Holiday Time with a Portfolio by Meriem Ait-Ouyahia

Holiday season is coming soon. Watch this colourful portfolio on Punta Cana by photographer Meriem Ait-Ouyahia on the Gallery page of the Sri Chinmoy Centre site.

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Exhibition on Iceberg Photos by David Burdeney

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From February 12th to May 2nd the Young Gallery, Brussels, presents an Iceberg Series by Canadian photographer David Burdeny. 1968 born in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, David Burdeny has degrees in both Interior design and a Masters in Architecture.  At the age of 12, David started to photograph the prairie landscape and make his own black and white prints in a makeshift darkroom that also served as his bedroom closet. Primarily self taught, his architecture and design background greatly influences his penchant for simple exacting photographs of sky, horizon and the marks humankind leaves behind.  Influenced stylistically by photographers before him, such as Michael Kenna and Hiroshi Sugimoto, David purposefully photographs in poor light and near darkness. He uses unusually long exposures to see that which our eyes can not. Moving beyond the literal, his images have been described as ominous, haunting, beautiful and meditative.

In addition to working as an artist, David is owned by two dogs and practices architecture design Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. His images have been shown across Canada and the USA and are featured in several prominent corporate collections such as Sprint and many private collections across the USA, Canada, Asia and Europe. On his work, the artists writes: “Made along the shorelines of Japan, Northern France, and the Pacific Northwest this recent body of work thematically continues my interest in the thresholds that divide and connect the sea to land. Through these journeys I attempt to communicate a universality or homogeneity in these disparate locations. Embedded between the natural and domestic, these landscapes are often found at the periphery of parking lots, highways, urban parks, and public beaches. Each day these spaces are made and unmade and I am drawn to them for the weightlessness that lingers after activity ceases. I’m fascinated with the quality of light and the spatial immensity the ocean possesses. I have an enormous reverence for feeling so small in the presence of something so vast, where perspective, scale, time and distance momentarily become intangible. My photographs contemplate that condition, and through their reductiveness, suggest a formalized landscape we rarely see.  The glory lies not in the act of this removal or reduction, but in the experience of what is left – sublime experience located in ordinary space:  a slowly moving sky, the sun moving across a boulders surface or seafoam swirling around a pylon.

Exposed onto large format black and white film under the soft light of dusk and dawn, the shutter is held open for several minutes at a time, recording the ocean and sky as it continuously repositions itself on the negative, a process both dependent and vulnerable to chance. The resultant image is an accretion of past and present. Each moment is layered over the moment immediately preceding it – a single image that embodies the weight of cumulative time and unending metamorphosis.

Photographers’ Gallery (5): David Clapp

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David Clapp is a British photographer. On his website he presents his philosophy: “My photographic interest surfaced in 2002 when a change of career (from the incredibly dull world of water engineering to the incredible fulfilling world of teaching guitar) gave me fresh perspective and belief that there was some good left in my world. I could actually have a career doing something I enjoyed instead of designing more elaborate ways of skiving off. I always believed music would save me, and it did, but not in the star struck way I once anticipated. So I hung up my headphones and ventured outside. With my hobby becoming full time work, I bought an old Canon T90, the camera I remember from my teens that my uncle wanted. I rapidly collected a bag of iron primes and lugged them all over the Devon countryside, believing images would fall at my feet….naturally it was a total disaster. In the winter of late 2005 with less that 20 good images, I sold a kidney on Ebay and took a large financial risk, buying a Canon 5D… which I trashed it in a river in Scotland six days after I bought it. Thankfully reaching 34 had drummed in a few sensibilities like buying insurance, but I swiftly realised that if I was to pursue such an expensive hobby, just like my lust for other peoples hifi and vintage guitars had taught me in previous years, I had to make money out of it.

