Posts Tagged ‘Fine Art Photography’

Aaron Conway Dances with The D1

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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 Aaron Conway Dances with The D1

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Cincinnati-based fine art and commercial photographer Aaron Conway was challenged to introduce the city’s ballet to a new and younger audience. His solution? Shoot the ensemble dancing in a location where the kids actually hang out.

Different photographers have different needs and different preferences. There are quite a few who value being able to shoot fast and on the fly. But there are also photographers such as Aaron Conway who prefers taking it slow and getting deep into the details.

“Patience is essential,” says Aaron. “Taking the time to build the right set and working on the lighting is critical. I’m always my worst critic and have realized that if you rush a shot you’ll always see it in the image.”

It is a surprising stance, considering some of the stuff that Aaron shoots. For instance, getting deep into the details seems to be a difficult thing to do when shooting the bustling activity of the Cincinnati Ballet.

“I like working with images that have more focused lighting,” replies Aaron when asked about the thinking behind his lighting setup. “There may be fill lights or accent lights, but I try to always have a strong main light in my images. I’ve always been drawn to images in which you can see the direction of the light. I think it creates an identity in the image, as if you were looking through the photographer’s eyes, seeing what they see.” Read More

Klara G Plays with Light, Toys and Trinkets

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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Klara G loved the theater when she was a child. She still does. In fact, if there is one thing that defines her work as a photographer, it is her ability to create her own little worlds in which she sets the rules and tells the story.

“I’ve always loved the theater and I think I brought that with me when I got into photography,” says Klara. “I’ve always had, and I still have, a huge box of toys, trinkets, Lego and masquerade costumes in my studio. In a sense, being a photographer is much like being a theater director. You create a scene, you direct and you tell a story.”

With this in mind it come should come as no surprise that Klara went straight from photo school to working as an in-house photographer at the Royal Dramatic Theater in Stockholm. As such, she photographed the plays, took portraits of the directors and actors, and did the promotional artwork for the theatre. But after a few years she felt the need to move on and today she is a freelancer, shooting all kinds of things – portraits, fashion, still life, fine art, interior, you name it.

Apart from the theatric feel that recurs in your images, what else would you say that they have in common? What is the element they all share?

“The light. I have certain preferences when it comes to light, and I tend to light all my pictures in a certain way, regardless of whether I’m shooting portraits, fashion or fine art.”

And in what way is that?

“First of all, I always use as few light sources as possible. I learned this from my old teacher Johan Westin. It’s so easy to add more and more lights, but having just one or two light sources is often a lot more powerful. Secondly, I’m a bit of a traditionalist. I tend to look to the classical painters for inspiration. For instance, you’ll notice that I use a lot of Rembrandt lighting. Soft but dramatic – I like that. Last but not least, I want the light to feel effortless and authentic. It doesn’t necessarily have to be or even look real. But it has to feel real.” Read More

Eric Chang and the Beautifully Bizarre

Written by Fredrik Franzén on . Posted in Fine Art Photography

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Not many photographers can brag about having their prints hanging on a wall in sir Elton John’s home. But Eric Chang can. And just like the knighted singer, Eric likes his art exceptionally extravagant and beautifully bizarre.

Eric Chang is a Los Angeles-based photographer and film director born in East Java, Indonesia. The son of a sculptor and a ceramic designer, Eric spent his early years in his parent’s workshop, playing and writing music and poetry, sketching with charcoals and sculpting gypsum.

“My family taught me a lot of things,” says Eric. “From drawing, painting, sculpting and creative writing to playing and writing music. These experiences have grown inside me ever since. They brought me an enormous amount of freedom and joy, but I still felt restrained and could not articulate my point of view. It wasn’t until I discovered photography that I also discovered a way to express myself and communicate my ideas to people.”

When you meet someone at a party who don’t know the first things about photography and they ask you what it is that you shoot, what do you reply?

“I never give the same reply twice,” says Eric. “Part of it depends on who’s asking, of course, but generally I always say something beautifully bizarre.”

What does that mean?

“What I want to suggest is that I don’t just shoot beautiful fashion portraits. For me, that’s boring. It has to be more to it than just assembling a team, getting models and designer clothes, and ‘wam-bam’ shooting it straight away. I like to spend time thinking of different ideas and combining to make something unique. And most of the time, the result of that process is something that is … beautifully bizarre. Read More

Angelo Antelmi’s Kitchen Odyssey

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Last year, Italian photographer Angelo Antelmi impressed us all by making a fork dance by simply using lighting in clever way. Now, Angelo is back and this time the fork not only dances. It plays football, it kisses, it gets married, it ages and eventually it dies. It is a much more complex story, but Angelo’s way of telling it is as simple and straightforward as ever.

“A writer I interviewed when I was working as a journalist explained to me that the only difference between a good and a bad writer is a slight difference in sensitivity,” says Angelo. “That was when I realized that I wanted to tell my stories through pictures.”

What is this particular story about?

“These images are all part of a family album. Together they form a minimalist story of life and death and rebirth. The first image shows spermatozoon teaspoons hurtling towards the ovum. The second image shows the infant being rocked in its mother’s arms. The third image shows small children playing football. Then follows adolescence. At first, the male knives are separated from the dancing female forks. But eventually they meet on a rainy night. Love explodes with passion and develops into a solid bond. Together they traverse the good and bad times of adult life and address old age with dignity. Finally, beyond the end, they find themselves together again, reunited with their childhood and ready to start a new life cycle.” Read More

Aorta: Follow Your Heart and Trust Your Gut Feeling

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Marco Grizelj and Kristian Krän are two Swedish photographers, operating under the somewhat cryptic name of Aorta. The two met at photography school, where they soon came to realize that they shared the same vision and were working toward the same goal. They also shared the notion that the life of a freelance photographer appeared somewhat lonely. Hence, they decided to form a team. And Aorta was born.

“The actual name Aorta just happened,” says Marco. “I guess we felt that Krän & Grizelj sounded too much like a law firm.”

What do the two of you have in common?

“Hard to say. Well, there is actually one thing we do have in common: none of us is very talkative. Nor do we like to over-analyze stuff. I guess we both believe that you’ll kill the joy of photography if you think too much about it. We’d rather just trust our gut feeling.”

Can you tell us a little about the images in this article?

“The first images were done for 125 Magazine. It’s a fashion and arts magazine. It’s pretty thick and there is almost no advertising in it. They give you a certain theme, but other than that, you’re pretty much free to do whatever it is you want to do. In this case, the theme was ‘art.’ Kristian and I brainstormed for a while and came up with this idea of an alien that travels to earth, determined to have a deep and profound art experience. So, he goes to an art museum, he visits the Museum of Natural History, he approaches some cows in a pasture and so on. Nothing happens. But then he experiences the sunrise and things get a little better…” Read More