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T.M. Glass blends photography with digital painting in mesmerizing still life

T.M. Glass is a digital artist based in Toronto, whose practice explores the historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions of photography, stretching it beyond its traditional definition. Once a student of sculpture and fine art at the Ontario College of Art, Glass returned to art after building a successful career as a writer and producer in film and television. Today, the artist’s vision is channeled into hyper-realistic still life photography combined with digital painting.   If I had to trace back the catalyst for my photographic beginnings to a precise point in time, I would say it all started when I saw a painting by Claude Monet at the Art Gallery of Ontario in the late 1990s. It was a simple still life painting, lilac flowers in a jug, but the composition, light, shades and colors were so beautiful they captured my attention and my heart. I stayed looking at it for the longest time, and years later I can still remember how strongly that 100-year-old painting reached out to me. It was Monet’s artwork that …

Photographer Harold Ross on working with fine art galleries

Harold Ross is an American fine art photographer who has been mastering the art of light painting for the past 30 years. His work has been exhibited, published and collected all over the world. Today, he teaches his unique technique of sculpting with light through his blog and regular workshops.   If you’re at a point in your career where you’re considering working with galleries to sell your work, here are a few questions I think you need to ask yourself beforehand: Do I want to work with limited editions? Whether you want to work with limited editions is a big and very important decision. Once decided, it’s difficult to change, so give this a lot of thought. Basically, if you work with higher quality galleries, limited editions are desired, as collectors of your work will want to have confidence that there will be a limited supply of your prints. This means that, all things being equal, your limited edition prints will have more inherent value than if you offered open editions (no limit to …

Meet Harold Ross, the light sculptor

Harold Ross is an American fine art photographer who has been mastering the art of light painting for the past 30 years. His work has been exhibited, published and collected all over the world. Today, he teaches his unique technique of sculpting with light through his blog and regular workshops.   My love story with photography started, as it does with many photographers, while standing next to my father in the darkroom, when I was very young. I’ll always remember those moments of watching the images come up in the developer tray. This seems rather quaint in today’s age of electronic devices, but back then it was truly magical. I remember wanting to recreate that magic for myself. At sixteen I bought my first camera, a GAF Instamatic, which I still own. I remember having so much fun photographing family and friends, and then developing the film and making prints in the darkroom. Both my father and my uncle were amateur photographers, and there was no shortage of good advice and technical help. It was …

Body language and rich texture blend in Dayron Vera’s dramatic portraits

Dayron Vera is a Cuban fine art photographer based in Barcelona. He is also a professional ballet dancer, having worked as Principal Dancer in the National Ballet of Cuba and moved to Spain to join Angel Corella’s dance company. In fact, he started as a photographer by taking pictures of his dance colleagues backstage, where he became fascinated by the idea of capturing their movement and body language in an artistic way.   When I stopped working as a dancer around 5 years ago, I wanted to find another way to express myself. Photography came to me by chance and I clung to it as my new medium to create art and build a passion. One of the elements I brought from my dancing career into photography is the driver for making art: anything I create needs to come from somewhere inside of me. No matter if a project is personal or commissioned, it has to feel real, it has to feel human. “The Queen” editorial for Lucy’s Magazine inspired by Queen Elizabeth I, created …

Defining beauty in photography

For the relaunch of IQ4 Camera Systems, we collaborated with photographer Gemmy Woud-Binnendijk on a personal project she had been thinking of for almost two years. This is the story of these striking images, and how they came to be. About beauty “I think everyone is confronted daily with the absurd pressure to fit within a societally-expected standard, and asks themselves if they are good enough as they are. We forget that being satisfied with who you are and finding your passion are much more important in this life than an absurd societal image of the ideal.” “My definition of beauty is not the judgment by skin – the outside package – but the beauty of a person, with all of their talents big or small. Beauty is the unique way of creating your standards, and most importantly, the standard of who you want to be, instead of what the world expects you to be. Letting go of the pressure of what the world expects, instead of chasing unrealistic standards, is way more loving to …

The wonderfully eccentric world of Pol Kurucz

The avant garde images that French photographer Pol Kurucz creates are bright, surrealist, and provocative reflections on society. We asked Pol a few questions to dig into his creative mindset: How do you define yourself as a photographer? I try not to define myself, but rather the visual universe into which I integrate the different types of projects I am working on: fine art, fashion and celebrity. The main pillars of this universe are the non-conventional, yet pleasing, combination of saturated, non-primary colors, stylized sets, props and compositions, provocative messages, glam-cool styling, and models with unusual beauty. How do you conceptualize your images? What is your creative process? I do not follow processes. My ideas come instinctively in form of images that pop up in my head in the shower, in bed or on the street, in a theater or while browsing social media. The ideas then go through a little curating engine in my head which follows the aesthetics of a few virtual masters such as Rene Magritte, Roy Andersson, Bob Wilson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, …