At breakfast, between bites of egg and sips of tea, I was poring over my new book on composition by Michael Freeman: The Photographer’s Eye. My husband looked at the cover and asked “Is that a real photo?” I answered, “well of course not! No picture is “real”, I mean every photo is adjusted, filtered, cropped, edited.” And yet… thus began a discussion on the reality of photography.
As a non-representational painter and mixed media manipulator, I am constantly searching for realism in my work. The realism I see is not necessarily what someone else sees. I admire and am moved by work in which I can almost see something, an image, fleeting, almost real and yet… I seek to convey without stating.
I have been greatly inspired by the Chinese painter Zao Wou-ki who emmigrated to France in 1948. His work speaks to me without telling a story. It is non-representational although we see mountains, streams, lakes and skies.
Gorgeous images. Thank you for sharing this with us.
Throughout the rest of the course you’ll find ways of incorporating strong design elements into your photographs. I hope you find this an enjoyable and rewarding experience as you work towards your photo-realism goals.
Looking forward to seeing your next photography assignment!