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Friday Finds: Young Photosnappers

13 Jul

There is something about the art of photography that has always made it appealing to the young.  These days maybe, it is the advanced technology often involved.  But most of all, I think photography provides a relatively accessible mode of self-expression, which as we all know, is such a huge part of discovering who we are and who we are meant to be.  I’m happy to wrap up F/Stop Artsy week with a round-up of some amazingly talented young photographers!

Eleanor Leonne Bennett

Kristen Cates

Brian Oldham

Cristina Otero

Alex Stoddard

Eleanor Leonne Bennett | Kristen Cates |  Brian Oldham | Cristina Otero | Alex Stoddard  

I hope you’ll check out the websites of these young talents, linked above.  Let’s encourage the next artsy generation!

All images are via the artists’ websites, sourced above.

Artsy Dwelling: A Photoshopped Home

12 Jul

For many folks, the only photographs on display at home are family portraits and vacation snaps.  This afternoon, I’d like to get your creative inspiration going with some beautiful examples of the way art photography can have an amazing impact on your home’s artsiness!

Using photography can give an edge to an ultra-feminine space–

Home of Philip Leeming & Leong Ong


Photograph of Beirut by Elger Esser


You can make a big impact in a small space like a dining room with an oversized photograph–

Interior design by Design Loft Interiors; photo mural by Alex Turco


Interior Maison Magazine, Oct/Nov 2010


Designer: Thom Felicia; Featured photograph: Roberto Dutesco

To add graphic texture to a neutral space, monochromatic photography does the trick–

Interior design by Julia Starr Sanford; Art photography by Thomas Hager

via the artist

**be sure to check the Artsy Forager Facebook album, Artsy Dwelling, for more of Tom’s residential installations!

Interior design and styling by Lisa McGraw; art photography by Daniele Albright


How about personalizing your space by commissioning an art photographer to document your little ones?

Interior photography Llama’s Valley Magazine


Interior photography by Bieke Claessens


Or even better, enlarge a favorite photo of them and fill an entire wall!

Design by Brian Patrick Flynn


How are you living with photography, Artsies?

Image sources linked below each photo.

A Curious Haunting: Kisa Kavass

12 Jul

I love a good mystery.  Not the throat-slasher kind, but the good ol’ Nancy Drew, Wilkie Collins, Daphne Du Maurier variety.  In this world of over sharing, there is something so magical and magnetic to be found in the mysterious.  The work of Tennessee based artist Kisa Kavass brings to life her own cryptic yet enchanting imaginings.

Kavass’ sepia-tinged images are full of misty light, curious shadows and haunting visages.  There is an other-worldly spell cast by them that though shrouded in enigma, we sense that in this world we are safe.

Though things may be as they seem, the mysteries are innocuous.

Like strange dreams from which we awaken not startled or scared, but wishing we could revisit with each slumber.

To see more of Kisa Kavass’s work, please visit her website.

Thank you to artist Christina Baker for introducing me to Kisa’s work!  All images are via the artist’s website.

Nowhere Land: Jenna Gang

11 Jul

Photography, more than any other medium possesses such a power to transport us to anywhere in the world.  And because of it’s documentary nature, we often believe what a photograph is telling us.  When New York based photographer Jenna Gang contacted me, I was especially intrigued by her series of images from Israel.  It turns out this controversial country has very special meaning for Jenna.  I hope you’ll enjoy hearing her talk about the series in this email interview we conducted recently.

Artsy Forager | Your series of photographs from Israel have such a different, more quiet focus than most imagery coming from that country.  What was your catalyst for the series?  Did it evolve over time or did you begin with your concept already in mind?

Jenna Gang | The catalyst for this series was my grandfather. As a holocaust survivor, he expressed throughout my childhood how important it was for me to visit the holy land.  After he passed away, his 35mm camera was given to me by my grandmother.  By merging his camera with his aspirations for me, I thought it only fitting to honor his memory by shooting this series.

