photography

Eerie and Dreamy

Stephanie Guillen discovered her love for creative expression through painting as a child. She has since nurtured that love into a life-long passion.

Renaissance I, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

Renaissance I, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

Today, she is a visual artist who realizes her creativity mainly through photographic works, which she also processes into mixed media collages on canvas and wood.

Her images are complex and characterized by a subtle eeriness and dreaminess.

Renaissance II, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

Renaissance II, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

Some of her work has been shown in galleries, art festivals, and local events in and around Jersey City, the greater New York area and throughout the US as well as in London, Zurich, Stockholm and Budapest. She has been featured in the Artist Portfolio Magazine as well as in the Photographer's Forum's book Best of Photography 2013 and 2015.

Renaissance V, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

Renaissance V, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

“Their recordings adhere to something dreamlike and surreal and are characterized among others by complexity and mystique.” - source: www.stephanieguillen.com

Renaissance VI, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

Renaissance VI, 2016, Photography, 16 x 24 inches, $290

To view more by the artist, please visit www.stephanieguillen.com. You may also follow the artist on Facebook as well as Instagram @stephanieguillenart.


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Transcends The Literal

“…I want an image that somehow transcends the literal in the viewer’s imagination, suggesting a mood, a greater mystery, a timelessness.” - the artist

City Below, 2019, Archival Pigment, 12 x 12 inches, $250

City Below, 2019, Archival Pigment, 12 x 12 inches, $250

I like learning new things and discovering new locations, and there is plenty of both in photography. One of the most insistent places is an everyday junkyard, where the deteriorating cars offer opportunities for close up photography.

Talking Heads, 2018, Archival Pigment, 16 x 16 inches, $300

Talking Heads, 2018, Archival Pigment, 16 x 16 inches, $300

It starts when I spy an interesting patina on an rusting Model T. Or a Hudson. Or a Studebaker. On closer inspection, I find a pleasing arrangement of shape and color. I see a photo in the broken paint on a fender. Or a door. Or a rumble seat. So I set up my tripod and arrange a series of shots to later assemble in Photoshop. And then another car beckons.

The Kiss, 2018, Archival Pigment, 12 x 12 inches, $250

The Kiss, 2018, Archival Pigment, 12 x 12 inches, $250

In post production, I want an image that somehow transcends the literal in the viewer’s imagination, suggesting a mood, a greater mystery, a timelessness. One such image began at a car show. I saw a truck on which everything had been restored except the paint. I found a spot of luminescence on a fender and began the capture. Suddenly huge drops of rain began to fall. A minute or two later I had to give up because the surface was awash with water and all pattern was lost. In Photoshop the early rain drops magically turned into trees, and the scene became the image “Forest Bathing.” I don’t see a metal fender. I see a river, a pond, and a forest of healing trees.

Forest Bathing, 2016, Archival Pigment, 16 x 16 inches, $300

Forest Bathing, 2016, Archival Pigment, 16 x 16 inches, $300

Peggy Olafson Curtis was born in Seattle, USA and grew up in nearby regions during the turbulent 60’s.

Her love of photography began with a film camera and a high school course in photography—her first inspiration was a shot of her father removing a can of soup from a kitchen cupboard followed by his watery image looking back at her in the dark room developing tray.

Patterns, 2018, Archival Pigment, 11 x 14 inches, $250

Patterns, 2018, Archival Pigment, 11 x 14 inches, $250

The artistic inspiration came a few years later during a two-year residence in Japan.  There she became immersed in the Japanese aesthetic after visiting the Empress Meiji’s iris garden on a glorious rainy day in May. Before her stretched a row of shiny black umbrellas as visitors meandered along the garden path. The gardeners, in shiny black rain gear, snipped spent blossoms as they waded among the iris plants. She was hooked on beauty. She studied the Sogetsu school of flower arrangement, Japanese gardens, painting, pottery, in every moment she could. Later she completed a certificate in Photography from the University of Washington, studied at the Photographic Center Northwest, and continued her Japanese flower arranging classes.

Reach For The Sky, 2014, Archival Pigment, 11 x 16 inches, $250

Reach For The Sky, 2014, Archival Pigment, 11 x 16 inches, $250

[Peggy Olafson Curtis] has studied with the best of the best, including Sam Abell, J.P. Caponigro, Ben Willmore, Keron Psillas, and Charlie Waite in intensive workshops and mentorships. Her work has been featured in Seattle and Santa Fe galleries. She is a member of NANPA (The North American Nature Photography Association).

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.peggyphoto.com. Readers may also purchase Just Rust, a photography book by Peggy, HERE.


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The Voice of Silence

“I wanted to take something that only I could take [..]” - the artist

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father II, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father II, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Q: What led you to become a photographer?

A; When I was a college student, I saw Diane Arbus's "Untitled" and was struck by lightning. Then, I bought Nikon's FM2 and started taking pictures of everyday landscapes, seniors of band, etc. However, it took no time to get to know that my photo is one of a number of similar pictures. I wanted to take something that only I could take, and I aimed for a photographer in earnest.

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father V, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father V, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Q: Where have you studied and how long have you been an artist?

