Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj’s massive Apollonian sculpture, the Daedalus (Dedalo), has found a permanent home near the Temple of Venus at Pompeii’s entrance. We had time to visit the historic site, traveling an hour by train from Salerno where we were staying. It was quite amazing, the area that was covered, the reclamation that has been done, and the insight this place provides regarding life during that period of history. Online information suggested we would need 2 to 3 hours to tour the site, Bill and I were there 3 hours, and had only seen about 1/2 the place! There is very little information on site, the audio guide is, I think, essential, to get the most from our visit. The whole site is also very exposed with minimal shade, so it is imperative you bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. The cobbled streets and rough nature of the walking surface mean that wheelchairs and prams are impractical.
Often found growing along roadside ditches and other humble places, these flowers have enchanted poets for centuries. I found these poppies growing along the side of the Camino Francis in northern Spain, the ditches in many places were lined with them.
I have been following Boooooooom for a while, as with so many websites that I follow, I stock from a distance, reading the information, occasionally liking and sometimes, but less frequently participating in the discussions. Lately, I have decided to take a more active role in some of the websites that inspire me.
Boooooooom has several projects on the go, Remake appealed to me. The challenge was to remake a masterwork of art as a photograph. Claude Monet is one of my favorite painters. The rules were simple it has to be a photography and the idea was to re-creating and re-staging the image. All the work here happens before you take the photo, rather than afterward, no special effects and other things to your image after the images was taken.
The challenge of re-creating an impressionist’s painting; first was the weather, we are headed into autumn here, those white puffy clouds were not available the day of our photo shoot, and because of the overcast conditions, my images don’t have the strong shadows of Mr. Monet’s painting. I did use a neutral density filter for a longer exposure, that helped to re-recreate the softness of the image, but too long an exposure, and we did do some much longer exposures) meant the image was too soft for my liking. But this softness might be something I have to get used to if I am going to re-create/remake anymore of his work, and he has an amazing collection that would be fun to explore this way!
How do you think I did, straight from the camera? Do you have a favorite painter you would like to pay homage to and re-create their inspiring picture?
Bill and I decided to do something completely different last weekend, we went out to the Leighton Art Centre south of Calgary and learned the basics of reduction linocut printmaking from Lenny Lane, otherwise known as Lino Lenny. It was a busy two days, each of the budding artists brought designs we wanted to transfer to the lino block. With Lenny’s great instruction and encouragement, he guided us through the process step by step to our final images.
The Leighton Art Centre is just south of Calgary, and it is a wonderful place to visit, the house is now a gallery featuring local artists and printmakers. They have various workshops if you are interested in expanding or exploring your artistic skills.
Lino Lenny is a patient instructor as well as a knowledgeable and talented printmaker, I recommend you check out his webpage to fully appreciate the art printmaking
This painting is called “The Vucciria” and is by Renato Guttuso, is large (300 cm x 300 cm) painted in 1974 while he was living in Lombardy. I have read that he ordered food to be shipped by air to him from Palermo, including a side of beef in order to paint food from life!
His work is a visual representation of the feelings I had while exploring the local markets a maze of food, smells, sights, sounds, and people, and an inspiration for my images.
The term Vucciria derives from the French word Boucherie, or butcher shop, but in Sicily, the meaning encompasses noise, confusion, chaos, reflecting the atmosphere that dwells along the streets of the market. Sicilians say “It was a Vucciria” the way we in English say “It was bedlam” or “It was a madhouse”.
Lucky for Bill and I there are several street markets in Palermo, as old as the Vucciria, which are a frenzied mass of people buying fruits, vegetables and fish and meat, men on motorbikes piled high squeezing through the crowds delivering more merchandise to the stalls, and men shouting out to sell their wares. We returned to the markets many times to shop for local food and enjoy the Vucciria!
I received an email this week ,in it a reminder that Calgary is a beautiful city, I believe that to be true. But there are day when i have trouble finding that beauty, and I realize we can only really appreciate the beauty of our surroundings if we are prepared to see it.
Along the north east corner of Olympic plaza you will find a small planting of aspen trees, long prairie grasses and a group of bright orange steel poles. I know there will be some who will wonder how large steel poles that are painted orange and planted in the ground could possible be considered art. I think the installation is beautiful, it reminds me of those bright rays of sun shining through the trees at sunrise.
The Cherry trees were starting to bloom while we were in Spain, I couldn’t resist taking several images of the tiny buds and flowers. Now that I am back in Canada, home of the ice and snow it is nice to have these images to look at. I know that sometime in May I will have another opportunity to photography the lovely spring flowers!
It is friday and time for an after-before blog post. This is where I describe a little of my editing process. Some image on the blog have very little work done, others have way to much work, it all depends on the photo and what I want the final image to look like.
Here is the image that I started with……
I edited the photo in Photoshop; the first step was to crop and remove the distracting branches in the bottom of the frame. Next I applied a Florabella Action called Soft Color Pop. Florabella has some great actions, templates and textures, I don’t use them a lot, but always fun to play a little. The action I used had a reduce red layer, and I masked the flowers to keep the nice pink color. I liked what the action did for the flowers, but it really washed out the nice blue sky.
Rather than mask the action to bring back the sky I thought I would add a textured layer, something that would add the blue with a painted quality. I have a folder of textures I have collected over the years, from the internet artists like Kim Klassen, as well as painted papers, cement and stone walls, fabric, scrapbooking paper, I have photographed myself. The textured I decided to use was a soft blue painted paper. The edges of the blue paper is a little darker and has a little more texture than the center of the frame, this worked perfectly for the flowers. I sent the blend mode to darken, and the opacity at 80%.
There you have it, my custom-made spring flowers. I would love to hear from you if you have questions or comments regarding my process or photography. You can find more of my work on Instagram, or we can connect on Behance If you would like to see more after-before images head on over to Stacy Fischer’s Virtual Venturing blog
Looking back through the many photos taken over the last year, and found this image of the Statue of David.
Standing inthe Piazza della Signoria, a replica of the statue of David, one of the most recognized works of Renaissane art. The Piazza is filled with visitors, all snapping away with their cameras, getting photos of the buildings, the different scuptures around the square and of course themselves and their friends.
As a tourist and visitor I want to document our time in a city, and the sights that we visit, but I also want to find a creative way to photograph the scene that is photographed hundrends of times a day! The statue of David created by Michelangelo in the early 1500’s and became a symbol of strength and beauty. The shadow shows the pose and translates those qualities without having to see all the statue. I used the square format to remove any distractions from the frame.
Many people I know purchase postcards, because they will “never get a picture that pretty” themselves. My great aunt use to purchase slides that were sold at all the tourist shop, many many years ago as a memory of where she had been and what she had seen. I remember looking at those slides when I was a little girl, maybe she planted that seed to travel and take photos!
When you travel, do you take photos that tells a story about where we you were?