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NATURAL DESIGNS/ Birds of a Feather / COLOR ACCENT A PROJECT

I have been communicating and connecting on LinkedIn with many Interior Designers as of late.We have been discussing residential and commercial properties… and in my humble opinion, so often, I see a beautiful project with perfect lighting and spectacular design, yet there is

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something missing. To me, the pièce de résistance should be impactful Fine Art Photography that brings the space together. Images, that by themselves, evoke an unsolicited “wow” response from the viewer. Imagery that the visitor will think about well after they have left the property…and that they will long remember, as well as where they saw them.

Contact us directly at: barrystevengreff@gmail.com… to discuss your next unforgettable project, additionl images for which can be viewed at: http://www.barrystevengreff.com

Categories: Animals, Nature, Wildlife

Diary of a Fine Art Print / Amongst other things, it’s all in the Details

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Niagara people and bird

(Cropped portion of people and bird from- Niagara, 2006)

The discussion as to what makes a Fine Art photograph is one for the ages. I have long respected the genre and have worked diligently to hone my craft. Although there are various definitions of what makes a photograph fine art, I subscribe to a more tradional theory that such an image is created with an aesthetic intention, that the value lies primarily in its beauty, rather than for journalistic, editorial or commercial purposes. I also believe that the image should tell a story, be unique, iconic, powerful…or all of the above. As beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, so goes a fine art photograph which usually entails vetting by those respected in the field. Knowing this, I fearlessly spent my early years placing my work in front of some of the most well respected photographers, gallerists, curators and collectors in the business. With the help of their support, the work was widely published in fine art magazines, exhibited in galleries across the U.S. and over time, a significant resume was built.

I believe that one of my signature images, Niagara, clearly exemplifies these equalities (shot from atop a hotel two miles away to capture this angle)… It has countinously been singled out by many of those alluded to above, in that the composition juxtaposing the grandeur of the falls with the minutia of the toursists indicates just how small we humans are in comparison to the forces of Mother Nature.

After getting past the composition (and then lighting, both of which cannot be adequately discussed in a blog post, if at all), I personally take significant pride in capturing the exacting details of a scene, whether it be the people in this image or the fine feathers in one of my close-up animal portraits.

Then, finally, and consistent with the teachings of the great Ansel Adams himself, capturing the image is only one half of the process. The printing (again, not something that can be covered here), is crucial to the creation of a fine art photographic print. Being true to the process, I hand print each of my images (up to 17″ x 22″) on a professional Epson 3800 printer using Hahnemuhle Fine Art Pearl paper and I personally oversee the larger prints to make sure they are color correct (again, another significant concern for another day) and that they print without a single unexpected blemish.

Finally, I pride myself on the key details of my images being “tack” sharp, as exemplified by the enlarged cropped portion of the image above. Although some of the older images can go only so far, as a perfectionist, I have gone through an entire roll of paper (athough thankfully not often) in order to ultimately create a single large print for a collector, and to my exacting standards. When a gallerist who regularly sells the work of masters such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston calls my prints “magic,” I know that I am doing something right.

Hence, there are many sources by which one can obtain a Fine Art print. I simply offer one that is created in my mind’s eye…and always from my heart. It is universally accepted that the first rule of collecting fine art photographyy is to actually enjoy the work. Hence, I strive to create images that make the viewer not only think…but feel, and I have been honored to have satisfied a wide array of selective collectors, and look forward to doing so for many others in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And Now for Something Completely Different / Time for a Change

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Fantasy Island, Ode to M.C. Escher, 2006-2010

Albert Einstein is attributed with the clever quote: “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” Although it has come into question as to whether or not he actually said it, it is still both catchy and thought-provoking.

After an absolutely awful year of health, which is still challenging me through the new year, it leads me to think it would be insane not to try something new going forward. That being said, my work has always been known for its rendition of Mother Earth’s natural beauty with very little, if any, help from post production “magic.” Notwithstanding, over the years, I have (secretly) dabbled in the creation of scenes which have been born in my mind’s eye and then generated from several composite images I have captured over time.

Hence, for the first time seen beyond my eyes, one of my more complicated compilations, Fantasy Island. Created from over a dozen images taken over several years, this is truly one that the viewer can see new things at every different turn. Produced in the mystical style of M.C. Escher, following the composition around, brings you back to the beginning…or does it? It’s enough to drive you insane.

Starting to Snow / At Least That’s What I Hear

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Momentary Blizzard, OH 2013

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Gray Wolf in Snow, Prone, West Yellowstone, 2010

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Three Horses in Snow, Colorado 2010

From my immobile position in South Florida I hear that other parts of the country are starting to see their first snow fall.

Since I won’t see any of it first hand this year, here are images from some early snows that I memorialized …in days gone past.

I Ain’t Lion / King of Beasts / Magnificent Creatures

Old_LionKing of Beasts, Colorado, 2008

                          Old Lion, 2009                                                  King of Beasts, 2008

With the illegal killing of a beloved protected Lion (Cecil) this week in Africa, I was moved to post two of my favorite Lion portraits from my Series: Of the Wild. The younger male on the right might not have the wisdom of the older one on the left, but the distinct scar on his nose indicates he has been around.

Either way, the beauty and majesty of these creatures cannot be denied and they should be cherished  for all those that will come after us to enjoy them…(at a safe distance).

For some great TV fiction on the relationship between humans and animals, watch James Patterson’s ZOO each week on CBS. http://www.jamespatterson.com/books_zoo.php#.Vb6mKvlViko

Love and Loss / Feline Beauty

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From the Series: IN THE WILD

Recently, two of my dear friends suffered a personal loss. As many cat and/or dog lovers can attest, their pets clearly become part of their families. They live with them and provide love and companionship, often for many years. Hence, when one is lost, it is as if part of the family is gone.

My Series: OF THE WILD, is known to feature intimate close-up portraits of animals that are from the wild, but now in some type of captivity. A couple of years back, I recognized the beauty of many of the cats living in some of the nature areas in South Florida and began the Series: IN THE WILD, featuring animals that were originally domesticated, but were now living wild. As in all my animal portraits, other than jellyfish, I try to capture the eyes, as windows to the soul.

Having become aware of my friends recent loss of one of their special feline friends, I dedicate this post to the love and companionship they shared… For Fred and Deb.

Categories: Animals, Lifestyles, Wildlife

Happy Father’s Day 2015 / Make My Day

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Lowland Gorilla (Make My Day), 2010

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY 2015

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