Because of my camera

Because of my camera

BECAUSE OF MY CAMERA…

I have walked on mountains covered in fog,

I have stood in fiery landscapes at sunset,

I have experienced mother nature in all her wonder,

I have experienced life and death,

I have cried,

I have laughed,

I have experienced joy,

I’ve been overwhelmed,

and left in awe of all the things that I have previously passed unnoticed …

“I want to return to the essence of what a beautiful photograph is. The idea of families looking at my pictures & sharing them with each other; there could not be a more beautiful and perfect way to celebrate Photography!   

Photography for me is about emotion and human connection and it has given me a way to create new relationships with people and to express myself in a manner that I never thought possible!” 

George

 

 

Sunflowers Collection

Sunflowers Collection

SUNFLOWERS
A Fine Art Photographic Print Collection

No flower can lift someone’s spirits quite like sunflowers. They are bright and cheery, and as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun. With brilliant yellow petals, also known as “rays,” Sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a crowd favorite, especially in the summer months.

The sunflower moves in the most direct position in front of the sun so it can get the maximum sun rays. This is symbolic of spiritual faith, and worship because we follow our belief system as the sunflower moves to face the life-giving rays of the sun.

The sunflower is the Greek symbol of Clytie (a water nymph) who turns into a sunflower after grieving over the loss of her love (Apollo). The mythological symbolism here is that Clytie (in the form of a sunflower) is always facing the sun, looking for Apollo’s chariot to return and she might be joined again with her love.

Sunflowers symbolize adoration, loyalty, and longevity. Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. These flowers are unique in that they have the ability to provide energy in the form of nourishment and vibrancy—attributes which mirror the sun and the energy provided by its heat and light.

Sunflowers are known for being “happy” flowers, making them the perfect gift to bring joy to someone’s (or your) day.

“I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life.”
Helen Mirren

You can see the collection right here

The Sunflower Collection is an ongoing project and I often travel around South Africa looking for special sunflower inspiration.

Artworks in this collection are Limited Edition Prints. Prints are limited to 50 copies of each, regardless of size. These are fully archival prints, signed by the Artist and a Certificate of Authenticity is issued with every purchase.

Enjoy!

All love
George

What is Fine Art Photography?

What is Fine Art Photography?

Fine-art photography

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Fine art photography is photography created in accordance with the vision of the artist as photographer. Fine art photography stands in contrast to representational photography, such as photojournalism, which provides a documentary visual account of specific subjects and events, literally representing objective reality rather than the subjective intent of the photographer; and commercial photography, the primary focus of which is to advertise products or services.

 

Alfred Stieglitz’s photograph The Steerage (1907) was an early work of artistic modernism and considered by many historians to be the most important photograph ever made. Stieglitz was notable for introducing fine art photography into museum collections.

Here is a list of definitions of the related terms “art photography”, “artistic photography”, and “fine art photography”.

  • “Art photography”: “Photography that is done as a fine art — that is, done to express the artist’s perceptions and emotions and to share them with others”.
  • “Fine art photography”: “The production of images to fulfill the creative vision of a photographer. … Synonymous with art photography”.
  • “Artistic photography”: “A frequently used but somewhat vague term. The idea underlying it is that the producer of a given picture has aimed at something more than a merely realistic rendering of the subject, and has attempted to convey a personal impression”.
  • “Fine art photography”: Also called “decor photography,” “photo decor,” or “wall decor,” this “involves selling large photos… that can be used as wall art”.
  • In 1961, Dr. S.D.Jouhar founded the Photographic Fine Art Association, and he was its Chairman. Their definition of Fine Art was “Creating images that evoke emotion by a photographic process in which one’s mind and imagination are freely but competently exercised.
  • “Fine art photography”: “A picture that is produced for sale or display rather than one that is produced in response to a commercial commission”.

History

One photography historian claimed that “the earliest exponent of ‘Fine Art’ or composition photography was John Edwin Mayall, “who exhibited daguerrotypes illustrating the Lord’s Prayer in 1851”. Successful attempts to make fine art photography can be traced to Victorian era practitioners such as Julia Margaret Cameron, Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, and Oscar Gustave Rejlander and others. In the U.S. F. Holland Day, Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen were instrumental in making photography a fine art, and Stieglitz was especially notable in introducing it into museum collections.

Until the late 1970s, several genres predominated, such as; nudes, portraits, natural landscapes (exemplified by Ansel Adams). Breakthrough ‘star’ artists in the 1970s and 80s, such as Sally Mann, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Cindy Sherman, still relied heavily on such genres, although seeing them with fresh eyes. Others investigated a snapshot aesthetic approach.

American organizations, such as the Aperture Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art, have done much to keep photography at the forefront of the fine arts.

