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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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Misty Sway
10-shot panorama - Amvrakia Lake, Western Greece
Lately I’ve been working with different subjects and techniques, one of them being landscape and another being panoramas. I haven’t worked extensively with landscape in the past so this may be seen as stepping outside my comfort zone. However, I don’t like this way of seeing things because I don’t think an artist should have a comfort zone. In my opinion, as an artist I should be continuously outside my comfort zone and exploring unknown territories. So I see working with different subjects and techniques as an exercise in creativity and a way to get the most of my artistic freedom. The last thing I want to do is to limit myself artistically, so expect to see quite a few other different things for me in the future. Not saying more for now…
If you want to know what I think about creativity and how to express your vision, I’m talking about that extensively in my video tutorial Creating (en)Visionography http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/creating-envisionography-video-tutorial-fine-art-long-exposure-architecture/

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The Substance of Memories I – Manhattan Flow
In camera ICM - Intentional Camera Movement - 18-shot stitched panorama taken at my last NYC workshop. Best experienced in a 2.5 m long print on white background.

A new series I’m working on that will be a series about memories and how they make us who we are, how they make our photography what it is. I believe our artistic vision is intertwined with our memories and I would go as far as saying that memories are the most important element of our psyche and what gives us authenticity and a personal vision. I’m working on an essay about this and I’ll explain there more in detail why I think so.

This was a quite tough image to work on especially from a technical point of view but also as a concept. There were many times when I wanted to leave it because I thought who would like a blurry pano of Manhattan except for me? But then I would go back and say who cares, I do this for myself. This back and forth went on till the moment I finished the image and it’s still going on. So I’m curious to see the reactions. Smiley faces or rotten tomatoes thrown my way:)

Another challenge was to work with a panorama made of ICM images (I don’t think I’ve heard about an ICM panorama before) and generally to work with an image whose sharpness was entirely removed, because much of the qualities of a photograph are thought to rely on sharpness. This pushed me think in different ways and get creative.
I hesitated to show this image on social media because it needs to be seen large to be experienced as I meant it. And looking at it on a mobile phone would simply kill it. Then because it is defying many of the rules of photography, first of which the rule “architectural images must be sharp”. I worked with unsharp images in my series Fluid Time too and I tried then to push the boundaries of what is accepted as architecture photography by using the tilt-shift blur where a sharp image was expected, but this time I want to go even further and remove this convention entirely.
So I did.
Sharpness is overrated! Long live blurriness!

PS. As you can see I'm using the same duo-chromatic color theme as in my Manhattan Blues image as a "black and white way of seeing color". 
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ALL THAT JAZZ Manhattan Pier, New York City
A short exposure (for a change) and a different view of a famous New York location. Also a few thoughts about challenging the status quo in art and how you can do it, on my website http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/challenging-the-status-quo-in-art/
Plus my response to the question: Do you need long exposure to create fine art photography?
For info on limited edition prints of this image head to http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/Pages/Fine-Art-Prints

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Happy New Year! I’m wishing you all a fantastic 2017.
Alter Ego - Millennium Bridge London
Looking forward to my London workshop in March (if you want to join hurry; there are only 2 spots left) and to all the other exciting things this new year will bring. I have a feeling it will be a great year. No particular reason why I have this feeling but I always rely on my intuition and it rarely deceives me.
If you’re not in a big hurry for the New Year’s Eve dinner, and you can take some more Julia photography rambling for 2016, then read on.

Exercise in creativity
If you look at my work lately you will see a pattern. Reflections, shadows, backlit subjects and generally images where I could find a certain amount of mystery. Not my usual architectural work you have gotten used to but it’s still me, believe me. I think the search for mystery and subjects that evoke it comes from my curiosity to discover and understand the hidden parts of life. I’m fascinated by what is happening inside us and not only outside and this is one thing art is helping us do. I’ve said many times that (en)Visionography is about taking inspiration from the artist’s own life and I’m always practicing what I preach. My photography is autobiographic and I think art is generally like this. This is what gives a work of art authenticity. To understand this idea better, I decided to make an experiment and not work on a specific series for a certain period of time, but just see if my subconscious can create a series or a pattern on its own, without me consciously going on this path. I’m making this experiment for a few months already and looking back I see there really is a pattern in what I choose to work with. Except for the ideas the experiment itself gave me, this approach made me be more receptive to what I’m photographing and to what it triggers inside me. I think this is a very good exercise in creativity and it adds to the sensation of freedom photography is giving us. This is what I search in photography, the freedom it gives me to express myself, a freedom I cannot find when using other means of expression. And the funny thing is that, without searching for it, I can see a clear leitmotif in my images, rising from me being open to serendipity.

