On a road trip through Scotland visiting distilleries I spotted many different textures and line play within the different locations…
I know… it has been a while that I stepped into my studio where some works that I have started working on a good time back were waiting patiently for me… I was waiting for the right inspiration, energy and time, and here it was…
My latest work, I called it dancing. Acrylic on canvas, 50 by 70 cm and available for sale. More information about that can be found in the shop. Hope to get some more painting done soon 🙂 #WatchThisSpace
For this weeks photo in the Closer & Closer project I looked around the house for an every day object to photograph. Sitting at the kitchen table eating my breakfast I noticed the bowl of apples sitting there. Green and red round objects, with their own challenges of shadows and focus points. It was decided, this week was going to be around apples!
Struggling a bit at first with how to make this object come alive and how to portrait it in a way that is fitting to the project. Apples with a white or black background, making them float, roll and putting them in every position you can think of. But nothing seemed to ‘pop’ really. The round shape gave me another challenge with lighting to make this shape also come forward on the screen.
I needed something that reflected the object and showed its character. But what is that? After some thinking and moving flashlights all over, to play with shadows, I tried the green apple combination with a dark background. That was a strong combination I found and next step was to add something for that fresh and juicy feel that a green apple has. Spraying it with water added that extra layer of texture to it. Do you think I captured the character of the apple in this way? Love to hear your feedback on this weeks photo!
This week in the Closer & Closer project I am trying out some more metal objects, but something different then last weeks photo where the material was different and also the shapes in it all were totally different to light. There is a miniature still here that has caught my eye and the copper reflection and spiral element was something I wanted to show in a more abstract way. How do you think I did on this weeks assignment?
From today on, every week a photo will be posted on the Ansgar Artwork website for the photography project Closer & Closer. In this project my goal lies into photographing objects in a close up or even macro way, adding effects and trying out some different things to push my barriers. Stepping out of my comfortzone and learning along the way.
For the first entry in this project I have chosen to play around with focus. You have seen loads of photos last year from me with urban geometry and details of buildings, so this is something totally different for me, getting up close and personal with small objects instead of large ones.
I wanted to do something with these coffee beans for a while now, but wondered how to photograph them in the best way? How to transfer the lovely smell of coffee through the image to you so to say? It is difficult I found. But photographing food mostly is they tell me. So, do you think I succeeded in capturing the dark roast? I will be trying out some more objects in the food section in the coming year so if you have any remarks, tips or techniques please do not hesitate to let me know, love to hear your feedback.
Walking around the train station of Naarden Bussum my eye caught a corner showing a brick wall that was shaped in a zigzag. During the last year shooting photos for the #urbangeometry project I found loads of sites like this and walls became a thing for me to look more closely at because they sometimes can be a hiding place for great textures.
Just a few more days and the new project Closer and Closer will kick of and this week a new feature will be added to the site, so before we step into the new year please check in here again for the latest update! Great things just around the corner!
Have a creative day!
The end of the year approaching and so it was also time this morning to post the last photo of the Urban Geometry photography project. A year has passed since I decided to post 1 photo a day, something that was different from the others, not sliding back into a comfortzone of similar line play, but searching for that other angle in buildings and objects. It has been sometimes hard to find these unique ones and on other occasions a city did not stopped giving me good locations with my memory cards running full very fast. It sounded easy a year a go, post one photo each day.
But it is not only getting outside to search for the photo but the time that goes into editing was a thing that slipped my mind. Hard work, but it thought me a lot over the last year about photography, architecture, editing and myself. Pushing my limits every time. Sometimes wondering what the hell did I get myself into with this project and in other moments looking back and only feeling proud of the results, seeing myself grow through the photos.
The leap year gave me one extra day to fill, so the 365 became 366, and when December was coming closer the question rose what then…? Simple. A new challenge for myself, a new project. Now to pick a subject. I have started this year also an animal portraits project something totally different then photographing buildings and that has challenged me to work with living creatures that move and don’t always cooperate to capture their unique side and personality with the camera.
I just could not decided on a new theme, help from you all was needed. I asked on Twitter and Facebook what it was that you all would like to see. Am I doing more black & white, or getting closer or even macro? Do you want to see urban objects or should I just continue with #UrbanGeometry as I now have done? The results were close to each other. Black and white together with close up/macro seemed to have won, but the urban geometry also came back strong in the end.
So, what will be next? I will not abandon my love for lines, structures and architecture. So more urban geometry will be passing by from time to time, this is also the case for the animal portraits. So much more still to learn there, I am not done. But those will not be bound anymore by the restrictions set of the projects.
As a project close up and macro will be my next challenge. Sounds easy does it not? Well, I want to play more with effects and lighting so this will be a learning curve again, always keep challenging your self. From buildings and a distance I need to get up close and personal. I will look for the black & white more then I have done before and if I can combine this all with some good geometry then I will not leave a chance to show you that. Will it be daily? No. With my current study and desires to pick that brush up again and paint it will be a big challenge so the daily will become weekly, starting the 1st of January 2017.
Want to see the complete works of the projects in the meantime? Check out #UrbanGeometry and #AnimalPortrait for an overview. I have been playing with the idea of creating a photo book of the urban geometry and will be building that this month with the project done. If you are interested in buying one, please let me know…
On Sunday 29th of march 2009 there was for the 5th time in the Kloosterhof in Beers (NB) an art manifestation. It was a great success with approx. 1500 visitors and 68 artists. There were a lot of good comments, and also some works have been sold. For the first try at letting the people see my work not a bad result!
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