photography

Dream of India: Stunning New photography Project Seeks to Paint a Picture of a Diverse and Vibrant Land

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India is arguably one of the most diverse and beautiful nations on the planet, which makes it a great subject for artistic photography. With its amazing mix of cultures and postcard scenery, there are endless opportunities. Croatian travellers Jelena Nikolic and Sanjin Kastelan are looking to share their journey through this rich and colourful nation via the media of video, photography, and blogging. They fell in love with India after working at a yoga retreat there last year, and would love to help others to do the same. Their photos are truly stunning, and really manage to capture the country’s beauty.

Jelena and Sanjin are looking to fund their project via the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo. One of their focuses will be food, as they wish to display the unique culinary offerings that India has to offer. The overall aim of this project is to alter the way in which people perceive India. Oftentimes, when people think India, they think of squalor and poverty. In reality, these things exist in every nation, and are only one side to India. Perhaps this project could help to challenge preconceptions and replace prejudices with a new, more positive image. It is a fascinating artistic project that uses photos to achieve social good, which is one of the many functions of this multifaceted art form. Check it out for yourself at https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dream-of-india–3#/

The Art of PIN-UP with Doli Photography

We love to connect with artists from around the world; in fact, it is our priveledge to share art with you.

Another new discovery at AWE this week is “Doli Photography” based in Dallas, Texas, USA.  Doli has an array of works on her site at http://www.doliphotography.com but highlighted below are her Pin-Up pieces. Her use of color and dynamic in her shoots is quite interesting and not only teasingly rebellious, but also indicative of freedom in the arts in today’s world.

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Doli Photography has a selection of prints available for sale, be sure to visit her site! 

In “The Art of Pin-up,” Dian Hanson describes a pin-up simply as a “provocative but never explicit image of an attractive woman created specifically for public display in a male environment.”

But this imaginary female isn’t just attractive. “Her sexiness is natural and uncontrived, and her exposure is always accidental: A fishhook catches her bikini top, an outboard motor shreds her skirt, a spunky puppy trips her up or the ever-present playful breeze lifts her hem, revealing stocking tops and garter straps, but never the whole enchilada.”

Since they skyrocketed to popularity in the World War II era, pin-up images have occupied a variety of roles — military inspiration, commercial photography, kitsch nostalgia and cult aesthetic.
Read More at HuffPost

 

We are Wanderers – Art Inspired by Travel

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We. Are. Wanderers.

Going for a Wander started in 2011, displaying and selling a variety of art, inspired by travel.

All of our products are printed, mounted, framed, packed and sent from the UK, to customers all over the world.

We work with different designers, but all of our collections are curated by our creative head, Spencer ap Taliesin.

Any questions at all, please just get in touch, we look forward to hearing from you.

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For more information, please visit http://www.goingforawander.com/ 

A Natural Connection-An Interview with Bryan Cyr

A Natural Connection
An Interview with Brian Cyr

by Alyssa Laube

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About: Brian Cyr is an award-winning photographer with a passion for nature and outdoor adventure. By capturing the stunning beauty of the West Coast, he hopes to inspire in us an awe for our planet and a motivation to be part of its preservation. Brian also loves to experiment with his camera to encourage viewers to pause and look more closely at the beauty of their natural surroundings; his work is a celebration of our interconnectedness with everything that is around us. To see more about Brian and his work, go to:
http://www.brianccyr.com

You were raised in Ontario, but moved to the West Coast for your photography.
What is it about the coast, and Vancouver, that drew you?

I came here to find work as a stills photographer in the film industry. However, it was the raw beauty of the West Coast that moved me, literally and figuratively. I had flown in looking for work and was in Tofino on a weekend trip. Standing on a headland in Pacific Rim Park in January with waves crashing around me, I experienced
the power of nature in a way I’ve never experienced before. One month afterwards in Toronto, I packed my Toyota with my gear and whatever else I could fit into it, and drove out West. I arrived in Vancouver three days and two speeding tickets later. With so many other wondrous places in our province, it can easily take a lifetime to explore and photograph them all.

What did each job teach you about being a photographer?

My film work taught me to see and understand people better. It taught me about my connection with others. My photography of nature has taught me more about myself and my spiritual connection to the planet and universe. Nature is a place where the ego can be lost or humbled, at very least.

What is “Camera Painting” and how did you first begin to practice it?

Working with slide film in the early years, my approach had been very traditional. The time and cost of processing slide film had constricted my ability to experiment. When I finally made the switch to digital, it became easier to continue work on my earlier projects. This was the time when I developed “camera painting”, which is a technique I continue to experiment with.The camera is moved while shooting long exposures, manipulating time and movement to create painterly images.

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What was it like to win the Focus On Your World competition and be affiliated with the United Nations Environment Program?

