Thursday, 26 April 2012

Shed Gallery Critique, by Marisa Lopez, our Artist of the Week

Congratulations to all the Shed artists and photographers – there’s a lot of really great work out there! I’m happy to share a few images that stand out to me.

I love the abstract, linear patterns of Andy White’s Potato Field, and the contrast between the weight, color and texture of the two objects in Tim Edwards’ Driftwood and Leaf. There is something about movement and the range of grey tones in these two images that really appeals to me. Both draw the eye and make us appreciate these landscapes or objects in nature in a pure sense, with no distractions.

Potato Field
Andy White
Driftwood and Leaf, Olympic National Park, Washington State
Tim Edwards

The next two images by Ken Jenner and Maisie Hill are very fun – the colors jump out and the subject matter is unique, quirky, and full of personality. I love the repetition element as well, and the contrast between the subdued background and the vibrantly colored, clean lines of the foreground.

Beach Kites,
Ken Jenner
 
Feather Dying Factory,
Maisie Hill

I find Lauren Fox’s Antony Gormley spooky yet appealing. It drew my attention immediately. The same goes for Vibeke Nordtomme’s Days of Rain. Both images have a strong psychological or emotional element, and tell a story. They are simple yet complex. The language and gesture of the hands and feet in each picture can carry a whole conversation on their own; very little information is needed in the photograph to make it complete.

Antony Gormley, 
Days of rain 1
Vibeke Nordtomme

Anna Kindred’s Lym Water II (and many photos from this series) is quite beautiful – more like a painting than a photograph to me. I love the colors, natural patterns and wrinkled texture – it’s delicate, yet has a lot of depth and character. I also like the close-up perspective and the patterns, colors and textures of P1010237 by Matt Sowter and Sea Weathered I by Tricia Scott. Planks by Jacques Tutcher is another fun image, imbuing inanimate objects with personality.


Lym Water II,
 Anna Kindred
P1010237
Matt Sowter
Sea Weathered I,
 Tricia Scott
Planks,
Jacques Tutcher

August Mist from Quarr Hill by Andy White is a lovely and very evocative photograph. The timing and lighting are superb, and I like the “layered” effect. It makes me want to a) spend more time in the countryside and b) wake up before sunrise to experience, and if possible, capture the breaking of a new day.


August Mist from Quarr Hill,
Andy White

Finally, I like the detail and perspective of King Penguin Close Up by Philippa Gedge and Zebra Detail by Tim Edwards. These images enable us to appreciate the sophisticated, almost “designer” patterns found in nature, with no distractions. They are clean and to the point. I like the way the penguins are neither centerstage nor looking at the camera, and that one of them is out of focus. In this way, the photographer brings our attention to their elegant curves and stunning hues, rather than depicting the birds conventionally. The gaze of the zebra’s eye among all those stripes has an almost calming or hypnotic effect. Both represent an artistic approach to wildlife photography for me. I also like Unripened Oats a Cereal Crop by Michael Tuska, which accentuates the oats’ delicacy and complexity, and the depth of field works nicely.


King Penguin Close Up, Falkland Islands
Philippa Gedge

Zebra Detail
Tim Edwards
Unripened Oats a Cereal Crop
Michael Tuska

- Marisa Lopez

To see Marisa's own work, please visit her Shed Profile! And all her work, the images you see here, and more are for sale in our online Shed Shop.


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