|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.
Read on... »
|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
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
ETHICS OF THE STREET
(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
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
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Dubi Roman is the October POTM winner on Pixiport with
his Impressionistic style photo. POTM is sponsored by
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canvas. The papers are all sized 8.5"x11" (for a total of
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
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
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
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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