Berlin – Jewish Museum - Architect Daniel Libeskind
You can see the first part of the Shadows of A Soul series here http://bit.ly/1eIRZTG These are images I never posted publicly and you can only see them on my site.
For more about this image stay tuned, I'll post the story behind it in a couple of days, together with details about the processing, since it was a quite complicated image to work on. This is a combination of 5 images and I'll show you how I made this look like it does. Believe me, it has nothing to do with the originals. But I won't spoil the surprise... : )
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Whoever knows me better knows that I'm totally in love with people motion blur in photography. People motion blur can travel me to a totally different world and show me things I'll never see in normal circumstances, it's like a transcendental experience to watch this kind of images and to create them myself. That “state of trance” that only art can set you in, I'm feeling it when I come in contact with this kind of photographs or when I live them by working on them.
It all started in 1994 when I saw the people motion blur work of Alexey Titarenko http://www.alexeytitarenko.com/ for the first time. It was the moment I came in contact with Fine art photography and when I understood that there is much more to it than to click the shutter and capture a nice scene. When I understood that you can use photography to explore worlds unseen by anyone and that you can show this worlds to everyone then and make them part of your experience. That was a turning point on my artistic path, that was the moment when I started to “see” not only to look...
I had pretty much the same feelings when I saw for the first time for real an exhibition with the paintings of Francis Bacon http://www.francis-bacon.com/ in Paris in 1996. If you are familiar with Bacon you know that in his paintings the bodies of the subjects are also “blurred”, contorted, changed. They lose their shape to transform into something else that takes you to another dimension, to subconscious and even further. Even if using different tools, photography and painting, for me the two artists are similar as for how far they go with exploring the unseen side of this world and how powerful the experience can be. I still haven't found something that can replace the sensation the work of these two artists give me.
This was a long introduction to why I like to work with people motion blur, for those who don't know that already.
But as I said ...more about it in a couple of days. See you on my site.
#motionblur #berlin #architecture
...the only purpose of art is to make you dream, to make you travel. Don't let them tell you anything else. If they do, they just don't understand...
Second chapter in my Chicago series and the story goes on. You can read it on my site http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/fluid-time-ii/ as well as the stories behind all my photos. Subscribe to get all my posts, tutorials and exciting news the moment I post them. Next coming: something I was promising for a long time (read: my creative & processing method) which is in the making and you'll be the first to get it if you subscribe http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/subscribe/
One Prudential Plaza, Chicago – Architects Naess & Murphy
Some details about the image:
Technique: T/S LE = Tilt + Shift + Long Exposure
Shot with Canon 5D MK3 & TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II.
T/S settings - 8.5 degrees oblique tilt at 45 degrees rotation, 12mm shift (rise)
Filters: ProStop IRND Filters
Processing - PS CS6 & LR5 & Suite
I'm more and more delighted by the Topaz plugins these days. My latest favorite is Topaz DeNoise which did a fantastic job in the image that I will post after this one. Check out all the plugins here http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html and if you like them get a 15% discount with code “juliaannagospodarou”
Art and Bravery? Want to know my opinion on this? I invite you over to my site.
With a bit of delay, OK a bit more to be precise, I keep wanting to do this from summer but I had a crazy busy schedule the whole last year, here's my ND Magazine Portfolio for you to enjoy.
I have to say, now that I had the time to browse more seriously the site, that there are some great names there and some fantastic pieces of art. Go see for yourself. Very interesting also, the ND Awards 2014!
Thank you for the invite , promise to be quicker next time : )
A new name for photography in the digital era and a new page on my site.
You've heard me talking about this term many times, now it's the moment for it to have its own page where I explain it and what it means in my work. We need a new definition of photography since digital photography is so different from the traditional analog one and I realized this more and more over the years as I was moving from film to digital and from the traditional dark room to processing my images using software. I realized we rely much more on vision in digital photography than on the given light in a given space, that we don't need to limit ourselves to what we see but we can also photograph what we feel and this is the essence of my theory. I needed a new name for a new kind of art and here is the name I gave it - (en)Visionography is the new Fine Art Photography.
I am an (en)Visionographer! How about you?
(much more on Vision and on (en)Visionography in the soon to be released book “From Basics to Fine Art” by me and http://bit.ly/1dO3lX8)
My “thank you” goes to who encouraged me to give (en)Visionography a more prominent space on my site. More will follow.
Hello World! No, I didn't disappear : ) I'm back and happy to be featured by again!! I was telling you some time ago that I have a new love among the Topaz plugins and this is the DeNoise one. Have a look at my photo in this feature and what a great job DeNoise did with it, removing all the noise while keeping the detail sharp. I just love that! There's a great 50% discount till March 31st (39.99USD) and believe me, it's worth every penny! You can get it here http://www.topazlabs.com/782.html with the code “mardenoise”.
Check out the feature as well http://www.topazlabs.com/denoise
My secret.... ? Use the magic of light and shadow to shape the world. But HOW??
I was asked many times what is my secret in photography. How do I make the world look perfect? My answers was by “drawing my photographs”. Many of you know, I'm talking about Photography Drawing for a long time, must be at least 2 years but I never till now made a serious study on this method. The time has come though to make this secret public. I'm doing it in the upcoming book “From Basics to Fine Art” that I'm writing with and I'm now posting a large fragment from the book that will give you an insight into my mind and explain this method.
