A new gallery is up. You will found it here:
Of Mandalas and Spirals combines images from two series.
One series is A Circle of Mandalas
Within this series I'm using the camera not as a tool of recording pictures of what is in front of the camera, but I do want to use the camera as a tool to create artworks.
With the approach of acting with the camera, moving and turning it around during the creation of an image I do want to transform the "Passivity" of taking a picture into the Activity of creating a digital artwork.
Read on about Mandalas and the artwork of my friend Sandra Nesbit here:
The second series is "The Spirit of the Spirals"
Spirals are an ancient and universal symbol are common throughout human cultures as the found plentiful in nature.
The spiral form can be found in the spiral galaxies as well as satellite images of Hurricanes and Clouds move in spirals and the spirals can be found in snail houses or the nautilus or the leaves of a fern as well as in the double helix structure of the DNA.
Some examples of spiral in art and culture are the Triscel and the celtic ornaments or the TAO symbol.
A spiral has a way in, a path - which stands for an evolutionary process, a circumambulatory, transformative progression towards a center, for many religions a way to god.
The word spiral origins from two Latin words. The first word origin is Spiralis or Spira -meaning spire or coil (which is needed for spinning). The second word origin is spirare, meaning ‘to breathe,’ as in expire and inspire. Also from the word the Spiral is connected to creation and life.
So Spirals and Spirituality are closely linked together - not only in it's symbolism but also form the words: "S-P-I-R-A-L" is fully included in "S-P-I-R-(itu)-A-L"!
2016 and Ongoing
You all know the saying
A picture is worth a thousand words.
But a pictures are often not self explanatory.
By the use of compositional elements photographer we try to work out the story we want to convey with our image to the viewer.
A title as a compositional element
Now if we think about compositional elements we think often about contrast, lines, areas and colors but I consider also the image title one of the elements of composition.
A title can be used for many purposes.
· It can be an indication of time and place to the viewer
· It can add a new level of meaning viewer
· It can distract or dazzle the viewer
· it can "pave" the way that the viewer gets the emotional connection to the image you want.
· And for sure there are more.
Title make images stick
Most important purpose is, that the title is a way to communicate with your audience and it can make your image stick.
It is a difference if some is talking about “Pepper 38” by Brent Weston or “This image with a pepper which bends like an abstract act photography” .
Or maybe you all have an image in your mind on the title “Behind the Gare Saint-Lazare” or “Tank Man”.
Now quite often some can see as a title "Untitled".
This is an oxymoron, but a common one. Using it you are also sending a message to the viewer. Maybe a message of mystery but maybe also message of indecisiveness or maybe just what some can see on the image if it show a big print of the word “Untitled” 😉
So: How much is the title part of your developing/creative process?
The End of the Rainbow
John R. Suler Photographic Psychology: Image and Psyche
I'm a man, a husband, a father, and a product manager most of the day.