In my photographic work I’m generally attracted to places that contain memories, history, atmospheres and stories. I’m interested in the places where people have lived, worked and played. I look for traces of the past, visual fingerprints, evidence of activities - they fire my imagination and connect into my own personal experiences. Using the analogy of the theater, I would say that I like to photograph the empty stage, before or after the performance, even in between acts. I love the atmosphere of anticipation, the feeling in the air that events have happened, or will happen soon... - Michael Kenna -
When exposures last hours rather than fractions of a second, there is much time for watching. Sometimes it is a basic concern for security but at others it is a more meditational activity. I watch the sky and imagine what patterns the clouds and stars will make on my film. I watch the water, the leaves on the trees, passing cars, changing shadows, smoke from chimneys, whatever is around. Wind, rain, mist, etc., all have effects on the eventual image. We live pretty fast-paced lives so it is a luxury to be able to slow down and better appreciate some of the more subtle effects of nature that we can so easily miss or take for granted. - Michael Kenna -
This goes back to what projects I am working on. I don’t have any particular method to my madness. When I decide “what” I want to photograph, I choose the appropriate locations. Sometimes I choose “where” I want to photograph, then look for the “what” when I get there! Simple - no magic involved. I have a theory, which seems to work for me, that the best ideas come through thinking about something else! One of my hobbies is long distance running. I find there is something therapeutic and hypnotic in this activity, similar to practicing landscape photography. While thinking about one thing, and being active at the same time, other ideas float in and out. These floating ideas usually turn out to be the catalysts for my future projects. - Michael Kenna -
Yes. The first time, I usually skim off the outer layer and end up with photographs that are fairly obvious. The second time, I have to look a little deeper. The images get more interesting. The third time it is even more challenging and on each subsequent occasion, the images should get stronger, but it takes more effort to get them. - Michael Kenna -
..I sincerely believe it is normal and healthy to study the work of other artists, and even imitate other’s efforts, as a means to explore one’s personal vision. It has been thus throughout history in all mediums of creative expression. One advances by “standing on the shoulders of giants”. The perspective becomes a lot clearer from such high ground. On my own journey, I have actively tried to see through the eyes of many well known photographers, including but not limited to Atget, Bernhard, Brandt, Callahan, Cartier Bresson, Giacomelli, Misrach, Scheeler, Steiglitz, Sudek, Sugimoto, Weston (Brett) and many others. I have gone to places where they have photographed and have consciously and unconsciously emulated their style and subject matter. Other artists, in many mediums, have greatly helped my own development as a photographer. As small tokens of appreciation, I have often credited those influences openly by including their names in the titles of work. I have done this out of basic courtesy and respect. I do not feel that I have ever stolen from these artists. - Michael Kenna -
* see my WS HERE another captured "piece of heaven"
** a piece of heaven ......
The Ruins of a church is St. John the Baptist!(Agiou Ioannou Prodromou) in the past, an abandoned village, from residents, named Old Platanos (Palios Platanos)
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Sergiom (39259) 2012-10-27 6:15
J'aime bien le titre. Il convient à merveille à la composition.Le bleu du ciel fait bien ressortir le blanc des colonnes et des arches.
pajaran (36246) 2012-10-27 6:31
Dobar dan, popodne.
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lep pogled na rusevinu ...
Dobra ostrina i kontrast, lepe boje.
Dobra kompozicia, lepa fotografija u radionici.
Ostaju stari zidovi i uspomene.
Sve najbolje za vikend.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
Very interesting and good text ...
Nice view of the ruins ...
Good sharpness and contrast, beautiful color.
Good compositions, beautiful pictures in the workshop.
Old walls remain and memories.
A pleasant afternoon.
All the best for the weekend.
mauro61 (52527) 2012-10-27 14:15
incrocio di architetture e di forme con il cielo azzurro che lega il tutto per la mancanza della copertura.
Ottima la qualità dell'immagine,
ourania (12397) 2012-10-28 8:54
Καλησπέρα Γιώργο και χρόνια πολλά,
μου αρέσει πάρα πολύ αυτή η σύνθεση, μια ιδιαίτερη είκονα-γρίφος που γρήγορα ξεπερνάμε το μυστήριό της συνεπαρμένοι από το εξαιρετικά ενδιαφέρον παιχνίδι των προοπτικών, του φωτός, των σκιών και των χρωμάτων. Χειρίστηκες το θέμα, την αισθητική και τη τεχνική απόδοσή του θαυμάσια. Συγχαρητήρια και ευχαριστώ!
Να είσαι καλά, καλή εβδομάδα,
Sonata11 (28341) 2012-10-28 13:44
very beautiful and very attractive shot of this interesting old archtecture. Wonderful executed and fabulous presentation. Perfectly well done. Awesome !!!. Thanks for sharing.
All the best and have a great new week,
abmdsudi (26281) 2012-10-30 1:57
This image displays the architectural stone arches in strong composition, view point and the diagonal. The bright white color marches gracefully against the clean blue sky contrasting beautifully and creates an almost 3D effect. An enchanting historic structures, and a wonderful piece of work nicely. Congrats
- Copyright: Georgios Topas (TopGeo) (37994)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-26
- Categories: Daily Life, Transportation, Architecture, Ruins, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS450D, Canon 18-55 mm EF-S, Polarizer Hoya 62 mm
- Exposure: f/6.3, 1/160 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Thoughts about potography [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2012-10-27 5:51