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Julia Anna Gospodarou
Works at Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
Attended University of Architecture and Urban Planning "Ion Mincu", Bucharest
Lives in Athens
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Complete Guide to B&W Fine Art Photography
Sharing again one of my most popular tutorials. This guide is constantly in the Top 5 of the most read articles on my blog and i'm happy it helps others understand better B&W fine art photography so they can use it as a tool for expressing their vision.
Don't forget, photography is not an end goal in itself, but just a tool to express ourselves. Use your camera as if you would use a brush when painting.
YOU are the one giving life to your photos. Always!
This guide to black and white fine art photography is a compilation of the most important principles of black and white photography, a collection of guidelines for monochrome photography
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Thanks for your efforts to promote photographic art +Julia Anna Gospodarou You are one of those who have made g+ such a wonderful place.
I am heavily indebted to you for improvement in my BW photography
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Inspiration - How an artist discovers her artistic side and the freedom to create
I want to share with you all an article one of my students, Paddy Dawson, wrote about her experience with embracing fine art photography and exploring her artistic side. Paddy's experience not only shows me how powerful our artistic soul is but gives me inspiration for my own journey and shows me once more how much enthusiasm and curiosity count in finding our vision and following our passion. Thank you Paddy!
It feels a long time since I last wrote here and in fact it is – last October, just as I started being mentored by Julia Anna Gospodarou. And the ensuing months have been an amazing roller-coaster ride – a rewarding, exhilarating, stimulating learning curve – well beyond my hopes and ...
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This is truly off the scale on beauty. Wow!! 
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DOUBLE GOLD at PX3 2016 Prix de le Photographie Paris
It seems French people love me, and I love them back :)
For the 4th year in a row I am winning First Prize at PX3 Professionals Architecture. Twice this year and a HM together with them. Practically from the moment I first entered PX3 I won at least one Gold medal for my photography every year. I cannot tell you how happy this makes me not so much for the awards themselves, but for the fact that my work was continuously rewarded with the highest distinction. I think continuity is very important in the work of an artist and standing the test of time with our work is the utmost reward and motivation to go on. It means we can communicate something with our work and when this is happening over a long period of time we are able to connect with the others at a deeper level and express our most personal vision much easier because our fine art language is becoming more and more recognizable and meaningful.
I want to give my warmest congratulations to my students who won awards and distinctions, and they are quite a few. I’m so happy and so proud of you all.
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Ευχαριστώ πολύ +Aleka Iakovidou !
Thanks you +Arijit Hazra !
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ESB Fleeting Light - New York City by night
I could call this a decisive moment, as I think Henri Cartier-Bresson would call it. You can read about its creation in my new article in the Art & Vision series: How to Speed up Fine Art Processing?
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/speed-up-fine-art-processing/
I believe one should strive to create the best representation of his vision in the image he creates, no matter the photographic material he starts with, scene and conditions, because this in my opinion is what art does, re-creating the world. This means sometimes working days and weeks on an image to bring it to where your mind has imagined it.
Sometimes though, you find an image that is ready for you and expresses exactly your thoughts and feelings, or at least it is very close to what you need in order to transform the scene into your vision. This was one of those moments when the Empire State building was covered in diffuse soft fog, a phenomenon that always moves me.
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Thanks for asking +Julia Anna Gospodarou except the heat and the bad news here... I'm ok and hope you too...
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New York (en)Visionography Workshop 2016 – Impressions & Behind the Scenes
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/new-york-2016-workshop-impressions/
Some photos from my workshop in NYC. It was a wonderful event with happy people doing what they love most: shooting amazing places and talking about photography. I’m over the moon that everyone had a great time and learned a lot. Amazing photos are coming out of this workshop already and that’s my best reward.
Stay tuned tomorrow when I will launch my next workshop in another amazing city for photography. There will be a special price for early birds and quite a few spots have already been pre-reserved so I recommend early sign up to ensure your spot.
The photos were shot by me and my students Ken Scruggs, John Scala, Tony Beverly, Dan Gomer, Louisa Pollard, Dermot Russell. It was such a pleasure meeting everyone. I can’t wait to see all the photos!
Last week I was teaching my New York 2016 (en)Visionography Workshop. it was a wonderful event with happy people doing what they love most: talking photography
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I see great professionalism ... greetings dear +Julia Anna Gospodarou 
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Manhattan Blues - Duo-Chromatic New York City
To be experienced with music. My choice: Duke Ellington – Caravan https://youtu.be/KQ7ypEF4JRg
I’m happy to go back in NYC next week to teach a sold out (en)Visionography workshop and meet my students. Looking forward to that and to shooting the Manhattanhenge phenomenon that is happening only twice a year and we will be there to capture it.
