Some days you just have to sound your own horn. So when an exciting opportunity to view and acquire genuine gallery artworks at one of Richardson’s favorite restaurants happens, we just have to let you know.
A&A Photographic Arts has recently expanded our relationship with the Cafe Brazil restaurant on U.S. 75 in Richardson, TX.
The restaurant has recently acquired 8 different photographic works from A&A Photographic Arts. The pictures are now on display and share an eclectic view of the natural world around us. Works include Texas and New Mexico landscapes, and scenes from a local garden. All of the pieces are available to the public for purchase.
We have produced many of the pictures on pieces of
aluminum that give the color and tone of the scene a chance to really stand out. The metal surface allows for the light to reflect and enhance the picture in a way that cannot be duplicated with canvas or traditional framing. This allows for crisp and bright colors in the image while maintaining the pure blacks and darker colors that denote exceptional quality.
The vision behind the recent works on display is to take the ordinary natural world people see around them and provide a channel for them to experience photography on a whole new level. Each picture produces a renewed sense of wonderment and awe of the everyday beauty we take for granted everyday.
Our goal is to provide quality art to the public by promoting the role of the photographic arts in the fine arts. The recent expansion of our works into Richardson’s Cafe Brazil restaurant will provide patrons with the unique opportunity of acquiring fine photographic art while enjoying a great meal.
There is little doubt that animal photography is one of the most celebrated forms of photography found in the world today. The sheer number of photographs of pets and other animals is astounding. Most people don’t think too much of taking a picture of their pet, but for the photographic artist however, taking pictures of the animals leads to some unique challenges.
The biggest challenge the artist faces is giving their personal vision to their work. The basic problem is the science involved with taking a picture means that I as the photographer must use the light that is available to me. While a painter or sketch artist can change the color and lines of their subject to suit their whim, a photographer must change his equipment to suit the conditions.
While I can change the amount of the type and angle and intensity of light using a studio and various filters and equipment, the result is still a picture that can only accurately represents the lighting conditions that existed at that moment you release the shutter. That is the unavoidable science behind every picture.
So, let’s take a moment to deal with the inherent challenges of the aesthetic aspect. Why is this so much more of a challenge in particular to the natural photographer? Well, often times our subjects are living animals. These animals tend to have a will and conscience of their own and we often cannot control their actions.
For instance, if I take a picture of a dog in my studio looking at me, it is because the dog show an interest in me. I’m human and the dog wants to play or petted or given a treat. However, as cat owners would generally agree, if I were to take a picture of a cat, the cat might look at me, or not at all. Because, while the dog wants your attention, the cat could care less. After all, there is a reason the famous behaviorist Pavlov chose to use dogs and not cats. It’s up to the individual animal and their temperament.
So, you might think that taking a picture of that same dog is easy. Or, at least easier than the cat. In a controlled environment like a studio with a friendly dog and maybe a handler I would agree. But, let’s spice it up a little. To get an artistic vision of your dog, we have to create something unique. A different angle, a new slant on how we can look at your dog. Do we want to show her teeth? Are we looking for action? Do we want to see how high she can jump? How regal she behaves? Just standing up, putting the camera to my face and clicking away is not going to cut it. The photograph will look bland and unexciting and that is not what we want. We want art.
Ok, so now we’ve made the dog portrait a little more challenging by wanting to add an artistic side to it. Not impossible, mind you but a little more challenging. In the second part of this entry, I’ll explore the hidden challenges that seem to make it only get harder.