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A group dedicated to photography as a purely graphical expression

"Photographism" is a photographic form of expression where the image render or shape are the priority. The contents and subjects are here to get a result, not to be shown for themselves. It can be Kaleidoscopic works, diptychs, geometrical shots, animated pictures etc...

The purpose of this group is then to show contemporary art that uses photography as a way to produce images that create their own "graphical" reality.

Only admins suggest works to galleries... though anybody can join or watch of course.
You can also suggest others works to our admins by notes or whatever ;)... but please, don't suggest yours :)

Gallery Folders

Lego Land by KizukiTamura
Untitled by Athexphotographs
The thin line by wibel
Weave by smhanson
In The Mood
Into the City by Val-Faustino
Canyons of Barcelona by Swissvoice
Neon Lights by Swissvoice
O'clock by Markotxe
Urban Gardener by KizukiTamura
The Moment He Arrived by scheinbar
He said O Moon by KizukiTamura
Glass Dome K by JJPoatree
Darkfall Enlightened by Markus43
On Mobility - I by LaCuriosita
equiVocate by ruiManuelR
kiel canal by EintoeRn
wilderness in the city by SIUCAR
Life instead of slavery by c263b
the beaten dimensionality by c263b
a winter tale by partiallyHere
Flight To The Oyarsu (animation) by X-Tibro
Jedi BlaKK Queen by Pierre-Lagarde
let the shadows in by partiallyHere
Medusa animated by twoclicks
Digital distorsion
modern living IX by sth22art
a p o k a l y p s e by ra-gro
Born in Austin Texas K2 by JJPoatree
Crystalline by SennhArt
sth22art1 What is your name and where are you from?My name is Stefan Hartmann and I'm from Germany. I was born near Cologne and now I live in a small town near Trier in the west of Rhineland-Palatinate.,2 How long have you been active on DA?I joined in 2009. In the first years I uploaded mainly traditional art... drawings and paintings. This changed during the years. Now most of my submission are photos.,3 How did you start photography?I was drawing and painting as long as i could think. With photography i started as a teenager with analog Photography ...very expensive for a teenager! For many years i only took photos in holidays and some snapshots ...nothing 'arty' at all. I started with more artistic photography in 2010, after I got my first digital camera.,4 What does DA bring to your photographic work?Through DA I have the opportunity to share my images with an incredible number of artists.The many very creative photographers on DA are an inspiration for me. I learned to try out new things, I got feedback and many tips to improve my technique.,5 What camera do you use?I don't use a professional camera. My first digital camera was a cheap model from Casio. Then I had a Canon PowerShot SX20 IS (which unfortunately broke). Now I use a Canon PowerShot SX540 HS. I think that it is not the camera that makes good pictures but the eye of the photographer. The camera only helps with the realisation.,6 Photoshop or film photography?Photoshop! My photos are mostly just the raw material. I edit my photos on the computer ...sometimes only a little, sometimes a lot. I use Photoshop and Gimp (which I prefer). By editing my photos I try to enhance my personal style (which I already try to express when I take the photos). I prefer the square format ...maybe because i adore the work of Klimt.,7 What advice would you give to a beginner photographer?Just start taking pictures many photos as possible. In my early days taking photos I almost always had my camera with me and took many, many photos ... This way I learned a lot about my camera and what I have to do to get a good photo.,8 How to take a good photography?In general: Learn the basic rules of technique and composition ...and get in touch with the work of many other artists (not just photographers).In detail: When you have found a good object, take pictures from different angles and if possible in different light. Thanks to digital photography, it is no problem (and not a question of cost) to take many different photos of the same object...and take your time when taking photos. A good motif is often only discovered at second glance.,9 Which photographers are sources of inspiration for you? There are some photographers who have influenced me such as Andreas Gursky, Karl Blossfeldt, Robert Mapplethorpe, Horst P. Horst and Karl Lagerfeld.But the main source of inspiration is graphic art and traditional art ... favourite artists are Piet Mondrian, Victor Vasarely, M.C. Escher but also Caravaggio, Klimt, Monet and Matisse to name but a few. My favourite art styles are art nouveau, impressionism, expressionism, abstract art, minimalism and op-art. Architecture and mathematics also have a strong influence on my photography.,10 No tenth question, but a free space to tell us whatever you wantThank you Cyril for giving me the space to speak about myself and my work....and my advice to everyone: try to enjoy everything you do.,...
