Many of these images are available for purchase in Yarosh's Store at moderate
prices. In 1990 Yarosh quit her day job in the aerospace industry and moved
to Paris to become a professional photographer, working both on her own creations
and taking jobs as a portrait and a fashion photographer. She's back in
Florida and her images maintain that same independent spirit that should serve
as an inspiration to aspiring pros everywhere.
© 2007, Dara Yarosh, All Rights Reserved
The subtitle of Mark Wainer's site is "painterly images,"
which he says is an attempt to discover and present the visual beauty that exists
in both special and everyday places. All of his photographs are digitally "handcrafted
to achieve a unique appearance of painterly natural media." That statement
may either make your mouth water or set your teeth on edge, but give it a chance,
his work is outstanding. Wainer's site contains five galleries and most
have separate rooms containing up to 10 images. While some images in "The
Water's Edge" collection look like they could serve as matte paintings
for Shrek 4 (it's in production, no kidding) others, such as "Boats
in Fog, Northam," drip with a minimalistic style.
The "Stairways" gallery includes the kind of vertigo-inducing, Escher-like
photographs cum silkscreens that contain echoes of the style if not imagery
of the artist Joseph Craig English (www.josephcraigenglish.com).
I loved the, dare I say it, photo-realistic photographs found in the "Places
We Live" collection. Wainer's images, such as "Roses and Blue
Door," contain the kind of ambiance and fussy style found in Louis Cantillo's
walk-into photographs. These really make you want to order large prints by clicking
the pricing and availability link at the top of the separate image window. By
the way, Wainer's system of online display and print ordering is one of
the best that I have found on any photographer's website.
© 2007, Mark Wainer, All Rights Reserved
Justin Casalandra's gracefully simple website contains nine galleries
of subjects ranging from sports to weddings, which I've always considered
to be a form of combat photography challenging shooters on physical, psychological,
as well as aesthetic levels. Casalandra's "Wedding Day" gallery
contains six collections, including one in black and white, while the others
sprinkle monochrome grace notes through his coverage of the event, sometimes
even combining the two styles. His work is displayed as tiny thumbnails at the
bottom of a window that displays photographs in a size that's large enough
to appreciate Casalandra's craftsmanship.
All of these images are done in a fashion that used to be called "candid"
but what now gets hung with the photojournalism or reportage moniker. No matter
what you call it, Casalandra applies the skills he learned as a staff newspaper
shooter to capture the moment while at the same time remaining--it seems
to me, anyway--unobtrusive. His "Sports" gallery is full of
colorful "thrill of victory and agony of defeat" decisive moments
focused mainly on stick and ball sports (I guess shot-put is a ball?) but he
tosses in some nicely photographed motocross for us gearheads. The "Nature"
gallery is just the opposite, filled with quiet, delicate Thoreau moments of
birds, flowers, and walks in the woods. If you haven't figured it out
yet, Casalandra is one versatile guy who combines a prodigious talent for photographing
the peak of sports action as well as a quiet moment of a shy flower girl trying
not to look at a bride.
© 2007, Justin Casalandra, All Rights Reserved