"Ah, music. A magic beyond
all we do here."--J.K. Rowling
Like many photographers, some of
the artists featured this month have a musical background. Many people forget
that Ansel Adams was a pianist; maybe the black and white keys on the piano
were the inspiration for his Zone System. "Achromatic," sounds like
a type of lens, but also describes musical notes that occur naturally in a scale,
without being modified by accidentals. So whether these photographers are using
Apochromatic lenses or playing achromatic sounds, it's still rock 'n
roll to me.
Sean Perry's site is a quiet oasis providing a rest from
the Flash-based, multimedia, commercial experience the web has
become. It's a place to meditate.
© 2004, Sean Perry, All Rights Reserved
In Search Of The Muse
Sean Perry (www.seanperry.com)
has a background in music and studied at the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
At the heart of Perry's low-key website are four Series that are found
in his Images gallery and when clicked reveal photographs that might generously
be called "medium-sized." Like the others on the site, his Still
Life Series contains a collection of tiny thumbnails, that when clicked reveal
luminously crafted images of the kind of everyday objects you might find in
your kitchen. He provides captions with the kind of information that collectors
are interested in, such as titles, media, and print and edition sizes. His Portraits
are monochrome images with a few color shots tossed in to keep you off-balance.
All of them are wonderful, with "The Friend" (monochrome) and "The
Muse" (color) being particular standouts.
Found Images could easily be called cornucopia since it includes images such
as the magical monochrome photograph of a butterfly, "Found," to
"Dreaming," a study of light and shadow that becomes a Rorschach
test. His Current Series is a collection of images of satellite/microwave/radio
telescope dishes that may be interesting to fans of the film Contact. Perry's
site is a quiet oasis providing a rest from the Flash-based, multimedia, experience
the web has become. It's a place to meditate.
Guy Tremblay is a traditional fine art photographer who uses medium
format and fine-grained film for black and white images that are
on display in his Portrait, Nature, and Flora galleries.
© 2004, Guy Tremblay, All Rights Reserved
The View From Up North
You can view Guy Tremblay's bilingual site (www.guytremblayphoto.com)
in English or French. He's a traditional fine art photographer who uses
medium format, fine-grained film, and "the silver print for its unequaled
qualities." And there is lots of quality in the black and white images
on display in his Portrait, Nature, and Flora galleries. Yes, Monsieur Tremblay
shoots flowers as monochrome images of such striking simplicity that they allow
you to focus on their shapes and shadows instead of being distracted by color.
When perusing the galleries, micro thumbnails (is this a trend?) leap into larger
sizes when rolling your mouse over them.
His nature photography is nice but Tremblay springs into creative life when
photographing people in his Portrait gallery. From two children hiding in some
rocks to a young person being kissed by a cow to pensive moments of a girl holding
a bunny, these images are full of surprises and love. That's because Tremblay
prefers to photograph people he knows well. Some of his newest portraits were
made outside an abandoned building and his goal was to "create an ambiguity...as
to which were the street workers and which were the street kids." It doesn't
matter to me if he reached that goal because the sensitive, meticulously crafted
photographs reached me, and will reach you, too, I bet.