Sunday, 27 January 2013

Celebrating winter and favourite quotes

Beau in the snow


Both aperture and angle removed Paris which would have appeared in the background in this shot.

I will post about Paris in the future.

 Side by side
Sand and snow

On a day where the beach was covered of snow.

 End of a season
 Silent winter

I absolutely love the sound of snow.... if you listen you will hear it :) ... I also imagine that snow must be a problem to people who rely only/mostly on sounds around them. Snow gives you a minimalist visual and audible scenery.

 Sound of winter
 "Johnny" ... again :) (see previous posts)

 Winter light

Shot in The New Forest, Hampshire. I have done a fair amount of walking and photography in the New Forest over the past 10 years, I actually find it quite "gloomy", I was going to use the word "morbid", in some ways, due to it's very flat landscape, it's dull-brown heathland and the amount of gorse which I hate. I pay attention to trees and the skyscape mostly. The New Forest also has wonderful woods and heathers will turn it purple in the summer. Apparently people of Bronze Age are to blame for the removal of the dense forest which would have been there originally, which is quite sad considering not much can grow in this infertile soil.

Nowadays, the heathland is maintained by grazing animals and controlled burning,  hence morbid :)) Still, around September/October the landscape can turn golden with yellow/brown and silver reflecting the light creating a near "African landscape".

 Winter (impressionist photography)

 Winter bokeh

Un hiver

There is always colour...

I am mostly a handheld photographer using natural light. Always inspired by winter's low light.

Celebration of nature by Anne Staub - facebook page

Waiting time

"Realism is a corruption of reality" Wallace Stevens

"I want to express my feelings rather than illustrate them." Jackson Pollock

“Photography deals exquisitely with appearances, but nothing is what it appears to be.”
Duane Michals

“Anyone who considers protocol unimportant has never dealt with a cat.” Robert A. Heinlein

“A story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end... but not necessarily in that order.” Jean-Luc Godard

“I don't paint things. I only paint the difference between things.” Henri Matisse

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation." Herman

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking."
George S. Patton

"To see a world in a grain of sand, And a heaven in a wild flower, Hold infinity in the palm of your hand, And eternity in an hour."
William Blake

"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." Groucho Marx

“The essence of the creative act is to see the familiar as strange"

"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are"
Anais Nin

A grapefruit is a lemon that had a chance and took advantage of it."
-Oscar Wilde

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see"
Henry David Thoreau

Monday, 21 January 2013

Feature: Dorit Fuhg, Klara Acel, Sharon Johnstone and Óscar Cesteros

It has been a long time since I featured anyone on my blog. I have recently contacted 4 very talented photographers/illustrators/digital artists such as Dorit and Sharon who I have been  following for years but more recently I have discovered Klara and Oscar on S6.

I feel very fortunate as the media or even the subject is often irrelevant to me, hence many styles of photography and visual art catch my attention. I absolutely love how the following artists, use colours, shapes, space and textures.

I have asked each artists to give me 5 words describing their work. 

Hope you enjoy this post They are all very talented, their name and work are linked to their portfolio/website, which I hope you will visit to view more of their fabulous work.

I feel that, in their own talented way, they all celebrate nature .... life.

Infinite possibilities, beauty, variety, colours.

The first time I saw Klara's fractals work I was mesmerised by her technique/process and what she achieved and how she was reproducing materials so well like glass, stone and wood. Klara's use of shapes and colours are wonderful and works so well in her abstracts. The variety of her work and choice of titles shows Klara's clarity and sensitivity in her expression.

 Shell in dark blue
 Tulip field
 Summer mood

 Tulle hills

Evocative, distinct, moody, classic, atmospheric.
I am always looking forward to seeing new works from Dorit. I love her composition, use of space and light. The mood Dorit portrays comes across so well.... I have linked the 4th photograph below, directly to her "Only in Scotland" gallery which I thoroughly enjoyed viewing (access her website by clicking on her work to view all her galleries). Dorit's composition and her black and white conversion are first class.

 Slow business
 Gateway to the winter forest
 Lost hours
By the Loch

Colourful, macro, abstract, bright and beautiful.

Sharon works with a macro lens, extension tubes, macro twin light and..... coloured papers, feathers, washing up liquid, olive oil and Sharon always comes up with stunning pieces ... Sharon has been producing recent abstracts, creating more shapes and lines in addition to drops and droplets, see the 2nd photograph below. The combination of shapes and colours are beautiful. I find the 4th photograph below, "Silver and blue feather drops" amazing, the feather and droplets are transformed into rising structures...

Bubble abstract with glitter pink and blue
 Rainbow Tangle
 Fairy Rain
 Silver and blue feather drops

Liveness, imperfection, decision, accuracy and simplicity.

When I first saw Óscar's trees (Artificial Trees Series).... I thought they were unique and indeed the liveness was perfectly conveyed. I see nature as beautiful, it's strength, a constant reminder of life, always finding ways to renew and adapt itself. As Óscar commented on his works: " to me, the importance is the life concept from the point of view of biology. Despite the problems, life goes on...". I've also featured work, which is part of Óscar's Geometrics series, subtle and minimal abstract.

Artificial Tree N.17
 Artificial Tree N.19
 Artificial Tree N.17
 Geometrics 4

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Twelfth Night, Stephen Fry, Olivier Bocquet, Daria Hlazatova

We met Stephen Fry after seeing Twelfth Night at the Apollo theatre.

Today I saw this work by the very talented Daria Hlazatova - click on her work below to access her page and view more of her work.

New works have been uploaded on Saatchi Online

and other pod sites listed on this blog.

Also, la colère de Fantomas Tome 1 is out, by Olivier Bocquet and Julie Rocheleau - the result of a collaboration between Olivier Bocquet (France) (my cousin :) ) and Julie Rocheleau (Canada) - see the brilliant link/video below produced by the publisher Dargaud.

Bande annonce de La Colère de Fantômas 

Recent work of mine can be seen here

Sunday, 13 January 2013

New work

 Waiting time
 The sound of winter
Russian Blue
 Silent winter
 End of a season
Une histoire d'hiver
 Nature in blue
 Russian Blue
 There is always colour.....
Winter light

  © Anne Staub