Focus On Your World was my very first photography competition. It drew 33,000 entries from 144 countries! There were only four North American winners and I was one of them, winning a bronze. I was blown away. The show travelled to 100 cities around the world, and its final stop was at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, where they flew in the winners for the opening gala. It was amazing to see my photograph amongst all of the incredible work that showed both the beauty of nature and the human impact on it. It was and still is the highlight of my career.

Your earliest work revolves around the relationship between humans and nature. What about this relationship were you trying to convey?

In today’s world, we have lost touch with that spirituality and the search for a deeper connection to something larger than ourselves. We fail to look at the beauty that is right here around us. What I’m trying to convey through my work is our interconnectedness and the beauty of it. Every drop of water, every moment in time, and every creature, great and small, are connected to each other and everything else in the universe. One without the other is just a lesser whole.

What is your goal as a photographer?

My goal as a photographer is for my career to reach a point where it can allow me to travel the world and live my passion, which would be to do more photography! I want to share my work with those who appreciate the uniqueness of our planet. I want my work to evoke emotions strong enough to motivate us to make the preservation of our planet paramount.

What do you believe sets you apart from other photographers?

The uniqueness of my photography is in my experimentation with the interplay of
time and movement, physical and illusory, to create painterly images.

For more information about Brian’s work, please visit http://www.brianccyr.com/ 

Nature and Technology-Working in Unity: An Interview with Chris Collacott

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By Alyssa Laube

 

About: Chris Collacott is an international award-winning photographer who is known for his stunning natural landscape, architecture, and cityscape images. He specializes in large-scale panoramic photos, which are created by merging a collection of shots of a chosen subject, resulting in captivating and beautifully detailed prints. Though some of his works are mastered through the use of digital technology, it is a steady hand and adherence to age-old photographic principles that makes his photos come to life – composition, location and an eye for the dramatic.

What are you planning to bring to the expo this year that will be different than last?

 

Each year, I continue to travel and explore new and incredible places.  This year, I will bring some amazing new images that I have captured over the last year.  Also, I will have a one time special on my prices of my prints for the show – that almost anyone can afford.

You’ve spoken of a past career and interest in science and technology. How were you involved with it, and is it still a part of your life today?

Science and technology will always be part of my life.  One aspect that I love about being outdoors and in the back-country is having some fundamental understanding of the science behind how our planet was formed and how all these beautiful places (mountains, ocean) were created.  Imagine seeing mountains being created as a time-lapse in the space of a few seconds. It makes us, me, feel very small in time and space, and that I feel is awe inspiring.  It makes me respect our planet and where we live outside the concrete jungle.   As for technology, I am always interested in how it can improve my work.  New camera systems, drones – I am an early adopter for technology so I say bring it on!

In the past year, what have your focuses been?

In the past year, I have captured many new images from some amazing places including Spirit Island in Jasper National Park Alberta, Lake O’hara in Yoho National Park, Mount Assiniboine in Assiniboine Provincial Park, BC, Steptoe Butte in Washington State, the Grand Canyon in Arizona – and many more!

Do you prefer to work in colour?

Although most of my work is in colour – I also create black and white images as part of my works.  I love working with stark high contrast black and white images and especially as long exposures.  These types of images just look better in black and white!

Why do you think you like photographing mountains?

Mountains give me a feeling of awe, and I feel that is the same way with humans in general.  They are so majestic and really speak volumes of how small we are in the geological time scale.  They also look great to capture and even more fun to climb and ascent to the peak!

 

When did you start taking photos from helicopters, and what are the advantages of doing so?

Helicopters allow me to take images from a completely different perspective. As a photographer, we are always seeking that unique view on the same scene, and getting up in the air allows us to do that! So any opportunity I get – I will take. I recently teamed up with SKY Helicopters and offer photography helicopter tours with them – so now I can offer that same experience to others as well at a very reasonable price!

With winter on it’s way, and your environment changing, how do you expect your work to change?

Not really, other than the subject matter being ‘winter’ in nature, I will continue to capture scenes of the outdoors.  The great thing about photography is that all seasons have something to show, something to offer, and many adventures to go on.

To learn more about Chris and his work, visit:

www.avision.ca

Meet Catherine Coulter-An Artist Finding Common Ground to Communicate

Interview With . . . 

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by Alyssa Laube 

 

About: After a ten year break from journalism, Catherine Coulter is making her grand return to writing and the arts. She focuses on photography and writing, but has a wide variety of other hobbies and interests. You can view Catherine’s work at: 

 

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In the past, you worked as a journalist. What was that like? (i.e.: who you worked for, what you wrote about)

I wrote for the North Shore News but my first position was at the Williams Lake Tribune. I was staff at those two papers but I freelanced for a number of other newspapers and magazines. I covered court, fashion, school board, sports, food and wine: that’s the beauty of a community paper – a reporter gets to try everything! (Note: this is weird. I’ve never been interviewed before.)

