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#Closer&Closer week 6 – Explosion


And this weeks Closer & Closer model is…
A lime!

Yeah, if you already scrolled down you don’t see anything green I hear you thinking. I know, but bare with me, and keep reading please! So, playing around all week with slicing different parts of it and experimenting with light from different angles, getting as close as possible and deciding what part of the object I would focus on. How to make a lime look interesting?

The first results…
I was very happy at first with a shot that showed part of the round outer side of the lime and the inner flesh, but then I noticed that this was most likely to be the most photographed ‘side’ of a lime. A clean shot with good tones of green and white, a light and fresh photo. Just as we know it, nothing wrong with it. But was this creative enough to be an Ansgar Artwork photo? Was this pushing me enough? Nah… so back to the drawing board…

Then I noticed, when slicing up another lime, the lines coming from the core combined with the texture of the flesh. Hmm very interesting! Lets do something with that! So my focus was pointed to the center instead of the outer layers and when I had that sharp shot I put it through editing and that is where the magic really happened!

It is important to have a good photo to start with but so many times I find that people underestimate the value of the editing proces. It is not just an activity where you can adjust colors and apply filters. It is far from that! For me it is the last creative stage of the photography proces really. One does not happen without the other. And often it takes longer then taking the shot it self. It is just as with painting, it takes layers of paint applied in different stages and loads of patience.

When working on this photo I noticed an explosion appearing on my screen, with all kind of depth, motion, structure and warm tones in it! It came alive and showed me more the typical strong citrus flavour then the green original did. That is more like it I thought to myself, getting happy about this and decided to go down this path some more and ended up with the abstract view you see below of an explosion of lime…

Explosion of Lime

Classic or Abstract?
What do you think? Like the something different then the more ‘classic’ shots out there? Or is this too abstract of a lime representation? If you think I have gone mad, just tell me, would love to hear your feedback on it…

Oh yeah, before I forget! If you like my photography work from this project or the recent Urban Geometry or Animal Portraits one, then please do check out the shop on how to purchase your own print! Different sizes available for a limited print at very decent prices if I say so myself 🙂


#Closer&Closer week 5 – The Egg

The Egg

The entry for week 5 in the Closer & Closer project was a bit of a challenge to me. Just as last week I looked around the kitchen for every day / normal objects. Preferred to be round due to the round shadow play from last week with the apples I wanted to try photographing some more round shapes. And then I noticed a box of eggs sitting on the kitchen counter…

Ok. Got an object with round shapes to it and an other texture then the apple. So, that is decided. This week is going to be an egg. But, again that challenge, how to make it interesting? How to capture the character of the egg? A small feather was caught in the box before transporting it to the supermarket and an idea grew inside my head. But I needed some more of the feathers. So back to the supermarket and looking through some more boxes for feathers. People must have thought I was going crazy. The things I do for a photo…

After my mission was accomplished it was back into the photo studio with the egg and the collected little feathers. White background did not work so switching very quickly to black for a more dramatic feel to it. And wanting to photograph an egg standing is also a challenge can tell you that!  It took me some time and I played around with the lights to create the texture I was looking for, to make the egg stand out with its sharp shape but to also not loose the soft feeling of the feathers. Very pleased with the end result. What do you think?

Like my photography work from this project or the recent Urban Geometry or Animal Portraits? Then check out the shop on how to purchase your own print!


#Closer&Closer week 4 – The Apple

4.0 Ansgar Artwork Photography Project Closer and Closer 2017 - The Apple.jpg

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!

Like my photography work from this project or the recent Urban Geometry or Animal Portraits? Then check out the shop on how to purchase your own print!


#Closer&Closer week 2 – The Bull

The Bull

For this weeks photo in the Closer & Closer project I decided to work with some shiny material and see if I could tackle the lighting and shadows to produce a good black and white image that reflected the feeling of the material. Something totally different then last weeks photo and it has given me new challenges and things to learn. Great to be working in the studio again and broaden my photography skills. What do you think of this weeks photo?

Like my photography work from this project or the recent Urban Geometry or Animal Portraits? Then check out the shop on how to purchase your own print!




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!
Cheers, Ansgar

 - Ansgar Artwork - Ansgar Speller - Urban Geometry - Photography project - 2016 - granite.jpg

Photo made in the Beeld & Geluid building in Hilversum on the Mediapark. The granite lines I found to be beautiful going together with the black and white look in photography. I need to try different black and white techniques more. Love it….

Cheers, Ansgar

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