Denise Dethlefsen

"My photography is often spontaneous, unplanned, and serendipitous. I don't follow the pattern of traditional landscape and nature photographers who pre-plan their images; my style is more instinctive with an element of 'let's just go and see what happens!"

Dalhart Elevator, Print on metal, 24 x 36 inches, $575

"I began my journey into photography almost by accident when my husband bought me a 35-mm film camera for our anniversary many years ago. I'm mainly self-taught, with some mentoring and workshops along the way. I’m from a family of talented artists, musicians and writers, but somehow could never make my brain and fingers work together for any of those skills. The camera allows me to make art in a way I’d never been able to accomplish before. It frees me to be creative while not having to force the process. It gives me a view into the world that is sometimes impressionistic, sometimes real. It allows me to “see” something, then take it home and bring out either the original vision or something entirely new in post-processing. I don't call myself a nature photographer – my tastes are more eclectic and wide-ranging – but most of my imagery is taken outdoors.

My photography is often spontaneous, unpremeditated, and serendipitous. I’ll "see" an image, quickly set up for the capture, press the shutter, then look again to see how I can improve, take additional images from the more thoughtful perspective, and then go home and cull out all the later images while keeping only the one or two I first "saw." I have numerous images where the composition, colors and forms seem almost instinctive; there are others where the work in post-processing was the inspiration for the end result.

I currently live in Colorado Springs, Colorado, at the foot of Pikes Peak in the American Rocky Mountains, and close to a variety of contrasting landscapes – from the “14ers” (mountains higher than 14,000 feet) to the plains, from mountains to desert, from high country to rolling hills, from thick forests to shortgrass prairie lands. My husband and I frequently explore these areas, and they’ve provided many of my favorite images."

Departure, Print on metal, 36 x 24 inches, $575
The Old Red Barn, Print on metal, 36 x 24 inches, $575
Old Friends, Print on metal, 36 x 24 inches, $575
The Old Gray Barn, Print on metal, 36 x 24 inches, $575
Runic Reflection - Digital Photograph
Agriculture Dying - Print on metal 36 x 24 in. $575
Autumn's Colors - Print on metal 24 x 24 in. $400
Rock Garden - Digital Photograph
Misty Sunrise - Digital Photograph
Glimpse of Autumn - Print on metal 24 x 24 in. $400
Bookmobile - Digital Photograph
Autumn Serenity - Digital Photograph
Death of a Breadbasket - Print on metal 36 x 24 in. $575
Modern Religion - Digital photograph
Farmworker Housing - Digital photograph
Treasure Falls - Print on metal 36 x 24 in. $575

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Coriolana Simon

Born in: 1945, USA
Lives in: Silver Spring, Maryland - USA
Describe your art in three words: Still life re-imagined
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Ancient Greek, New York University Master of Arts in Arabic, New York University Certificate in Architectural Drafting, Mechanics Institute of New York Bachelor of Architecture, City University of New York Master of Architecture (minus thesis), City University of New York
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Still Life of Restrained Ostentation - Archival digital photograph

"I have long admired the still lifes by Dutch artists of the 17th century. Painted in a style as realistic as photographs, they give us a detailed view of Dutch culture and society. Today I create still lifes in the Dutch style as realistic as paintings with my camera. While never copying a painting, my visual vocabulary, approach to composition, and use of lighting all bow to the Dutch golden age."

What themes does your work involve?
A principal theme in the Dutch paintings was often a moral warning: Moderation! While extremely prosperous, the Dutch feared God would punish them for their surfeit. The window into Dutch society created by the paintings also serves as a mirror and gives us food for thought about our own way of life. In my still lifes, the compositions ask the viewer how much of the moral warnings symbolized in the Dutch paintings hold true for us today. In our time of plenty, do we harbor any parallel fears about overabundance of material possessions? A related theme is the impermanence of all material things: “memento mori.” This theme is reflected in a myriad of ways in the Dutch paintings and in my work. . My still lifes ask: How do we respond to the obvious impermanence of all things?
Describe your creative process.
Choose theme based on a key object or a style of Dutch painting or a seasonal subject like tulips. Plan “main actors.” Sketch in pencil. Gather the whole “cast.” Find unusual / special objects if necessary. Start placing objects on table -- the "bones" of the composition. Add lesser elements. Eliminate certain pieces to clarify structure and give cohesion. Create “sketch” shots in camera. Adjust, re-adjust, re-adjust. Wait for right light, depending on season or time of day. Photograph final composition. Do a little editing in Lightroom and Photoshop for highlights and shadows. A still life is finished when it is printed, mounted, and framed in a historic Dutch-style frame.
What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
When I first tried my hand at still lifes, I looked for guidance from photography reference books and found almost nothing. I turned then to texts on painting to learn about composition. But this was dry and not often applicable. Instead, I started to study actual paintings. Nineteenth century painters like Cezanne and Van Gogh offered still lifes, but the 17th century Dutch still lifes evoked a powerful, intense response. These painters – Claes, de Heem, Kalf, and many others – became not only my inspiration but also my teachers. I learned their styles, their subject matter, their treatment of light so that now, as I work on a particular still life, I can sense them looking over my shoulder, guiding and correcting me as I work.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?
“Good” art is difficult to define and can be highly subjective. Nonetheless, “good” art touches the viewer in the heart and in the intellect. If a work of art is created with the artist’s deep passion, this intensity is communicated, even subliminally, to the viewer, and the viewer responds. “Great” art may not be universally recognized as such by all the peoples of the world, but it touches many people of many cultures across time.
What is the role of the artist today?
In a traditional sense, the artist creates “beauty,” however that is defined, and brings some light and joy into a world that is often dark and depressing. Contemporary art may also comment on such major issues as war, social inequality, or climate change. In my own work, which takes the more traditionalist path, one of my goals is to slow down the viewer and retrain their eye away from the frantic pace of visuals around us. I want the viewer to let their eyes slow down, to take time to explore a whole composition, every object in it, and the relationship – or “narrative” – among the objects.

