PhotoPlace Gallery – Alternative Process

I’m honored to have one of my pieces selected for the On Line Gallery Annex for this juried exhibition. This piece is a wax infused hand painted photograph on an 8″x10″ wood panel.

Click here to see all of the juror’s selections.

Model credit: Zoe West

Zoe

Zoe

 

 

Form and Texture

I photograph a lot of people in various lighting and settings.  In many cases the human form is combined with other textural elements as a means of communicating and telling a small story.  A totally different mood and feel is created when these elements are photographed without the human form being present.  My wife and I were looking at some pictures this morning and she commented on this very thing with her preference being the images with the human form included. I like both and they do clearly communicate very different messages.  The human form softens the texture and, if executed properly, places the textural elements in a position of complimenting the main subject.  Those images that do not include the human form become much more about the forms, shapes, tones and textures creating graphical geometric pictures. An earlier post included an image with the human form.  The images below represent the graphical interpretation of these textural elements. Suffice to say that I was intrigued by the textures, shapes and forms with the natural light being quite beautiful.

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

©2015 William Earle

 

 

Sweet Surrender

“it doesn’t mean much
it doesn’t mean anything at all
the life I’ve left behind me
is a cold room
I’ve crossed the last line
from where I can’t return
where every step I took in faith 
betrayed me
and led me from my home

and sweet
sweet surrender
is all that I have to give”

Sarah Mclachlan

Model credit: Rhus
Wax infused hand painted photograph.

Sweet Surrender © 2015 William Earle

Sweet Surrender © 2015 William Earle

Intentionally Untitled

A few more from Little Pond.  I’ve refrained from including my titles on these leaving space for everyone to feel what they may and apply their own.
Model credit: Rhus
Location: Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, PA.

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©2015 William Earle

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©2015 William Earle

Release Me

I was extremely fortunate recently to have an opportunity to collaborate with Rhus at a very interesting location.  The location is Little Pond Arts Retreat in Nazareth, PA.  Little Pond is a wonderful place with endless possibilities.  Upon arrival I was overwhelmed with the possibilities but soon found myself drawn to the canvas alcove covers.  I went to work looking at them and photographing them as sketch possibilities formulating ideas that hopefully would produce meaningful little stories.  This is the first.

Release Me

Release Me

 

 

Your Daily Photograph

I’m honored to have one of my images selected for inclusion in the YourDailyPhotograph email.  YourDailyPhotograph is a free daily email subscription managed by Duncan Miller Gallery in Santa Monica, CA and I highly recommend it.

Zinn - Something new

Zinn – Something new

Silver Shade

Model credit: DeSalle

Film: Impossible, Silver Shade

DeSalle - Silver Shade

DeSalle – Silver Shade

DeSalle - Silver Shade

DeSalle – Silver Shade

 

 

Something New – Reprise

Model credit: DeSalle

DeSalle - Something New

DeSalle – Something New

DeSalle - Something New

DeSalle – Something New

The Empty Room – Reprise

Model credit: DeSalle

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Perspective

My photographic journeys and all of the people, processes and details associated with it are incredibly important to me and a critical part of my life.  This past weekend I was fortunate enough to attend the AIPAD show in NYC. That’s the Association of International Photography Art Dealers.  The best of the best all gathered in one large location.  Granted it was a bit overwhelming visually to see so much work from those that have come before us as well as contemporary photographers, however I would do it again and highly recommend it for anyone serious about photography.

I woke up Saturday morning preparing for brunch with friends and found out that a very special person was going to be at the show doing a book signing for her latest book.  I studied with Cig Harvey some twelve years ago when I began getting serious about my photography.  I had always loved photography and making pictures but decided, after my daughter was grown to get serious and see where it would take me.  Cig is responsible for establishing a foundation for me that is incredibly strong, has and continues to serve me well.  I’m still learning from that week spent with Cig twelve years ago.  To see her again and have a brief chat was the highlight of the trip.  Please spend a few minutes and have a look at Cig’s work and learn more about her approach and how she works, you’ll not be disappointed.

With the many images swirling through my head, things began to clear and move into a sharp perspective.  As a photographer and artist I’m always questioning my work, why I do it and what it means.  In today’s Internet, Social Media society we’re constantly bombarded with information, images, stories, opinions and general nonsense that can have a serious effect on us and even cause a shift in our beliefs, perspective and work as artists. This show filtered out all of the extraneous distractions, cleared my head and provided me with much peace and comfort in my own work.

I’d be lying if I said I didn’t experience joy and excitement when others enjoy and accept my work, however  the most important person to satisfy is me.  I respect the opinions of everyone and will listen to all of them; however I think it’s important to share your work with people whom you respect and who will provide honest critique and feedback.  There’s no benefit and opportunity for improvement if all we hear is that our work is great.  All of my work is not great, far from it actually.  If I make the work for the reasons that are important to me and the work expresses my vision, then I’m content and satisfied. One of the things that Cig taught me is that photography will take through cycles.  It will humble you one day and reward you on another.

I’ve been in a cycle of scrutinizing the work I’ve been doing recently and seriously questioning whether or not I should continue doing it.  The perspective shift that I experienced as a result of visiting the show and experiencing all of the photography is moving me into a different cycle.  With the clarity, I’ve rolled back through some recent work and smiled when it became clear that I am making my work and my vision is finding its way to the surface.