Photography Art

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Photography Art can be more than just decorative or aesthetically pleasing like the classic Broome image of the Stairway to the Moon on the right ...

...photography as art can also invoke a strong personal emotional response.

To me, the picture on the left is the mythical Davey Jones - the spectre of death by drowning. It means something to me and caught my attention probably because both my father and grandfather drowned - Davey Jones has been part of my personal set of mythologies since birth...

...to me it is emotionally powerful... but it is also a set of fascinating coral polyps.

That is the main element of photography art for me - emotion.

As a photographic artist we have to try and understand how the audience will respond to different images.

Simple personal aesthetics and beauty are another key when we experience or create photography as fine art. Sometimes you just know a picture works as decorative art because it strikes you as beautiful. simply a beautiful picture without any complex meaning or context needed.

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The golden swimmer crab. - I find them beautiful just for the texture and color...

...marine life can be simply beautiful without complex or emotive meaning as well.

This prints to a small canvas and works brilliantly as photography as an art piece. It just simply struck me as a beautiful image.

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The Kimberley Cross Coral is actually just a pattern formed by coral polyps...

...but to many this photograph will have great symbolism...

It is us the photographic artist, and observers, that bring meaning to this picture. Emotion, meaning or aesthetics - they all play their part in defining...

... photography as art..

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Kimberley fish eye-051 could simply be categorized as one of many fish pictures, except that it is clearly photographed in an artistic and aesthetically pleasing way - thus it can be said to be 'photography-art'. This art photo could be titled...

... "Kimberley sunset"...

... because the sunset is reflected in the fish's eye. Captain John Maher of the MV Olivia J suggested the shot one evening when I was accompanying the crew on an evening fishing trip out on the remote coast during the "Line of Sight Expedition". The crew kicked up a bit when I tried photographs with their 'tucker fish' because we had to insist on anything used in photography going back in the water. I couldn't bear the thought of publicly displaying an image of an animal we subsequently ate.The crew agreed that we should let the photo models go but after a while...

...they stopped inviting me on their evening fishing trips.

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John Maher - a man with extraordinary knowledge of the northern Australian coastline and a passionate understanding of fishing and photography.

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There is a whole genre of 'Fish Art', but I simply look for what is interesting to me and for the fish on the Kimberley coast...

.... the fish eyes get a lot of my attention.

These fish eyes are great as marine posters and as stretched canvas triptychs.

With the advent of affordable high quality and aesthetically beautiful canvas printing for photography...

...the lines between traditional art and photography have become blurred.

Marine photography has moved beyond the Jacques Cousteau style of Adventure Photography and weird sea creatures to an aesthetic of fine art and decorative wall art.

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Kimberley fish eyes-1. A stunning triptych printed on canvas - 82cm by 19cm with an additional 2 cm dark border when stretched...

...a beautiful piece of photography art.

This triptych is actually available from the Art Photographic Site at the Giant Tides web gallery Click to go to the Giant Tides gallery

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This is a Triptych on canvas of enthralling Starwars like characters that are really mangrove tree snails as Photographic Art. Marine Art is seen more frequently as art in public areas like...

...the waiting room of your local medical center or dentists reception area.

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And then there are the insects....

...this is a beetle from the Kimberley shores.

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Photography art, wildlife art, Broome photographer, Kimberley

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