Spring Art Centre Exhibition

One of my prints titled 'Free Range' is being exhibited at the Open Art Exhibition at the Spring Art Centre in Havant, Hampshire. There are a variety of work on display using different media. It was nice to see all the work on show during the artist's preview evening. It is always good for the mind to see art from a variety of sources for inspiration and for ideas and style to build upon -quote  “You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams. 

And that is why it takes time for the artist to develop, consciously and sub-consciously collecting and assembling influences, resulting in the creative output using the pencil, brush or even the camera with one's signature. 

The successful acceptance to exhibit provided the task to print out  'Free Range' for the first time. As any landscape photographer knows, printing a fine art image is not so straight forward and requires a little more knowledge than just pressing print.  As the viewer can see in the image, the light source is back lit, contre jour  and this was intentional on my behalf to highlight the dramatic lighting effect. But back lit scenes are problematic for the camera and lens.....the high contrast of light and dark can push the camera sensor's dynamic range off the limits and also lens flair can occur when direct light rays bounce off inside the lens, even with a shielded lens hood, resulting in a degradation of image quality and false colour casts. But these technical difficulties are worth the challenge as I favour aesthetics over technical perfection to convey an emotional response.