Month: June 2020

Exploring the relationship between form and substance: Omar Sartor’s interior photography

Omar Sartor is an Italian photographer and director specializing in interior design, architecture and fashion. His work is linked to some of the highest ranking design brands and publications, and his style exudes timeless elegance and cinematic beauty.   I’m Omar, a photographer working at the intersection of shape, color and substance. When photographing, I move around like a dowser, looking for the essence of a place and a way to communicate it visually. I started as a landscape photographer and think I’ll always be one. However, looking back, I can’t find a specific moment when I decided to become a photographer. I’ve always loved travelling and I’m fascinated in particular by rough landscapes born out of challenging climates, such as Alaska, Iceland, the volcanic islands of Hawaii, Lanzarote, Stromboli. I often travel to such places to immerse myself in the space and the inhabitants’ way of life, observing how people and landscape communicate and influence each other. I think I naturally floated towards interior and architecture photography because of this interest in connecting with …

Reflections on photographing New York on lockdown for “Silence in the Streets”

Recognized and awarded for his celebrity portraiture, Mark Seliger traded in a studio for the empty streets of New York City for his most recent series. Using his keen eye for what makes a good portrait, Mark applied that same understanding to create his intimate, silent portraits of New York.     To me, portraiture is like a landscape in a weird way. It’s all interconnected. The label of doing one thing has not been my forte. I’m a Gemini, so I get bored easily. My love of photography has pretty broad strokes. Part of the problem of being an applied photographer is that you can so easily get pigeonholed. But to me, my heroes are people that were not labeled. They didn’t necessarily do just one thing. They ebb and flow through different experiences, crafting multiple genres. Take one of the most celebrated artists – Picasso. He would try painting, sculpture, and ceramics…whatever medium he came across. There was very little that he didn’t touch. And it is the same in photography – there …

The Art of Creative Expression with Tony Hewitt

Tony Hewitt is a multi-award winning Australian fine art photographer. Do you remember the moment when you decided you were going to become a photographer? I remember wanting to be a photographer from early on. I’m not sure of the exact moment, but I do recall shooting an image of the setting sun as it glistened through the tall grass, shot through the front window of my car at the age of 17. I used the strip of window tint across the top as a gradient filter. This was my first landscape image and still hangs on the wall at my sisters house, (although I must admit to not really understanding much more at the time than it looked good, and the camera was on auto. This was the beginning of my journey as a photographer. Why did you choose to focus on landscape and fine art photography? After a career involving nearly 1000 weddings and thousands more portraits, I found myself moving into the commercial genres, and ultimately began pursuing private projects. This was …