PixiPort Fine Art Photography Gallery Newsletter . Communique from Pixiport 
November 6th 2002 
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in this issue
  • POTM-Dubi Roman
  • Art Of Internet Photography
  • Lucio Valerio Pini
  • The Voice Behind the Lens

  • Art Of Internet Photography
    Let me start this week with the good news - starting today this column is changing. It will be bigger and brighter, but of course the end product will still be the same - some of the best images on the Internet today. I summarise below the main changes. As from January the edition will change to a monthly publication. Each month there will be regular features, and over the next two months I will be introducing these to you. Starting in January, the edition will be re-branded, it will change its' name to"Images To Inspire The Imagination" which better reflects the content I will be presenting. Anyway, enough of the waffle, on with the show. Let me hit you straight away with a new feature.

    Here I will be presenting my own images, but with a difference. I will be showing you other images taken by other Photographers of the same subject, showing you step by step how I created the image, and adding some little surprises along the way. One of my most successful images so far in 2002 has been one entitled "Wardance" This is how it was created.

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    Lucio Valerio Pini
    More of Lucio Valerio Pini inspiring photography can be seen in his new color gallery on Pixiport. After you have enjoyed his color photos make sure to check out his art B&W photos and his Polaroid Transfers.

    I'm mainly a photographer. I look not for the new, but for what's at least different, uncommon, surprising, fun, magic, absurd. I don't care for reality, I don't care for the certainty of what's in front of my lens, I care for the creativity, the fantasy, the invention, that can gush from a cultured thought. Between the certain and the uncertain there's a possible space, for example in dreams and in fables. The subject of my pictures, mostly, is the woman in her infinite and mutable aspects of being and looking. MY ARTISTIC REFERENCES All the artists of the past centuries and all the artists of today, like Robert Rauschenberg, Henrich Maria Dravinghausen, Egon Schiele, Magritte, our Rinaldo Mantovani, Giorgio De Chirico, Antonio Donghi. I like Pop-Art as well as Impressionism and Baroque. -Lucio Valerio Pini

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    The Voice Behind the Lens
    (Are there any?)
    By Michael Dubiner

    Ethics are normally thought of as fixed rules, beliefs or customs, applicable to all individuals and covering, at least in general terms, all similar situations. However, except for legal constraints, which are beyond the scope of this article, ethics in surreptitious Street Photography are concepts that are ill-defined and seldom discussed.

    We must first establish some working assumptions. While there are many modes of Street Photography the surreptitious image maker by definition does not seek or have the express consent of the subject of the photograph. In fact from the subject's viewpoint, if they were aware that they were being photographed, we can be certain that the vast majority of them would believe that their right to privacy was being invaded.

    This issue has import beyond Street Photography as we live in an age and society that monitors, surveils, gathers information and often video tapes its members to an extraordinary extent. Sometimes this intrusion is government sanctioned. However, far more often and intrusively, private and largely unregulated surveillance is conducted by business, industry and others for purposes of loss prevention, security and other reasons. Sometimes, this surveillance ends up capturing unintended images as Madelyne Toogood discovered as she was videotaped beating and slapping her daughter in the back seat of her vehicle in a Kohl's parking lot. Certainly Kohl's did not anticipate taping this type of activity. Apparently, little thought was given to privacy rights when the Kohl's videotape of the incident was turned over to the media.

    "Cowboy's Delight", the accompanying image taken at the Okeechobee Florida Labor Day Rodeo, typifies the ethical dilemma faced by the surreptious Street Photographer.

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    POTM-Dubi Roman
    Dubi Roman is the October POTM winner on Pixiport with his Impressionistic style photo. POTM is sponsored by Digital Art Supplies. WINNER'S PACKAGE Bit of (Almost) Everything Multipack This multi-pack includes 2 sheets each of the best quality coated ink jet art papers, photo papers and canvas. The papers are all sized 8.5"x11" (for a total of 50 sheets).

    Dubi Roman has always loved Impressionist painting. He sought a way to express an Impressionist vision of nature through photography - to see things in terms of light. Dubi Roman not only captures the play of light in the fields and forests; the shimmering images of a physical landscape. His works also suggest a different light. The stretches of wild flowers in the wood, the dark trunks of trees, are suffused with a more mysterious light; a spiritual radiance emanating from Nature.

    This mystical light can be traced to Dubi Roman's roots in Safed and the Galilee. Born in Haifa in 1957, his father's family has lived in the mystical city of Safed in the Upper Galilee for five generations. His grandfather Yitzchak Roman was a Safed artist and sculptor.

    Although Roman lives in the city, he constantly escapes to Nature for sustenance. As is evident in his work, he particularly loves the forests. And yet his purpose is not simply to portray Israeli scenery, but to go beyond the specific place to the universalism of nature. To achieve serenity of spirit, the harmony he has been seeking all his life.

    As the Impressionist painters went out of their studios to paint Nature, Dubi Roman achieves his surfaces, not primarily by manipulation of the image in the darkroom, but in the very act of taking the picture outdoors. The first exposure is taken slightly out of focus, and is followed by a second shot from a subtly different position. "A tiny movement of the body, and I can capture nuances that change the entire reality," says Roman. "I can never entirely predict the final image. Many elements come together. Many gates are opened."

    Dubi Roman initially studied medical instrumentation, and then turned to film and television. He has worked as a video editor for Israeli Educational Television since 1983. All the while, he has refined his skill as a photographer studying professional photography through The New York Institute of Photography. He is married and has two children, and today lives in Tel Aviv. These photographs are part of an exhibit to celebrate A Hundred Years of the Jewish National Fund which will be shown worldwide beginning October 1, 2001.- Rochelle Furstenberg -Literary and Art Critic

    Rochelle Furstenberg is a Jerusalem-based journalist and critic who write on literary and cultural issues for the Jerusalem Report in Israel, and for Hadassah Magazine in the U.S. Her articles and reviews have appeared in the Jerusalem Post, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle and Moment Magazine.

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