GerDora Photography: Blog http://www.gerdora.com/blog en-us (C) GerDora Photography * All Rights Reserved info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:43:00 GMT Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:43:00 GMT http://www.gerdora.com/img/s/v-5/u961724517-o20372463-50.jpg GerDora Photography: Blog http://www.gerdora.com/blog 120 90 GerDora Photography Releases "Beyond DC, Beautiful Northern Virginia" 2018 Calendar http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/11/gerdora-photography-releases-beyond-dc-beautiful-northern-virginia-2018-calendar GerDora Photography 2018 CalendarGerDora Photography 2018 Calendar

It has become a tradition! We HAD to come up with our new Beyond DC, Beautiful Northern Virginia calendar because it is now expected by so many and we so enjoy putting it together. We are very grateful for the great reception.

As the two previous years, this 2018 limited edition 8½ X 11 wall calendar includes 12 of our fine art images showcasing the beauty of our region. 

Prepare for the New Year and enjoy a new local site every month.

Get one for yourself and for your friends and family. Good idea for a stocking stuffer for the holidays!

Preview the fine art images included in the calendar here. Order yours before they are sold out!

Warm regards, 

Gerry and Dora

GerDora Photography
 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) 2018 ashburn calendar fine art photography leesburg lovettsville northern virginia nova purcerville reston taylorstown the plains upperville vienna virginia winery http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/11/gerdora-photography-releases-beyond-dc-beautiful-northern-virginia-2018-calendar Sun, 12 Nov 2017 14:43:15 GMT
GerDora Photography at Leesburg's Arts in the Alley, Saturday, July 29, 2017 http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/7/gerdora-photography-at-leesburgs-arts-in-the-alley-saturday-july-29-2017 GerDora Photography at Arts in the Alley, LeesburgGerDora Photography at Arts in the Alley, Leesburg

Very excited to be part of Leesburg’s first annual “Arts in the Alley” on Saturday, July 29, 2017. Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography will bring their fine art photography to this street fair of arts, crafts, and musical talents in the alley between the town garage and the backs of businesses on King Street, Loudoun and Market Streets. We are going to be on Loudoun Street from 10 am to 6pm.

Historic Leesburg has become a very popular destination for locals and visitors offering a variety of shops, restaurants, and interesting sites.

The “Arts in the Alley” event will feature 82 arts and craft vendors from the local area, two stages of live bands, roaming performances, a poetry slam, kids arts activities, chalk art demonstrations, and more!

Admission is free and free parking will be available in the Town Hall Parking Garage and the Church Street parking lot.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Please stop by and say hello!

Dora and Gerry

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) exhibit festival fine art photography leesburg virginia http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/7/gerdora-photography-at-leesburgs-arts-in-the-alley-saturday-july-29-2017 Sat, 15 Jul 2017 15:02:39 GMT
GerDora Photography at Winchester's aMuse Art and Craft Festival May 27 & 28, 2017 http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/5/gerdora-photography-at-winchesters-amuse-art-and-craft-festival-may-27-28-2017 amuse logo 2017amuse logo 2017

Join Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography at the second annual aMuse Art and Craft Festival at the gardens of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) in Winchester, VA on May 27-28 from 10am to 5pm on both days.

The MSV is the region’s largest museum in the area attracting over 40,000 visitors a year. We went to check it out on Mother’s Day and were very impressed with the museum and the beautiful gardens.

The aMuse Art and Craft Festival is Winchester’s only festival dedicated to the arts. It will feature quality woodworking, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, jewelry, and of course, fine art photography, among others.

In addition to meeting the artists, enjoy food from local food trucks and locally made beer and wine.

Please consider attending this free art festival and say hello. It promises to be a great Memorial weekend event! 

Click here for directions to the MSV. Hope to see you there!

