Jul 292014
 
A Room for Improvement Release

A Room for Improvement by Adam Marelli Artistic Vision for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime Udemy Platform   Introduction At the beginning of the year, I got a call from Udemy, the online education platform.  They asked if I had ever thought of doing an online video program for photography.  While I would have loved to take [more...]

Feb 242014
 
INSPIRATION: Piet Mondrian

Inspiration: Piet Mondrian The Slow Fade “GONE FISHING”   Introduction Our brains make powerful associations with shapes, colors, and patterns.  We are visual beings who are programmed, to a lesser extent, to make meaning of the things we see.  But how does an artist make visual contributions if they see the same things as an [more...]

Sep 292012
 
Alex Webb & M. C. Escher

Alex Webb & M.C. Escher Masters of Confusion [ UNDERSTANDING THE MODULE ] The secret to becoming a Master is making things which are very  difficult look easy.  Escher is the  grandfather of perfectly organized  chaos.  Inside his maze of stairs or  tangled lizards lie important lessons on how to take the chaos of life [more...]

May 022012
 
Henri Cartier-Bresson vs Ferdinando Scianna

Copying is not Enough An appretice’s life in a studio meant copying the work of  a master artist.  But copying alone does not guarantee an understanding of design.  We need to bring “information to bear” as we organize the  chaos of life into a successful image.    Art versus Xerox In the 1500’s, when a [more...]

Mar 312012
 
Jean-Francois Millet

The Peasant Painter Can you remember the first  time you saw a National Geographic?  The exotic landscapes and strange peasants have tickled our imaginations  for decades.  But where did the  interest in peasants find its roots?   Thousands of miles from home Whenever I start working with someone for the first time, I always ask [more...]

Mar 192012
 
John Singer Sargent

The Origins of Street Photography What exactly is street photography and when did it begin?  Was it the 1950’s or  was it the 1930’s?  Did it have anything to do with the  invention of the 35mm?  The roots of street photography extend  back the 1400’s when painters became interested in daily scenes.  Lets have a [more...]

Feb 102012
 
Caravaggio

We All Make Mistakes | Knight, Pimp & Occasional Painter | Michelangelo Merisi, known to most as Caravaggio, was hardly a man you would want at the dinner table.  Hot tempered, violent and vain were the nicer ways of describing his temperament.  His career should have lasted another forty years, but was cut short in [more...]

Jan 202012
 
When Titans Collide

McCurry, Kubota, and Scianna What happens when three famous photographers stand in front of the same scene?  Is it possible to determine a winner? | THE GOLDEN TICKET | There are days when we walk outside and know, I mean know in our bones, that a picture is standing in front of us.  Whether these [more...]