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Vision Drawings: Session #1:  +Cole Thompson 

I am proud to announce the first interview in a series based on a new psychology of photography I developed called "Vision Drawings / Oramagraphy™" (you can find a link to it in the preamble of the interview). Our first guest is a modest rebel of fine art photography whose experiential wisdom and compelling image-making has made him a much-talked-about and inspirational master of his craft. I present to you, Cole Thompson! A big thank you to Cole for his passionate engagement around an exploratory albeit unconventional interview. It is the main reason why I tout a personal originality, and as you will see, so does Cole. We shared a lot in the interim, and I am glad to know that he found a lot of merit in my theory. The interview is based on the photographer's own words and wisdom. Enjoy!

Who will be the next photographer? Just wait and see : ) The plan is to consider 10 photographers in total whose photographic vision speaks to me on a personal level based on their work who either haven't spoken about their vision or have more to say about the topic. Stay tuned!

#fineartphotography   #visiondrawings   #oramagraphy  
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Time for a new era of Photography contests with the +STARK Awards! The judges are superb (e.g., Michael Levin - yes, that Michael Levin : ) and the competition is going to be equally amazing with so many talented photographers. Get your photos in stat! I am proud to be the curator of the Architecture exhibit at Stark-Magazine and I am even prouder to see the magazine and site grow by leaps and bounds.  Many thanks to +Jason Lowry for putting together a stellar magazine and competition! 
 
 
2014 STARK AWARDS INTERNATIONAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

June 15 - Early Bird Deadline #photography  

Submit your work to the soon to be world's most prestigious photography competition

Win the Title of Photographer of the Year and receive a gallery exhibit at the prestigious PHOTOHAUS gallery in Vancouver, BC Canada.

Submit your images now and be part of the most recognized event in photography!

Over $5000.00 in cash prizes awarded

1st - 2nd - 3rd in each category and only 3 honorable mentions in each category.

Photo Credit.

Gavin Dunbar (+Gavin Dunbar)

http://www.gavindunbar.com
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It's not my photo +Richard Terpolilli!  It's part of the advert for the awards : ) 
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Arcspace - The Camera:  Interview & Photos!

An interview I did with Arcspace - The Camera! I share my thoughts on the state of architectural photography and archistract art and how some of my practical theories, like a psychology of photography that I call "vision drawings (oramagraphy)", are useful for musicians, architects and film makers. Many thanks +Pygmalion Karatzas for the opportunity to be interviewed alongside such great photographers as Juergen Nogai (who collaborated with Julius Shulman), Andrew Prokos, Michael Massaia, and other great artists to come who I know you will also enjoy!

#arcspace   #visiondrawings   #archsitractart   #oramagraphy   #fineartphotography  
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Congrats John, awesome! 
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Night Zeitgeist - Vision Drawing : )
Jewish Museum, Berlin. 

FINE ART LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS - ARCHITECTURE & SEASCAPES 
Vancouver (May 9-11th, 2014) &
Toronto (June 6-8th & September 19-21st, 2014)
Information & Registration Link: *www.silverzenphotography.com/workshops/* 
 
Join two international award winning photographers, +Marc Koegel and I, for a 3 day photography experience for only $675! Only a few spots left! Check out what our students have said about their experience by clicking the link above!

#fineartphotography   #visiondrawing   #photographyworkshops  
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Do you want to be a Zenner? A Vision Drawer? Feel free to subscribe to my blog for all things photography! Whether it's art talk you are after, some practical theories in the photographic arts, the latest workshop information, new photography from me, or a textual experience, come on over! Have a beautiful day!
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Stargate - City Hall, Toronto

One of the many great locations for our upcoming workshop in Toronto!  See below for more information!  

FINE ART LONG EXPOSURE WORKSHOPS 2014
Architecture & Seascapes in Vancouver & Toronto!
*Registration:  http://www.silverzenphotography.com/workshops/*

Vancouver - May 9th-11th (Only a few spots left!)
Toronto - June 6th-8th (Only a few spots left!)
Toronto - September 19th-21st (Now open!)

