Art Photography — Two Men and a Dog by the River
A good photo should have qualities of art in it. What do I mean?
If you take photos and want others to enjoy your work, your own unique way of looking should be somewhere in the photo. That’s what I mean.
It’s been a while since I thought seriously about colour photography. Today, I took a photo down by the river.
When I finally got home, and took a gander at all the photos I’d taken, I found this little gem. I worked at it in Photoshop; dodged and burned, very gently. Balanced the light and shadows, and then converted it into black and white to see how much further I could take it.
Black and white seemed nice, colour seemed better.
The lovely reflections along the dog’s coat, and the orange-red leash that takes the eye through to the neck of the dog, answers to the front man’s red sleeve above the basic composition. A triangle of colours, minimal, and tasteful.
The basic tone of the photography is a blue hue. This allowed me to keep working on the colours without turning it into a garish flash of colours. Pretty simple.
Above all, it’s solid and truthful. Men and dog stand firmly, and exist as if they own the platz.
It’s a moment in time. And somehow, it grabs my attention. I can look at it and enjoy it for a long time.
I come from the background of painter.
If you described yourself as an artist among the groups of people I used to mixed with, they’d take that as a challenge to prove you wrong.
It was as if you’d told them that the earth is flat.
Late night, in a cafe, lots of wine and beer spilled on the table, and ashtrays full of cigarettes — ones like Picasso smoked. There was…