Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
I have to admit that I am impressed with my daughter Andei’s photography skills and shooting sensibility. She recently sent me some of her latest photographs and I thought I would post them here so more people could enjoy them. What really impresses me about her photographs is her persional vision – her eye. She is not afraid to look at external reality in a new and fresh way. This is what makes a good photographer. Someone who looks at things and frames pictures in new and innovative ways. I see this in Andei’s work and hopefully she will continue developing her personal style as a photographer and photographically investigate and explore the world around her in new and unique ways. Sicily has so many wonderful shooting opportunities for a young and talented photographer.
In this first photograph of the gate notice the high vantage point she uses to lead you into the photograph and then the leading lines take you down the steps towards the meandering pathway. It has a great sense of depth and communicates a feeling of foreboding or maybe even excitement about the journey ahead.
I really like Andei’s vantage point (camera angle) on this one of the gnarled tree looking down from above. Having the very top of the tree soft focus frames the tree and leads the viewers eye into the composition. There are great leading lines and what a wonderful window at the bottom of this picture with the metal grating over it and the circle above. Another very strong composition in my opinion. Sure…I am her Dad and a little biased, but I also have taught photography for 25 + years and am giving an honest critique of these images as best I can under the circumstances.
Flowers and Blue Shutters
This time Andei gets down low and shoots the flowers from below with the blue shutters of the house set-back and acting as a backdrop for this composition. Again…the key thing that impresses me is Andei’s intuitive sense NOT to photograph her subject matter from eye level. This is the first step in developing a unique personal style for any image maker.
Wow! Here Andei manipulates this image by altering the color and solarizing it in such a way that it creates almost a surreal “otherworldly” mood that reinforces the symbolism of the church interior and gives it an etherial, spiritual mood.
I’ll wrap of this mini critique with this image. This time it is the diagonal line that she creates in her tight composition of the fence that creates a sense of movement and tension in this abstract composition. I also love the texture of this as well – I can almost feel the tactile quality of the rust at the top of the fence and in the iron decorative elements that protrude from the top of the fence. The black backdrop creates a dramatic mood and helps focus all the attention directly into the picture. This shows me that Andei has the ability to SEE photographically – she pays attention to detail which is a very important atribute for any photographer.
I can’t wait to see more of Andei’s photographs. Since her Mom and I are both photographers it is exciting to see that our daughter has such innate talent at such a young age. It’s just a matter of continuing to develop and nurture your unique personal vision and photographic style Andei – that means taking lots of photographs.
Send more photos for me to post and discuss.