Month: November 2020

Imbuing an image with wonder and curiosity

Aubra Franklin is a photographer based in San Antonio, Texas. His passion for photography began as an architecture student. Throughout his architectural education and career, he had the fortune to travel to many cities throughout the United States photographing iconic and significant cities and buildings. In 2009 he picked up his camera again and quickly realized this would be a rekindled passion that would fill a much-desired healthy creative outlet. Tell us a little about yourself and your journey into fine art photography? My photographic journey began as an architecture student, photographing iconic structures. I found myself capturing Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water in the morning stillness, drawn to its lines surrounded by a fresh blanket of newly fallen snow. And, while at Hearst Castle, I sought to photograph the mansions white limestone facade against an intense cobalt blue sky. Photography for me is about capturing a mood, a feeling. It’s not about showing the viewer something they can already see, but instead about sharing my understanding of the layers, light and shadow, tone, texture …

Capturing the character of birds in intimate portraits

Leila Jeffreys is an acclaimed Australian contemporary photographic and video artist. She is best known for visceral and mysterious images of birds that explore and subvert the traditions of portraiture. Her avian subjects are photographed at human scale with an astounding attention to color, line, form and composition. How did you get started in photography, and in photographing birds specifically? I picked up a camera at the age of 15 and from that point on, it was always close by – I was the one in my group of friends who was always taking photos, documenting our lives. I studied photography in high school, and then at University in Perth, Western Australia as part of my Communications degree, before moving to Sydney, New South Wales to study photography full time at TAFE. After completing my studies, I began working as a commercial photographer but was never at all comfortable in that role. I was always uncomfortable with the prospect of working fast and handing over work that disappointed me. So, once I realized that I …