Still Life with Ship Bowl and Crabs - Archival digital photograph
Still Life with Grand Tulipiere - Archival digital photograph
Still Life of the Righteous Pipe-Smoker - Archival digital photograph
Still Life of Distant Geography - Archival digital photograph

 


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Jean Paul Soujol Benedetti

Jean-Paul Soujol Benedetti is a minimalist photographer inspired by contemporary painting. His work results from aesthetic research on the purity of lines and forms where blue is omnipresent. His sources of inspiration are contemporary painters like Pierre Soulages, Mark Rothko, Yves Klein.

Abstract Contemporary - Photograph 150 x 75 cm - 2500€

Jean-Paul Soujol Benedetti has been practicing photography for more than a decade. In a constant search for creativity and inspiration, he continues to evolve technically and artistically. Jean-Paul began with landscape photography and moved towards minimalism with long exposure, square format, and now towards abstraction with a plastician approach. His latest works, always minimalist and square, are part of a more conceptual vision.

Jean-Paul Soujol Benedetti chose the square format in line with his compositions. “This format lends itself perfectly to minimalist photography. It requires rigor but gives great freedom of composition which makes it very creative. Its very aesthetic and modern geometric shape blends perfectly with my work.”

Recently, Jean-Paul Soujol Benedetti left the world of full-frame sensor for the medium-format camera. His current photographic work on light is even more gratifying as is his creativity.

Inaugural Space - Photograph 100 x 100 cm - 2000€
Monochrome - Photograph 100 x 100 cm - 2000€
The Aesthetic Of The Movement - Photograph 100 x 100 cm -2000€
Black Matter - Photograph 100 x 100 cm - 2000€

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Root Yarden

Root Yarden was born in 1958 in Galilee, Israel. She became a drama therapist and later published three poetry books. From 2020, Root has developed as a video artist; combining her photography and poems. Root Yarden is infulenced by Pina Bausch.

Unheimlich 1

A dancer, poet, therapist and mother, artist Root Yarden is based in Israel. She studied at the Rubin Dance Academy, Jerusalem, and did Drama Therapy at Tel-Hai Academic College. Root studied curation at Tel Aviv University.
Present in numerous publications, her bibliography includes "A Woman Catches the Sun", "Monamour", and "Mythologies". Root actively participates in international fairs and events.

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Ripeness
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Ripeness 2
Light - Photograph 20 x 27 cm
Harvest - Photograph 20 x 27 cm
Lost and Found - Photograph 20 x 27 cm
Mother Earth - Photograph 20 x 27 cm
Pro missed land - Photograph 20 x 27 cm

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Isabel Herrera

"The images I capture reveal my dreams, my fairy tale; that irrational language that feeds my spirit; an illusory encounter with myself, where I revisit my childhood, and where ordinary experiences become poetry. In stillness, I have found life to be a succession of vanishing, ephemeral moments."

Music - Polaroid photograph composition Ea 3.5 x 4.2 in.

Isabel Herrera is a contemporary instant photographer and artist who lives and works in Guatemala City. Herrera’s works portray serenity and nostalgia and that which is also ephemeral, vaporous and impermanent.

