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My last year at Brooks Institute was spent creating a documentary on the Mekong River and the people and changes that surround her. My focus was to document the source of the Mekong in Tibet and the Nomadic peoples who roam the plateau. I spent over a month with these wonderful people. I think that we, as a society, tend to covet land, bend it to our will, and eventually destroy it for our own means. These people have retained thier relationship with it and continue to see her as an ally, a provider, a companion as well as force to be reckoned with when not respected. If we have lost anything of our identity as a whole I think it must be directly related to our loss of intimate relationship with our land. This relationship must be documented, encouraged, and shared. It is of utmost importance.
My favorite place is at the end of a dirty, dusty road nobody else wants to go down. I have logged more than 15000 nautical miles including two Atlantic crossings. I love my girlfriend and my two cats. I will never surrender my Nikon F4, and I cried the day Kodachrome died.
began photographing God's great creation in 1979 when I bought my first camera in the Virgin Islands. My life changed drastically when I began to realize the artistic ability that was in me. I immediately took a liking to Street photography and abstract images. I got a job at a photo lab processing film and printing pictures. I also did weddings and other activities such as dance championships and fashion photography. But that all seemed like just another job to me. My true love was art. Everywhere I went the camera went -- documenting my life and the world around me. I could see beauty in ugliness and ugliness in beauty and I seemed to pick up the rule of thirds instinctively.
Then in 1985 my camera broke and I stopped taking pictures and started with music to fulfill my artistic nature. I basically did not take any pictures from 1985 until April 27th 2003 when I bought a digital Fuji camera to photograph my sister's wedding. My life has never been the same since. I have been traveling ever since from Texas to New York City and all over New Jersey Pennsylvania and Delaware. I entered the Ocean City Arts Center (New Jersey) juried photography contest in 2004 and 2005. I won an honorable mention in 2004 and second place and a merit award in 2005.
My interests are in the surreal and the historic (sepia tone). I also like photographing people in their daily life (street photography). My introduction to photoshop was also a pivotal moment in my life allowing me to manipulate the image. My influences are Salvador Dali, Picasso and Norman Rockwell.
I am professor emeritus at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I taught in the department of philosophy for 35 years. My specialties included philosophy of mind, metaphysics, history of modern philosophy and, most recently, aesthetics and the philosophy of art. Currently I am faculty leader for Aesthetics in Society, a group of graduate fellows selected from diverse departments at UNC in its Scholars for Tomorrow program.
Sixteen years after receiving my Ph.D. in philosophy, I earned an M.F.A. in studio art. My art work focused mainly on large metal sculpture, and my sculptures have been exhibited throughout North Carolina, including eleven shows at the Durham Art Guild as well as Somerhill Art Gallery (Durham), Northern Telecom (Research Triangle Park), N.C. Museum of Art (Raleigh), Ackland Art Museum (Chapel Hill), Arts Center Gallery (Carrboro), N.C. Arts Society (Pinehurst), Fayetteville Museum of Art (Fayetteville), Spirit Square Arts Center (Charlotte), Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (Winston- Salem). Commissioned works are in private collections in New York, Westport, Miami, Boca Raton, St. Louis, Dallas, and numerous locations in North Carolina.
In the middle 1990s my work in art moved from sculpture to photography. My photographic works have been exhibited in North Carolina at the Arts Center (Carrboro), Firehouse Fine Art Gallery (Graham), Artscape Gallery (Roxboro), Back Porch Gallery (Durham), North Carolina Photographers Annual Exhibition (Raleigh, five years), Horace Williams House (Chapel Hill), Carrboro Library, Chapel Hill Senior Center, Chapel Hill Museum, Fine Arts League of Cary, Raleigh Fine Arts Society, Fayetteville Museum of Art. Among my awards are First Prize in the 1999 Arts Center Exhibition, First Place in the 2002 News and Observer Travel Photography Contest, First Place Black &White in the 2003 Art in Person Art Show, First Places in the Chapel Hill Camera Club competitions for 2002-2003 as Photographer of the Year for Color Prints, for Black and White Prints, and for Experimental Prints. My photographs are in private collections in New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, San Francisco, Madison, Boca Raton, and numerous collections in North Carolina.
My work explores the aesthetic space between documentation and narration. I try to make photographs that reveal something delightfully or disturbingly uncanny about the world, showing some unique beauty or mysterious presence.
Elena Vasilieva is one of the most interesting newcomers of the Post-Soviet art scene. Her nude photos tell about longing, anxiousness, mourning, loneliness, pain and torment. After her study at the Kharkovski College of Design, Elena discovered the world of photography. She did not have a chance to work in the field of design as she completely dedicated herself to art of photography which has become her life's trade.
Photography enables me to show my mood and style to the world. In my work I try to show the mood and the emotion of woman's sexuality. Everything I show in my photos I experience together with my models. To discover new subjects and show them in my work is one of my great interests. I understand that not everyone can fathom the tension and feelings that I try to show through my photos and, thus, I do not care for the opinions of the critics who can misinterpret my work. Most of the time I choose dark tones for my photos - they are much closer to me than colorful sets.
In the closing, I would like to share with you my view: "Talent is a God-given gift and success is something else. Talent and success are not necessarily connected with each other" » - Elena Vasilieva
How can you ever smile after you have been branded? These people were cattle, their brands burned into their skin so they could be identified, quantified and used. Had the calculations been a little different, they would have been killed the way most of the rest of their families were.
Branding cattle has been practiced for over 4000 years and is required by law in the United States as a primary means of proof of ownership. A hot iron with an identifying design is burned into the skin of cattle. It is not supposed to "hurt for long". No such justification could be used for what the Nazi's did to these people. There was the physical pain, the lightning hot burning of a new identity onto the body. There was also the emotional pain. The pain of knowing that for as long as they lived (they did not expect it to be long) they would wear a mark of shame. Theirs are not the worst of the Holocaust brands, only the most prevalent. Pretty Jewish girls were taken from the lines leading to the gas chambers and had the German word for "whore" branded between their breasts before they were used for that purpose.
When I thought about this project, I called Kay, who I thought was the one person in the world I knew that branded.
Fine Art Photography Contest
Open to professional and amateur photographers shooting in all forms of photography using traditional or digital methods.
I am a 29 year old freelance photographic artist based in Sydney. I began taking photos when I was 18. I learned to print in black and white and did mostly abstract, still life and landscape work. My photography continued until I was 20 but this year I began shooting again. I still do abstact, still life and landscape work but now also do cityscapes and architecture.
My main focus has been in composition and exposure as well as contrast and focus but now I am experimenting with strength in images and am trying to "see" power in photographic subjects as they are conveyed in the photographic medium-like how certain architecture has a distinct pattern when seen through the lens and makes for a strong image in general. This way of seeing has brought me to use different techniques in respect to composition and focus and is a growing trend in my photography.
In general I am in search of the best image possible and use other artist's work to improve my perception of photographic subjects. My primary format is black and white film using a 35mm camera but I also convert colour into black and white using Photoshop.I will soon have a website to display my work and am working on producing a DVD of my work for use in the graphic design industry I also wish to produce work using a digital camera in the future.