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Art Fair MSV Museum Shenandoah Valley Virginia Winchester aMuse festival http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/5/gerdora-photography-at-winchesters-amuse-art-and-craft-festival-may-27-28-2017 Fri, 26 May 2017 16:05:25 GMT
Olden Times Exhibit Now at Old Ox Brewery; Reception 7 April at 7pm http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/3/olden-times-exhibit-now-at-old-ox-brewery-reception-7-april-at-7pm  

 

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Pleased to announce that Dora's Olden Times Exhibit of fine art photography on canvas is now open at the Old Ox Brewery located at 44652 Guilford Dr, Unit 114, Ashburn, Virginia 20147. The exhibit will continue through May and is part of the artWorks exhibit program sponsored by the Loudoun Arts Council. 

An expanded version of this exhibit was first shown at Leesburg's Thomas Balch Library back in January, 2016. Don't miss this new chance to view it and, at the same time, sample some tasty local artisanal beer.  

Join us for the artists reception at Old Ox Brewery on Friday, April 7 at 7 pm.

Would love to see you there! 

 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Brewery Northern Virginia Old Ox Olden Times Virginia artist reception exhibit fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2017/3/olden-times-exhibit-now-at-old-ox-brewery-reception-7-april-at-7pm Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:48:59 GMT
GerDora Photography "Beyond DC" 2017 Calendar http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/11/gerdora-photography-beyond-dc-2017-calendar Cover - Van Gogh Bridge - Lake Anne, RestonCover - Van Gogh Bridge - Lake Anne, RestonBeautiful Northern Virginia 2017 Beyond DC Wall Calendar

Back by popular demand is our new GerDora Photography “Beyond DC” calendar. Enjoy a new beautiful Northern Virginia site every month throughout 2017.

This limited edition 8 ½ X 11-inch wall calendar is a good reminder of the beautiful and interesting places that surround the region beyond the nation’s capital. Whether you live in the area or away, this may prompt you to go out and explore or simply sit back and appreciate the locations from the comfort of your home or office.

Order today before they are sold out!

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) 2017 Aldie Alexandria Beyond DC Calendar Chantilly DC GerDora Photography Great Falls Herndon Leesburg Northern Virginia Photography Purcellville Reston Shenandoah Virginia capital http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/11/gerdora-photography-beyond-dc-2017-calendar Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:14:59 GMT
GerDora Photography Returns to Middleburg Saturday, August 27! http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/8/gerdora-photography-returns-to-middleburg-saturday-august-27 art in the pink box AUG poster 2016art in the pink box AUG poster 2016Art in the Pink Box Park in Middleburg, VA Saturday, August 27, 2016

Save the date! Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography return to Middleburg’s Art in the Pink Box Park on Saturday, August, 27 from 10 to 3pm.

Middleburg is a small village listed with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is one of the last unspoiled places in America. Quaint and unique shops, charming inns and fine dining establishments, enhance the visitor’s experience. The Pink Box Park is a beautiful intimate public garden behind Middleburg’s Visitors Center located at 12 North Madison, Middleburg, VA.

Art in the Pink Box Park is a fun and festive event that will feature works of art from a number of local artists and live music by Crooked Angels. Gerry and Dora will be among the featured artists. This affair is hosted by the Middleburg Arts Council.

Come and join us at the Pink Box Park from 10 to 3pm. We hope to see you there!  

Gerry and Dora 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Dora Gerry Middleburg Middleburg Arts Council Pink Box Park Virginia festival fine art photography park http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/8/gerdora-photography-returns-to-middleburg-saturday-august-27 Sat, 13 Aug 2016 16:56:13 GMT
South Korea Through the Lens of a Miguk http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/7/south-korea-through-the-lens-of-a-miguk SKoreaBalchExhibitbyGerryDSKoreaBalchExhibitbyGerryDSouth Korea Through the Lens of a Miguk fine art photography exhibit by Gerry D'Onofrio at the Balch Library in Leesburg, VA Jul 6 - Sep 30, 2016

Gerry is having a solo exhibit at Leesburg’s Thomas Balch Library from July 6 through September 30. The images of this fine art photography on canvas collection “South Korea Through the Lens of a Miguk” were taken in the 1990s when he was exposed to this fascinating country and its people. 

Gerry says: “Those years made a permanent impression on me not only because I was exposed to a culture I knew little about and was so different from mine, but because the people were so willing to help me, the Miguk (the American), appreciate it. 

