Tag Archives: Photography

I’m Not Whom I Seem: Fictitious Portraits

Last week I began an exploration into the art of portraiture. At the beginning of the post I asked some questions about the nature of the portrait. I think it’s useful to look at those questions again. Why create a … Continue reading

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From Train Toilets to Laundromats: The Inventive Mind

Last week I wrote about the magic of the camera obscura. While writing that post I was reminded of the work of artist Steven Pippin who constructs unique camera obscura/pinhole cameras out of unexpected materials. He has converted refrigerators, washing … Continue reading

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The Magic of a Dark Chamber: The Camera Obscura

I find myself drawn to artists who direct their attention to very early technologies, such as the camera obscura. A camera obscura is basically a room, or box, that has a small hole on one wall. Light from the outside … Continue reading

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Color As Signature

Nearly every artist uses color in their work but for some artists color has special significance. Here are two artists whose use of this design element is so important that it is almost impossible to discuss their work without mentioning … Continue reading

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Art and Design Resources

Those of you new to design might be interested in some recommendations for additional online resources. Here are several websites that focus on design, art, architecture, photography and culture. In a future blog post we will add other sites to … Continue reading

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Scale and Proportion as a Narrative Device

In Chapter 12 of “Design: A Beginner’s Handbook,” we discuss the design principle of Scale and Proportion. The artist Duane Michals has created a wonderful example of this principle in his series of black and white photographs called “Things Are … Continue reading

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A Design Principle At Play

Emphasis/Focal Point is a design principle used for organizing visual information. Through placement and contrast we can draw a viewer’s attention to specific parts of a composition creating areas that seem more important or more urgent than other areas around … Continue reading

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