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Julia Anna Gospodarou
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www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer

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+World Photography Organisation Interview
If I was to recommend just one photography competition, this would be it. I’m happy to have been a top 10 finalist in Professional Category Architecture in 2013 and I can say that, among all my awards, this was one of those that made me the proudest.
Why?
First, it’s free to join, thus open to millions of photographers and the participation is in the range of hundreds of thousands of images, so getting a distinction is not that easy, thus more precious. Then, there’s real jury (comparing to what was lately happening with some other competitions, which I’m sure you know about). Also, you can only submit one series per category, so you need to do that intentionally and you can’t just send all your photos and wish for the best. Fourth, there are only a few awards attributed, compared to hundreds of honorable mentions other competitions offer (and I have quite a few of those too, so I’m not playing the arrogant here :). And most of all, it’s one of the few organizations that actually promote your work if you get awarded. I think all competitions should do that, but unfortunately, most of them are just businesses, and not even serious businesses, because a serious business would care about its clients and their investment and offer a substantial return for it.
Bottom line is that, for all this, I’m recommending World Photography Organization and Sony World Photography Awards 100% and I’m happy to be a part of their awarded artists.
In another line of thinking, this is an interview World Photography Organization recently did with me and I hope it can give you a bit more insight into my work and artistic philosophy, and that it can be useful for your work too.
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Enlightenment V Louvre Pyramid in the rain
http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Architecture/Architecture/i-bkPNRQJ/A
Back to my Enlightenment series, at least for a while.
You’ve seen quite a few different things from me lately and that’s not because I want to trick you into believing that I’m more than one person, or that I have some kind of split personality, but because I’m working on quite a few projects at this moment. I think they are 6-7 or maybe more. I can’t even count them, but that’s probably because I don’t believe in numbers and they don’t tell me much. The thing is, I’m very curious lately and I’ve been experimenting a lot and still have a lot to experiment. Architecture, landscape, portraiture, street, color, B&W, you’ve seen it all from me during the past year and I still have some more ideas. So I hope you won’t mind to be witnesses of my experimentation and you will forgive me if I confuse you with too many directions. I just need to experiment and to experience all these different directions to get where I need to get. So, for now, Enlightenment it is.
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Athens Blues - Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center by Renzo Piano (best seen large – just click below)
http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Architecture/Architecture/i-kz4vdsh/A
More night photography (+bonus New Moon). Latest in my “Blues” series of duo-chromatic studies, after Manhattan Blues. Paris comes next.
5-stot long exposure panorama, shot with the medium format Fujifilm GFX 50S and +Formatt-Hitech Firecrest 10-stop ND filter. I can tell you this image is HUGE.
I’m a bit reluctant to post panoramas on social media lately because they look so tiny, while in reality a panorama looks so impressive when it’s printed large. It’s actually a shame that there’s no way to see panoramas larger on social media. But I guess you can’t have it all. I wish I could send to all of you a 2 m long print of this image so you can see all the detail, but for now the only thing I can show to everybody is this image here. So if you want to see it larger, just click on the link. I can’t guarantee you will see it 2 m large, unless you have some monster size monitor, but it’s better than what you can see in your feed. And if you like, I can send you a 2 m large limited edition print - or even larger, if you have a big wall :) - so you can see what I see.
#mediumformat #fujifilmfgx50s #stavrosNiarchosFoundation
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Midnight Light II - The Shard and The Scoop London
http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Architecture/Architecture/i-tXQGFb6/A
During the past few years I’ve done quite a bit of night photography and I find it an enlightening experience. By night everything seems different, more silent, more peaceful, more meaningful. Especially when shooting architecture and shooting in the city, the difference comparing with shooting during the day is even bigger than in the case of landscape, for instance. Landscape is always peaceful. The city is pulsing with energy all day but at night it becomes something completely different. It becomes pensive and melancholic. It feels like traveling to another world. I find it much easier to concentrate and be in the moment when I’m shooting at night with no distractions that I have to deal with. Everything seems more mysterious and it makes it much easier for me to imagine stories and look at what I have in front of me in a different way. I need to imagine stories when I’m doing photography. Otherwise the whole thing would be meaningless to me. I’m not necessarily interested in documenting a subject (unless I get to discover some unknown continent that needs to be documented – highly unlikely to happen though) but in exploring what hides below the surface, in the stories that a place can tell me, and there are so many stories at night that are invisible during the day. Sometimes the stories I imagine when I make a photograph are taken from my own life and sometimes they are just fantasy. But I need these stories and I can find them more easily when I’m alone - one of the reasons I love shooting at night. It’s only you and whatever you want to imagine about what you’re photographing.
I remember years ago when I first saw Brassai’s night photographs of the Paris of the 20s and 30s and how magic that felt. I still find his night photography magic and it comes to my mind almost every time I shoot at night. If you can find Paris by Night by Brassai, it’s a great book to have
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One of my prints for Salon de Photographie Strasbourg exhibition in April.
It's looking pretty nice, if I might say so.
- and no, it's not me hiding behind the print.:)
Photo by Impression Panoramique
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Are you on Vero?
Let's get connected. I just joined. #vero
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Time Ellipsis VI - Pindus National Park, Greece
When you look deep down inside yourself, what do you see? Whatever that is, it is what makes the art you create, either you realize it or not. Either you believe that art, photography, if you are a photographer, or any other medium, emerges from who you are and how you experience life, or you believe you are just showing beauty, and even if you are a socially aware artist and what you do is raise awareness about what happens around you, what you do as an artist is born deep inside you, in a space you cannot even control or fully be aware of unless you actually do your art. By doing it, you understand what triggered it, you understand who you are. This is how I function in photography and realizing this helped me tremendously in understanding what I do.
I hope me sharing this bit of personal experience with you will help you too.
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Time Ellipsis III - Pindus National Park, Greece
Nothing compares to how you feel when you're surrounded by fresh snow in the heart of nature. It's bliss.
http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Landscapes/Landscape/i-tNvLgf4/A
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Time Ellipsis VII
More snow from Pindus National Park.
http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Landscapes/Landscape/i-2PgkXpC/A
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