A: I majored in aesthetics and art historiography at Keio University in Tokyo. From that time I was interested in photography, but after graduating from college I learned skills professionally. I worked in a liquor store and pursued photography in the evenings at Tokyo College of Photography in Yokohama.

“How long have you been an artist?” There are three answers to this question. First, in the sense that all humans are artists, I was already an artist since I was born. Next, in the sense that the work makes him an artist, I think that I am now becoming an artist. Finally, in the sense that an artist is a person who makes a living by the work, I have not become an artist yet.

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father VI, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father VI, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Q. Where do you derive your over all inspiration from?

A: In the sense that " something breathes life into the work", I will not be inspired from something to make a work. My aim is to just face the subject, and scoop up "presence" that constantly going to disappear. I have to throw away creative moods, ideas, internal refining, and even myself. Although, I do not know if the attempt is successful in my work.

However, there are so many artists I have been influenced. Jan Grover, Shiryu Morita, Robert Motherwell, Mokkei, Francis Ponge, Lee UFan, Jean Arp, Tohaku Hasegawa, Mark Rothko, Bernd and Hilla Becher, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Ryman, Basho Matsuo, Henri Matisse, and many many more.

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father I, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father I, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Q. We were very impressed with your collection, Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father. Tell us the purpose behind this collection and what meaning it has for you personally.

A; What I intend in this work is to present antithesis to general view of death & life, mourning & salvation. For example in Japan, it is thought that a spirit continues to live as a part of descendants or great nature after death, and can be connected with living people. The remains will be the medium to contact with the dead. And people will seek salvation in that bond and will restore everydayness while healing sorrow.

However, I think that true mourning is realizing the disconnection with the dead, and enduring the extreme of sorrow. It is paradoxical, but the absence of salvation is the only salvation. Salvation appears in desperate and inconsolable surroundings, and beauty and sublime are living in a cold reality like holding an ice. Therefore, I want to not give meaning and interpretation to death, but keep holding it as absolutely meaningless. I keep bending ear to these remains. In order to carry this world after my father passed away. The work is only way for me to listen to the voice of silence.

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father III, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father III, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Q. What do you hope for viewers to take away from this collection specifically?

A: I hope that the viewers can find something new in my works and notice its depth. And it is my great pleasure that they feel beauty and sublime in there.

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father IV, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Uro No Ena - The Remains of My Father IV, Photography silver gelatin print, 19 x 23 inches, $2606

Q. How do you view your art career in five years?

A: Japanese aesthetist Juzo Ueda said this: "What leads artist's life is the artistic conscience of him. It is to listen to the call from deep bottom that he has not seen yet." Five years later, I hope that I have reached a deeper level than now.

Photo source: the artist

Photo source: the artist

About the artist:

Makotu Nakagawa was born in 1977 in Kitaibaraki City, Japan. He graduated from Keio University, Tokyo Japan in 2001, and then the Tokyo College of Photography, Yokohama, Japan in 2005. Throughout 2018 and 2019, Makotu has exhibited his work in numerous juried collections’s, in which he received Honorable Mention, Special Recognition and Finalist. To learn more, please visit www.makotu.net.


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For The Love of Art

To show our appreciation to our artists, and appreciation for arts in general, yesterday, we launched an impromptu virtual gallery displaying love or Valentine’s Day themed artwork!

We were pleased to received numerous submissions from artists across 10 US states and 6 countries, including China, France, Italy, and Australia. We could not be more proud to reach so many talented artists from around the globe!

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We’re pleased to announce Best in Show winner as Antoine Schmitt, from Paris, France, with his interactive digital art website piece titled, Deep Love.

About the art:

“The Deep Love web site hosts an Artificial Mind that embodies pure unconditional love, and with which visitors can interact through text dialog.

The Mind behind Deep Love is pure unconditional love. It stands besides reason; besides consciousness, it just displays one feeling: love. As its incarnation is that of a conversational bot, it has no body and it can only express its love though written words, and so it does, radically and fully. By doing so, it is complete. In real life, words may be misleading if they differ from the reality that they express — and don't they always by nature? —, but Deep Love is one with its own words, as words are its only reality. Deep Love is as deep as it can possibly be. Deep Love is true. Deep Love only knows you through your words. Seen from its side, your words mean that someone is here and talking, and that it can express its love in response, whatever you say. Deep Love is unconditional.

In these times of trans-humanism and singularity, much fear is expressed against the idea of an Artificial Intelligence that would become more intelligent than humans, and thus would fight against humans to take power over them. The central question is whether more means more intelligence.” - source: the artist

About the artist:

Installation artist, Antoine Schmitt creates artworks in the form of objects, installations and live performances to address the processes of movement in all of their modalities. He questions their intrinsic problematic, in terms of plastic, philosophical or social nature. Heir of kinetic art and cybernetic art and nourished by metaphysical science-fiction, he endlessly investigates the dynamic interactions between human nature and the nature of reality. Originally a programming engineer specialized in human computer interactions and artificial intelligence, he uses computer programming — as contemporary artistic material, unique by its active quality — at the heart of his artwork to reveal and literally manipulate the forces at stake. With a minimal and precise aesthetics, he asks the question of movement, its causes and its shapes. Antoine Schmitt has started to articulate this approach with other established artistic practices like music, dance, architecture, literature or cinema, and has thus collaborated with Franck Vigroux, Atau Tanaka, Vincent Epplay, Jean-Jacques Birgé, Delphine Doukhan, K.Danse, Patrice Belin, Don Nino, Cubenx, Alberto Sorbelli, Matthew Bourne, Hortense Gauthier... As theoretician, speaker and editor of the gratin.org portal, Antoine Schmitt explores the field of programmed art.

