Pixiport's metamorphosis !
Expanding her ports of call, Pixiport is undertaking a
voyage under new sails. With new artists and writers
onboard and sailing the winds of artistic inspirations,
she is once again re-inventing itself .
will be noticed throughout the entire site as George
Bradford of Hellford Designs, has designed the new
Pixiport Logo and the galleries are being worked on to fit
into the new look.
There are many new exciting photographic artists that
will show their work and continue to keep Pixiport as the
leading photographic web site in the world. "At each
moment she starts upon a long, long journey and at
each moment reaches her end...All is eternally present
in her, for she knows neither past nor future. For her
the present is eternity."
(From Goethe's 'Fragment on Nature' and sent in by
photographer Subir Chatterjee )Please feel free
to "forward" a copy of this newsletter to your friends
that appreciate looking at and reading about the latest
in collectable fine art photography. Join us on our
voyage and discover Fine Art Photography.
Thanking you in advance, for all your support, as
usual, Helyn Davenport.
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully, people looking at these images will see things
as they haven't seen them before. Part of the goal in
creating these images has to be to show things in a
new light, or as the case may be, in a revealing
darkness. Part of the goal has to be to strike a certain,
indistinct chord that reverberates with a familiarity
beyond what is actually being seen. Sometimes the goal
is to intentionally bring ideas from the subconscious to
the surface, often building upon improvisational
techniques as part of the process. Yet another part of
the goal has to be to reconcile the difference between
opposites, color and monochrome, line and form,
simplicity and complexity, truth and fiction.
Finally, some part of the goal is ultimately to allow the
viewer the joy of discovering a meaning behind each
image, even if it is their own meaning (with a nod to
Derrida's "freeplay of the signifier"). When blessed with
the courage, determination, and good luck to show
work, it is often quite refreshing to learn that it speaks
to others too. This is a cause for great pride. It is like
someone heaping praise on your child. After all, the
work is not you, but something that became itself
through you. Like good deeds and children, it is often
tempting to describe them in great detail, pointing out
each feature worthy of praise, but in the end, it is
usually best to let them speak for themselves.
As it is with raising children, family and friends prove
ever so helpful with their wit, insight, honesty,
encouragement, and support. I think it is important
when writing a statement like this, to offer them a
sincere, "Thank you."
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Born in 1958 and raised in the Pacific Northwest of the
United States of America. I started out in Oregon,
staying just long enough to graduate from Franklin High
School in 1976. Within a month I had moved to Seattle,
Washington, where I am to this day.
My interest in photography was roused when I started
backpacking in 1986. Touring through the incredible
scenery of the Cascade and Olympic Mountain Ranges I
wanted to have something to show of it. Thus came my
In March of 1988 the Photographic Center Northwest
became my source of formal instruction when I signed
up for a certificate program in "Fine Art Photography".
The program was completed with a thesis show at the
PCNW in June of 1999.
My time is now divided between my growing portraiture
business and the creation and marketing of my "fine art"
color and black and white landscape and nature prints.
Fate has been kind and in the years I've been offering
my work it has spread itself around the world. My hope
is now to spend the rest of my life in this happy and
When I am not working on the photography I spend my
time in the recording studio that I keep. I have played
piano/keyboards since the age of nine and very much
enjoy making my own recordings and playing with others.
At their simplest I believe that my photographs are
really a public dialogue between myself and my God.
That dialogue has often been a source of great joy and
is the core reason my photos exist. As to exactly what
is conveyed in that dialogue I must beg your indulgence
as I can only describe it as a sense of hope for a time
when all of life's most difficult questions are answered.
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Monte Nagler began photographing seriously after
studying with Ansel Adams. "It was during that period of
intensive work that I realized that making photographs
is a way to experience beauty instead of just looking at
it," Nagler says. He believes that photographers should
communicate feelings that are inside them. Through
their photographs, a photographer should be
saying: "This is what I saw and felt and I'd like to share
Monte's photographs, which have won numerous
awards, are found in many private and public collections
including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Center for
Creative Photography in Tuscon; The Brooklyn Museum;
Nikon International; The Ford Motor Company; General
Electric Corporation; Diamler Chrysler Corporation;
General Motors Corporation; BASF Corporation;
Compuware, and IBM. Galleries and agents throughout
the country also represent his photography.
