret of Red Tulip

This is our latest offering in our ever-expanding artwork dealing with flowers. Red Tulip is a portrait of a bright red tulip found in the flower garden one spring morning.   The main motivation for the work revolves around the lighting and the detail of the dew on the petals of the flower.

 

Black and White photography allows for you to see pieces of the flower that you would otherwise be unable to view due to the bright colors. The challenge in creating a piece like this is twofold. The first, and probably the hardest, is taking the shot. But to do that it is necessary to mentally sift through hundreds of tulips and lighting angles to find the right one. The fact that I only use natural lighting conditions when taking a picture really pushes my creativity when searching for my subject.

 

Another trick is that you have to be there early to get this shot. Most photographers preferring natural light will tell you that as the day progresses the light from the sun becomes more and more harsh. But there are other reasons for getting to the flower garden before the sun becomes your enemy. Early morning is the best time to capture the morning dew. The random droplets of dew on enhance our attention to detail when viewing a flower. It just naturally appears fresher.

Red Tulip
Red Tulip

 

The second challenge in this shot is the use of filters.   Because I do not use artificial light, I use various colored filters to create a darker or lighter image among the colors when converted into a black and white image.   These filters only do part of the job however, as it is then necessary to use dodge and burning techniques to enrich areas of the flower that will enhance the natural lighting or darken the background as my creativity inspires me to do.   While this is consumes a great deal of time, the result is worth it.

 

As usual, the hardest part of any artwork is the naming. I decided that since the main reason any flower attracts our attention for so long is definitely the color. So, I decided that I was going to name it according to the color of the original tulip. Thus Red Tulip was born.

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