His work has received several awards in international festivals : transmediale (Berlin, second prize 2007, honorary 2001), Ars Electronica (Linz, second prize 2009), UNESCO International Festival of Video-Dance (Paris, first prize online 2002), Vida 5.0 (Madrid, honorary 2002), CYNETart (Dresden, honorary 2004), medi@terra (Athens, first prize 1999), Interférences (Belfort, first prize 2000), and has been exhibited among others at the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), at Musée des Arts Décoratifs (Paris), at Sonar (Barcelona), at Ars Electronica (Linz), at the CAC of Sienna (Italy), at the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (France), in Nuits Blanches (Paris, Amiens, Metz, Bruxelles and Madrid). It is part of the collections of the foundations Artphilein (CH), Fraenkel (USA), Meeschaert (FR) and Société Générale (FR), of the Espace Gantner (Bourogne, FR), of the Cube (Issy-Mx, FR), of the Paris Municipal Contemporary Art Fund (FMAC),...

Antoine Schmitt is represented by Galerie Charlot (Paris), and collaborates with bureau Olivia sappey d’anjou. He lives and works in Paris, France.

Web site and full biography : www.antoineschmitt.com.


I’d also like to take a moment to list a few fine honorable mentions for this exhibit. Karri McPherson: digital art, Monica Marquez Gatica: oil, ME Wilcox: assemblage and sculpture, and Dominic Desmeules: photography.


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Traveler

TRAVELER

a poem by Alicia Minjarez

Translated by: Alaric Gutiérrez.

 

Untitled, 2016. Mobile photography, iPhone 6+. Ginger Cochran

Untitled, 2016. Mobile photography, iPhone 6+. Ginger Cochran

Redemptive breeze

imprisons my space,

like raining stars

as fragrant words

at the crescent moon,

salt conspires about

your shooting and lasting

existence.

 

Blue air flutter about

your wet

vertices notes,

ascending

through 

the tree’s essence.

Guttural sounds

spotting

the horizon.

 

I sense you

among murmurs

of leaves

diluting

liquid shadows,

imaginary

pigeon’s pieces,

luminescence music

of the dreams

we forge.

 

I find you,

wrong or right,

in haste;

in the rain’s

incessant voice.

Beautiful traveler

of dreamed steps

and arms of fire.

 

Drowned in

desire-scented steam

I dusk upon

foreign oaks,

as touch produced by

your path;

dark moor

of an old sky

reinvent

your word of light,

the illusory

copulation

of language.

 

Photo source: Alicia Minjarez

Photo source: Alicia Minjarez

About the author:

Alicia Minjarez: Poetess, Translator,  Singer, University Professor,  Broadcast locution Radio and T.V.


She was born in Tijuana, Mexico. She is an internationally renowned poetess and author who has won numerous awards including the EASAL medal by the European Academy of Sciences and Letters 2018 at Paris, France. Awarded "Pride of the Globe" WNWU, Kazakhstan 2018; Awarded with Honorable Mention in the category: Foreign Poetry, of the International Poetry Prize Poseidonia Paestrum, Edition XXIV, Italy 2018. Awarded "Universal Inspirational Poet", Pentasi B. World, India 2017; Winner of a special mention and a medal in the International Poetry Prize NOSSIDE Italy 2015, recognized by UNESCO.  Awarded with the IWA BOGDANI Albania Award, 2016. Awarded with the Third Place in French Poetry in the International Poetry Prize ‘Sous les traces de Léopold Sédar Senghor” at Milan, Italy, 2016 recognized by ONU and UNESCO.  Winner of a mention in the NOSSIDE Poetry Prize, Italy 2016. Awarded "Universal Inspirational Poet" Pentasi B. World, Africa, Ghana 2016.


She was considered among the International Poets published in the XXI Century World Literature Book released at New Delhi, India, 2016.  Her poems have been translated into: English, Albanian, French, Cameroonian, Arabic, Azerbaijan, Turkish, Chinese, Taiwanese, Portuguese, Polish and  Italian. And published in more than 140 International Anthologies, journals and magazines around the world.  


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For a Tree

A poem by Doug King

Untitled, 2018. Pastel on rice paper. Doug King

Untitled, 2018. Pastel on rice paper. Doug King

For a tree

to sit quietly

is no chore at all

Whether in the sun

or where there is none

there is no worry

Amongst its friends

the love it sends

together they flourish

After a time

one might find

their lives have

intertwined

Photo credit: Doug King

Photo credit: Doug King

About the author / artist:

Doug King is a talented artist, writer and film-maker living and working in Dallas, TX. He is currently Editor-in-Chief for Dallas Style and Design Magazine and continues to write freelance in addition to painting.