Throughout my development as a photographer, I have always been drawn to images that were minimalistic and left interpretation to the viewer. Through photographs, the world sees Israel as a conflict. I wanted to show that Israel is so much more than that. I simplified my subject to lines and shapes to reflect the natural beauty of the country.

AF | Who do you count among your photographic heroes?

JG |  In hopes of not sounding too generic, most of my fellow FIT alumni are my heroes. This is because although our foundation was built in the same way our results vary so widely. Erin Kennedy, Christian Thorman and Nadirah Zakariya were each given the same tools that I was and yet we all emerged with distinct individual styles. I wait in anticipation to see what they create next.

AF | What do you think you would be doing if you weren’t a photographer?

JG |  If I weren’t a photographer, I’d be a food critic. Since I love to eat, this would be a worthy profession. I understand that I would have to eat some bad food along the way, but it would all be worth it for that one good dish.

AF | What is your dream photography project?

JG |  During my free time, I enjoy travelling the world via Google Earth, planning how I would capture each of the different landscapes. I am fascinated with Japan and would enjoy a trip to the countrysides of Tokyo, Samurai sword in tow.

To see more of Jenna Gang’s work, please check out her website.

Magical Mystery Tour: Jody Miller

11 Jul

For me, one of the hallmarks of fine art photography is the ability to create and/or capture atmosphere.  Just one of the things that separates a good photograph from an amazing one.  Photographer Jody Miller‘s images give the viewer a sense of mystery in each place they capture.

Miller’s photographs often catch us in an underrepresented area of a region.  A spot quintessentially indicative of a place, yet one not immediately associated with it.  In each, she creates an atmosphere of seeming abandonment and desolation, even if it is not so, our minds draw that conclusion.



Pacific Northwest

There is an element of mystery and suspense in the atmosphere of isolation.  It’s as if we’ve awoken to find ourselves completely alone in the world.

To see more of Jody Miller’s photography, please visit her website.  Her work can be viewed in person at Lightbox Photographic Gallery in Astoria, Oregon, a truly fabulous little gallery dedicated completely to fine art photography.

Artist found via Lightbox Photographic.  All images are via the artist’s website.

In the Nitty Gritty: Todd Jannausch

10 Jul

I grew up in a family of motorheads.  My grandfather owned a neighborhood service station from 1961 to 1979, the kind where you didn’t pump your own gas and a fluid check and windshield wash was complimentary.  I was only seven when he retired but can still remember the sights and smells of the station.  Seattle photographer Todd Jannausch’s series Garage Evidence captures the decline and decay of these iconic landmarks.

Garage, 2009

Through Jannausch’s photos,  I can practically smell the familiar faint odor of oil mixed with orange cleaner ( my grandfather kept his place immaculate! ) and hear the ring of the station bell as a car drives over it, signaling Granddaddy to service.

Tune-Up, 2009

Little Boxes, 2009

I can remember playing on the lifts in the garage, drinking Coca-Cola in glass bottles and following my grandfather around like a puppy.

Old Pumps, 2009

Just like my grandfather’s station, these old relics have been replaced by more bigger, more efficient yet less friendly models.  Thank you, Todd, for capturing their last breaths and for taking me back to the time I spent in such a place. Be sure to check out Todd’s website for more from the Garage Evidence series, as well as his other work.

PS– Scroll down for a peek at my granddaddy, Lester ( aka L.V. ) Hamilton on the day of his retirement, April 14, 1979, the day before my 7th birthday.

Lester Hamilton, April 14, 1979

All Todd Jannausch images are via his website.

F/Stop Artsy Photography Event!

30 Jun

I realize that Artsy Forager can be a little painting heavy and fine art photography is an oft-under appreciated medium so next week, we’ll be celebrating the work of some fantabulous photogs!  Each day, we’ll feature a different art photographer, showcasing a range of styles.  Maybe you’ll be inspired to get a little artsy with your own camera!

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