My first break came when in June 2006 Digital Camera published some shots I took from a February trip to Valencia and I was delighted. Then three months later I had a portfolio printed in Outdoor Photographer, then Digital Photo, then Digital Camera. For the first time in my creative life I thought might be on to something. And so began the relentless head banging that is marketing. Every knock back made me seething with a mixture of jealousy, self loathing and doubt, but wonderful quotes from lyrics and films (“I’m wanna mean it from the back of my broken hand” for example) drove me onwards and do to this day. Posting images on forums gave me some necessary opinions about my work, something in the lonely world of photography that is very necessary. Communities like Naturescapes.net, Naturephotographers.net and Photo.net help to retain focus in dry times, but the acceptance by Oxford Scientific Films as a contributing photographer in summer 2006, my first agency contract, confirmed that others saw some commercial potential. So I began knocking doors and when they didn’t answer I knocked and banged again and again and again. Riding the agency wave I felt more confident in myself and my work….the glass was most definitely half full, and so began the hardest work I have ever subjected myself to.

Two years later I can barely believe what has happened. I now contribute and sell work through seven agencies, I regularly contribute work to photography magazines and write regular features for the wonderful magazine Digital Photographer who have taken me on as one of the team, an accolade that makes me very proud to say the least. I was also a finalist in the Landscape Photographer of the Year 2007 competition and although I didnt win anything the lift in profile I attained was immense. I had six images in the associated book, including images displayed in the National Theatre in London. If I am not shooting landscapes and seascapes here in the UK, I am thinking about it. If its not the UK then I travel the world as often as I can with my understanding partner Rachel, in search of historical, travel and architectural subjects. She calls photography ‘geeking’ and how right she is. With a head full of apertures, focal lengths, pixels and other nonsensical gibberish to bore her with in airports; after early dawn shoots to coming home from the moors at three in the morning to a hallway full of tripods and camera bags to trip over, this surely must be love. I still teach guitar, and probably always will as one thing in life I have learned is that life all about balance.

Photographers’ Portfolios (3) – Tyler E. Nixon

Tyler E. Nixon happily resides in the sleepy, sea-side city of Victoria BC, Canada with The Better Half™ and a lovedog named Piper. Tyler’s photos can also be seen on VFXY & FLICKR. Most of the images on Wink were taken digitally (D200) unless otherwise noted. Watch the whole portfolio on the photographer’s site.

Photographers’ Portfolios (1) – Denis Olivier

As a photographer myself and as a former editor and publisher of an international newsletter/magazine for fine art photography, called “print letter”, many years ago, I would like to present some contemporary photographers from time time on this blog. If you know some inspiring photographers or you are active yourself, you are welcome to send me a comment with your e-mail address (that will not be published) so that I can contact you. Also do not forget to contribute to the Photoblog with the largest format of photos (2200px wide), called Photos HD, if you are interested.

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Denis Olivier was born in Royan, France in 1969 and currently lives in Bordeaux. On his work he writes: “My first encounter with photography took place when my parents performed some strange static dances with an object in front of their face. Later they would close themselves up in a special room under the house for long periods of time, and no one was allowed in. They diligently made sure that they were left to their own devices  while inside. One day I was given permission to enter the room and allowed to stay, but on the condition that I didn’t move or went out. I remember there was a unique chemical perfume and a red light. I was bewildered: my parents appeared flashing a white light on a piece of paper using a strange apparatus. Then they dipped it into a clear liquid and Behold! I couldn’t believe it, a miracle! They were wizards who created pictures. In the  following years I didn’t really follow his experiments, I was too young to manipulate cameras and I prefered to draw. Photography, Architecture and Art was always present around us and I still remember the black and white exhibitions that we visited.

When I was a teenager, I continued to draw and started to paint a little. I even took part in some local exhibitions. At the age of 17 I began to take some photographs, I was especially fascinated by mineralogical micro mounts. I started studying biochemistry, but after 3 years I changed to Poitiers school of fine-arts, and took an interest in computer graphics and generated imagery. While I was there I meet Alain Fleig who introduced me to art photography. I also felt a need to practise photography, and with a friend we spent a lot of time learning how to develop films and photographs. We did sessions with models, scenery, and discovered France. The second year I had my first personal exhibition in a gallery, which was a great experience, then a training placement with Philippe Salaün, who was at this time Robert Doisneau‘s developer. Following this I did some jobs for organizations, shows and commissioned works. I then started in December 1995 working with computer graphics and made use of the Internet. I worked in artistic direction for several years, then digital cameras came along and I found a way to work quickly and experiment without using too many resources such as film, chemicals, photo sensitive paper and of course the wonderful resource of water. Now I meet and exchange information with many photographers after the freedom Digital SLRs have given me to have exactly what I want with the different lenses and power features. I continue to produce some material and I’m involved and maintain collaborative projects such as Art Limited or M42.” Olivier’s work can also be found on Art Limited and Facebook. His personal website is here.