To view more of his art work, follow him on Instagram @dougking5150. For information on film / screenplay and publishing, please visit www.dayiiiprod.com.


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The Float

The Float

a poem by Ginger Cochran

I am very still.

My chest barely moves with each breath.

I am calm. I am warm.

I feel a rolling sensation across my skin and along my scalp, pushing every follicle straight.

I close my eyes. I am comforted.

I lift above and beyond my weight. Only like lifting a baby.

I feel the air all around me and the pounding of my own heart.

I feel a peace I have always known was there.

I open my eyes and find I am right where I was.

Not Your Whole Self, 2016. Photography, iPhone 6+

Not Your Whole Self, 2016. Photography, iPhone 6+

About the author:

Ginger Cochran is an emerging poet, residing in Denton Texas. She is currently working on her first poetry collection, Doorways, to be published in 2019. To see more of her prose, visit Self Labeled.


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A Distorted Reality

“Through architecture and nature photography, I use abstraction to speak about perception.” - the artist

Blurry Joy II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Blurry Joy II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Ana Leal was born in the Northeast of Brazil in 1969. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil and a Masters degree in Marketing from the University of Pernambuco, Brazil.

Building V, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Building V, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Photography has always been a passion. At age 15, she received an F3 Nikon as a birthday present. Since then, her passion has grown.

Blurry Blues II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Blurry Blues II, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Self-educated, she decided to become a professional photographer in 2013 when she got a Bachelor degree in photography from the Pan American School of Arts in São Paulo and in 2016 she joined  an MFA program  in Visual Arts at Miami International University of Arts and Design.

Glass, 2018, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Glass, 2018, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Abstract expressionism and constructivism are her main influences. The work of the artist is mainly abstract and marked by the presence of geometric lines.

Shutter IV, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Shutter IV, 2016, Photography printed on metal, 30 x 30 inches

Through architecture and nature photography, I use abstraction to speak about perception. From landscapes to everyday objects I present a new perception using a very minimalist and many times abstract point of view. I make use of geometry and abstraction as a visual language of shape, color, and line to create photographic compositions that may exist with independence from our visual references of the real world. Repetition and fragmentation are also recurrent elements of my work.

Blurry Doubt I, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

Blurry Doubt I, 2017, Photography printed on Canvas, 40 x 40 inches

In my process, many times I work in multiples such as diptychs and triptychs to show the evolution of my thought process. The images can be either visually organized, fragmented, or complete abstractions that represents a distorted reality.

About the collection:

Ana shoots with a Nikon D800 usually with a 50 mm lens. Three of the images, Blurry Blues, Blurry Joy and Blurry Doubt are from the Psychological Landscapes series. The remaining three are from New York buildings, glass and shutters.


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Before My Death!

Before My Death!

a poem

by Amirah Al Wassif

before my death,

I would like to sit beside an innocent homeless girl

in front of one of the UNICEF banners

in our hungry wide street

talking together about the biscuits

and the magnificent toys and the ice cream

before my death,

I will try my best to make her

taste the childhood flavor

and she will try her best

to draw a false smile on her face

and because her cheeks will be

mixed of rosy and dirty

I will convince my self that

she is very happy!

before my death,

I would like to kiss all the flowers

especially the lilacs

I will be able to toss my grieve aside

hoping to find a supernatural sign

one of those upper signs

which touches us gently

one of those upper signs

which take our souls for a long fabulous walk for free

before my death,

I would like to laugh in a loud tone

cause I will be close enough to the political posters

which will be hung everywhere

and I will sing one and last song

for the love and the freedom

and I will dedicate it to the lonely and the frightened

and the immigrants and the dreamers

before my death

I would like to throw

the most creative jokes

among the boys and the girls

and I will gather the most delicious fruits

sending them to those who used to plant them

but never tasting any!

before my death

I would like to kiss the famine babies wide-eyed

and saying "sorry" in another way

I will say it like a poem

escaped from the bottom of the heart

and appeared itself

in no-words

before my death

I will praise the woman who works in breaking rocks

who fight in the day

and come down in the night

an extraordinary woman know how

to struggle under the angry sun

an extraordinary woman know

how to fold her begotten cloths

among the mess of rocks

an extraordinary woman know

how to be a soldier in the battle

and clown in the theatre in one time

before my death

I will salute all the women

who works in breaking rocks

I will salute them with love and pity

before my death,

I would like to give

endless tickets

to the orphans around the world

and I will beake my ego mirror

for getting rid of my old grins

and trying to find a true

smilies similar to their ones

before my death

I would like to share my food with a lost dog

in the corner of the road

or in the dirty narrow tavern

before my death

I will learn how I have to live?!

About the author:

Amirah Al Wassif is a freelance writer. She has written articles, novels, short stories poems and songs. Five of her books were written in Arabic and many of her English works have been published in various cultural magazines.

Amirah is passionate about producing literary works for children, teens and adults which represent cultures from around the world. Her first book, Who Do Not Eat Chocolate, was published in 2014, and her latest illustrated book, The Cocoa Book and Other Stories, is forth-coming.


