Artsy, Black and White, Color, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography

Tulip Revisit – Part 1

Just a quick post today after a rather lengthy hiatus. Some color and black and white photographs of tulips to get us back into the swing of things. These particular images will be going up for available prints at both sites for prints by me; this one and this one.

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Abstract, Artsy, Color, depth of field, Flowers, garden, Photography

Green

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For some, abstract photography presents difficulties. Possibly they struggle with the “why” of abstract images, what they are meant to signify to the viewer. Personally, to me, the abstract photograph is about taking the subject our of its context. Looking not only at what it is, but what it also is, what interest it holds when taken for its form and construction outside of its obvious context.

Artsy, Black and White, Color, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography, Still Life

Sunflower Photography: New Prints!

Today I’ve added two new prints to my Sunflower gallery. These are fine art images, one in color and one in black & white. I was really taken with the shape and form of sunflowers a few months back and it resulted in a rather large body of work on the subject.

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There are a few more images to be added to this catalog in the near future, likely just before Christmas ūüėČ

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As always, prints of my work can be found at desmondmanny.com.

Artsy, Black and White, Color, depth of field, maternity photography, Photography, portrait photography

Fall Maternity Session – Pretty in Purple

Recently I had the opportunity to photograph Jhoanna’s maternity session. Jhoanna knew exactly what she wanted from her session and so I was able to choose a location that met her needs.

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It’s fall which means some fantastic changes in the natural colors here in the Pacific Northwest as well as cooler temperatures. Portraits at this time of year are something special. There are plenty of venues for outdoor portraits. A photographer is limited only by their own desire to seek out some of these locals. This made my task a lot easier in this particular session.

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Jhoanna and her husband Chris picked the colors for their wardrobe which I think works. Jhoanna had already expressed her desire for nice, warm, fall images.

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Fall normally means rain here in the Pacific Northwest and there was some concern that we might have to reschedule our planned day. Fortunately, things worked out just as we planned for our late afternoon shoot.

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A great session that resulted in a happy client and a happy photographer. I’m looking forward to her new arrivals for their first portraits too. That’s right, “arrivals”, can’t wait to meet these twins!

Artsy, Black and White, Color, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography

Tulips, Tulips, Tulips – Flower Photography

Today’s post is an update to my fine art photography catalog. I’ve spoken about the appeal of fine art flower photography before and these recent images reinforce the message. Tulips are¬†pretty common in the¬†genre, but with¬†good reason.

As usual, these images are all available as prints to be found here.

Tulip Gallery at DESMONDMANNY.COM

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This is the first to two major updates for this subject. The second will be coming later this year between some other major updates.

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As with all my prints, these are printed on archival matte papers so they are meant to last years. My own style of flower photography owes a lot to my love of images with lots of characters and harkens back to the style of late twentieth-century photography in many ways.

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Fine Art Photography Prints Available at DESMONDMANNY.COM

Tulips Gallery at DESMONDMANNY.COM

Artsy, Black and White, Fine Art Photography, Photography

Influences and Inspirations in Phototgraphy

Like anything else, you bring yourself to your photography. Your photography is a distillation of experiences and the art and media you consume. Like writing, painting, songwriting – pretty much every creative endeavor – it all gets thrown in the mix.

Along with that comes the importance of the idea of curating what you consume, media-wise. For a writer, this means reading, voraciously, not just the stuff you like or the stuff you would like to write but as much as you can bridging as many genres as you can. Photography as a visual medium has an even greater responsibility not just to look, but to see.

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Fortunately, photography lays its past, present, and ideas about its future out to see for everyone. A lot of photographers today lock themselves into a certain style or genre, emulating but not innovating. Some photographers ignore what has gone before entirely rallying around the mantra that art is subjective as an excuse not to elevate their work or learn. Both approaches are creatively myopic.

My own personal journey in photography has been dictated by being genuinely curious about what came before and attentive to where the road may lead.

I don’t consider myself an innovator by any means, in fact, I would probably consider myself a classicist. But I couldn’t do that without a healthy knowledge of many different styles of photography.

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Take the images in today’s post. These were not planned. I was visiting with family and my youngest niece¬†was petitioning to go outside. Forced to wait she reacted as most 3-year olds do; she hung around the door singing to herself and hanging all over it. Something that caused me to reach for the camera and take these three images.

It was only later that I realized what I saw and recognized the inspiration to grab the camera. I’ve mentioned before how one of my main influences is photographer Ralph Gibson. Gibson is all over these images. I’m still happy with them, but I have to acknowledge the influence that caused me to snap the shutter in the first place.

Your¬†creativity is a river, it should be evolving and changing, taking things in, sweeping along, then leaving them on the shore as you mature as an artist. And occasionally¬†you’ll get a reminder of where it is you’ve come from. An echo of the visual vocabulary you’ve built up over the years. It should make you smile, I did.

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Artsy, Black and White, Color, Fine Art Photography, flower photography, Flowers, Photography, Still Life

Sunflowers – Flower Photography

I have been including fine art flower photography in my photographic oeuvre almost since I first picked up a camera. There’s no real mystery to it. I have mentioned it before but flowers are a fantastic photographic subject because of their availability and infinite form. There are very few flowers that are not a worthy of photographic attention. Of course, like everyone else I have my favorites. I’m very partial to lilies (Peace and Stargazer, thank you), tulips, and now sunflowers.

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Yes, consider the humble sunflower. Okay, it’s a pretty popular flower. It’s an evocative flower. The color, the shape of the petals, the variety of different breeds. All of this is in aid of saying that I photographed a ton of sunflowers recently.

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As usual, my fine art prints are available at several portals including artspan, pixels.com, and redbubble. Additionally, I’m offering a limited discount on a 20″ by 16″ canvas of Sunflower #6 here¬†(until September 13, 2017).

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These images have become some of my recent faves. I find there is something meditative about these particular images. There’s something about the shapes and textures of the sunflower. What do you think?

Artsy, Black and White, Photography, Portrait, things seen

The Sketch Artist

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If I could draw or paint to any acceptable degree I probably wouldn’t be a photographer.

I’ve spent probably close to a year coming to grips with my color photographic work. I began with black and white film (Kodak Plus-X and Fuji Acros being favorites) and for a time really struggled with color work. Especially digital. I finally got to the point where I was comfortable enough…but if you are engaged in a creative pursuit you know “comfortable enough”, never is.

So I would work at it. I now think my color work is as strong as my black and white work. Usually.

At any rate, you can judge because the next post is all about some recent fine art work and features color in equal amounts to monochrome.