A snapshot of photography as an art form; explore art museums and galleries devoted to photography, iconic photographers, the history of fine art photography and more.
Aspects of Belfast (Pt. 3)
As you can see from this and my other posts on Belfast murals and street art, the subject matter is wide and various, with all aspects of life coming from the mural artist and street artists gift and hands.
Photography at Its Best 2018
It is not until I upload the photos that I take onto my laptop that I truly see the beauty within each photo. In the above photo I was amazed by the capture of the motion within the commotion of the seagulls coming to feed, which truly showed how good my Sony Carl Zeiss camera really was.
Aspects of Belfast (Pt. 2)
Many of the the murals and artwork in and around Belfast and Northern Ireland are generally historical and political. As you can see above, once more we have a mural depicting the Titanic—the ill fated ocean liner—which can be found in East Belfast where the Harland and Wolff Shipyard is located and the massive cranes Samson and Goliath can be seen far and wide.
Aspects of Belfast (Pt. 1)
I love photography of all kinds, but one of my favourite subjects to photograph are murals and street art in and around Belfast, Northern Ireland, and when my illnesses allow me, I get out to see what's new around Belfast in regards to murals and street art. I am never disappointed by what I find.
Aspects of Belfast
Whenever nature or any photographic subject catches my eyes, I snap that which I see, and in general, I am amazed by that which I have photographed as the above photo proves.
Life Through a Lens
Like many things in my life, I tend to easily fall out of love with certain things I used to be passionate about or have such a huge desire for. For some odd reason I've never had something I've fallen deeply for and thought to myself THIS is what I want to do for the rest of my life. Maybe some people can relate, I don't know. There probably is. When I first started school, I always thought I was heading in a direction where I knew I was going to be successful and I knew which path I was going to take. Once I got nearer to the end of school, I felt more lost than I had ever been. It's a weird thing growing up. You feel like you have to change your mind every day because you can't decide what you want to do. It feels like you're stuck in this cycle society portrays rather than what you actually want to do—the normality of finishing school, going to college, heading off to uni, and then being stuck in a 9-5 job for the rest of your life. It scared me. But deep down, I knew I had to start somewhere... right? Anyways, I was at a point in my life where I felt lost and had no desire to even do anything. All the things in my life that I used to love just didn't satisfy me as they used to when I was younger and I didn't know why. One thing I did learn, however, is deep down there is always something that a person loves more than anything. Sometimes we just don't know it yet.
Antoine D’Agata: Photography as an Affective Vessel
French photographer Antoine D’Agata is universally recognized for his “taboo” predilections. Drawn to the Other, D’Agata seeks out subjects in dark corners of the world that First World society would likely deem inhabitable. Frequently compared to his mentors Nan Goldin and Larry Clark who adhere to similar mantras as D’Agata, he manages to stick out like a sore thumb in the mix of those he’s often likened to. This is heavily due to the transcendent nature of his work, which he asserts is typically driven by pure accidents and done with as little intention and direction as possible. Focusing on the depiction of the daily practices of the Other, may it be drug use, prostitution, sadomasochism, and so on, D’Agata uses photography as a direct engagement with the world, where the hierarchy between photographer/photographed is blurred, commonly throwing himself into the action. Through his insertion of himself in his works, he shatters the boundary that separates Artist from the Other.
Art and Photography Essay
Contemporary and Modern Art, as I soon discovered through my theme of ‘distortion’ and ‘fragmentation,' are closely linked in both the concept and technique. They also both portray emotion such as agony, emptiness, and desperation. In the art world, a distortion is any change made by an artist to the size, shape, or visual character to a form, to express an idea, convey a feeling or enhance visual impact. I have always been fascinated by a style based on exaggerating elements of the human form. My aim was to differentiate between artistic exaggeration of elements and turn this concept into an artwork. If art is what is to be seen, rather than what is seen, then any amount of distortion should be acceptable. My intent was to create purpose in the use of distortion; to use distorted bodies and contorted faces to advance the composition and make a creative statement. A large source of inspiration was my visits to galleries, such as MOMA, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, V1 Gallery and NY Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, with memories of the lengthening of fingers and necks in the work of John Singer Sargent and the shocking grotesque forms of Francis Bacon. I, therefore, decided to focus on and contrast the work of a contemporary artist and a modern artist of the twentieth century, choosing the work of Jesse Draxler and Francis Bacon, that both use distortion to enhance an emotional portrayal in their work.
Best Astrophotographers on Instagram to Follow
There are Instagram accounts for photographers and artists of all types, from design- and architecture-focused photography to portraits of people and pets. One of the deepest wells in this field is astrophotography, which is pretty much anything to do with outer space: meteor showers, planets, stars, the moon, sunsets, sunrises, and more. There are probably hundreds of astrophotographers on Instagram, but here are some of the best and most prolific for you to follow right now.
Graphic Design Essay (A-Level)
Edgar Degas is an artist that I always loved as a child. I remember taking ballet classes and seeing Degas’ ballerinas for the first time, in which had a unique effect on me. It was during my ten years that I read this particular quote of his and it really got me thinking. This quote later deeply inspired my graphics theme as my intent was to show what you want to say to others and what you make others see. Having researched a development of this concept I decided to focus on Double exposure, with a focus on a visual interpretation of our heritage, where we come from and what we want to make others see on a very subjective level. After all, when we look at an image we all see something individual and an image is always open to interpretation or manipulated by the artist. Double exposure in both the photography and graphic design space is a relatively simple technique that offers amazing results if it is properly explored and worked with. Exploring my theme, through Photoshop my intent was to manipulate my images, achieving a concept that emphasizes my theme greatly through the use of several natural landscapes and buildings. Through the technique of double exposure, I explored this quote closely, as I attempted to make people see a variety of images through my work.
Be Vulnerable with the Camera
My motto is "bare your skin," meaning be yourself in life and find comfort in being you. As a photographer I try to have the people I photograph become comfortable around me and be vulnerable with the camera. It is important to me that I am able to show people the beauty that they bring to this world and that is something I am working on doing for myself. Now we all know the statement, "photographers are the worst subjects." Yes, it is true at least for me. It is this sense of lack of control, we've made it up in our mind that it is already a bad picture or that we are not photogenic enough.
Blinking against the driving sleet which was making contact with her eyes, she took another deep breath to steady her nerves, trying not to flinch as her fingers made contact with the freezing cold metal. She was unsuccessful in avoiding the wind as it stung her face with its brutal strength, but grateful that the camouflaged jacket from her army days acted as a wind shield and protected her body from fast falling freezing sleet. She had been in the same position for half an hour and her body had started to cry out in protest as each limb ached and her feet felt like slabs of ice, even though she had her Dr Martens on; but still, she was determined to continue with her mission.