Monte is a noted writer, lecturer and teacher of
photography. He has conducted many classes and
seminars throughout the states. Not only does he write
a nationally syndicated photography column, but he is
also the author of two highly successful photography
books; How To Improve Your Photographic Vision and
Statements of Light. Frequently, he is called upon to
judge contests and to speak on photography topics on
local radio and television shows.
Monte is the National Fine Arts Photography
spokesperson for the Chevrolet Tahoe and is a recipient
of the prestigious Artist in Residence Award from the
Farmington Area Arts Commission. He is also a member
of the esteemed Camera Craftsmen of America, one of
40 members worldwide.
In addition to many award and acknowledgements
Monte has received, the State of Michigan Senate and
House have honored him with proclamations for his
contributions to fine art photography.
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|Alexei Kozlov's and Marina Khlebnikova
Much was written about the works of Alexei Kozlov's
and Marina Khlebnikova. This is probably the brightest
photo tandem in all St. Petersburg. They have worked
together since the mid-90.s, gradually their model-
photographer collaboration grew into a co-authorship of
two talented artists. In 1989 Alexei Kozlov.s first
appearance in mass media was the result of his shining
victory at the first National Erotic Photo Pageant,
ironically he officially became the first and the last of
the great Soviet photographers of this genera.
By 1990 Marina graduated St. Petersburg.s school of
clothing design, with honors. After graduation she
worked as a fashion model, participating in various
shows and commercials. Her high professionalism and
her strong creative potential didn.t go unnoticed. Since
the late 90.s numerous St. Petersburg photographers
have been inviting Marina to participate at their shoots,
not only as a model, as a stylist and designer as well.
During this time Marina finds her true collaborator in
Alexei Kozlov, who was developing absolutely new
techniques in works with negatives. His new method of
distorting the enamel of the color negatives produced
unexpected and emotionally expressive effects without
the use of computers.
Due to the miniature size of each frame, this labor-
intensive process takes up to two weeks to develop one
shot. Rapid aging of the image on film limits the amount
of prints and requires meticulous discipline and
The photo session is rehearsed and drawn out in
advance. They create variations of hairstyles, make up,
custom outfits, footwear, and accessories. The cities
top models make special appearances and sometimes if
necessary the fashion designers themselves take part in
these photo sessions. The overhead of this work is
quite high and the resulting work involved compares to
that of billboard advertising. Although the high cost,
this duo doesn.t put money ahead of their art. Their
strategy does pay off. Every new exhibition is a shock
and emotional explosion. These artists are not fond of
mythological gems. You will never find corny symbolism,
which is a characteristic of erotic photos of the past
such as a lonely tree, which symbolizes the archaic
cosmos or the apple or any other deep thought
nonsense. They create using a different matter.
Feelings! The instruments are color and motion. The
colors allow them to conduct emotions and the partial
nudity of the model makes the motion graphic. The
condition of the environment permits the images to go
beyond time frames. Color with plastic execution turns
the images into powerful energy streams.
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|The Voice Behind the Lens
The Voice Behind the Lens-Writings on Photography and
many photographers instinctively know, image making is
intimately tied to their identities-it is part of who they
are. Because of this, in my view, photography should be
made part of the image maker's life on a daily basis. I
have divided this article into two parts. Part One
discusses how society, economics and the subconscious
fuse image making to the photographers identity.
Part Two will discuss the how to, the practical and
technical issues of incorporating photography into our
After intensively exploring many genres over the last 30
plus years I have, in recent years, focused on Street
Photography as an outlet for my photographic energies.
Street Photography is somewhat of a misnomer as it
can be practiced anywhere people are photographed in
the environment in which they are found.
For some, myself included, being a photographer is as
much a state of mind as it is a hobby or a way to make
a living. The passion-almost obsession with image
making, equipment and technique that many of us
experience, has as much to do with our identity as it
does with the final product. I am a lawyer by training
but often, when asked what I do, I say "I am a
photographer". The final product adds to that sense of
identity. The image gives us a certain immortality-at
least for as long as the image lasts and is seen. This
longevity is only available in a limited number of fields,
the arts being prominent among them. Our images
sometimes speak for us, letting others into our minds,
what we are seeing and thinking and sometimes who we
are, or who we want them to think we are.
I am fortunate because photography is a good fit for my
writing. I enjoy and get satisfaction from writing,
particularly when my images do not give full expression
to what I want to convey. Writing also gives me a
chance to share my thoughts on the world in general,
photography, technique, my images and the images of
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