Nov 292015
What did Japanese art do to photography: Part 1

What did Japanese art do to photography: Part 1 Japanese woodblock prints The Umbrella Have you ever wondered why photographers take pictures of umbrellas?  You only have to look online for a few minutes to see that umbrellas seem to make good subjects, but why?  Why are photographers so interested in making pictures with umbrellas?  [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...]

Jun 042011
Great Compositions: Photographer Craig Semetko

Great Compositions: Craig Semetko The School of Henri Cartier-Bresson When we begin photography, it is a natural tendency to look for inspiration.  If we are lucky we might have a chance to work with the photographers we admire, but for many of us, we can only know them through their images. Getting To Know Henri [more...]

May 282011
Robert Mapplethorpe

Classical Influence After World War II the center of the art world changed from Paris to New York.  The European tradition was shunned as artists searched for a new voice.  But after a generation of rebellion, artists of the 1970′s started to look back again to the classical tradition.  What followed could be a case [more...]

May 202011
Great Compositions: Alfred Eisenstaedt

Great Compositions Alfred Eisenstaedt Has someone ever asked you why you like an image?  Beneath the surface of great picture, there is a geometric design in hiding.  In this series, we will search for the dynamic symmetry that photographers and artists have used for centuries to create successful works of art. —Introduction Martin Corone Dos [more...]