This is the last in a series in the study of color, focusing on the art of by Dale Chihuly, glass blower extraordinaire. His works reflect shapes in nature and sparkle with intense colors. At an exhibition two months ago in Richmond, Virginia, I had the opportunity to photograph the artwork using three different cameras — an iPhone4, a Nikon Coolpix s9300, and a more elaborate Nikon D200. The glass was illuminated by floodlights and simultaneously illuminated from inside. In STUDIES IN COLORS #1 I had used the Nikon Coolpix. This photo was produced with the Nikon D200, just as were STUDIES IN COLORS #3 and STUDIES IN COLORS #4.
Again, from my earlier note about the artist, Dale Chihuly, is known to his legion of fans for the exquisite colors that he achieves in his blown glass creations. The collaboration of painters and glass blowers is not a new phenomenon. In the early 16th century, the Venetian Master Titziano (Titian) had collaborated with the glassblowers on the Island of Murano near Venice to learn about their secrets in achieving certain colors, especially the reds. Subsequently, Raphael hired away one of Titian’s assistants and his colors became more vibrant, especially the reds. Three-hundred and fifty years later, the French Impressionists were able to get their hands on oxides produced in exceedingly hot furnaces used in the Industrial Revolution. Cross fertilization of disciplines frequently leads to immense creativity.
I recently created a new theme, Symphony in Colors, adding this photo into the collection. The expression, "Symphony of colors," is the way the great Expressionist painter Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to his brother Théo, described the works of French landscape artist Jules Dupré (1811-1889). Van Gogh's words are also appropriate in describing the still life depicted here.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2013-04-08 14:27
More beautiful Chihuly works from you today, Bulent! Here we have three sculptures which, taken together, remind me of an underwater scene, and the blue piece at center appears almost like a large fish between two underwater plans. Nice capture in difficult light here.
macondo (18623) 2013-04-08 22:55
Your excellent, photo made me curious about the previous shots so I went and had a look. Excellent work, particularly the previous one. This one just a bit more difficult to frame well and get the composition right. Nevertheless, the amazing work of the glass-blower is very evident; this really does look like some subterranean scene.
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-09 1:29
Amazing scene. The clarity, colors and composition very well managed in this perfect photo. Very well done.
jhm (142780) 2013-04-09 3:27
Again a soft contrast between the different colours, you try with these picture to give more blue, this is certainly a nice idea.
I can absolutely enjoy of your colour series pictures.
Very well composition, nice captured, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Gigidusud (17599) 2013-04-16 7:48
Hello dear Bulent,
Beautiful composition with nice colors and great neatness. I like the reflections and the texture. Well done!
ikeharel (61359) 2013-05-04 5:35
We could have met, You know Bulent, just if told on time.
I enjoy the magnificent Series of lights in the Chihuly display, here a dominance by blue & green, like an underwater world. A fiest to the eyes.
Enjoy a nice weekend,
Silvio1953 (128231) 2013-05-20 11:29
Ciao Bulent, fashinating composition with fantastic colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
Vasa (16778) 2013-06-12 17:05
Dear friend Bulent,
your serial of "woter life" is untelectual reflection of your soul. Behind your notes, your shots and your signature there is a person!
So glad to meet you again, friend!
mirosu (15126) 2013-09-10 6:11
This is my No 3. This looks like nice aquarium with precious stones and beautiful water plants. The light and colors are excellent.
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (36439)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-06
- Categories: Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D200, 18-70mm DX Zoom Nikkor
- Exposure: f/3.5, 1/5 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): SYMPHONY OF COLORS [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-04-08 10:40