A great big thank you to our sponsors:  +Formatt-Hitech , +topazlabs, +Camerapixo , +Stark Magazine, +Smugmug, +Xume Adapters!

VISION DRAWINGS: THE SESSIONS

I am excited to announce Vision Drawings: The Sessions where prominent, talented and up-and-coming photographers are interviewed on the psychology of their photographic vision as it relates to a series of their most unique and celebrated works. The questions will revolve around the new psychology of photography that I developed with many bonuses ; ) The first photographer is very well known to all of you : ) Stay tuned!

http://www.silverzenphotography.com/2014/02/22/vision-drawing-oramagraphy-a-new-psychology-of-photography-6-core-principles/
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Wonderful abstract.  Great combination of curves and vertical.  Well done.
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VISION DRAWINGS: THE SESSIONS

I am excited to announce Vision Drawings: The Sessions where prominent, talented and up-and-coming photographers are interviewed on the psychology of their photographic vision as it relates to a series of their most unique and celebrated works. The questions will revolve around the new psychology of photography that I developed with many bonuses ; ) The first photographer is very well known to all of you : ) Stay tuned!

#interviews   #fineartphotography   #visiondrawings   #oramagraphy  

http://www.silverzenphotography.com/2014/02/22/vision-drawing-oramagraphy-a-new-psychology-of-photography-6-core-principles/
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"Echoes of Light I & II"
www.silverzenphotography.com

FINE ART LONG EXPOSURE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS - ARCHITECTURE & SEASCAPES 
Vancouver (May 9-11th, 2014) &
Toronto (June 6-8th & September 19-21st, 2014)
Information & Registration Link: http://www.silverzenphotography.com/workshops/
#toronto   #vancouver   #fineartphotography  
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"BELLO, MUY BELLO GRACIAS"
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Tree of Knowledge - There is just something about a lone tree that I like. Do you know what I mean? : )

Do you want to be a Zenner? Perhaps a Vision Drawer? 
http://www.silverzenphotography.com/blog/

Feel free to subscribe to my blog for all things photography! Whether it's art talk you are after, some practical theories in the photographic arts, the latest workshop information, new photography from me, or a textual experience, come on over! Have a beautiful day!
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Thanks +Chris Bagley, +Damián Muzzio & +Cecile Frameree!  Cecile, c'est vraiment!
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Here is my submission for +Ivan Makarov's #PlusOneCollectionIII entitled "Time To Face The World".  This is a great initiative and if you want the chance to be published in the next edition act fast as the deadline is March 17th, 2014!!!

Information About The Project (Please go to Ivan's page for the original post)

Want to be in the next volume of Plus One Collection charity book? Read on and act now!

Ever since Google+ launched, we’ve been publishing photography books that contained some of the best photographs you shared. We published two volumes so far. It wasn’t just a nice coffee table book - but all proceeds from the sale went to great causes. Two years ago we raised over $10,000 for Kiva. A year ago we raised over $13,000 for the Kilgoris Project and we bought cameras for kids in Kenya. This year’s cause will soon be announced, but as usual, all proceeds from the sale of the book will benefit a charitable cause. 

You can see more here (though the website will soon be updated to include this year’s information) - http://www.photographersforgood.com/Plus-One-Collection/Volume-III

Who can get published? Anyone! We hope to get as many submissions as possible. Due to the volume, we can’t publish them all, but we will publish as many as we can. 

Is there a theme this year? Yes, there is. The theme for this year’s book is “Our World” and the book will be split into three sections - “Our Planet”, “Our People” and “Our Creations”. You can interpret it however you’d like - we’d love to see how you express these. 

Do we accept color or B&W images? Either one is great.