 

What encouraged you to move on from journalism?

Seeing myself satisfied personally and professionally in the future.

 

Could you tell me about the 10-year break you took from it?

Marriage, motherhood, travel, philanthropy, personal and spiritual growth.

 

In this time, did you stop writing completely? How did you get your creative fix? 

I wrote journals for years, and experimented with my photography, trying different kinds of cameras and using a lot of film.

 

Are you glad that you took that break? What came from it?

I’m glad I stopped writing for newspaper. I missed the human interest stories, but writing news did and does not fit my character.

 

What encouraged you to come back to it? 

Basically working away at myself emotionally and discovering what really makes me happy!

 

Please tell me about your trip to Turkey! How did it effect you?

Just seeing the word Turkey makes my heart burst! I turned 40 the day I landed in Istanbul this past November. I was ready for a journey alone and 40 seemed the perfect ‘excuse’. I experienced a real upheaval in my life a few years prior and it was the first opportunity since that that I got to be alone, process and heal and I did so by writing and taking pictures. There were moments on that trip where I would be sitting with my journal on my lap, my cameras lying around me, my cheeks would be flush and my boots dusty from a day of hiking and photographing, and I knew I was just where I should be doing what I should be doing. That feeling is incredibly powerful and I came home wanting to share it with everyone. And, eventually, provide an opportunity to host similar trips (stay tuned).

 

Before your work as a journalist, what jobs did you have? 

Terrible waitress and amazing nanny!

 

What hobbies have you had throughout your life and in present day? How did they shape who you are? 

I’ve played on the same soccer team for 15 years. My son and I are avid skiers. I hike. We love our cruiser bike rides in the summer (my Mothers Day gift to me a few years ago: a 1968 Schwinn Starlet!), being in and on the water, spending as much time with our friends and family doing anything and nothing. We are blessed. I am what my life is today.

 

Why did you start each of them? 

Landing in India at 22 years old was the catalyst for everything.

 

As a book lover, which ones are in your top 3? Which are you reading right now? 

Eek! Top 3?! How about top 30?! Currently, I’m reading The Rise, Annabel,  Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Captain Underpants (my son is 7!).

 

How have books changed you as an artist? 

Oh good question! Visualization.

 

Why do you believe you love stationary, letters, and other sentimental objects?

Letter writing is art to me – its expression and its thought. The process of choosing a beautiful piece of paper – the colours and textures – then scrawling across it with an ink pen…So beautiful! Plus, the feeling it gives someone to receive something so carefully prepared for them. I will never forget what it looks like or how it feels to see my Dad’s handwriting – it’s like being close enough to smell the soap he uses.

 

How would you describe yourself as a person and an artist? How do these descriptions compare?

There’s no difference in the two. Compassion, full of love and humour, quirky and rooted, curious.

 

Why do you love photography? Writing? 

They are both so intimate to me, and give me an opportunity to express and explore myself safely, clearly and without criticism or judgement (until now, of course!).

 

Do you have any training in either of these fields? 

I attended Western Academy of Photography and Journalism on Vancouver Island.

 

How are the two different, in as many ways as possible? How are they the same? 

I suppose to me it’s like watching a movie and reading the book. The story is being told in two different ways yet if done well each should be as visual as the other. So, although they are different ways to tell a story, a story is still being told.

 

Other than signing up for the expo, how are you practicing leaving your comfort zone? 

I feel like I’ve put an invitation out there that leads directly inside. To reach my goal, which is helping other women with growth through art and travel, it’s important I’m available and a bit vulnerable (my M.O.: lets all get comfortable with vulnerability!).

 

What are you hoping to gain from this year’s expo? 

Monika (Blichar) has been an amazing source of inspiration and encouragement for me (and many others) so it’s really about goals and fulfillment, and getting past some insecurities. She asked me a few months ago, “If money is no object, what do you see yourself doing?” It was such an easy question for me to answer that I hadn’t put to myself.

 

As a photographer, what do you like to focus on? 

People in their environments.

 

Which effects do you like to use? 

Well I don’t really use any actually. The reason I love film is because, if you haven’t gotten the right exposure and focus well that’s that. It’s tough to recapture the original moment. I love holding my breath getting film back thinking ‘Oh crap. This will be awesome or it’s $50 down the drain!’ And I have had some amazing results and some seriously disappointing ones. With the exception of a couple of iPhone snaps I basically came home with zero pictures from last year’s spring break in Mexico. I had taken only my mini Diana and my film was tangling up like nylons out of a washing machine – so much for cataloging that trip for my son! It’s the same for digital though. I’m fairly challenged when it comes to electronics/technology. My strengths lie in my ability to connect with all kinds of people no matter what their background.

 

Do you often have a message incorporated into your photography?