From a deep state of quiescence, Herrera has come to understand that life is a succession of vanishing and fragile moments. While trying to remain in the now, detached from all things banal, she has found her own way, searching to preserve fragments of time. Instant photography has enabled her to mindfully cherish these moments in complete stillness, in presence. It is how she finds contentment. The Polaroid SX70 and its experimental possibilities have allowed her to capture these fragile and evanescent instants always through shades and veils of haze. Herrera has found a muse and inspiration in nature, and her deep connection to it is reflected in her images. The Polaroid emulsion lifting technique she continuously works with is the way she can convey vulnerability, sensitivity and fragility of life. From the moment each emulsion is attached to organic cotton paper, it acquires its own unique form and personality. The wrinkles, folds and tears form an allegory of the human experience and existence; scars, grief, pain. These apparent imperfections simultaneously assure strength, hope and resilience; a sense of gratitude of being here and now.

Isabel Herrera has showcased works at Guatemala’s Sol del Rio Contemporary Art Gallery, Juannio’s annual Contemporary Latin American Art Auction, and internationally acclaimed Instant Photography Festivals in Germany, France, Italy and the UK. She was also invited to be a guest speaker and exposer at the First International Experimental Photography Festival in Barcelona Spain in January 2020, and a guest judge to Guatemala’s Universidad Francisco Marroquín Design Week 2020.

Untitled - B&W Polaroid photograph 3.5 x 4.2 in.
Untitled - Polaroid photograph 3.5 x 4.2 in.
Matilisguate - Polaroid photograph 3.5 x 4.2 in.
Self Portrait - Polaroid photograph 3.5 x 4.2 in.
Confinement - Original Polaroid BW SX70 film
Sueños Lúcidos - Polaroid SX70 film
Untitled - Polaroid Emulsion lift. Polaroid 600 film
Self Portrait - Polaroid BW 600 film
Inhale - Polaroid 600 Color Film

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Ana Backhaus

“I try to capture the human experience, the relationship between my subjects and their environment, with a blend of depth, quirkiness, and meticulous attention to detail. I embrace ambiguity and like to ignite curiosity, leaving room for interpretation. I delve into subtle nuances, leading to introspection.”

Graceful Simplicity - Digital File, €250

Ana Backhaus, a Portuguese photographer specializing in documentary, family, and wedding photography, is currently based in Dubai. Her passion for the art of photography is deeply intertwined with her love for artistic expression and the entire photographic process, driving her to consistently seek ways to enhance her creative insight.

As a devoted visual artist, Ana excels in the intricate tasks of capturing and editing images with meticulous attention to detail. Firmly believing that every individual possesses a unique story, she is wholeheartedly dedicated to creatively conveying these narratives through her work.

Through the lens of her camera, Ana endeavors to immortalize genuine moments, emotions, and connections, highlighting the distinctive qualities of each subject. Her ultimate aim is to craft timeless images that not only artistically showcase the beauty of real-life moments but also evoke a profound sense of nostalgia and authenticity.

Ana is proud to be acknowledged as an award-winning photographer and expresses gratitude for the opportunities that have allowed her to showcase her talent. Leveraging a combination of technical expertise and artistic vision, she strives to produce images that deeply resonate with viewers, leaving a lasting impression.

Throughout her artistic journey, Ana derives joy from the process of capturing moments and transforming them into a cherished archive of memories.

The Flowy Hair - Digital File, €250
The Girl and The Bucket - Digital File, €250
Elevating Joy - Digital File, €250
The Blue Umbrella - Digital File, €250

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Egon Gade Artwork

I see things. It is what I am here for. In a pushbutton world where everything is digital and everyone a photographer, ambience is distinction. We all have different limits and you must sometimes see the edge to find yourself.

Technology should be exploited, but you must know when to stop. It is not a repair kit. I used to love life in the darkroom, but the printer is no lesser match. Although I usually know exactly where I want to go, things can still change before your eyes. I always improvise in the process. An actor’s portrait or a grand studio setup, all I want is for you to see what I see.

Botanical Dreams 9 - Digital Photo, Acrylic glass 60 x 90 cm

Egon Gade works out of Copenhagen for Danish and Scandinavian design companies. International design icons such as Bang & Olufsen, Fritz Hansen, Maersk Sealine, Carlsberg, Georg Jensen, Royal Copenhagen are amongst some of his clients. Simplicity best describes Egon's pictures. Growing-up in a country with famous designers like Arne Jacobsen, Paul Kjærholm and Hans J. Wegner has significantly influenced his work as a photographer.

Egon's career as a commercial photographer began in 1981. At the age of 22 he opened a studio in the centre of Copenhagen where he began specializing as a still life photographer, which was rather unusual in Denmark at that time. His client list grew as he started working for companies including Carlsberg, Royal Copenhagen Porcelain and Georg Jensen Silver. During the 1980s and 90s he became known in Denmark as 'The Beer Photographer’. Egon has worked on many international campaigns, and has won numerous awards in the Clio Show, Cannes Lion, Lurzers Archive, 200 Best Photographers. His fields of expertise include Architecture, Still Life, Portraits, Interior, Landscape.