More about it, also all the Processing Steps in Photography Drawing™ (not elaborated in this fragment), as well as many other topics you will find in the book that will be out in a few weeks and very soon we will start a pre-sale that will run for a limited period of time. I'll make the announcement about the pre-sale on my site, you can subscribe now to find out about it first http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/subscribe/
PS. Happy day today as I just got my second Joel Tjintjelaar IRND filter kit, this time in the circular screw on version 82mm for my T/S lens, plus an excellent new polarizing filter (that you all know I'm in love with). Thank you Formatt Hitech and You guys and your filters rock!! Hands down!
A feature of my work published today in an important Greek news hub. Thank you for the invite Stefanos Kastrinakis! Most of the photos you will see in the slideshow were taken in Athens and generally in Greece.
If you don't speak Greek you can have a look over some older interviews I did http://bit.ly/15TpWjJ
- Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art PhotographerArchitect | Fine Art Photographer, presentwww.juliaannagospodarou.com
- 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
Architect and International Award-Winning Black and White Fine Art photographer, Julia lives in Athens and has a passion for both architecture and photography, doing them with the same dedication and joy. Interested in photography from a very young age, she is used to think in images and considers them even more important than words.
Julia is mostly known for her Black & White long exposure architectural photography, but she is covering with her work multiple aspects and photographic genres, as she is in love with beauty in all its forms and is always in search of the best way to express herself in images. That's why you will see her shooting seascapes, landscapes, street photography or portraits with the same enthusiasm she shoots buildings or cityscapes.
Adept of the idea that processing your photographs is at least as important as capturing them, in order to give them a piece of yourself and make them express your unique vision and your own view over the world, a view that is different for each and every photographer, her work goes beyond the boundaries of traditional photography and enters the fields of imagination and of searching for a perfect world and the expression of this world through images.
Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, her photographic work can also be seen online on the most important photography sites: 500px, Google+, Flickr, 1x.com, Art Limited.
And if you are curious about her architectural work, just take a look at the latest big architectural projects done in Athens and all over Greece and also at her Architectural Bio and Projects list for a few examples:
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.
ARCHITECTURE AND MY PHOTOGRAPHY CREDO - (EN)VISIONOGRAPHY
I specialize is B&W architectural fine art photography and this has very much to do with my passion for architecture, also with my main profession, which is architect.
My approach to architectural photography is to look at my subjects and present them in a rather minimalist and abstract way. This approach is related to the way I think and to my artistic education and background, also to the preferences I have in art. This way of seeing architecture doesn't mean though that I'm abstracting my subjects in such an extent for my images to become only a combination of shapes.
What I'm trying to convey through my photography is a different way of looking at buildings by emphasizing and presenting almost abstract structural details, without though removing completely the factor of scale, form and context that could help identify the object. This is again the architect in me speaking, since I believe that you can't create real and valuable architecture if you ignore the context, either you harmonize your creation with it, or you aim to contrast with it. Therefore, when capturing architecture I am guided by the same principles as when I'm designing, abstracting my subjects in context. My aim with this “almost abstract” approach of a building is to put the mind of the viewer in a different space, where he needs to find different rules to interpret what he sees, a different language, but where I'm not interested to show him only an interesting or unexpected play of lines or patterns, but also help him have a glance at the essence, the soul of the structure that I photographed, which for me gives substance and emotional value to the photograph, it makes it become warm and alive, it helps it find a quicker way to the soul of the viewer, which is what I eventually aim to touch with my work: I'm not interested in touching the viewer's mind, I'm not addressing to his logic, I'm aiming to his soul and to everything that transcends the logical understanding and cold plain analyze. I'm aiming to create art and, in my world, art doesn't address to the mind, but to the soul. I think this is what defines my work and sets it apart, the fact that I'm not aiming at a logical perfection, but at an emotional one. In this respect, I could call the style of my architectural photography “emotional abstract”, term that also defines my way of thinking in general.
I call the process that leads to the creation of my photographs “(en)visionography” and this is the name I give to what I do, the alternative name for photography that I find more suitable for my work, and the result of this process is a fusion of reality and imagination, where the image starts by being a white board where I design and build my photograph by using from reality only those elements that help me convey my vision and the idea I want to present in the final image. Processing is the tool I use to achieve my goal, to give shape to my vision, and the way I'm processing my work is very similar to what I would do if I was drawing the photograph by using a pencil, the same way I do it when I'm drawing on paper. This is why I’m talking about “drawing my photographs” instead of processing them. In essence, what I do is to take a raw image from the world and mold it into the shape of my mind and soul, so I can identify with it. It's a very personal process, as the creation process is for every artist and it first has a meaning and value to me and only afterwards to the others. My goal by doing photography is to first cover my need of expressing myself through art and then to send my thoughts out into the world in a form that can be understood. I'm using light and shadow to “draw” my thoughts into a photograph that is therefore becoming my voice. I know that I have reached my goal when the viewer can “read” my message and is moved by it. Which is the message? Beauty is the message and the mystery of life.
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.
Curating the sea related theme #SeaTuesday (page +Sea Tuesday ).
- University of Architecture and Urban Planning "Ion Mincu", BucharestArchitecture, Urban Planning, Design, 1992 - 1998
Im Gespräch mit Julia Anna Gospodarou - kwerfeldein - Fotografie Magazin
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