“Ashes and Snow” continues to tour in South America in 2009

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The amazing “Ashes and Snow” Photograpohy and Film show by Gregory Colbert will remain in South America after the successful display at the Zócalo Nomadic Museum in Mexico City this spring. Next places will be Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in 2009; the exact dates are not yet available. In the meantime I found a new video on YouTube by Gregory Colbert, entitled: “Feather to Fire”. For those interested in artworks like original prints, portfolios, the soundtrack and the 60-min. film on DVD you can check the website. Also available is a new so-called “Codex”, a collection of photographs, artefacts and letters, that reminds us that the greatest artist of all is nature itself. The Codex Ashes and Snow is bound in original book covers from the 17th century. Since 1992 photographer and filmmaker Gregory Colbert has collaborated with more than 40 species around the world to create a 21st-century bestiary. These images attempt to express the world not only through human eyes, but also through the eyes of a whale, an elephant, a manatee, a meerkat, a cheetah, or an orangutan. The project is supported by the Swiss Rolex company.

Oleg Gaponyuk offers an amazing interactive bird’s eye view over New York

Oleg Gaponyuk offers a virtual journey on helicopter over Manhattan. This links brings you there You can see New York in details bird’s eye view. There are several picture available. It’s recommended to make the browser to a full-screen display mode firstly. The images can be zoomed in, zoomed out, rotated all around including up and down. Your browser will automatically set to panorama’s viewing, but in case it is necessary, you will find a reference to Plug-ins’ Installation for Spherical Panoramas Viewing on this page. I learned about this site first on Ursi’s Blog.

A nature portfolio by John Maslowski

Here you can find a beautiful nature portfolio by John Maslowski, an amateur photographer living in Northeastern Pennsylvania, USA. John’s interest in photography goes way back to a 35mm camera and black and white film. He had a homemade darkroom and was hooked on picture taking and processing his own pictures. Also, he took a lot of color slides back then. He lost a little bit his original enthusiasm for photography, then digital cameras came along. That’s when he realized he had his darkroom back: his computer – and the old excitement returned. He decided to setup a web site with a photoblog. Now digital photography has re-energized his interest in photography and in maintaining his website and photoblog. If you’re interested in a list of his camera equipment that he uses go to his main web page at Sirius2 Photography and click on the Help and About button.

Photos HD: Photoblog with the largest pictures (2200 px!)

Enjoy this special Photoblog. It is called “Photos HD” and has to my knowledge the largest photos online, measuring 2200 px in width. If you don’t have a 30 inch screen, it will not be possible to view the whole pictures! And what is inspiring, you can participate too and send your best material to be included in this photoblog. You can contact me through a message in  the comments section.

An international showcase for fine art photography


I recently discovered a beautiful website called photography-now.net presenting fine art photography on a high level. Contemporary photographers as well masters are shown. So you can see for example work by masters like Ansel Adams, Irvin Penn, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz or Josef Sudek. At the same you can choose contemporary artists. To present the contemprary section I chose a picture by David Burdeny, born 1968 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. At the age of 12, David started to photograph the prairie landscape and make his own black and white prints in a makeshift darkroom that also served as his bedroom closet. Primarily self taught, his architecture and design background greatly influences his penchant for simple exacting photographs of sky, horizon and the marks humankind leaves behind. Influenced by notable photographers such Michael Kenna, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Fay Goodwin, David purposefully photographs in poor light and near darkness. He uses unusually long exposures to see that which our eyes can not. Moving beyond the literal, his images have been described as ominous, haunting, beautiful and meditative. Watch also his personal website.