Values in Photography and ArtHow do I decide how to create my art? Why do I take a photo of this but not that? Of course, we can act based on our feeling in the moment, or there is some external influence that inspires or motivates a particular action, but perhaps there is something more explicit guiding us. Over the years, I’ve tried to define a framework that underlies my creative decisions which lead me to generate a system of values. A value is simply a statement about a particular concept or aspect in my artwork. For example, I value color in my photos. Based on that value, I strive to create the best colors I can. Of course, we cannot stop there. Each value can be refined into more and more specific details, or sub-values. What do I mean by ‘best’ colors? Should the colors be realistic, retro, muted, vivid, neon?,I can leave any of these decisions undefined by an explicit value. If I don’t explicitly state my values to myself, then in my framework they are still values, just implicit values. An implicit value is not defined by words but by a pattern of actions. If I look at a body of work and I see only monochrome images, I can deduce that the artist values the tones of monochrome and does not value color in their own work. The same is true for my own photography. A pattern of choices can be summarized by an implicit value, but through introspection, any value can be made explicit. Of course, many aspects of a work are not explicitly defined. Some aspects are just left up to my feeling in the moment, but nonetheless these are expressions of implicit values as well. With diligence and contemplation, I can bring the implicit values to the surface of my consciousness and make them explicit. By doing so, I crystallize a style either for myself as an artist or for a particular subject matter which may eventually develop into a project.,This process may seem overly mechanical and pointless, but it helps me forge ahead in my own unique artistic path. I can learn new techniques and expose myself to innovative and unique artwork without losing sight of my own authentic vision. It also helps me explain my decisions to others. For example, people sometimes ask me if I straighten / crop / edit / manipulate / alter my photos and if doing so is ‘cheating.’ I do some of these things, and others I don’t. For instance, I have no problem with cropping, and of course I master the colors in each image when going from the raw data to the JPEG, and eventually to a print. But sometimes I’ll go a step further and straighten the perspective, which subtly stretches the photo in a way that mimics what a tilt-shift lens would achieve.,I’ve been asked, ‘is this cheating’? Cheating? By whose rules? Are we even playing the same game? The only one you can cheat when creating your artwork is yourself. Of course, there are exceptions, such as in photojournalism where manipulation of a photo is against the ethos of journalism. But I am not a journalist, I am an artist—at least when I am out shooting purely for myself. When it comes to art, it is up to you to set your own rules, and then play within their confines, or alter them as you see fit. And of course, the rules stem from your values, which are the underlying motivation we all have for everything that we do. For me, it would be against my own values to alter a street photo dramatically. Actions such as adding or removing an element in a street photo are anathema. However, if I am shooting an urban landscape with light trails, I may very well composite a number of photos and selectively remove various elements from each component image in order to achieve a perfect frame. I hold different values for different expressions of my art.,This also explains why I find some work really off-putting. For example, if I see some photos that are similar to my own, perhaps tackling the same subject matter, but they exhibit a quality or characteristic that—and I’m embarrassed to say so—offends my visual or artistic sensibility, then I might vehemently reject this work (drink the ‘haterade’ as a good friend puts it). I didn’t like this way of thinking as I try hard to be inclusive of everyone’s work and maintain a positive attitude towards it. With some introspection I concluded that only work that is similar to my own, but somehow compromises on my own values, inadvertently triggers my negative reaction. Work that is completely different or unrelated, even if it goes completely against my artistic values has no negative effect. It seems that when I am confronted with a way of creating (i.e., an artistic modality) that hits close to home then I am left with a feeling of doubt about my own decisions. But this is only feels threatening when my values are merely implicit. Strange thoughts arise: I edit my photos this way, and yet this other artist edits them another way, am I wrong? And as irrational as it may seem, this feels like a threat in some odd way. However, if I have made my values explicit, such negative thoughts do not arise. I can easily comprehend and normalize the confronting artwork as an expression of values that are simply not my own. It’s much easier to appreciate the other work and stick to my guns without drinking the proverbial haterade.,To give a concrete example of