“As a photographer I was eager to capture what I knew was a fast changing Korea. Known as the “Hermit Kingdom,” the Korean Peninsula was isolated from the world for centuries as a way of protection from outside threats. Today, South Korea—or the Republic of Korea—is a dynamic and prosperous country full of contrasts between the old and the new.  

“Although the hustle and bustle of the modern city of Seoul was my day-to-day setting, I sought out opportunities to visit the countryside, folk villages, temples, palaces, and cultural events, many of them depicted in this show. Oftentimes, I had the feeling that Korea was changing even more rapidly than many places in the West, and I was anxious to freeze this precious time through my lens. 

“This exhibit is a labor of love. Searching through thousands of film negatives and slides, scanning and processing them in the digital darkroom, and presenting them on canvas format, was an intensive endeavor that made me relive many of the experiences in Korea and my special connection to this land and its people that I will cherish forever.” 

The Thomas Balch Library is located at 208 W. Market St. in the heart of the historic district in Leesburg, Virginia. 

We would love if you could join us at a free reception on Saturday, July 16 from 1 to 3 pm

PS Just want to recap that Gerry will have two active exhibits in the month of July; he has two pieces at the Oatlands "Four Seasons of Oatlands" Art Show (July 1-31) and his solo exhibit of 19 pieces depicting images from South Korea (from July 6 through September 30).

We invite you to make Saturday, July 16 a day to enjoy art, history, and culture by visiting the Oatlands Historic House and Gardens  and then attending the  “South Korea Through the Lens of a Miguk” reception at Leesburg's Thomas Balch Library. Gerry and Dora will be at the Library on July 16th to share our experiences in Korea, offer light refreshments, and answer any questions. 
    

 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Balch Gerry D'Onofrio Korea Library Miguk ROK South Korea Virginia exhibit fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/7/south-korea-through-the-lens-of-a-miguk Sat, 02 Jul 2016 14:35:17 GMT
Four Seasons of Oatlands 18th Annual Art Show & Sale July 1-31 http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/6/four-seasons-of-oatlands-18th-annual-art-show-sale-july-1-31 Oatlands Art Show 2016Oatlands Art Show 2016

Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography invite you to the Oatlands Art Show & Sale at the Oatlands Historic House and Gardens Carriage House. The 18th Annual Four Seasons of Oatlands Art Show will run from July 1st through the 31st. Two of Gerry's fine art photographs will be on display. 

The Carriage House is open M-S 10-5pm and Sundays 1pm-5pm.

Hope you can make this event part of your summer activities. 

Gerry and Dora

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Leesburg Oatlands Virginia art exhibit fine art photography show http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/6/four-seasons-of-oatlands-18th-annual-art-show-sale-july-1-31 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 12:55:52 GMT
aMuse Art and Craft Festival at Winchester, VA on Saturday, May 21, 2016 http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/5/amuse-art-and-craft-festival We are very much looking forward to participating in the aMuse Art and Craft Festival in Old Town Winchester, VA next Saturday, May 21. We will be displaying our fine art images along with a number of other amazing artists and crafters.  

Check out their blog where we appear as "featured artists." 

AMuse_8.5x11_RGB_WEBAMuse_8.5x11_RGB_WEBaMuse art and craft festival poster, in Winchester, VA May 21, 2016

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) GerDora Virginia Winchester aMuse art festival fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/5/amuse-art-and-craft-festival Sat, 14 May 2016 11:59:02 GMT
Dora's Thoughts About "Olden Times" Exhibit Collection http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/4/doras-thoughts-about-olden-times-exhibit-collection Balch---Dora-5x7-Horizontal-Post-Card-BACKBalch---Dora-5x7-Horizontal-Post-Card-BACK I am very happy to have been able to exhibit my "Olden Times" fine art photography on canvas collection at the Thomas Balch Library, a history and genealogy library in the heart of the historic district of Leesburg, Virginia because it was a natural fit for this venue. 

I believe that every era has its challenges and one could argue that certain times have been better than others. I am not proposing that the olden times were better than the present. We have come a long way…. But we need to pause from time to time and remind ourselves about where we came from so that we can better understand where we are and where we are headed.