This image is an 11-shot (YES 11 shots!!!) panorama (you don’t want to know how heavy that file was) of Lower Manhattan at sunset.
The image is a continuation of my series of duo-chromatic experiments in blue that I started a couple of years ago and worked on and off on it. Black and white it still The King for me but here I am experimenting with something new. I think the spirit of B&W is more than just about the actual use of the black and the white but it is something deeper. It has to do with light and not only with color or the lack of it. This is what I’m studying in this duo chromatic blue series. I’m trying to re-create the spirit of B&W and the emotion it creates, but not by actually using black and white but other duo chromatic combinations. One of the reason is to show that I is not the technique or color range that creates the emotion in art but it is the deeper meaning and the understanding of how to connect with the viewer on more basic intuitive levels, by offering the mind and heart a different look on things.
I was always fascinated by the dialogue between two colors and how some colors are able to communicate with each other so well. There is an entire theory as for why this is happening and I’m building on that, but this is a discussion for another time since it’s a longer talk. I’ll better do that on my blog. And who knows, my next experimentations might be with psychedelic colors that awaken the senses in an extreme way. I like extremes in art and emotions so that would fit my artistic style. But for the moment I’m floating on a sea of blues…
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TOP 5 TIPS (+ bonus) FOR CREATING ORIGINAL FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY
A new article in my (en)VISION series, part of my (en)Visionography theory. I’m trying to answer a difficult question in this article: How to create original art. I’ve been preoccupied all my life with how to do things in a different way, in a personal way, how to go off the beaten path, with manifestations in everything I’ve done art related, be it drawing, writing, architecture or photography, and these are some of my thoughts about how one can do it. I hope they will help those who are also preoccupied by creating originality in art. I’m not referring here only to photography, actually I’ve always seen photography as an art and not as a technique. Everything I say applies to all kinds of art so, in case you happen to be a painter, or even a writer, you will discover that these things might apply to you too.
You will also find a little surprise in the article. Not saying what, but go ahead and discover it.
The eternal question: How to create original art? Many tried to answer this question, but it is still a mystery. Over time I developed a few theories about creating original fine art photography that I will share now with you
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Thanks a lot +Nina Katajamaki and +MANOJKUMAR SRIVASTAVA !
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Happy 4th of July to all my American friends, students and collaborators!
Looking forward to my next trip to the US.
#fieartstreetphotography #ladyliberty #NYC #july4th
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Good morning Julia!Extraordinary photo skill,of A beautiful photography scientist.Love you!
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It is with sadness that I wrote this article. Sadness for photography...
How far can we go with Inspiring from other photographers in the age of Internet? Can we still share knowledge freely or should we be afraid it will be misused?
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Wishing - Kefalonia Island, Greece_
http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/La…/Landscape/i-fMhkQZm/A
In line with my latest blog post, I’m trying to find ways of speeding up the process of creation, by speeding up the processing time, but without sacrificing the technical qualities of the final result, always bearing in mind how the image will look if printed in large. That’s where everything becomes clear and where no mistakes are forgiven because everything is visible.
So far the best solution I found is to find in front of you conditions that are close to your vision so you don’t need to work intensively in editing to bring the image where your vision is. This was one of those moments where I only needed to enhance nature but not change it radically to suit my vision.
I am working on some more complex images at the moment that will take some more time but I’m so happy when I find a scene that fits what I have in mind for certain image. It’s true I had to wait and I shot more than 10 photos to get the cloud where I wanted it and of course to get just one cloud but not a bunch, but it was there when I needed it, just like the fog was there when I shot the Empire State Building in my previous photo.
Thanks nature! You’ve been so kind.
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Thanks very much +Mario Garcia  and +Thierry Kergroac'h
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PARIS (en)Visionography Workshop 2016, October 21-23
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/paris-workshop-2016/
Delighted to launch a long-waited workshop. (en)Visionography comes to Paris, one of the wonder cities of the world and among my Top 5 best cities for photography worldwide.
If you want to live the experience, I’d love to be your guide in discovering how to create EMOTION in your images while exploring some of the architectural icons of the world in the most romantic city I know.
There is a special price for early birds and enough spots have been filled already so I recommend early sign up if you want to join. It looks like it’s going to be my fastest sold out workshop so far.
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Off to NYC in a few hours to teach a sold out (en)Visionography workshop in one of my favorite cities in the world. I have amazing students and I can’t wait to meet them and have a fantastic time doing what we like best, fine art photography.
When I get back I’ll be announcing my next workshop and you should get ready for another top location.
Surprise…
I’ll be back soon with updates from NYC.
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Introduction