The moral? Don’t lose your freedom and the ability to step out of the beaten path sometimes and just give yourself the right to break even your own rules from time to time. You never know what new facets of your art and personality you might discover.

If you want to know more about my thought process in photography and about (en)Visionography, you can watch my new video tutorial Creating (en)Visionography http://bit.ly/enV_Tutorial

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FREE Fine Art Preset Series "Dark City" for DxO - Extended 2017 Edition
I've been asked many times to make available the preset series "Dark City" for DxO, that recreates the typical intense look you see in my images and other fine art looks too, but this year was so busy and with so many unexpected turns that it took a while till I found the time to release the updated version. It's done now and it's my present to you for the New Year.
This image (Chevron Ring - Houston TX) was created exclusively with Dark City Soft Blur preset.
You can download the presets freely at the link below and I wish you to create fantastic images with them. Happy holidays everyone and have a beautiful new year ahead!
#dxo #filmpack #dxopresets #fineartpresets 

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A great issue filled with B&W minimalism and if you have a few minutes to spend, there's an intro interview with me inside.
https://issuu.com/bnwminimalism/docs/bnw_minimalism_mag_issue_02

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ASCENDING WHITE - EYE Film Institute Amsterdam – 240,2 sec
First I want to say a big thank you to all of you who got my new video tutorial Creating (en)Visionography. I’m humbled and overwhelmed by the high interest and the reactions of those who watched it. This photo can be seen in the video and you can see me shooting this building from another angle too. You can find the video here http://bit.ly/enV_Tutorial and I’m looking forward to more of your thoughts about it.

This photo was sitting on my hard drive together with a few other finished images for more than a month. Why? Well, because it was not yet its time to go out into the world. Now it is. Because now it matches my experiences even more than when I was making it. I was only imagining things fast forward back then but now I’m living them and everything makes sense: reality and the art that imagines it.

It was a very interesting experience shooting this location even if my first choice angle was not accessible at the time because the area was closed. However this made me search for other angles that could express my idea and pushed me to be creative. Now I think this angle is even better than what I had in mind before getting there. Many times limitations can make you find even better and more creative solutions than what easy going situations can. I’ve had countless experiences like this in architectural design and photography, and generally in life. I could even say I love these challenges because they push my mind and imagination further and I become richer as a result.

I’ve been reflecting a lot lately on how the experiences we have can change us and how we can use them in our creative work. I think part of being an artist means having experiences, all kind of experiences, good or bad, safe or risky, just have experiences and live them fully, then make them symbols and put them in your work. This process reflects into the work we create in a much bigger measure than what we might think. This is what makes our artistic style in the end and this is why I’m not the one to give technique and gear much credit for making creative photography, and why I try to move the weight to what comes before the work is created and what lies inside the artist. Sure technique is important to give everything a shape but not more than knowing the alphabet if you are a writer, or having a brush if you are a painter. To give something a shape, you first need to have that “something” and that’s where it all begins.

I’m talking about this (and of course about technique, don’t think I completely dismiss it) in my new video and I personally am overenthusiastic about it and the things I’m discovering every day and sharing with you in my video, the book and my website. I hope you’re just as enthusiastic about them as I am.
#enVisionography


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JUST RELEASED
Video Tutorial Creating (en)Visionography – Fine Art, Long Exposure, Architecture, B&W Processing
**30 early bird 30% DISCOUNT**
Get it from my website at the link below and good luck in getting one of the discounts!.
Happy to be releasing this video after months of intense work. I’m very excited about it and I hope you will like it. Feel free to let me know your opinion. Reviews and testimonials are more than welcome.


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NEW Video Tutorial Launching TOMORROW
Creating (en)Visionography – Fine Art, Long Exposure, Architecture, B&W Processing
**30 early bird 30% DISCOUNT**
5 PM CET Paris - 6 PM EET Athens - 11 AM EST New York – 8 AM PST San Francisco - 12 AM SST Singapore
If you want to get one of the discounts be sure to be here at 5 PM CET sharp.
After an intensive work of several months in conceiving, recording and editing, I’m proud to say it is finally here!
Video preview https://youtu.be/yN0RwJCEmiQ Video summary at link below.
I will launch the video here on my social media so you can access immediately the discounts. In case you want to receive the announcement in your inbox subscribe to my newsletter http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/subscribe/
I want to dedicate this video to my father who instilled into me the love for photography from an early age and was always an example of strength and perseverance in life. 

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Without further ado...
BLACK FRIDAY 2016
PS. The ado is in the article...
Of course. What did you think? Thay I can be so monosylabyc?:)
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