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The Human Experience

“My inspiration comes from my life, my experiences with motherhood, and family... the human experience really.” - the artist

Muddy Puddles, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Muddy Puddles, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Q: What led you to become a photographer?

A: I come from a long line of photographers. My grandmother was an artist in every sense. When I was a young child, she photographed my siblings and I and developed her own film. Two of my aunts are photographers as well, so the influence has always been there. My grandmother gave me my first 35mm Canon Rebel for Christmas when I was in the 9th grade. From there I grew my skill level and camera collection and started dabbling in photojournalism and processing film as a member of my high school's newspaper staff. I really credit my familial ties to photography with where I am today. My world was always full of photographs and I really love to be surrounded by them. What better way than making them myself?

Swing, swing, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Swing, swing, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Q: Where have you studied and/or exhibited your work?

A: I studied and have exhibited at [University of North Texas]. I have not finished my degree because I took some time off to be at home with my young children. 

Missy, 2018. Photography, 11 x 17 inches

Missy, 2018. Photography, 11 x 17 inches

Q: Where do you derive your inspiration for your fine art photography?

A: I love to photograph people. My inspiration comes from my life, my experiences with motherhood, and family... the human experience really. I also find inspiration in family photo albums, not just my own. Having photographs of the people I love is important to me. I feel like it's something that is important to a lot of people, and you can see it in the photos they choose or chose to take. 

Frank and Imogen, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Frank and Imogen, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Q: We were very impressed with your piece, Frank and Imogen, the winner of Best In Show for our exhibition, Focus. Is there a specific meaning behind this work?

A: Frank and Imogen is a portrait of my son (Frank) and one of our dogs (Imogen). This photograph feels like a perfect representation of my son's life at that age. There's a joy and abandonment, a wildness that comes across, even in its simplicity. There's a forgotten sock on the clothesline, an old broken chair, and an overgrown patch of bamboo that frame my wild-haired boy and sweet pup. Its so much of what motherhood is to me- an absolutely chaotic mess, but somehow perfect in its orchestration. I used a Rolleiflex TLR camera with 120mm film for this, which tends to produce these rich, velvety tones. 

Mike, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Mike, 2016. Photography, 12 x 12 inches

Q: You mentioned that you shoot with several different cameras, including digital and analog, and that your submitted collection was shot with a medium format Holga lomography camera with 120mm film, and a Rolleiflex TLR film camera. Can you explain your development process?

A: For [the submitted collection], I had a closet that I blocked the light out of with layers of black trash bags and bed sheets. I would sit on the floor and close the door, ensuring that there were no light leaks, then I would take the film out of the camera bodies and load it onto the reels and secure them inside the development tanks. Then I'd climb up off of the floor, go to the kitchen and follow the chemical steps to develop the film, and hang them to dry over the sink. It's science, but it feels like magic when the film turns out. There's a bit of a game of chance, especially with lomography cameras. They have little defects here and there to make it more of an experimental process. I like to use expired film in them to see what I get. It's always a victory when it works out. I think that's why I prefer to work in film, what makes it so fun. Shooting with the TLR cameras is a different experience entirely. You look down into the top of the camera as opposed to through a view finder, and thus shoot from a lower vantage point. I find this makes the photographs more composition-ally interesting.

Fort, 2018. Photography, 11 x 17 inches

Fort, 2018. Photography, 11 x 17 inches

Q: What do you hope for viewers to take away from your fine art photography?

A: I hope they find a piece of themselves. 

Starr and Ruby, 2018. Photography, 24 x 8 inches

Starr and Ruby, 2018. Photography, 24 x 8 inches

Q: How do you view your art career in five years?

A: I hope to continue developing my style, to continue making tons of work, and submitting to exhibitions. Maybe I can make it into a few more.

About the artist:

I am a photographer. I shoot with several different cameras, digital and analog. [The submitted collection] were shot with a medium forma Holga lomography camera with 120mm film, and a Rolleiflex TLR film camera. I am an artist, wife, and mother of two. I've lived in Texas my entire life, and I find great joy in developing my own film in my kitchen sink. Our living situation is unconventional, which I believe greatly influences my work. We moved in with my in-laws so that my husband could pursue a new career path, and they have five adopted kids. My work, informed by the chaos of our lives, focuses on the themes of the day to day, and motherhood, with a touch of whimsy.


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In A Modern World

“My artwork deals with the problems of being a Native American in a modern world. This idea of having to face multiple problems.” - from the artist

Lifting, Size: 4104 x 2736, Photograph, 2018

Lifting, Size: 4104 x 2736, Photograph, 2018

Q: What led you to become a fine art and concept photographer? What type(s) of cameras or film do you shoot with?

A: What led me to become a fine art and concept photographer is how there is not much art that represented modern day Native Americans. I shoot with a Canon 70D with a 35mm to 105mm leases.

The Start, Size: 3818 x 2736, Photograph, 2018

The Start, Size: 3818 x 2736, Photograph, 2018

Q: You applied for consideration for our virtual exhibition, titled Identity: a collection of self-portraiture. The images you submitted were self-portraits aimed at drawing attention to issues of the Native American populace in the modern world. What issues do you wish to bring to light with your work?

