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Tulips Revisted – Part 2

Part two of my tulip fine art flower photography revisit. Photographed with the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 16-55mm f2.8

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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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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.

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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

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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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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?

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Tulips – Flower Photography

 

There are a few flowers I really enjoy photographing. Lilies, tulips, and rhododendrons are counted among that number. As a common photographic subject, flowers are appreciated for their variety of form, intricacy, and emotional connection. Few people don’t have some level of appreciation for flowers. It’s no wonder that flower photography is such a popular genre.

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Take these tulips. I went for a classical representation. A simple black background and a single light source positioned to reveal detail. My goal with these images was to give the viewer a chance to appreciate not just the obvious prettiness of the tulips, but also take a moment to consider the amount of detail provided by nature. The lines of the petals, the dusting of pollen that can be seen in some the images, little details that can provoke an inner dialogue.

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I especially like the cutaway image that reveals more of the inner flower. It is an uncommon viewpoint, and I think imparts a greater sense of character. The slightly warm tone added to this black and white image was a whim, but one I think works.

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Each of the images shown here are important for me to have created. Like with any creative act it was about expressing something for myself and then sharing it with the rest of the world.Each of the images shown here is available for purchase here.

The images shown here are available for purchase here.

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Hairdryer

As a photographer, part of the deal is developing the ability to see photographs essentially everywhere. Make no mistake that this is an ability, an affinity, that must be cultivated. How? Well, by slowing down and really looking at what’s around you, by never taking anything for granted, and by developing a visual vocabulary all your own.

There are plenty of rules and guidelines to photography, but those are mostly on the technical side. You have the law of reciprocity, the rule of thirds, the inverse square ratio…but these are all tools, means to and end. Never should you focus so much on the technical aspect of your photography that you forget to nurture your particular vision.

Because you have one. Everyone does, nascent or fully-formed. Find yours. For myself, I know that I am drawn to appreciate and make certain types of photographs. I love shadow, the appreciation of minute detail, a sense of narrative in portraiture. I can trace all of these back to the influences on my own visual vocabulary, my aesthetic. Growing up in the 1980’s as a lover of comic books I know that informs some of my ideas of storytelling, my appreciation of western paintings influenced my sense of storytelling in portraiture, an interest in Japanese art still has a heavy influence on my color palette in processing photographs. None of this even begins the address the influence of modern photographers like Ralph Gibson and Gordon Parks.

You can see some of these influences in the images posted today. I saw what I wanted to capture in the form of an antiquated hairdryer and the way the light from a window fell on it. The rest of my particular photographic habits informed these images as they inform all my images.

Fellow photographer, I hope you know your visual vocabulary. I hope you cultivate your aesthetic the way a gardener would cultivate orchids. I hope you find your way.

HAIRDRYER

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