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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Neil Edwin Sinadjan”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Neil Edwin Sinadjan

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Johann Walter Bantz”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Johann Walter Bantz

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If you would like to experience a beautiful vision of a vintage holiday, look no further then this image, “GMC Christmas” by  Dawna Moore.  Part holiday cheer, part nostalgia, it’s a warmly lit scene featuring Christmas decorations along with a nice slice of Americana.  Beyond these elements, the composition and lighting are excellent, from the technical choices with aperture to create the starbursts on the Christmas lights, to the balance of complimentary colors with the reds and greens.  The portrait orientation of the photo helps simplify a busy scene, placing the focus on the wreath and letting your eye travel throughout the frame to take in all the detail.

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Bert de Bruin”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Bert de Bruin

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Jim Sollows”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Jim Sollows

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The power of photography is its ability to make us feel and imagine from nothing more than a  2 dimensional collection of dots on a piece of paper or computer screen.  “Mannequins” by Isengardt, definitely makes you feel something, the best word I have to describe it is “uncomfortable”.  This is a “rule breaker” image, and why it works so well.  The mannequins have been transformed by the light and composition into something other than the typical figure of glamour we expect.  Messy hair, harsh light, and black clothes create something more out of a Hitchcock movie then a department store. We associate the eyes with life and personality, here they are lifeless, the gaze of each directed somewhere off frame.  This otherworldly scene takes the viewer out of their comfort zone, one of the greatest purposes of art.

“The purpose of art actually is, in many cases, to make you feel quite uncomfortable. Or at least to go to that place that’s already of discomfort inside of you and tap into that.”  – Michael Moore

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Nic Taylor”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Nic Taylor

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The image “1” by Denis Malciu displays a perfect choice of composing in black and white, simplifying what could have otherwise been a very busy photo.  As the crowd stands in rapt attention to the dancer’s performance, they frame the dancers instead of competing with them. Imagine if instead this photo was presented in color.  The dancers could have easily gotten lost against that sea of people and the variety of textures and colors they are wearing.  Instead the photographer works purely with light and contrast.  Though small in the frame, the dancers take center stage in the image, drawing your attention directly to them, captivating you as they did the crowd.  

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Simplicity and symmetry are the first two things that grab one’s attention in the image “lost in white”. The moment of the women in mid stride is perfectly framed by the columns, her black outfit in stark contrast to the white building she walks past. One of the smallest details that adds life to the image is the raised foot and slight bit of motion blur. This creates the sense of movement in the image, bringing her and it to life, a beautiful example of a decisive moment captured.

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One of the most powerful aspects of photography is its ability elicit emotions in us.  But, our emotions can also change how we perceive an image. The first time I saw the Pierre Pichot’s photo “Ghost_19” I thought, “Cool, that has a great dark mood, it’s kinda creepy”. The next time, “It seems very melancholy, I wonder who that is and what they are thinking”.  The next time, “It feels like there is a sense of foreboding, like something bad is about to happen”. Each time I saw something different, because I was feeling something different before I looked at the image.  The photographer has created a scene where it conveys a dark mood, but they have left enough to our imaginations for us to dream up a story. It is a powerful image, because it engages us, drawing on our emotions to complete the scene.

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Rafa Velazquez”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Rafa Velazquez

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: P Sterling Images”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: P Sterling Images

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I have a new article published today on Photofocus, titled “Photographer of the Day: Patrick Gorden”. Here’s a sneakpeek… ” …” Check out the rest of the article at this link: Photographer of the Day: Patrick Gorden

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