I love contemporary life but I’m intrigued by the bygone world and the legacy it left us. As you peruse these images, I hope that you will be able to take a minute, take your time, and get lost in each and every one of the depicted scenes. Transport yourself and think about how it must have been to live during those bygone times. And then, take a deep breath and appreciate the past, the present, and look forward to the future.

Would love to hear your impressions of this collection of images. 

 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Leesburg Thomas Balch Library Virginia canvas gallery wraps canvas wraps exhibit fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/4/doras-thoughts-about-olden-times-exhibit-collection Mon, 04 Apr 2016 21:52:01 GMT
Olden Times Fine Art Photography Exhibit http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/1/olden-times-fine-art-photography-exhibit Balch---Dora-5x7-Horizontal-Post-Card-FRONTBalch---Dora-5x7-Horizontal-Post-Card-FRONTInvitation and images of "Olden Times" fine art photography exhibit by Dora Ramirez at Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, Virginia from January 10 to March 31, 2016 Balch---Dora-5x7-Horizontal-Post-Card-FRONTBalch---Dora-5x7-Horizontal-Post-Card-FRONTInvitation and images of "Olden Times" fine art photography exhibit by Dora Ramirez at Thomas Balch Library in Leesburg, Virginia from January 10 to March 31, 2016

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Leesburg Olden Times Thomas Balch Library Virginia exhibit fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2016/1/olden-times-fine-art-photography-exhibit Sat, 09 Jan 2016 15:17:30 GMT
Happy Holidays and "Beyond DC" 2016 Calendar http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/12/happy-holidays-and-beyond-dc-2016-calendar "Beyond DC" 2016 GerDora Photography Calendar"Beyond DC" 2016 GerDora Photography Calendar GerDora Photography is based in the Washington DC region, which we associate with the impressive iconic national monuments. But, there are so many interesting spots beyond the lesser known parts of the DC area, that we decided to showcase the beauty of Northern Virginia in our 2016 calendar. This would be a good end-of-year gift for yourself, for your friends, and family!

Take a look. http://www.gerdora.com/p707809761

Would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your encouragement throughout the year and to wish you Happy Holidays, good health, prosperity, and love; and the time to enjoy it!

Cheers!

Gerry and Dora 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) 2016 Northern Virginia Washington DC calendar fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/12/happy-holidays-and-beyond-dc-2016-calendar Sun, 20 Dec 2015 14:31:02 GMT
Art in the Pink Box Park, Saturday, October 24, 2015 http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/10/art-in-the-pink-box-park-saturday-october-24-2015 Art in Pink Box October FlyerArt in Pink Box October Flyer

Join us for the final Art in the Pink Box Park of the season! Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography will be in Middleburg, VA again next Saturday, October 24, 2015 exhibiting their fine art images. We will join 10 artists at this intimate park located at 12 N. Madison Street, Middleburg, VA from 10 am until 3 pm.

Make it a day meandering through the Loudoun County countryside; discovering or rediscovering this beautiful historic town; attending the renowned Middleburg Film Festival, and appreciating the work of local artists, while enjoying live music. See you there!

Cheers, 

Gerry and Dora 

 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Middleburg Pink Box Park Virginia festival fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/10/art-in-the-pink-box-park-saturday-october-24-2015 Sun, 18 Oct 2015 00:51:07 GMT
Art in the Pink Box Park at Middleburg, VA September 26, 2015 http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/9/art-in-the-pink-box-park-at-middleburg-va-september-26-2015 Art in Pink Box September FlyerArt in Pink Box September FlyerArt in the Pink Box Park September 26, 2015

We are proud to announce GerDora Photography's participation on the third edition of the Art in the Pink Box Park in Middleburg, VA. We, Gerry and Dora, will be displaying our fine art photography on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 10 am to 3 pm. This has been our favorite outdoors art show this year because we love the town and its cozy park, the fellow exhibitors, and the visitors. Would love to see you there! 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Middleburg Pink Box Park festival fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/9/art-in-the-pink-box-park-at-middleburg-va-september-26-2015 Wed, 16 Sep 2015 08:35:42 GMT
Art in the Pink Box Park, Middleburg, VA. Saturday, August 22, 2015 http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/8/art-in-the-pink-box-park-middleburg-va-saturday-august-22-2015 art in the pink box poster aug 22 2015art in the pink box poster aug 22 2015Gerry D'Onofrio and Dora Ramirez from GerDora Photography at August 22, 2015 Art in the Pink Box Park.

Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography are excited about the upcoming Art in the Pink Box Park on Saturday, August 22 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at 12 N. Madison Street, Middleburg, VA. Gerry and Dora will be showing some fine art photographs not included in their July Pink Box event.  

Plan to drive to Middleburg on Saturday, stop at the Pink Box Park, and enjoy the art and music. 

Make it a day by dining in one of the area's fine restaurants and/or taste good wine at one of the region's wonderful wineries. 

We hope that you make Art in the Pink Box Park part of your summer outing and say hello. 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Middleburg Pink Box Park festival fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/8/art-in-the-pink-box-park-middleburg-va-saturday-august-22-2015 Sun, 16 Aug 2015 15:21:00 GMT
Art in the Pink Box Park http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/7/art-in-the-pink-box-park art in the pink box posterart in the pink box posterflyer announcing art in the pink box park in middleburg, virginia where Gerry and Dora from GerDora Photography will display their fine art photographs.

On Saturday, July 25, GerDora Photography will be exhibiting their fine art photographs at the Art in the Pink Box Park in Middleburg, Virginia.

If you haven't been to Middleburg or the Pink Box Park, we highly recommend it. Middleburg is a charming town in Loudoun County known for its excellent restaurants, shops, and art galleries; and has a reputation of being the "Nation's Horse and Hunt Capital."  The park is like a cozy backyard behind the Pink Box Visitors Center located on 12 N. Madison Street in Middleburg, Va. and a perfect setting for the free art exhibit.

Gerry and Dora will be among 10 additional artists displaying their work on the first fourth Saturday of a series of the four such art festivals. It will start at 10:00 am and will close at 3:00 pm. Will you join us?

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Middleburg Pink Box Park Virginia art festival fine art photography http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/7/art-in-the-pink-box-park Sat, 18 Jul 2015 16:25:23 GMT
Stop and Reasess http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/6/stop Stop (1 of 1)Stop (1 of 1)color photograph of vendor at Washington DC Nationals baseball stadium with hand extended

It’s not easy to find balance in this day and age. The forces of our competing demands sway us in different directions, and then we realize we have to stop and reassess.


We have been using our Facebook page to update our followers on the latest GerDora Photography events and neglecting our blog. 


Although Facebook is very popular, some do not realize that our Facebook page is viewable even without having a Facebook account. One only needs to be logged on to Facebook in order to “like” a page or post, but not to look at the Facebook GerDora Photography page.  

 
Will make efforts to post updates on both, this blog and on Facebook. It is always a thrill to share our artistic vision with the world. 


When in the middle of a whirlwind, we stop and reassess. Thank you for your support.

 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Baseball DC Facebook Nationals Stadium Stop Washington vendor http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2015/6/stop Sat, 27 Jun 2015 19:00:56 GMT
Hands http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2014/12/hands  

Hand of StoneHand of Stone

The Hands Project came about accidentally much like many of the projects I end up embracing. Instinctively, I’m attracted to something and pursue it. At first, the object of my attention is merely a suggestion, and then the common thread reveals itself. 

If you observe hands carefully, they can tell you a great deal about a person. Have those hands encountered years of difficult work? Have they been meticulously taken cared of? Are they the main tool of a particular occupation? Have they been nurturing? Every culture values the image of hands and attributes them with great symbolism. And yet, for some reason, they seem to be overlooked by many. In Latin societies it is difficult to tell a story without hand gestures.

The Hands Project is a work in progress that I hope to expand and exhibit in a public place. Would greatly appreciate your feedback. Please let me know how you react to them and which one is your favorite.  

