In the Shadows of Life | COLLECTION TWENTY-FOUR

In the Shadows of Life | COLLECTION TWENTY-FOUR

“When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!”
― Ted GrantNiki

Niki Boon Photography

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Lens & Beauty

Kelly September

Kelly Jacobi Photography

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Ana Rosenberg

Kate

Kate Vellacott pictures

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Cate Wnek Photography

jennifer p september shadows

 

Photographs by Jennifer Your Life/ My Art

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In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | The Timekeeper

“I think there are a lot of ways to define “mood”, and it differs from image to image. It can be the action in your subject, or the location, or simply your use of light and shadow. I like to combine several of these elements in my images to add depth and emotion.We couldn’t agree more with this sentiment by Holly Awwad. While us as a collective navigate more towards a specific type of “mood” for our story-telling, we recognize this can be achieved in many ways. We love how Holly always manages to find that extra bit of depth and emotion to pull us in.

Please join us in getting to know more from the beautiful work of The Timekeeper.

 

Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

I love to break the rules. I think it’s  so you can artfully and purposefully break them to fulfill your vision. Personally, I am drawn to images that stand out and are unique. Since it is so common to have bright, vibrant, colorful lifestyle images, I enjoy introducing moody black and whites filled with light and shadow to help draw people into my work and tell a story.

 

For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

I think there are a lot of ways to define “mood”, and it differs from image to image. It can be the action in your subject, or the location, or simply your use of light and shadow. I like to combine several of these elements in my images to add depth and emotion. Basically, I like to take a visual image and transform it into something you can feel.

  

Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

I have always liked black and whites for lifestyle photography because I think it adds a documentary feel to the images. But I also think that using light and shadow and dramatic contrast can make an ordinary image extraordinary.

 

When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

I think they go hand in hand. You can’t have a shadow without light. I love seeing light in many forms and seeing how I can manipulate the light and shadows to create something beautiful.

  

What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

My muses are my girls. They are three of my favorite people in the entire world. I am driven to capture their childhood and childhood in general because of how quickly it goes by. I want to freeze time so I can return to these fleeting moments over and over. Childhood is full of innocence and nostalgia, which to me makes it a gorgeous time to capture.

  

Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

When shooting in low light, I like to expose for the highlights and also slightly over expose in camera. I can then bring down exposure in post processing to minimize noise and create dramatic shadows and highlights.

  

What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?


My girls, for sure. They are always doing something that motivates me to pick up my camera. Also, if I’m really in a rut, scouting for new locations can help get the creative juices flowing again.

  

 What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?


Golden hour for sure due to the gorgeous light and long shadows. 

  

What’s in your camera bag?

Nikon D610, Sigma 70-200 2.8, Sigma Art 35, 85 1.8, 50 1.8

  

JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

Raw all the way and both LR an LR and PS… Although I process all my black and whites in Lightroom.

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In The Shadows of Life | Collection TWENTY-ONE

Find beauty not only in the thing itself but in the pattern of the shadows, the light and dark which that thing provides.

-Junichiro Tanizaki

 
Privizzini’s Passion


Cate Wnek Photography

Kate Vellacott pictures

Kelly Jacobi Photography

Ana Rosenberg 


Photographs by Jennifer


Niki Boon Photography

Janielle_Shadows_June-2Lens & Beauty

In The Shadows of Life Favorites | May 16-29

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated

-August Sander

AMY VICK PHOTOGRAPHYAmy Vick Photography

SVEN BERGER

Sven Berger

BRANDI STAFFORD

Brandi Stafford

DESRA RAMEY PHOTOGRPAHY

Desra Ramey- Photography

JANET CROUCH PHOTOGRAPHY

Janet Crouch Photography

MARLENE FOREVER YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHYMarlene Forever Young Photography

OLIVIA PHOTOGRAPHYOlivia photography

PHOTO ART BY JESSICAPhoto:  Art by Jessica

PHOTOS BY EVE RASHIDPhotos by Eve Rashid

RUBYLEE PHOTOGRAPHY

Rubylee Photography

TATIANA REUBRECHT PHOTOGRAPHY 2Tatiana Reubrecht Photography

In The Shadows of Life Favorites (April 4-17)

Shadow is a color as light it, but less brilliant; light and shadow are only the relation of two tones

-Paul Cezanne

 

catchnkiss photo

Catchnkiss Photography

desra ramey photography

Desra Ramey- Photography

erin

Erin Hensley, Photographer

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Holly Nicole Photography

JESSICA WYNDER PHOTOGRAPHY

Jessica Wynder Photography

kelly m photography

kelly m photography

kiberly walla photography

Kimberly Walla Photography

lauren webster photography

Lauren Webster Photography

lisa kathan photography

Lisa Kathan Photography

MEAGAN DWYER PHOTOGRAPHY

Meagan Dwyer Photography

moments by mancuso

Moments by Mancuso

PRETTY PIXELS PHOTOGRAPHY

Pretty Pixels Photography

sheryl fishSheryl Fish

SOLAS IMAGES

Solas Images

In The Shadows of Life | Collection TWENTY-TWO

A light from the shadows shall spring.

-J.R.R. Tolkien

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Ana Rosenberg

Ambercarboprivizzini

Privizzini’s Passion – My life in Art

Kate

Kate Vellacott pictures

Kelly July Shadows

Kelly Jacobi Photography

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Photographs by Jennifer

Niki Boon - July

Niki Boon Photography

 

In The Shadows of Life Favorites | Feb 22- Mar 6

In photography there are no shadows that cannot be illuminated.

