Conversations with Color and Culture
Dec 06, 2022
I am sure you have heard the phrase 'art as a conversation piece' - artwork that is captivating in a sense that it inspires the viewer to further explore the subject. As a professional photographer, one of the most important things I do to travel the world, bringing remote destinations back home, and hopefully beginning a new dialogue. It is a privilege I do not take lightly.
When traveling I consider it an imperative to capture not only scenery, landscape and/or architecture, but the culture as well, drawing us into a deeper discussion. Therefore, my goals are to:
- Transport the viewer to a place they may not ever see in person;
- Create a visual dichotomy, drawing one in to study the frame;
- Perhaps inspire them to research, learn or visit; and
- Open us up to more common threads of humanity we share.
Specifically, I am always drawn to color, whether muted or bright, in contrast to a natural backdrop. It can be a visual treasure hunt of sorts, inspiring us to study each element in relation to the whole, and thrust us deeper into the cultural conversation.
In my opinion, the pieces I present to you this week hit the mark. Think of a colorful flower popping out through a thicket of grass or leaves - you cannot help but look, and wonder how it arrived there, and thrived. Join me while we explore several photos taken in mindfulness of this theme.
1. "Colorful Junks" - Vietnam, 2020: Small Junk boats and river floating houses near Ninh Binh, North Vietnam, an area in the north that is famous for its natural beauty.
2. "Havana Laundry" - Havana, Cuba 2020: The juxtaposition of the clean laundry flowing against the ancient and beautiful architecture in Havana, Cuba mesmerized me.
3. "Boat Park" - Japan, 2020: Arashiyama is a little neighborhood in the western outskirts of Kyoto, known for being a little piece of paradise.
These photos make me want to wander and explore more. How do they make you feel? Send me a note with your thoughts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more inspiration, browse my gallery and be sure to check out my publications page for more interesting articles about photography and collecting.
All the best,
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