SE Center for Photography – Black, White and Everything in Between

This has been a tremendously rewarding week for me and my photography. I submit to many galleries and exhibitions and receive many rejections, however this week I’ve been accepted into two exhibitions.

The exhibit at SE Center for Photography is especially significant because it’s the inaugural exhibit for this new gallery and it was juried by Jennifer Schlesinger, Director of VERVE Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, NM. And five of my images were selected for exhibition with one, Release Me, being choosen for use in the advertising and promotion of the show. Needless to say I’m honored and incredibly excited for this opportunity.

My collaborators: Rhus, Evie, Kaitlin Dessa Fell, DeSalle, Arielita

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Release Me – Model Credit: Rhus

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Evie – Model Credit: Evie

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Dessa – Model Credit: Kaitlin Dessa Fell

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DeSalle – Model Credit: DeSalle

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Butterflies are Free – Model Credit: Arielita

 

Darkroom Gallery – Reveal Exhibit

I’m honored to have one of my images selected for the Darkroom Gallery Reveal Exhibit.

Model credit: Laina Vandekieft

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Abandoned Farm – Recent Works

I was extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to shoot at an abandoned farm a few weeks ago.  The opportunities at this location are endless and the natural light was beautiful.  Thanks to Vinny Kim for sharing this great location.

Model credits: VDB Nudes and Alex Adair

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VDB Nudes – Recent Works

I often shoot with a specific vision in mind, i.e. a target for the finished image.  This particular location and its beautiful light and textures were new to me so I really was not sure what the end vision was. Call it exploring, call it experimentation, call it whatever.  I enjoy it and not having the end result in mind I think opens up possibilities that may not have surfaced otherwise.

Model credit: VDB Nudes

 

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A Voice

My approach to making pictures includes being open and embracing all parts of the process from basic concepts through final edits.  I believe that every step, every little and big thing that we do contributes to the success or failure of the picture.

Carey arrived for our shoot with a variety of wardrobe, fabrics etc..  She pulled out a very nice red fabric with beautiful texture and details.  We decided to work with it intending the final pictures to be black and white.  I was totally comfortable with the red going very dark as it generally does when converting to black and white.  After shooting a few frames I knew we had made some very nice images. The lighting was spot on and her posing was outstanding.

I began my post processing and these pictures spoke to me with a very strong voice.  They did not want to be rendered in black and white.  They were born in color and demanded to remain that way. As I mentioned earlier being open to everything in the process is important.  It can and will produce stronger images.  These images are no where near as strong in black and white.

Your work and your pictures have a voice, listen to them.

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Model credit: Carey

Nebulous Fashion

Exploring a new to me shooting location. I love the warm tones in the first two, the conversation the color is having with the concrete wall and floor in the other two and the mood and emotion in all four.

Model credit: VDB Nudes

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Sweet Surrender – Diptych

These two images were made with the specific intent and purpose of depicting a feeling of surrender.  The location, lighting and conditions felt right. I’ve been looking at these for a few weeks now trying to select just one that I feel communicates the intent and have finally settled on both working together.

Model credit: Rhus

 

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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

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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.

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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