-August Sander

allyson wasmund photography

Allyson Wasmund Photography

cara hodge photography

Cara Hodge Photography

desra ramey- photography

Desra Ramey- Photography

greenscapes photography

Greenscapes Photography

holly nicole photography

Holly Nicole Photography

karen osdieck photogrpahy

Karen Osdieck Photography

kg ledbetter photography

KG Ledbetter Photography

little bit of magic dust

Little bit of magic dust

melissa stilwell photogrpahy

Melissa Stilwell Photography

my three sons

My Three Sons Images

privizzinis passion

Privizinni’s Passion

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Solas Images

sonia epple fotografie

Sonia Epple Fotografie

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Sven Berger

teresa vick photography

Teresa Vick Photography

the preservationist

The Preservationist

twyla jones photography

Twyla Jones Photography

vicki winston photography

Vicki Winston Photography

2b seen photography

2B Seen Photography

In The Shadows of Life | Collection SEVENTEEN

Both light and shadow are the dance of Love.

-Rumi

Niki Boon - Dec 2015

Niki Boon Photography

Kate

Kate Vellacott pictures

Kelly

Kelly Jacobi Photography

Nic

Nicola Stewart Photography

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Ana Rosenberg

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Lens & Beauty

Shadows Dec JenniferP

Photographs by Jennifer

In The Shadows of Life | Collection SIXTEEN

Where the is light, there must be shadow

-Anonymous

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Cate Wnek Photography

Janielle_shadows_Nov

Lens & Beauty

Kate - Nov

Kate Vellacott pictures

Kelly November

Kelly Jacobi Photography

Niki Boon - Nov 2015

Niki Boon Photography

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Ana Rosenberg

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Photographs by Jennifer

 

In The Shadows of Life Featured Photographer | October

“To be honest, I don´t think I am breaking any rule. It´s true that many people prefer colorful images of their smiling children, and that´s perfect… but not me. I consider photography an artistic expression…”

The words of Charo Diez keep echoing through my mind. Sometimes it is hard to lose track of why we are doing this. And you question yourself as to why you are doing it “this way” and shouldn’t it be “that way”. It is always important to remember that we are part of this photographic journey as much as our children are. It is through our eyes that their memories are being captured. And they will see and appreciate this when they are older.

Charo has a magnificent way of capturing childhood. Her eye, her vision, are truly unique. And captivating to say the least. Every image is full of questions. Selective with her information, she invites the viewer to fill in the gaps, which is in in big part an additive effect to the wonderful, magical word of childhood she portrays, in which anything is possible.

Please enjoy our featured photographer this month, Charo Diez.

 Childhood and lifestyle images are often full of color and joy. How do you feel about breaking the perceived rules of photography by portraying such images in a different way?

To be honest, I don´t think I am breaking any rule. It´s true that many people prefer colorful images of their smiling children, and that´s perfect… but not me. I consider photography an artistic expression, so my photographs show the way I am, and the most important thing to me: I feel I am connected to them somehow.

 For us as a group, the use of deep strong shadows is what sets the mood in our lifestyle images. How do you define “mood” in your own lifestyle photographs?

Photography is not only capturing just one moment, it´s also about showing how the photographer lived that very moment. So to me, “mood” is about whatever feeling, – sadness, fear, happiness..-, the photographer aims to capture and what the viewer may perceive by looking at the photograph. That’s the magic of photography.

 Why do you like portraying your lifestyle images in this way? What draws you to this style of photography?

I have been taking photographs for many years now. I started developing and printing my own black and white copies in the darkroom, and for this reason I learned  to see in monochrome more easily. When my oldest son was born, I admit I got lost: the images I used to take before becoming a mum were not “nice” or adequate for capturing his childhood (well, that´s what I thought at some point), so I tried to imitate everyone else´s “nice” photos: colorful, or soft matte greys photos with everything in its right place… Photos I didn´t like that much…and little by little, I began to take the kind of images I always loved; but this time, photographing my kids` childhood. I think it was a matter of adapting the way I loved to photograph to this new lifestyle images of my kids.

 When shooting in beautiful light, what attracts you more- the light, or the shadows that go with it?

Both equally. I love playing with the deep shadows that are given by the light, and also emphasizing that tiny spot of light in the dark.

 

 What do you find inspiring in childhood that drives your need to capture it?

This is my life right now: my children’s childhood, and I want to leave as many images of it as possible for their future, so that they can remember it. When they grow up, my photography will likely focus on another subject.

Can you give one tip on how to shoot in “moody” light or low light?

Never miss the chance to photograph a stormy sky: you will get amazing photos full of drama.

 What keeps you going when you feel uninspired?

I have gone through those uninspiring days, and I have found out that the best thing is to keep the camera in its bag as many days as necessary. I don´t want to feel the urge to take photos I can not picture at that moment.

And looking at many, many photos. Really great ones.

 

What is your favorite time of day to photograph? And why?

Those two hours right before sunset through the year, and in winter time, early in the morning, because I love that soft moody light. Though I also like the harsh light at noon for more contrasted images.

What’s in your camera bag?

Just my camera, with a couple of lenses (depending on what I am going to photograph or where I am going), and an extra battery (never leave without an extra one!). A bottle of water for my kids (they are always running up and down and too thirsty), the mobile and nothing more… I don´t like carrying too many things, as light and simple as possible.

 JPEG or RAW? Photoshop or Lightroom?

Always RAW, and Lightroom, I would use Photoshop occasionally for special effects, such as textures.