this: I am not a huge fan of the ‘cyberpunk’ color scheme that has come to dominate urban night photography over recent years. In the past, I actually found it annoying to see this work popularized to such a degree. This is not because it’s bad, but because it went against my implicit values. I value realism in my work, and this popular neon aesthetic is synthetic. Once I understood this fact, and made my values regarding color explicit to myself, the nagging negative feelings when confronted with such work dissipated. Now I can enjoy those works for what they are without comparing them to my work, which simply is a product of completely different values. Now, instead of doubting my creative decision I am instead more invigorated to carve my own path.,I would go on to say that all of our behaviors and decisions are governed by our implicit and explicit values. And the more we work to make our individual values explicit, to ourselves and to each other, the more we can foster understanding and exist confidently and peacefully in the universe. But that’s a topic for another article. For now, I ask that you consider your own artistic values, and strive to make them explicit.#streetphotography #photography #essay #creativity #values #art
albertourra1 What is your name and where are you from?My name is Alberto Urra and I´m from Spain. I was born in Málaga, a city in the south of the country.,2 How long have you been active on DA?I have been an active member for two years, but I first signed up with another account about 16 or 17 years ago, when I started to use Photoshop and began to create my firsts photomontages.,3 How did you start photography?It all started when I worked in an info-architecture studio, back in 2006. I was in charge of creating buildings in a 3D program, and I myself had to place the cameras and lights to make the infographics. Placing the cameras and lighting was something that I loved to do, and little by little I began to try to do it also with a real camera, photographing anything that caught my attention on the street. In 2014 I bought a compact camera that shot in RAW, and from there I began to take it more seriously, both in terms of composition and processing. In 2019, on a trip to South Korea and Japan, I started practicing the style of street photography that I'm into today.,4 What does DA bring to your photographic work?Have a greater exposure than in applications such as Twitter or Instagram. I really enjoy posting my work here, a space for true artists, than on social networks, where you depend on their own algorithms, and where it seems that the most important thing is to be popular or have a nice body.,5 What camera do you use?A second hand Sony a7R1. I think it's pretty old now, but the quality of the photos is still pretty good, so I'm happy with it.,6 Photoshop or film photography?Film photography doesn't appeal to me. I always shoot in RAW and edit my photos with two editing programs: Capture One and Photoshop. I love to process my photographs and try to take them beyond reality with exaggerated colors and lights.. It can take from several hours to several days to edit a photo, but its something that I love to do, especially at night listening to music that recreates the atmosphere that I try to convey in my photos.,7 What advice would you give to a beginner photographer?Forget trying to get the newest, most expensive equipment, that will not make you have good photos. In fact, it should be enough for you even with your phone. Learn about some composition techniques to get some theory, but don't try to stick to them 100%. Study photos of your favorite artists (movies and paintings too). Learn from the great masters how they used light. And most importantly, go outside and shoot, shoot and shoot. About the editing process, there are hundreds of very interesting tutorials on Youtube to learn!,8 How to take a good photography?I wish getting a good photo was as simple as putting a couple of lines here and there you have it. And anyway, what is a good photo? What for me can be an incredible photo, for you can be boring or nonsense. For every good photo I get I have another 100 that are worthless. I don't know, I can't tell you how to take a good photo. There is no specific thing with which I say "this is a good photo". It's a feeling you get as soon as you see a photo. I guess it's a combination of composition and proper lighting, plus an atmosphere that draws you in. I just go out with my camera and shoot, shoot, shoot.,9 Which photographers are sources of inspiration for you?My main influence and the person who inspired me to try night street photography was Liam Wong. For me he is the number one. Other photographers that I follow very closely on social networks (to name a few) are Noe Alonzo, Teemu JPG, Illkoncept, Stfeyes... and here on Deviant Art I really enjoy with Lukasz Palka (Burningmonk) work. I have also been greatly inspired by the Japanese animated movie Akira.,10. No tenth question, but a free space to tell us whatever you want Just don't waste your time doing things you hate.,...
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