NEW BOOK: "From Basics to Fine Art - B&W Photography" with co-author Joel Tjintjelaar - http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart

Organizing: Fine Art Architectural Workshops | Private Workshops | Fine Art Photography  Mentoring Programs
Contact for details:  j.gospodarou@gmail.com

Events:
- ATHENS Fine Art Architectural Workshop, Nov. 2-3, 2013 
- Organizer of the FIRST ever Fine Art Architectural  Workshop  in ATHENS, November 2012
Organizer of the FIRST GOOGLE+ EURO PHOTOWALK in BERLIN, May 2012
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AWARDS

- PX3 2013 – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS - People's Choice Awards - Category Fine Art Architecture PROFESSIONALS – GOLD (1st Prize) for the series “ODE TO BLACK” Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu

- PX3 2013 – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS - People's Choice Awards - Category Architecture Advertising PROFESSIONALS – SILVER (2nd Prize) for the series “ODE TO BLACK” Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu

-BLACK & WHITE SPIDER AWARDS 2013 - 3 Nominations – Architecture Category for the images: 1/ Converging, 2/ Hidden, 3/ Like a Harp's Strings I - Overture Details: http://thespiderawards.com/gallery/8th/gallery.php?x=a&cid=221&g=w

- IPA 2013 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - BRONZE (3rd Prize) for the series "LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS - ENCORE" – Category ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONALS – BRIDGES

- IPA 2013 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 3 Honorable Mentions for the series "ODE TO BLACK - BLACK HOPE" – Category ARCHITECTURE Professionals– Buildings, Architecture Self Promotion, Architecture Other

- IPA 2013 – INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - 3 Honorable Mentions for the series "CATHARSIS" – Category FINE ART Professionals– Landscape, Fine Art Self Promotion, Fine Art Trees

- PX3 2013 – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS - Category Architecture Advertising PROFESSIONALS – Bronze (Third Prize) for the series “ODE TO BLACK” - http://bit.ly/WtNGEd Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu

- PX3 2013 – PRIX DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE DE PARIS – Category Fine Art Architecture PROFESSIONALS – Honorable Mention for the series “ODE TO BLACK” - http://bit.ly/WtNGEd Series overview http://bit.ly/14YK8yu

- SWPA 2013 - Sony - WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - Finalist Top 10 shortlist - Category ARCHITECTURE PROFESSIONALS - for the series "LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS" (The series consists in 6 B&W long exposure photographs of the Katehaki Pedestrian Bridge, Athens, designed by S. Calatrava) - http://bit.ly/YP93Bf 

- IPA 2012 - INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - Winner of Honorable Mention for the series "LIKE A HARP'S STRINGS" - Category Architecture - Bridges (The series consists in 5 B&W long exposure photographs of the Katehaki Pedestrian Bridge, Athens, designed by S. Calatrava)  :http://goo.gl/zKiGR & http://goo.gl/7GwOS

- IPA 2012 - INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS - Winner of Honorable Mention for the series "A PATH TO THE SKY" Category - Architecture - Buildings (The series consists in 5 B&W long exposure photographs of modern architecture in Athens and Berlin)   :http://goo.gl/Clkda & http://goo.gl/j6hLB
Awarded series overview: http://goo.gl/0lZhi

- BEST OF 500px for 2012 – TOP 10 - Category: ABSTRACT - for Like a Harp's Strings III - Rising - http://bit.ly/YP93Bf & http://bit.ly/VYFF8Z

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BIO

Architect with a Master degree and International Award-Winning B&W Fine Art photographer, with high distinctions in the most important photography competitions worldwide (SWPA, IPA, PX3, IFPA, B&W Spider Awards etc.), Julia lives in Athens, but considers herself a citizen of the world and this molded her art and life philosophy. Julia has an equal passion for architecture and photography practicing both with the same enthusiasm and joy. In her architectural career she has worked at the most important constructions realized in Greece over the last years, conducting projects or working next to some famous names of Greek and world architecture, like RTKL London or Santiago Calatrava. 

