People ask me “what do you do”? (as they do!)
I tell them I make photographs. And that in addition to making photographs, I have, since August 2020, been taking photographs of sculptures and statues – and other categories of art – for a charitable organisation called ArtUK.org.

Art online

What is ArtUK.org?
It’s an online art gallery.  It’s the home for every collection of art, of every category and genre, in the UK.

UK’s leading online art gallery.
ArtUK.org has become the online home for high quality digital photographs of every work of art contained in public art galleries and museums, academic and cultural institutions in the UK. Its mission is to make our nations art accessible to everyone.

Art for enjoyment, learning and research.
Since its inception, ArtUK.org has brought together, and continues to bring, our nation’s art onto a single platform on the internet for the world to see.  After capturing photographs of our nation’s art in digital form – as opposed to analogue – it researches the stories behind the origins, histories, and creators of each piece of art captured thus creating unrivalled opportunities for the public at large, students, teachers, and researchers to learn about, and interact with many different types and classes of art.

Bronze sculpture of WW1 soldier

A thousand photographs taken. (as near as damn it!)
Since August 2020, I have taken many hundreds of photographs – each from several different perspectives e.g., fronts, backs, sides, tops, and close-ups etc. – of every public sculpture and statue, and other types of art, in Herefordshire. And I have post-processed, e.g., edited, every individual photograph I have taken, and will continue to take, to make sure it meets the high image quality standards set by ArtUK.org.

What next?
ArtUK.org has asked me to photograph every important public statue and sculpture in the golden square mile that is the City of London which I plan to start doing as soon as the current Covid19 lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Anyone fancy volunteering to be a photographer’s assistant?

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Bastet, also called Bast, ancient Egyptian goddess worshiped in the form of a lioness and later a cat. The daughter of Re, the sun god, Bastet was an ancient deity whose ferocious nature was ameliorated after the domestication of the cat around 1500 bce.

An example

Makers of photographs are artistic photographers who transform their photographs into fine art?

There is a photographic genre called fine art photography. It’s also called photographic art or artistic photography.

Whatever it’s called, the essence of the genre is that the photographer captures images of elected subjects – be they inanimate objects, scenes, people, places, activities, events, or whatever, etc. – and renders them in conceptually unique, at times abstract and even surreal, perspectives.

The primary difference between fine art photographers and commercial or hobbyist photographers is that they invariably always approach their work with the mindset of an artist. It is this artistic approach that creates a photographs tone, feelings, impressions, and atmosphere.

Thus, it is that fine art photographer always err toward the aesthetics of a subject rather than a simple recording of it.

And finally, fine art photographers, like all serious artists, invariably always come from the heart, striving to create aesthetically pleasing pictures that tell a unique and compelling story.

 

Doris
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I’d gone to the village of Weobley in Herefordshire to take photographs of a metal sculpture called “Magnus the Magpie” by world renowned metal sculptor, Walenty Pytel for Art UK.

As I was packing up my camera gear in readiness to leave, this lovely old lady approached me and said “wanna take my photo then, darlin’? How could I refuse. “Ok love”, I said. “What’s your name”? “Doris” she said.  So I took her photo while she told me that she is a 102 years old and had lived her entire life in the village.

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