Saturday, May 12, 2012

Abstract -- Light and Shadow

Abstract photography is sometimes looked upon with disdain from some who believe that photography can never free itself from depiction of reality. This view considers the camera simply as a recording device not a tool similar to the pencil or the paint brush used to draw or paint the interaction and interplay of light and shadow.
This photograph, is inspired by and is a tribute to Jaroslav Rossler, the great Czech avant-garde artist.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Self Portrait

What would be better for a first post than a self portrait? The self portrait is probably one of the harder photography assignments. How do you shoot your own portrait? How do you want to present and portray yourself? I think that a portrait is not just "recording" the light reflection of a person's face. It must contain a certain level of defining the person and this becomes more important in the self-portrait.
We all have different aspects to ourselves and identities. We behave and project different aspects of ourselves depending on the situation and context. It is as if we have different faces that we wear at different occasions, a mask if you wish. This self portrait is an interpretation of this understanding.