From time to time, I highlight people that I have come across on DeviantArt whose work I think particularly good. Here are two of my favourite photographers whose images, techniques and creativity I admire and sorely wish I could emulate: Insolitus85 and feigenfrucht
Insolitus85 (Rowan) is a photographer with a diversity of vision that astounds my tastes in photography: abstract, infrared, conventional, exposure techniques, monochromes, aspect ratios (especially the square format), combinations, tone-mapped hdr, patterns (including kaleidoscopes), jaw dropping complexity and stunning simplicity - all produced with consummate ease . Here are some of his works, reflecting this diversity, with short comments.
This fine, long exposure image in square format is a highly abstracted coastal view, presented as a study in subtle greys. Note the compositional devices of the lead lines and the horizon on a "third".
My second choice is feigenfrucht . One of my best friend on DA, feigenfrucht and I have worked together on ArtWorldToday and more recently I have been privileged to help her run , a Group that looks for images that are out of the ordinary, that are odd, that are non-real! In many ways is a parallel group to my Infrared-Club (Extra-Visible Imaging). Whereas my group targets images that the camera can “see” that our visual system cannot, focuses on what the individual photographer can see that the rest of us almost certainly miss.
However, while we have been working together, until recently I had not looked at feigenfrucht's own photography. When I did, I was as astounded at the creativity and vision in her work as I had been with Rowan's photography. In addition, feigenfrucht sometimes uses a very special lens (f/1.0 Voightlander) to devastating visual effect. As with Rowan, feigenfrucht turns the ordinary into abstract and takes us into that non-real world that she can see and bring to us with her camera. Here is my selection from her extensive portfolio.
:thumb337597350: Simplicity itself, but beautifully captured notwithstanding the very limited tonal range; note again the use of the compositional device of placement on a "third".
:thumb295053328: The use of symmetry in images is an often overlooked technique, but here feigenfrucht uses it to good effect to produce that "odd" feeling from a commonly seen object.
:thumb337222263: When I first saw this I thought it a pure abstract painting, but it is a capture of natural patterns that leads to the abstraction.
:thumb284621263: This striking image with its reduced palette of colour and dramatic reflections gives pause for thought - should the horizon be sloping?
:thumb305497029: Feigenfrucht is a real master of the very selective depth of field.
:thumb262343212: There is a host of excellent colour shots of flora in feigenfrucht's gallery. This is one of dozens that I could have picked - I'll just pick the frui,t I said to myself (Now, I'll have to explain that that is a pun - pick the fruit... pick the image with the fruit....geddit!).
I hope you enjoyed these artists and their images.
I'm always available, deo volente, to help when I can.
In this case here I would like to give a feedback in my mother tongue. The English language has not enough words
PS deo volente would translate as "God willing" or "If God permits". Note the "ing" on the verb "will" - a weird grammatical point.
Yes, we have wonderful wormwords Therefore I love to do my professional searches in english - not wormword needed to search for.
Lieber David, ich bin Dir für das Feature sehr sehr dankbar. Deine einfühlsamen Worte zu meinen Bildern haben das getroffen, was ich mit ihnen ausdrücken wollte. So freue ich mich sehr, dass Du ein tiefes Verständnis für meine Bilder und so auch für mich hast. Zudem bin ich sehr gerührt ob dieses Zeichens Deiner Freundschaft und teile eine tiefe Verbundenheit mit Dir. Tja, was soll ich sagen, in deutsch geht mir das doch sehr viel einfacher von der Hand als in englisch
Oh, thanks a lot. But if I will remember, I'm not sure. Sometimes I feel like getting an information overflow
Now I have worked my way through those very kind and touching words that you have written in German, feigenfrucht. I guess I understood about 1/3rd of what you have said from my limited understanding. I tried Google Translate and it made a hash of it! However, another 1/3rd made immediate sense, and the rest I then worked out. That is very kind of you and I reckon we do have a very good understanding. In English the last sentence would read, "Well, what can I say, it is much easier to express myself in German than in English."