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Andei’s Photography – Some Observations and Critique

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.

Iron Gate
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.

Gnarly Tree

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.

Cathedral Interior

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.

Blue Fence

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.

13 comments on “Andei’s Photography – Some Observations and Critique

  1. stacy
    June 7, 2007

    I have seen these photos and had the same thoughts on them. My photos don’t even compare with hers! She needs to put them together in a book.

  2. Patrick Keough
    June 7, 2007

    I agree Stacy. I would like to see Andei begin developing a portfolio of work – I plan to help her print her best stuff this summer.

  3. Amberlei
    June 7, 2007

    I think she does a wonderful job!! She is very talented and has such a creative edge. I wish I inherited the creative artsy gene. Great job!!!

  4. Patrick Keough
    June 7, 2007

    Great to hear from you Amberlei. Yes…Andei has some real talent, but don’t sell yourself short – you are a very create person as well. I hope things are going well for you and maybe we can all get together this summer sometime when you Mom and Andei return to NC.

  5. Sheila Scott
    June 8, 2007

    Amazing pictures. I don’t think like an artist, or with a creative mind, I just see something and think “Wow, how’d they think of that.” These photos are beautiful and eye catching. Great work Andei.

  6. andei
    June 10, 2007

    hey thanks for the critiqe . but next time i wanna hear some of the negative things or things i could change . not necisarily that i need to “correct” because art is art . what it do ,what it do…? but some poiters would be nice

  7. Patrick Keough
    June 10, 2007

    Ok Andei…you got it! Send me some more of your best photos and we will do another online critique with a little more “teeth” to it.

  8. Giuliana
    June 10, 2007

    Andei’s work is incredible!
    I love this photos!

  9. Amy Heidecker
    June 10, 2007

    Wow, Andei! I am so impressed at the level of quality you are expressing in your photos! I knew from your self photos that you were good with angles, but didn’t know your eye was so well developed. Good job. Since I am not an artist (though I love to take pics) I am afraid I can’t offer much in the way of criticism… sorry! But I feel like I could find those pics on greeting cards or in a gallery or book. Nice work!

  10. robin copley
    June 10, 2007

    These truly are great photos. I actually did not read the intro and thought that your dad had taken them and well he’s been at it a long time. Looks like you are doing well. Happy Bithday.

    June 17, 2007

    GREAT JOB ANDEI ! … You do have inherited talent, but you have your own stylistic signature that is all your own. I hope you continue to grow in your art and uniqueness!!

    July 13, 2007

    I think I will read FLAT WORLD,too! ANDEI
    Your photography is the best ever been!!

  13. Gary Chevers
    March 11, 2008

    I guess the pictures are ok for a beginner. Just kidding A! They are pretty good. But, I agree, Dad was mighty easy on the critiques, he must be getting soft in his old age. He always had some “pointers” to go along with the good stuff. My favorite one is the “Gnarly Tree”, it really draws you in from the top down, it gives me the feeling of a “Black Hole” sucking me in, not knowing where I’ll come out. Kinda, Wizard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland.

    I agree with your dad about the whole perspective thing, but what I think he left out, was you eye for the use of colors as seen in “Flowers & Blue Shutters” and “Blue Fence”.

    Now heres where I make your dad mad, the “Iron Gate” IS a taken at a great angle and I agree with everything he said, but in my humble opinion, I would like to see the same shot with just a little less shadows on the stairs, so I could make them out better. I think that would give me more of the feeling he’s describing. But hey, that’s just one handicapped guys thoughts.

    I’m glad everything is going well. Patty, love the site and will delve more deeper into it tomorrow.


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