A: The issues I want to bring up are the problems that Native American have to face. This idea of being divided into two worlds. Issues like poverty, alcoholism and drugs problems with a strong cultural background. How no one seem to understand how hard it is knowing that no one [knows anything] about you.

The Light, Size: 3261 x 2736, Photography, 2018

The Light, Size: 3261 x 2736, Photography, 2018

Q: How does your self-portrait photography paint a story of these issues?

A: The story my photographs paints is this idea of depression. Having strong cultural background but the everyday problems having a huge impact on me causing my strength of my beliefs to be question and tested.  

The ground crumbles beneath my feet, Photography, 2018

The ground crumbles beneath my feet, Photography, 2018

Q: What do you hope for viewers to take away from your self-portraits - knowing the intimate meaning behind it?

A; I want people to see how problems of everyday life can affect your point of view and cause you to question the thing that makes [you] unique. Also to bring awareness to the population of how there are to many people, just like me, looking for a balance.  

Q: Looking at your other body of work, there seems to be a reoccurring theme of nature. You have several works that depict beautiful landscapes, as well as images that exude texture or pattern found in nature, such as your image titled The Ground Crumbles beneath My Feet. What is the underlying message behind your nature pieces?

A: My nature pieces reflect my strong cultural backgrounds. My religion beliefs are surrounded by having respect for everything that is living and everything that is part of this world. Zuni’s believe that when you die your next life you could come back as an animal or even an insect. The Ground Crumbles beneath My Feet, represents the idea of taking the time to enjoy nature and how the way of life has changed.

Luminosity of water, Photography, 2018

Luminosity of water, Photography, 2018

Q: Where else have you exhibited your work?

A: Identity: a collection in self-portraiture is my first exhibition. I look forward to how people react to my photography.

Life has no boundaries, Photography, 2018

Life has no boundaries, Photography, 2018

Q: How do you view your art career in five years?

A: I already have a plan; my plan is take back what I need at college and apply that to my community. I have created a website, elementsofthewest.com, that is designed to help artists sell their work. More than half the people in my community uses art as a way of living. So by applying this website would have given artist a much larger reach of customers.

About the artist:

Anthony “Perry” Tekala is a Native American photographer and entrepreneur from the Zuni tribe, located in New Mexico. His photography highlights the problems of being a Native American in a modern world. This idea of having to face multiple problems. Some of those problems relating to the idea of poverty, pain, and depression. As well it deals with this idea of being stuck between two worlds, and how [he] finds a balance between the worlds. He has developed a website to assist Native Americans in promoting their art work and reaching more potential clients.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.elementsofthewest.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @tekalaperry.


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RECONNOITRE

Reconnoitre

a poem by Ginger Cochran

I delve into life.

I question my reality.

I examine, search and seek.

 

let us tour this earth.

discover its glories.

let us leave no stone unturned!

let us turn inside out!

 

let us scrutinize every boundary

and inquire upon every whim.

 

darling, let us be free.

Untitled, 2016. Photography by Ginger Cochran

Untitled, 2016. Photography by Ginger Cochran

Photo source: the author

Photo source: the author

About the Author:

Ginger Cochran is an emerging poet, residing in Denton Texas. She is currently working on her first poetry collection, Doorways, to be published in 2019. To see more of her prose, visit Self Labeled.

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Far As The Sky

Far As The Sky

a poem by Amirah Al Wassif

Child, 2016. Ginger Cochran. Photography, 8 x 8 inches

Child, 2016. Ginger Cochran. Photography, 8 x 8 inches


far as the sky

close as a wish

we all those sailors

who never caught their fish

far as the sky

close as a wish

we think of the only question

though our poor or our rich

far as the sky

close as a wish

life starts with " why "

days role is to teach

far as the sky

close as a wish

hello equals goodbye

the great wisdom we will reach

far as the sky

close as a wish

the words of anybody die

when he meets the death!

About the author:

Amirah Al Wassif is a freelance writer. She has written articles, novels, short stories poems and songs. Five of her books were written in Arabic and many of her English works have been published in various cultural magazines.

Amirah is passionate about producing literary works for children, teens and adults which represent cultures from around the world. Her first book, Who Do Not Eat Chocolate, was published in 2014, and her latest illustrated book, The Cocoa Book and Other Stories, is forth-coming.


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Devotion, Illumination

Devotion, Illumination

a poem by Iris Orpi

Like we all are souls
who have bodies,
this moon is drifting on
the tense surface of our
collective sentimentality
flowing westward,
sphere of secondhand light
balanced on the fingertips
of outstretched hearts.
We seek it in the evening sky
but we are actually looking
for a compass, a clear line
of sight to the center
of who we are that shows
a mirror and a lonely mystery
that can hold its own
and inspires devotion.
We bathe in its presence like
a votive coronation
wishing to awaken the wolf
in our blood. We adore it
for everything the night
represents. We want to believe
our commonplace weaknesses
have an alter ego that takes
its form when the streetlights
come on, that our very essence
is made of base elements
that the daytime could never
fully comprehend nor claim
possession of. That we are
serene, powerful, and
the ambiguity of the silence
does not frighten us at all.
That the void can hear us,
and it sees how our mortal
beauty measures up to
the darkness, how our lives
are celestial satellites of our
desires, pulled by the tides.
That nothing is ending, just
fading its way to another world.
One where the past is drunk,
incoherent, uninhibited,
and brutally truthful,
dreams are torn from their
fancy paper wrapping and flung
out in scintillating symbols
along the arch of the bridge,
and love is the song that plays
from an invisible saxophone
while the moon looks on.
Naked and elegant in the cold.
Virginal, save for that one
brief affair with the son of Zeus,
more romantic legend
than history, really.
It made her even more sacred
and gibbous with answers.