Ansel Adams’ The Tetons and the Snake River (1942).

Attitudes of artists in other fields

The reactions of artists and writers have contributed significantly to perceptions of photography as fine art. Prominent painters, such as Francis Bacon and Pablo Picasso, have asserted their interest in the medium:

  • I have discovered photography. Now I can kill myself. I have nothing else to learn. – Pablo Picasso;
  • I have always been very interested in photography. I have looked at far more photographs than I have paintings. Because their reality is stronger than reality itself. – Francis Bacon.

Noted authors, similarly, have responded to the artistic potential of photography: …it does seem to me that Capa has proved beyond all doubt that the camera need not be a cold mechanical device. Like the pen, it is as good as the man who uses it. It can be the extension of mind and heart… – John Steinbeck.

All love ♥
George

Everything you ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear

Everything you ever wanted, is sitting on the other side of fear

EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED, IS SITTING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF FEAR!

(Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio.)

“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.

My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:

1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short – enjoy it.

4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don’t have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.

7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.

8. It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.

12. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don’t worry, God never blinks.

16.. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.

18. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.

19.. It’s never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy clothes. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over-prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words ‘In five years, will this matter?’

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn’t do.

35. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters, in the end, is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need

42. The best is yet to come…

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.”

All love ♥
George

Creatives

Creatives

CREATIVES

(About a year ago I was emailed these truths about Creatives. I do not know who the original author was, but here it is!
Enjoy!)

1. Getting bored easily

It’s not that creatives can’t hold down a job. They just refuse to hold on to anything that weighs them down.

Monotony is a death sentence, and creatives would rather be broke than bored. They’d rather experience the fear and anticipation of 100 new jobs than the ache of one unchallenging career.

2. Having busy minds

When you’re all over the place, you’re less likely to get stuck in one. What others see as an inability to focus, creatives see as an ability to entertain multiple interests and passions.

They say that an intelligent person is an interested one. Creatives are the people willing to take the time to explore new cultures, places and ideas.

3. Taking too many risks

So many people are averse to any risk that they’ll remain stuck in a tired routine for years.

While these people refuse to take risks and go out on a limb, creatives are putting eggs in multiple baskets, treading that fine line and reaping the fruits of the far-out branches.

4. Letting their intuition make their decisions

What others see as sporadic and uneducated guesses, creatives see as the guiding force to every decision in their life. They have the strength to trust their gut and follow what feels right, not what looks right.

5. Making mistakes

It’s no secret that the life of the creative one is riddled with failure and mistakes. They might make hundreds of tiny mistakes in a day.

But a million tiny failures also mean a million tiny triumphs. When one thing fails, something else is born. Creatives have learned to turn their mistakes into opportunities.

6. Questioning the rules

Why take things at face value when you know everything has more than one face? Creatives dare to look beyond the rules. They don’t accept society the way it’s presented, and they refuse to do things “the right way.”

7. Being independent thinkers

When you think for yourself, you’re thought of as difficult and insubordinate. A free mind is a threatening one, and the easiest way to lock it down is to label it as wild and unreliable.

What others don’t realize, however, is that “crazy” is just a harsh word for “genius.”

8. Being viewed as eccentric

We have a weird interpretation of the word “eccentric.” People use it to be derogatory or slandering; it’s gained a a negative connotation.

But what does it really mean to be eccentric? Unconventional? Strange? Why are these words bad? What’s so wrong about being one in a million?

9. Frequently changing their minds

Creatives have an active mind, so they tend to make decisions actively. Unlike most people, they don’t remain stuck with indecision, refusing to remove forward (or backward).

They aren’t scared to make a decision for fear of it being the wrong one. They’d rather take 20 steps to the right, left, back and front just to know they’re moving at all.

10. Dreaming too much

Dreaming isn’t the antonym of success. It’s the root of it.

Dreamers are scorned for being too far away from reality to achieve anything within it. But only those who dare to leave the planet come up with real solutions for it.

Gates Collection ~ The Story

Gates Collection ~ The Story

GATES
A Fine Art Photographic Print Collection

The Story & Memory

One of my favourite memories is visiting my grandparents on their farm. The long drives with granddad were always lots of fun and naturally gate duty was assigned to me.

Now these old farm gates do not open easily and sometimes it took a lot of effort to get them open and closed, but when you are young this is an adventure, you love every moment and you never think about the hard times.

As you get older life offers you lots of gates, some easy to open and some difficult, some easy to close and some difficult…

Since I started with the gates collection I’ve had so much fun reconnecting to my inner child. That happy child that had adventures, played outside, enjoyed life, talked to the farm animals, climbed trees, danced in the rain and YES was a fearless “Gate Rider”!