There’s a theme, for sure. I’m fascinated by women in their environments. In school, I did a photo essay of an exotic dancer – I still find those pictures interesting. I photographed her getting ready and a small part of the performance, literally one or two shots before I wrapped it up. (The performance wasn’t telling the story though, in my opinion.) I’m always amazed that, if we truly want to, despite our differences – religious, cultural, language barriers – we can find some common ground or ways to communicate. Whether its through our children, a broken heart, an illness, or passion for travel or art or music, a great success, literature, or a few bottles of wine and a dance off!

 

How did your childhood influence you as an artist? 

Everything has brought me to where I am now, both good and bad, and has taught me to be observant, interested, thoughtful and sensitive.

 

What do you hope to do in the future, both in your personal and professional life? 

“Keep on keeping on like a bird that flew…”- B. Dylan

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Emerging Painter Margaret Kitchen Joins The Show!

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About: Margaret Kitchen, new to Vancouver and the art scene, creates beautiful paintings of landscapes and other scenes. She works in a school teaching special needs children, and practices as an artist in her spare time.

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This is your first time at the Art World Expo. Is there anything particular you’re looking forward to?

I’m very nervous and excited just to experience it and be there to see other artists.

How were you introduced to art?

Growing up, my Mom was always creative. Not in painting, but in things like beautiful knitting and needlepoint. We would come home from dances and she would have entire outfits she’d made ready for us! Also, about 5 years ago I was looking at paintings a lot and thinking, “I want to do that.” I wanted to explore something different. Reading Drawing from the Right Side of Your Brain explained that everybody can draw and not to be afraid to make mistakes and to fail. It just sort of said, “Where are the rules? Anyone can do it.” Art is an outlet. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

How were you influenced as an artist by your heritage or home town?

Okanagan landscape is so inspiring. You go hiking or to lakes and just think, “I wish I could paint this.” It’s just so beautiful. There were great local artists and galleries, so it was really just a part of the community.

Who was your main inspiration growing up and how has it changed from then?

My Mother, because it was always important for her to be creative with her hands and to completely immerse herself.

How would you describe your style?

I love using oil paint. I love art to look like art. I really like artists like Robert Bateman. Lots of paint, thick, color, so I guess I would call my style impressionistic.

What do you consider your “big break”?

I am really glad that I met Monika. I started her art class and she and I really hit it off. Pretty much, she said “who cares! Do it and have fun,” and here I am.

How have you developed as an artist, both professionally and personally?

Personally, it’s opened up a whole new world of creativity to me. The whole journey of it has been fantastic; meeting all of these great people and producing artwork that I like. I love that now I can paint a picture and give it to someone.

What was an artwork that had a lasting effect on you? How so?

I’m so amazed all the time at the level of creativity and artistry just here in North Vancouver, just the local art that I see around. I also went to the Vancouver Art Gallery and saw Metis which blew my mind, and last winter I saw some Emily Carr which I love.

What is your favorite art gallery or event in Vancouver?

I love the art crawls. They have one in North Vancouver and one in East Vancouver.

What type of environment do you prefer to work in (i.e.: a studio, home, etc.)?

I like to be by myself sometimes but I also like to be in a studio where there are people I can bounce things off of and ask, “What do you think? What do you see?” I like to get advice, too.

Where do you get inspiration for your art?

My daughter, the landscape, other art.

What was the first piece of art you sold?

Well, I don’t sell my art! My mother in-law asked me to paint a picture of the Capilano River. It was the first painting that I thought “I like this,” and I kept it, but painted her a couple more and gave them to her. I think that if I didn’t get so attached to my paintings, I could sell them. They’re like my babies!

Is there a main theme or message to your art? If so, what is it?

It is more of pure expressionism for me.

What is your favorite (and least favorite) thing about being an artist?

My favorite thing is that it’s a way of being creative and expressing yourself – that feeling of the great escape. It’s like meditation. I haven’t found anything negative about it yet!

Did you always want to be an artist? If not, what did you want to be and  when/why did you change your mind?

I never saw myself as an artist. I wish that I had tapped into this side of myself when I was younger would have loved to be a dancer, but during the time that I was growing up, it was never something I could imagine doing. Over the last 25 or 30 years I’d squelched that side of myself. Before my work as a Teacher, I was a Dental Assistant and would wear a different sweater every day. I’ve always liked to be creative and express myself but never thought it was something I could do. I think that if I had grown up in a different time or family I would have explored it a lot earlier.

Do you currently have a favorite artist?

Yes! He has a studio in West Vancouver. Yates. He does all sorts of West Coast landscapes with nice palette and color.

Describe the Vancouver art scene in three words

I don’t really know it that well, but I would say there are a lot of different kinds of art so versatile, exciting, and welcoming. All of the people that I’ve met have been very positive.