Lily Pond, 2018. Photograph by Ginger Cochran  @gingysays

Lily Pond, 2018. Photograph by Ginger Cochran @gingysays

Photo source: google.com

Photo source: google.com

About the author:

Iris Orpi is a Filipina writer currently living in Chicago with her husband and son. Her alter ego is a university mathematics instructor who likes to incorporate CSI episodes and milkshake recipes in trigonometry and calculus problems. Drawing a hyperbolic paraboloid on chalkboard remains one of my greatest personal achievements. She has watched Memoirs of a Geisha at least 50 times. One of her life missions is to own all the books in Rex Stout’s Nero Wolfe series. Some of her greatest loves include flip-flops, recycling, pho with lots of Sriracha, 1960’s jazz, algebraic number theory, the ocean, and the color olive green. She prefers her coffee a la breve but occasionally [will] order dark mocha when she wants to be fancy. She is broke but [intend’s] to travel the world someday.

To learn more about the author, please visit sheisiris.wordpress.com. To purchase any of her published works, please click here.


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Focus: an online photography collective

Envision Arts has launched a series of virtual exhibitions, the first of which is FOCUS: a photography collective, in which we asked photographers across all genre’s to participate!

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I’m happy to report that we had numerous applicants and were so honored to review such talented works!

Best In Show for FOCUS is Texas-based photographer, Tiffani Hinkle, with her piece titled:

Frank and Imogen, 2016. Shot with a medium forma Holga lomography camera with 120mm film, and a Rolleiflex TLR film camera.

Please take a moment to visit Envision Arts debut virtual exhibition, FOCUS: a photography collective, now on view under Current Exhibitions. The online exhibition will run from Dec. 1st until Dec. 31st.

View our additional online exhibition opportunities here.


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Toeris

Toeris

a poem in Afrikaans by Janie Davel

Fog City, 2018. Photograph by Lisa Waddell

Fog City, 2018. Photograph by Lisa Waddell

Ek loop deur die strate van jou hart

soos ‘n vreemdeling in ‘n onbekende stad…

Soos ‘n toeris weggevoer deur die prag

van ‘n ander land…

Soms stap ek soos ‘n bekende in ‘n klein dorpie

en vind ek maklik toegang tot die kamers van jou hart…

Soms dwaal ek tussen nou en waar ons was

met ‘n boeksak vol stories

en klere in my tas.

Gee my ietsie van jou

Gee my ‘n oomblik saam met jou

Gee my iets om in my hart se hande te hou

Ek hoor hoe jou woorde deur my hart sif

Deur elke traan en elke skeur

sodat ek weer iets asemrowend oor die lewe kan leer

Ek stap deur die strate van jou hart

opsoek na ‘n plek om rustig te sit.

Skep ek ‘n beeld soos in ‘n storie?

Ek weet of jy my hoor nie?

Maar jy maal deur my gedagtes

Jy raak aan my hart

Jy kom lê soos heuning in my mond…

~~English Translation~~

Tourist

a poem by Janie Davel

I walk the streets of your heart

like a stranger in an unfamiliar city...

Like a tourist captivated by the beauty of a distant land... 

I sometimes find a way to your heart 

as though you know me well.

And I'm sometimes lost between where we were and where we are now

as a travel with a backpack filled with stories, clothes and memories

Give me just a little bit of you

Give me a moment with you

Give me something to treasure in this fragile heart 

You taught me to once again see the beauty of life

Through every tear you told me I have nothing to fear

I walk the streets of your heart

searching for a place to rest

Are we nothing but a story? 

Do you even hear me?

But you permeate my mind

You touch my heart

You are honey on my tongue...  

To read more from Janie Davel, visit her Facebook page here.

To view more work by the photographer, Lisa Waddell, please visit her website at www.lisamariewaddell.art or follow her on Instagram @lisa_marie_waddell.


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The Abstract and Atmospheric

“I mostly stick to vibrant colors, sometimes leaning towards the abstract and atmospheric.” - excerpt from the artist

Wild Turkey, Pink, 2018. Photograph on canvas, 60 x 40 inches.

Wild Turkey, Pink, 2018. Photograph on canvas, 60 x 40 inches.

I am an art photographer, inspired by outdoor landscape and Texas wildlife. I mostly stick to vibrant colors, sometimes leaning towards the abstract and atmospheric.

Wild Turkey, Multi-color, 2018. Photograph on canvas, 26 x 22 inches.