 

 

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Washington, DC hands sepia photograph statue http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2014/12/hands Sat, 06 Dec 2014 20:35:34 GMT
It’s Not the Camera! http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2014/9/it-s-not-the-camera Black and White Brownie CameraBrownie Camera ~ Dora

It is common for people to look at a beautiful fine art photograph, or any other type of outstanding image, and ask the photographer: “What kind of camera do you have?” This question suggests the idea that if you have a high-end “expensive” camera you are guaranteed to get good pictures. Nothing is so far from the truth!

A professional camera in the hands of a casual photographer does not make masterpieces automatically while a “good” photographer can take impressive shots with a simple point and shoot, an entry-level camera, or even a vintage film one like my father's Baby Brownie pictured above. There is so much more behind a fine art photograph than the paper it is printed on. The type of camera used is to a great extent irrelevant. It takes years of experience, learning, experimentation, and dedication to turn what could be a snapshot into a fine art image that is just right

Regards,

Dora

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) black and white brownie camera vintage http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2014/9/it-s-not-the-camera Sat, 13 Sep 2014 15:12:59 GMT
A Paradigm Shift http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2014/7/a-paradigm-shift Silhouette of a man walking on a tightrope before a crowd with the backdrop of a sunset and a lamp post in the foreground in the Florida KeysTightrope ~ Gerry

 

Many people have widely differing ideas about photography, especially in this day and age when virtually everyone carries a camera.  A national newscast featured recently a report on the prominence of “selfies” in our society and how people make sure that something or someone interesting is included in the background of their “selfies” to “prove” they were in a particular place, at a particular time, or had been close to a celebrity or whatever.

How many photographs of our children, grandchildren, or other loved ones (including pets), or our vacations do we carry on our smartphone or are stored forever on our computers’ hard drives? How many food photographs are captured either at the restaurants we go to or of the dishes we cook at home?

With the sophistication, quality, and more accessible pricing of digital cameras and other photographic-related equipment and accessories, more and more people are taking on photography as a way to document all aspects of their lives, including sports, travel, special events, and the like. The spontaneity and instant gratification tends to be evident in the numerous social media outlets and it can be a lot of fun.

So, if photography is so widely accessible, when does a photograph transcend the threshold of a snapshot and can be considered fine art? The answer to this question is, of course, very subjective and is one that has been debated for quite some time. Not only does a fine art photograph capture a particular moment in time and place, but it contains other elements that may be absent in other types of photography.

A friend, who studied art, graphic design, and photography and served in the military as a combat photographer, had very strong opinions about the do’s and don’ts of photography. Since, she has pursued a totally different career but, because of her photojournalism background, she was against the use of anything she perceived as changing the image in any way, even if it was to enhance it.  A photograph should only reflect what the lens captured, she said. Cropping in any way was a no-no in her book, not to mention any type of post-processing in the "digital darkroom.” 

Any good photograph typically begins even before the photo is taken. It starts with the “vision” of what is appealing to the eye; subject matter, lighting, composition, etc.

Once the photographer considers all the artistic merits of what he/she “sees” with the eyes and the mind, the photographer uses the technical and artistic instruments at their disposal to craft an image that translates the creative vision into a fine art image just as a painter uses a canvas, paints, and other tools to create the finished art piece.

This may or may not be as obvious to the person viewing the image much in the same way that a spectator may not completely realize the many years of training a ballet dancer has required in order to perform moves that seem effortless and natural. 

The conversation with my friend was longer than what I can convey on this post but the point is that, after I explained my views about fine art photography, she suddenly had a knee-jerk reaction, an “aha moment,” that “rocked” her world. She was very excited because of the realization that her views about photography as art had totally changed and was receptive to looking at and admiring our photographs from a totally different point of view. She raved about our talent and encouraged us to continue pursuing this art. Needless to say, I was extremely flattered, not only because she liked what she saw in our fine art photographs, but because I was able to open a window in someone’s mind and heart into “seeing” photography in a different way. 

Cheers, 

Dora

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info@gerdora.com (GerDora Photography) Florida Keys fine art photography paradigm silhouette sunset tightrope http://www.gerdora.com/blog/2014/7/a-paradigm-shift Tue, 15 Jul 2014 01:03:56 GMT