Wednesday, June 26, 2013

A Threatened Legacy: Epilogue Receives Silver in 2013 PX3 Awards

I am pleased to announce that my series A Threatened Legacy: Epilogue has received the Silver Award in the 2013 PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris in the Professional Fine Art Category for Architecture. The jury selected PX3 2013’s winners from thousands of photography entries from over 85 countries.

These images are a departure from my more current long exposure landscapes, returning to my roots in historical architectural studies.

In the early 1990's I spent several years documenting historic churches for a book project called A Threatened Legacy: Detroit's Historic Churches. The purpose of the project was to document historic structures that were being threatened to be closed and sometimes demolished due to the severe population decline of the city of Detroit. Fifteen years later I revisited some of these structures that have since fallen into decay.

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About PX3:
The "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (Px3) strives to promote the appreciation of photography, to discover emerging talent, and introduce photographers from around the world to the artistic community of Paris. Winning photographs from this competition are exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color Px3 Annual Book.

Px3 is juried by top international decision-makers in the photography industry: Carol Johnson, Curator of Photography of Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Gilles Raynaldy, Director of Purpose, Paris; Viviene Esders, Expert près la Cour d'Appel de Paris; Mark Heflin, Director of American Illustration + American Photography, New York; Sara Rumens, Lifestyle Photo Editor of Grazia Magazine, London; Françoise Paviot, Director of Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris; Chrisitine Ollier, Art Director of Filles du Calvaire, Paris; Natalie Johnson, Features Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine, London; Natalie Belayche, Director of Visual Delight, Paris; Kenan Aktulun, VP/Creative Director of Digitas, New York; Chiara Mariani, Photo Editor of Corriere della Sera Magazine, Italy; Arnaud Adida, Director of Acte 2 Gallery/Agency, Paris; Jeannette Mariani, Director of 13 Sévigné Gallery, Paris; Bernard Utudjian, Director of Galerie Polaris, Paris; Agnès Voltz, Director of Chambre Avec Vues, Paris; and Alice Gabriner, World Picture Editor of Time Magazine, New York.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

The Seven Factors of Awakening - Redux

"The Seven Factors of Awakening - Redux" - 2013
I was contacted by a design firm in Rome, Italy who wished to license my image "Seven Factors of Awakening" for an interior redesign of the spa at the Mandarin Oriental Luxury Hotel in London. The problem was they wanted it printed twice, at approx. 7X10 feet to fill an entire wall and the original image that I shot in 2010 would not hold up to my standards printed at this size.

Luckily the location of the waterfall was close to home and fairly easy for me to reshoot at a higher resolution. I used a D800E and some creative stitching techniques with my 85mm PC-E Nikkor to achieve a final file size for printing that is 18780 X 12402 pixels. That is a whopping 233 megapixel file!

I prefer the new version over my original but the client wanted me to closer match the softness of the water in the original image. The version I ended up delivering to the client was captured with a longer exposure of about 30 seconds, which significantly softened the cascading water.