Photographer's Choice: A. D.'s Top Five List
Today we feature the picks of A.D. A native of New Jersey, you'll see a number of metropolitan NYC shots in his portfolio. He holds a degree in Architecture which gives him a discerning eye when it comes to utilizing structure as a dominant element in his work. His photography is constantly evolving as he delves into creating images from different perspectives and challenges his idea of art and presentation over and over again.
To see A. D.'s PrintedArt collection, visit his portfolio.
I am captivated by the level of mystery and romanticism that is inherent in this image by Evgeniya. With the presence of the solitary figure, I can clearly relate to the ‘Ghost Of Love’ title, hence the mystery / romanticism dynamic from my purview. I’ve always attributed a romantic quality to rain, and in this image, it is coupled with the element of solitude in a manner that is captivating. Hopeless romantics like myself can find themselves transfixed by the elements of symbolism that are captured in this image: the solitary mysterious figure, the rain, the lights, the fog, the blur, the reflections, all working in concert w/ each other to form an exquisite composition.
SMOKE SHAMAN is an awesome image by Howard in that, for me, it evokes dual sensations of dance and flight, both of which are accentuated by the presence of the red color at the base, and the manner in which it rhythmically dissolves in ascension. The image beckons me to focus on it in laser-like fashion, and in so doing, differing applications of specificity are envisioned without compromising the general context of the sensation of dance and flight in co-existence.
Images of this genre as captured by Alfonse, render me speechless in my initial response to them. That spontaneous reaction is then followed by the obvious acknowledgement that you have to be there to capture this beauty, and yet, it is so much more to it than that. The artist has to have a sincere level of human compassion, which engenders trust, which then begets an image steeped in altruism. The sepia toning, accented by the perfectly highlighted dash of color, result in the perfection of finesse by Alfonse. The aforementioned are a lot of words for a stated instantaneous reaction of speechless; however, if one shares my perspective, then no words are necessary. If one does not, then no words are enough.
Here again I find myself captivated by a compelling image as captured by Jerome, that is rich in symbolism w/ the presence and composition of the subjects, and in compassion, sincerity and altruism on the part of the artist. The image is a preservation of a moment in time that is representative of the commingling of the human and social dynamic that is manifested by the past, the present and the future for all time. The rhythm of life. The bridge from youth to maturity. The reverence of the old and wise. The affirmation of the continuum and sustenance of the village. This image is, for me, simply awe-inspiring.
Ruins: One of my favorite subjects for photo-art, and this image by Brad is a beautiful composition in that it captures the manner in which ruins essentially are the manifestation of a return to nature. The Chevy Coupe has merged with the landscape, and by shooting it enveloped by the fallen snow, it creatively represents that natural process of transformation. I would imagine that at its creation, this car was attractive and certainly functional. But honestly, I can’t envision it being any more beautiful than it looks now as Brad has captured it, the fact that it is no longer functional is inconsequential. The rusted patina merges comfortably with the white of the snow, and the out-of-focus background bespeaks the fact that the Chevy, borne of a different time, remains relevant in this time, even if only as a visual and physical source of beauty and admiration.