Sunday, 23 January 2011

Martin Ping: Transforming Society Begins With Transforming Yourself

The source of the video

Photographic Composition: A Visual Guide to Photos with Impact written by Iris Greenwell

The place of horizon line has shown an important role in the effective use of composition in photography. If you are using the Rule of Thirds to compose a landscape shot you have to ask yourself this question: Where do I place the horizon line? The arrangement of the elements surrounded the horizon line can be a very relevant if you want to have an image with impact. Take a look of these examples and see how I use the horizon line at the top, middle and low points of the frame and how this provides a more interesting composition.

Picture 1 Wildflowers in Fall by Iris Greenwell

Friday, 21 January 2011

Tales Of Mystery Landscape Photography by Danuta Antas on YouTube

Danuta Antas has recently published her mysterious and spiritual fine art landscape photography inspired by Botanic Gardens in her hometown. The works shown in the video are also published in a book under the same title. "Tales Of Mystery" photo album is available on Blurb.

See below what others tell about Danuta's photographic work

Julie Riker Dant You..of all the photographers I know..deserve it and many, many more accolades and recognition for your capture of the spirit that nature conveys to us if we only open up to receive it. Danka.

Danka, the book is gorgeous and touching. You make ordinary scenes speak truths about life.
posted at 03:21pm Dec 15 PST

I am really impressed by your book. It is so beautiful and professionaly done.

posted at 06:35pm Dec 15 PST

Jim Wright's Solo Exhibition Opening

A photo exhibition by Jim Wright
Spectrum Gallery
Racine, WI
January 15 – February 6, 2011

We are pleased to share good news with Jim, our gallery artist, whose solo exhibition has already begun. The opening turned out to be a great success for Jim. Congratulations Jim!:)

Below you may see an opening photo with the artist Jim Wright himslef and his favourite works in the background.

Spectrum Gallery, Racine Wisconsin. show runs until feb. 6

Chris Armytage Featured Artist in Autumn Colours Exhibition

To see the showcase enter here

Marie Ancolie-Romanet has published new book called Lasting Emotions
Danuta Antas has published Tales Of Mystery In Pictures.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

A personal response to the Vivian Maier photo exhibit by Jim Wright

A personal response to the Vivian Maier photo exhibit
Chicago Cultural Center
January 8 – April 3, 2011
By Jim Wright

“We have to make room for other people. It’s a wheel – you get on, you go to the end, and someone else has the same opportunity to go to the end, and so on, and somebody else takes their place. There’s nothing new under the sun.”
Thus Vivian Maier, a recently discovered photographer of the mid to late twentieth century, expressed a philosophy of modesty that perhaps influenced her to make serious and fine photographs and store them in boxes rather than share them with the world. It was only after her death that John Maloof, a young real estate agent, author and fan of flea markets and estate sales, purchased a box containing thousands of negatives. Maloof recognized the quality of the photography and took on the full-time job of editing and cataloging it.

A selection of Maier’s work is currently on display at the Chicago Cultural Center. Some of those images and other photos can be seen at and

While viewing the Cultural Center exhibit I sensed that I was looking at the work of someone inspired by, and in the company of, such twentieth-century masters as Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Henri-Cartier-Bresson, and Paul Strand, with just an occasional dash of Diane Arbus.
The images suggest a deep compassion for poor and middle-class people, and especially for children. Youngsters are shown at play, under stress, and engaging the camera (and viewer) with a direct, guileless stare. An aging man is asleep on a beach, stretched out in a position of great vulnerability. Another man, perhaps homeless, sits curled on a sidewalk, his face tucked out of sight. Two young girls stand in a store doorway, one shy and retiring and the other forward and curious.

Maier’s obviously wealthy subjects do not seem to fare as well before her camera. In two photos, rich women glare at the camera with apparent disapproval, perhaps of the photographer, perhaps of everything. In another, a well-dressed man sneers as two men help a man on crutches through a doorway.

In addition to the photos of people, the exhibit has a few scenes featuring architecture in light and shadow. But the overall impression is that the photographer was fascinated by people, and probably loved them – especially the less privileged. But we’re left with the mystery: why didn’t she share her work during her lifetime?

Whoever that person is, getting onto the wheel of life in Vivian Maier’s place, he/she will have some big shoes to fill.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

The Most Amazing Story Of The Century

Today, I have come across this video published on FaceBook by one of my friends. I want to share this story with as many people as possible, as in my opinion, it is by far the most intriguing, amazing story of the century. For it is about an artist, I am sure that you too, will be interested in listening and watching the video. I am curious to learn your opinion, so please, leave comments below.