How can you submit the work? Here are simple instructions: 

1 - Download and fill out image release form from here - http://goo.gl/brpX6n (you can even scan it using your phone, or use apps such as SignNow or TurboScan)
2 - Fill out the information about yourself and upload your work here - http://form.jotform.us/form/40565430045144
3 - Upload your submission to Google+, and tag it with #PlusOneCollectionIII tag 

Can you submit more than one image? Sure! You can submit first image for free. To submit three images to all three themes, or even three images to one theme (which increases your chances to get published), please make a small donation of $20 to our charitable cause (again, all of that will be donated with the book proceeds). Here’s the link to donate via PayPal - http://goo.gl/OSwT9k

Will you showcase all the submissions? Yes. All submissions will show up in the SmugMug gallery we will setup in the next day or two. Please allow 48 hours for your photo to appear there. 

When will you announce which images made it into the book? We will announce it in early April. 

The last day to submit your images is March 17!
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Consultant, Educator, Published Photographer, Freelance Writer / Published Author. 

Welcome to 1.618 Fascination Street, Cosmopolis, Planet Earth ;)

Website:  www.silverzenphotography.com

I live in the great city of Toronto. I simply fell in love with the promise of photography.  My photography focuses on architecture, abstracts, minimalism, black and white fine art compositions.  

I also love combining genres and specifically focusing on archistracts (a portmanteau of abstract + architecture).  I am thankful for the abstract painters, architects, and photographers that have brought this idea to fruition over the years.

Are you an Archistracteur? As a means of nurturing and venturing into my own evolved conceptual definition and philosophy of "archistract:" photography, I have defined "archistract" as such: 

Archistract - "A concept, philosophy, and classification of fine art photography that focuses on the abstract qualities of various architectural styles and subjects using monochrome or colour compositions while highlighting patterns, forms, geometry, and gradations of light and shadows. "Archistract" is a portmanteau of the words "architecture" and "abstract". It is a style of abstract and architectural photography that has recently evolved into a cohesive and functional vision combining elements and traditions found in abstract art, architecture, and photography as a whole."

© John Kosmopoulos

When posting these types of images, please feel free to use the hashtag:  #Archistract  so everyone can find you and your amazing photos: )

Oramagraphy

“Orama” is a Greek word for “vision” with the emphasis on the “o” (O-rama).  The term "oramagraphy" literally translates as “vision drawing” similar to photography which literally translates as “light drawing”.   

Oramagraphy” refers to a personal pursuit of vision in photography specific and original to the photographer but may lead the photographer to discover an inspirational vision or an innovative or prescient form of photography within the photography community and in the evolution of photography as an art form.  In essence, “oramagraphy” is about personal evolution for revolution in fine art photography.  I purposefully sought an “o” word to describe this concept to compliment the word “originality”.

© John Kosmopoulos


If you are interested in any of my photos for licensing etc., feel free to contact me through my G+ link.  All works are my intellectual property and under copyright.   


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Artistic Statement

"To capture the complexity of beauty in the simplest of moments."

I am guided by an “eclectic aesthetic” or "eclectic aesthetic fine art" (EAFA) philosophy of photography that evokes a passionate and sometimes provocative discourse on multiple subjects and styles of photography which inevitably leads the photographer to discover their own intersection on the continuum between the ordinary and the extraordinary psychological and emotional impact of their art and the meta-creative impressions between the photographer's realized vision in their art and the observer of the photographer's art.  As much as it is a practical philosophy, it is also a guiding principle of how to educate the eye to envision the world with a different purpose – to find the complexity of beauty where you least expect it, in the simplest of moments, and to capture it instinctually or cogently with a personal and meaningful vision as an artist.  It is more challenging to the artist to find something almost raw or esoteric about a subject as if discovering the subject’s arcanum, its secret wisdom, than to shoot for posterity at the expense of timelessness.  Photography offers me a sense of therapeutic mindfulness and forgetfulness at the same time.  I often focus intensely on a subject and forget the world around me.  

John

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