Julia is mostly known for her B&W long exposure architectural photography, which is also the genre that speaks most to her artistic sensibility. Adept of the idea that processing your photographs is at least as important as capturing them, in order to make them express your unique vision and view over the world, a view that defines a photographer's personal style, her work goes beyond the boundaries of traditional photography and enters the fields of imagination and of searching for a perfect world. 

In parallel with her photographic work, Julia also writes fine art photography books (i.e. “From Basics to Fine Art - B&W Photography" with co-author Joel Tjintjelaar http://sites.fastspring.com/juliaannagospodarou/product/frombasicstofineart) and teaches fine art architectural photography workshops for groups or private, around the world, at the same time mentoring students online in B&W Fine Art Photography. Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, her photographic work can also be seen online on the most important photography sites.

She calls her style of photography (en)Visionography™ www.envisionography.com, a new name for photography and a concept saying that fine art photography has to do much more with the vision of the artist than with the subject or how the camera captures it, this being what sets free the imagination and creativity of the photographer. This concept reflects also in her personal creative and processing method called Photography Drawing (PhtD™), method based on how light interacts with volumes and how this can be translated in an image in order to provoke emotion, by using the principles of classical B&W drawing applied to B&W photography.


ARTIST STATEMENT

As long as I know myself I was in a constant quest for the best way of expressing myself and my vision about the world in images. In order to do that I've used over time different tools as: drawing, designing and in a large measure photography.

Photography for me represents a language of its own and one of the most beautiful languages indeed, and long exposure photography represents the most magical part of this language, the part that allows us to come in contact with our subconscious and with the things we don't know that we know… What I try do is to speak this language in order to make myself understood, to convey my ideas and feelings and to show to others the beauty I see and the perfection that exists in everything that surrounds us, from an abstract architectural detail all the way to the motion of a wave embracing a rock, or the hint of gesture of a stranger passing in the street.

Beauty and perfection are always there, even in the places that one wouldn't expect them to exist, the only prerequisite in order to see them is to always have your eyes, heart and mind open. I try to find them and when I do I'm happy. I then try to capture them so I can keep them from flying away, I need to afterwards interpret them through my processing so I can add my own self to the equation and finally show the result back to the world. It's a full circle, I take my inspiration from the world around me and I give my images back to it as a sign of gratitude for the beauty that it showed me. All these steps going through the circle are equally fascinating to me and each one adds something to the life of the image I create. For me the life of an image, this process that starts with the image being conceived in the mind of a photographer and culminates when it reaches and gives emotion to the viewer and also back to the photographer himself, this life always aims as its utmost goal at capturing the time and making it last forever. And this is a fundamental aspect of photography: making things, people and emotions immortal.

Beauty is my statement about the world I live in, it's what I search for, it's what interests me when I open my eyes in the morning, when I take my camera and go out shooting and when I sit in front of my images processing them, trying to make them mine, to make them express my own thoughts and feelings about the things I see. Photography makes me happy and this is not a cliché. It surprises me every day and it gives me a safe space where I can be myself no matter what, and this means freedom.

Photography, as an art form, is the utmost expression of freedom, because beauty is above and beyond all freedom of spirit.

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I like beauty. All kinds of beauty ...seen, heard, written.
I like contrasts ...light and dark, silence and noise, stillness and dynamism.
I like playing and discovering.
I like languages. All of them. I like the civilizations, the places and the people behind them.
I like ...no, scratch that! ...I adore music.
I like studying people, understanding their strengths and sensibilities.
I like => love  to travel.
I like to mould  matter into shapes, I like to turn sensations into photographs, I like to dive into the music of each moment that I happen to be a part of.

Last but not least ...I love Manual Mode.

...and I like to make fun of it all, once in a while.
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Some details:
Curating the sea related theme #SeaTuesday (page  +Sea Tuesday ).

Also co-curating the architectural related theme #ArchitecturalVisions (page +ArchitecturalVisions) together with +Joel Tjintjelaar

Bragging rights
I hate to brag about it, so I'll just mention in passing: I'm fluent to comfortable in English, French, Greek, Romanian, Italian (not necessarily in that order) and I can survive in German.
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  • University of Architecture and Urban Planning "Ion Mincu", Bucharest
    Architecture, Urban Planning, Design, 1992 - 1998
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