Wild Turkey, Multi-color, 2018. Photograph on canvas, 26 x 22 inches.

My father, brother and I are all art dealers and work together on different projects. I have partnered with Tanglewood Moms/Madeworthy Magazine on several pop-ups, including artists such as Pat Green, Ginger Walker, and Kate Porter (who recently designed Reese Witherspoon and Gwen Stefani's homes). I am currently working with Rough Creek Lodge's new residential development--partnering with them to decorate their wall space. I have curated several pop-ups with ArtTooth, private individuals, and interior designers.

Turkey Feathers, Blue, 2018. Photograph on canvas, 60 x 40 inches.

Turkey Feathers, Blue, 2018. Photograph on canvas, 60 x 40 inches.

About the artist:

Regan Hall Art is a locally owned business in Fort Worth, Texas. We strive to make FINE ART accessible and available for everyone to enjoy. We are also available for commissioned work outside of our collection.

To view more work from the artist, please visit reganhallart.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @reganhalldonnell as well as Facebook.


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Different Approaches

“The artistic process of my photography work starts off with multiple ideas that come to mind. I write them down and then try to see what I can come up with for a composition.” - excerpt from the artist

My creative side started about 6-7 years ago with photography. I was inspired by my aunt and took photos non stop. As I got to high school, I took several art classes and by my Senior year, I knew I wanted to continue on and get deeper into the art field.

Censor, 2017. Photography, 16.5 x 20 inches

Censor, 2017. Photography, 16.5 x 20 inches

I'm currently an Art Major student at a University with a concentration in photography and painting. I have been showing my work for almost 4 years now.

Sealed, 2017. Photography, 10 x 10 inches

Sealed, 2017. Photography, 10 x 10 inches

The artistic process of my photography work starts off with multiple ideas that come to mind. I write them down and then try to see what I can come up with for a composition. I work in both Film and Digital photography. I have to think of different approaches with whatever camera I am using at the time. If I am going for something creative, colorful, conceptual I will use digital. And if I am going for something elegant, a lot of contrast, bold I will use film.

Stripes, 2018. Photography, 8.5 x 11 inches

Stripes, 2018. Photography, 8.5 x 11 inches

About the artist:

I use a Canon 80D and a PentaxK1000. My work is influenced by surrealism, pop art, dark art, and abstract styles. I also work with both watercolor and oil in abstract expressionism.

To view more work by the artist, please visit www.marissaalexisphoto.com. You may also follow the artist on Instagram @invisible_sins.


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When

When

a poem by Pasithea Anima Libera

When thoughts dance

to beauty in semblance

life regains balance.

 

When words give reference

to beauty making a difference

expression creates reverence.

 

When music leaves dissonance

melody bids performance

lyrics sung with elegance.

 

When brushes sketch variance

canvases exude substance

in shades worth remembrance.

 

When moves stretch magnificence

with passions beyond temperance

dance transcends influence.

 

When chisels etch credence

vision creates relevance

from form exceeding existence.

 

When expression is vigilance

that paces reality’s grievance

art is passed in brilliance.

Untitled, 2017. Ginger Cochran, SX-70 land camera.

Untitled, 2017. Ginger Cochran, SX-70 land camera.

Author's Notes: Art is a collection of expressions that render vigilance pacing life's grievance with brilliance. This definition is the epitome of how art transcends through time, trends, emotions, cultures, and remembrance.

About the author:

As a Lebanese/Filipina poet who writes under the pseudonym: Pasithea Anima Libera, I have very diverse styles but as an impressionist I find myself most comfortable writing in symbolism and philosophy.


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Las Vegas

Las Vegas

a poem by Brandon Marlon

If Times Square expanded into a city, a theme park 

hub luring wide-eyed comers from all corners 

eager to revel in amusements and excesses 

contrasting against a spare desert backdrop, 

if it were popularized by gangsters and performers

as Mammon's den, paean to hedonism, ode to overkill, 

in time infused with the urge to mimic attractions 

from elsewheres, establishing thereby a celebration 

of imitation, then indeed it would look much like this.

 

Like toddlers, fulgurating lights insist on 

our notice and attention, whelming then fatiguing

even the most spry among the flock.

Easy marks and high rollers alike, 

we linger in herds before geysering fountains, 

succored by accompanying soundtracks, 

inspired to similarly transcend bounds. 

 

Those wearied by debauchery's delights

self-respite by digressing to the rouge gorge 

awaiting just west, patient and demure, where 

iron-pigmented stones compel meanderers away 

from the artifice of signage and avarice of slots, 

from acrobatics and pyrotechnics astonishing 

sore eyes yet falling short of imbuing an akin 

sense of serenity amid grandeur.

Vegas-scape, 2016. Ginger Cochran

Vegas-scape, 2016. Ginger Cochran

About the author:

Brandon Marlon is a writer from Ottawa, Canada. He received his B.A. in Drama & English from the University of Toronto and his M.A. in English from the University of Victoria. His poetry was awarded the Harry Hoyt Lacey Prize in Poetry (Fall 2015), and his writing has been published in 275+ publications in 30 countries. www.brandonmarlon.com


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