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Composition Special pt.2: Color and Texture

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on inspired by 7188, my visual diary on tumblr. This blog post is a distillation of the good stuff.

Today’s blog post is the promised second part of my composition and visual elements that make a photograph series. In the first part, I was writing about how shapes and lines make up a photograph, and how they influence the mood and emotional response of the viewer.

Today I’m going to introduce the two other main visual elements in a photograph: color and texture.

These 4 elements – shape, line, color, texture – are the basic elements from which you build your composition and perspective. It’s like cooking: once you know your ingredients, you know how to cook better. All of a sudden you know exactly what’s missing in your meal, and what spice you have to add to give it that special taste you’re after. Not only that, you’ll also start to appreciate that incredible dish you had in that new classy restaurant or at your friend’s mom’s much more, and you’ll understand exactly what makes it taste special/awesome. (Did I mention that cooking is one of my biggest passions after creating photographs?) Bottom line: Know your ingredients.

How can color and texture be used more consciously in a photograph, to say what you want to say? Or if you’re the viewer, how come you find some photos speak stronger and clearer to you than others? Let’s start with color.

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Composition Special pt.1: Shapes and Lines

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on inspired by 7188my visual diary on tumblr. This blog post is a distillation of the good stuff.

This month is a bit different than the other parts of my monthly “inspired in…” series, because this is going to be all about composition and visual elements that make a photograph.

Now, I’m by no means an expert, but I’ve been learning more about some definable elements in photographs these days, which is actually more fun than I would’ve thought! So far I never really had the vocabulary to describe a photograph and to see how certain elements and colors evoke certain emotions in the viewer – all I had so far were the emotions when viewing a photograph, and I was – and still am, for the most part – fine with that, because I’m used to act on my intuition.

Nevertheless, this month I’ve been looking more into composition, lines, shapes, colors, texture and what they do, and very simply summarized my findings on inspired by 7188 together with a photo each to illustrate the element in question. Here, I will summarize all of that even more to give you a nice little overview. Needless to say, if you want to know more about one thing or the other, you might want to check out the more detailed descriptions on tumblr, or just write a comment under this post and let’s have a conversation about it.

The main elements I want to make you aware of are shapes, lines, color and texture.

Today in part 1 I am going to write about shapes and lines, and later this week in part 2 about color and texture. Let’s start with shapes:

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Inspired in July

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on my visual diary on tumblr, inspired by 7188. This blog post is a distillation of all the good stuff.

In last month’s issue many non-photographers caught my attention for no particular reason. This month, the focus is more on photography again, although behind the scenes I have had a lot of input from painters, illustrators and other artists in July. Who knows, eventually some of them might find their way here.

To see more works of each artist, check inspired by 7188 for my personal preferences, or check the artist’s pages directly.

Enjoy!

 

Irenaeus Herok

© Irenaeus Herok

© Irenaeus Herok

Irenaeus Herok caught my attention with his series “Bondi Haze” – with scenes that could be happy summer sunshine scenes, but covered with haze and shot from an unusual angle. Be sure to check the other shots in this series.

website: http://www.behance.net/herok

 

Andreas Poupoutsis

© Andreas Poupoutsis

© Andreas Poupoutsis

Andreas Poupoutsis is one of the big discoveries this month. His portraits are super creative and visually as well as emotionally pleasing like (insert any cheesy metaphor you can think of). Taken from his website:

Andreas Poupoutsis is a Cypriot Conceptual Photographer/ Graphic Designer based in New York. His photography explores graphic shapes / elements as well as odd and mysterious portraiture.

website: poupoutsisandreas.com

 

Harry Cory Wright

© Harry Cory Wright

© Harry Cory Wright

Harry Cory Wright, landscape photographer (and a pretty interesting one at that), brought out a photobook called “Hey Charlie”. In it he works quite a bit with smoke and pyrotechnics (not what you would usually associate with landscape photography, would you?) and one of the photographs is the one here. No idea what you think, but I love it.

website: www.harrycorywright.com/index.php

 

Akif Hakan Celebi

© Akif Hakan Celebi

© Akif Hakan Celebi

Akif Hakan Celebi uses colors very much to my taste and series like his Bloomwood one, where this photograph is from, have something to them that makes me look at them for longer than usual. And no, not only the colors… maybe it’s the model, facing the camera straight on, staring at me. Haunting. Love it.

Akif Hakan is an American photographer of Turkish origin. He is currently based in Hong Kong, Istanbul and London.

website: hakanphotography.com

 

Jon DeBoer

© Jon DeBoer

© Jon DeBoer

Last but definitely not least, let me introduce to you: Jon DeBoer. Fascinating light/shadow plays, interesting angles. Not exactly sure if this can even be called street photography, but whatever drawer you want to put it in, it’s very much to my taste. Much recommended.

website: http://500px.com/JonDeBoer

 

Hope you enjoyed these artists as much as I did. If you did, consider sharing the goodness. Until next month!

 

Inspired in June

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on my visual diary on tumblr, inspired by 7188. This blog post is a distillation of all the good stuff.

This month – just like in May – many artists that didn’t use photography as a medium caught my eyes the most. There are some amazing ink/illustration/photography combinations out there in the ether, and I made it my mission to find them and then come back and report about it here. To see more works of each artist, check inspired by 7188 for my personal preferences, or check the artist’s pages directly.

Enjoy!

Russ Mills (byroglyphics)

“Halcyon” ©Russ Mills

Russ Mills, born 1971 in the UK, is likely my favorite artist this month. I would love to just hang out with him one day and see how he does his amazing illustration/painting work. His artworks, by the way, are huge. Definitely check out his website www.byroglyphics.com to see other amazing work and photos of the incredible details and textures of his paintings.

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Inspired in May

Every week I introduce several artists that inspire me on my visual diary on tumblr, inspired by 7188.

Here – just like I did for April – I want to introduce some of the artists that inspired me in May. To see more of each artist, check inspired by 7188 to see more personal preferences, or check the artist’s pages directly.

This month you’ll find more paintings and illustrations than usual – this time I just felt more inspired by that medium. Hey, gotta keep an open mind 😉

Enjoy!

 

Lee Jeffries

© Lee Jeffries

Much of Lee Jeffries’ work is deals with portraits of homeless people, but not the sneaky kind. You can feel from the photos that he took the effort to get to know the people he photographed, and the result is incredibly intimate and captivating. Highly recommended.

Website: Lee Jeffries

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©Harry Callahan

One for all, all for Harry Callahan

Harry Callahan woke up with the first sunlight, washed himself and had a light breakfast. Then he took his camera, loaded a fresh roll of film and took a photo of his wife Eleanor, still sleeping, before going outside. Chicago was cold in March. He wandered about the streets he knew so well, nothing particular on his mind, no particular goal. Every now and then a scene would catch his eye, catch his mood, and he would take a couple of shots and walk on.

This, at least, is what a typical morning in the life of Harry Callahan, one of the few innovators of modern American photography, could have been like, the way I imagine it. Of course there is no way of knowing what really went on in the head of this man whose photographs were displayed no less than 38 times in the famous Museum of Modern Art in New York. But the following words by John Szarkowski let me believe I am not that far off:

The point is that for Harry Callahan photography has been a way of living – his way of meeting and making peace with the day.

 

©Harry Callahan

©Harry Callahan

Fast forward to Tokyo, Japan in the year 2013.

Here I am, on my creative journey, being told from all sides to focus more on one thing, that I have to get one style and keep pushing it consistently.

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