Botanical Dreams 13 - Digital Photo, Acrylic glass 60 x 90 cm
Botanical Dreams 4 - Digital Photo, Acrylic glass 60 x 90 cm
Botanical Dreams 7 - Digital Photo, Acrylic glass 60 x 90 cm
Botanical Dreams 2 - Digital Photo, Acrylic glass 60 x 90 cm

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Henrik Brondsted

"I am a poet, a visual poet, in my works I aim to turn the realism of photography into something emotional."

Poem in grey - Photograph 80 x 60 cm €900

Danish artist, Henrik Brondsted started with portraits in black and white of musicians, tv-presenters, families. Since 1988 he has had exhibitions among others in Rome, Barcelone, Copenhagen, London, Cannes and was nominated in international competitions including Photo Art Championship, Al-Thani Award, Trienberg Super Circuit, Mantova International Biennial of Contemporary Art, Artavita, Art Nordic, etc.

Poem in grey 2 - Photograph 100 x 60 €1500
Memories 2 - Photograph 80 x 40 cm €750
Poem in grey 3 - Photograph 60 x 60 cm €500
Memories - Photograph 100 x 60 cm €900

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Ute Eiselt

"My art focuses on the relationship between humans and nature - between humans and the world that surrounds them. My photographic art develops the hidden. The play with light and shadow, sharpness and blurriness, leads to an alternation of tension and harmony. The special cut confuses the viewer."

LIFE GOES ON - Macro photography Various print sizes available

Based in South Germany, Ute Eiselt specializes in macro photography. Ute has been surrounded by art since early childhood and her photographic work is strongly influenced by her father's jewelry drawings. The richness of detail in these drawings, the effect of color and perspective fascinated her and gave her inspiration. She also found inspiration in the work of her uncle, a restorer, and art collector.

The art of Ute Eiselt can be described as a combination of figurative and abstract and some works look more like watercolor painting than macro photography. With her photographs, she explores the complexity of perception. Most of Eiselt's works are created in her immediate surroundings, many in her own garden.

Since 2013 Eiselt's works have been continuously represented in solo and group exhibitions at the national and international level. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Bund Professioneller Deutscher Künstler (BBK).

Eiselt's works have been published and exhibited in the USA, the United Kingdom, Italy, France, Spain, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Japan and Germany. They have also been published in art catalogs and magazines in Europe and the USA.

ROT - Macro photography Various print sizes available
TEATIME - Macro photography Various print sizes available
NOSTALGIE - Macro photography Various print sizes available
FROZEN - Macro photography Various print sizes available
Desire for Fruits - Macro photograph
Row: Save Water - Macro photograph
Sleeping Duck - Macro photograph
Light and Shadow - Macro photograph
Beloved Red - Macro photograph

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John Buchanan Brooks

"Although photography is my medium, my inspiration is derived from all art forms. Consequently, my work is often of an abstract nature, constructed or a simple shape and color. Once, my work was mistaken for a watercolor, which I took as a positive reaction!"

Ancient Portal, 32 x 16 in. $720

John Buchanan Brooks is a British visual artist currently residing and working in Bristol, UK. Through his photography, Buchanan Brooks aims to evoke an emotional response that extends well beyond the visual realm.

Reassembling Landscapes
Buchanan Brooks is drawn to abstraction within urban and pastoral spaces. His pieces often exhibit a sense of constructivism as he reimagines and reconstructs landscapes. This process may involve capturing multiple images of a location and then skillfully rebuilding them using collage techniques or layering semi-transparent elements to create a single, cohesive image. He is particularly fascinated by the underlying skeletal structures beneath building facades and the energy they exude. Further exploration of his subjects includes geometrical analysis, as demonstrated in series such as "Parallel Spaces" and "Horizons."

Time is another essential tool in his repertoire, as he employs layering techniques to craft captivating images. By freezing a moment in time, Buchanan Brooks captures the interaction of humans within a scene, imparting a sense of movement through time to the surroundings.

Progression of Style
Buchanan Brooks' artistic style and approach have evolved over the years. His earlier work predominantly featured monochromatic compositions, enabling a deep focus on the geometry and forms within his pieces. As time progressed, he transitioned to incorporating color by applying color emulsions to his works. This chromatic addition introduced a new dimension to his art, fostering a realm of boundless creative possibilities.

Prestigious Prizes
Throughout his career, Buchanan Brooks has earned a host of accolades, with his most recent achievement being the Grand Prize at the New York Center for Photographic Art. His work has been prominently featured in international magazines and journals, and he has also authored several photo-books.

Facade 1, 24 x 16 in. $500
Blue Roof and Tree, 34 x 28 in. $720
Westminster 3, 38 x 24 in. $840
Green Bridge, 30 x 25 in. $960

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