I am hoping that this collection will inspire you to look at things differently! Why not drive out of the city and go “ride” a gate?

You might just enjoy it!

Following light
George

See and Purchase from the Gates Collection right here.

How I work?

How I work?

How I work?

Do I get asked questions about how I work? Where do I take photos? How? What? Where? Why? 

YES! Lots of times and that was the inspiration behind this article. 

A NEW IDEA IS BORN

I only take photos of people and objects that have got special meaning to me. For instance, I won’t take a photo of a calculator or a rock or a pretty flower, simply because it’s there. I photograph what I feel and experience ~ my emotions!

Whether it be an abandoned building, a nature scene, or a little bird – I don’t shoot until I can communicate with and understand my subjects.

I spend hours just looking around & drinking in my surroundings. If my subjects don’t reveal themselves to me, I will simply walk away.

YOU’VE ONLY GOT 12 SHOTS ~ DON’T WASTE THEM

I play this game where I use my digital camera as a “film camera” and limit myself to a certain number of images that I can take on a particular day.

I plan my compositions and don’t try to get a “lucky shot” by taking 1000 photos and hoping one is good; I only take 2 or 3 shots of my subjects, knowing that what I’ve planned will be on my computer a bit later ~ well most of the times 🙂

BUT THEN LIFE HAPPENS

It sometimes happens that the 2 or 3 shots were not nearly good enough and I have nothing to show for my efforts. And that is ok!

Photography is not something to be rushed! 

I treasure the moments that I could spend in nature! (see Rather invest in experiences, than in equipment!)

I STAY AWAY FROM MAINSTREAM & POPULAR PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

Once I visited a location, it is ticked off and  I never return; this is just one of my personal rules. All my images are taken at locations where other photographers will never have access to, making the images in my collections very special and highly collectible.  

IT’S CALLED PHOTOGRAPHY, NOT REAL LIFE

Photography is art, not just rules, lenses, settings and buttons, so yes, I spend time editing my images. I might add color or remove color or add a texture or overlay a couple of images on top of one another to get an artistic feel, the possibilities are endless!

My images more painterly than photographic. My work are not bound by photographic rules!

LEARN TO USE YOUR CAMERA AND THEN MOVE ON

I don’t follow all the photography rules and worry about the lines and the rule of thirds and the this and the that and the iso and the shutter and the aperture and the lens and the body and 1000 other things and settings that distract you from taking beautiful and meaningful photographs. 

I am not saying that all of this is not important and that you should never take time to learn how to properly use your camera, I am simply saying that after you have taken a couple of hours to learn to use the lenses, the buttons, and the settings, it is time to move on and focus on creating meaningful art! Your photographs must come from the heart, not from the mind.

IN THE HANDS OF AN ARTIST

Only in the hands of an artist, be it a photographer, writer, chef or painter can the equipment come to its full potential. 

An expensive camera cannot make a breath-taking picture as much as an expensive set of pots can cook a tasty dish.

So, before you invest 1000’s into equipment, rather master what you have got, take beautiful and meaningful photographs ~ images that speak to you! Images that will still be meaningful in 20 or 50 years!

SOME ADVICE

(1) Get to know the equipment you currently have and master it;

(2) Take photos with the best camera you will ever own – your eyes. Lay on your back, touch mother earth and wait, it might happen;

(3) Don’t just take 100 snaps and hope for the best, it’s not an art when everyone around you can do the same thing, and it’s not a good photo when you have to select the best one from 1000 snaps;

(4) Enjoy spending time in nature or in your studio;

(5) Don’t compare yourself to others – never!;

(6) Leave your cell phone, tablets and charging shrines at home – disconnect from the mother ship for a while;

(7) Have fun!;

(8) Be unique – don’t try and get the shot that everyone has already taken, published and ooh’d and aah’d about – find a new subject, go close, go macro, from the bottom or from the top, find the interesting angle – just do something else! Dare to be different! Dare to tell your unique story! Be an artist instead of a follower! 

(9) Don’t be scared to edit your images, add a bit of color, remove a bit of color, experiment!! – it’s called photography … not reality!!;

(10) Even if you go home with only one or even no photo, know that you spent time in nature. You touched the earth, you connected to nature, you recharged!

SUMMARY

So, there you have it! At its very core, photography is very simple. 

Rather than fretting with 100 buttons or trying to get the perfect lens fitted or trying to copy the setting of your favourite landscape photographer in order to get the “perfect shot” spend time enjoying nature, spend time enjoying your camera and making beautiful pictures, because while you were pushing buttons and changing lenses and trying to find the position where person A or B took the “perfect” picture, mother nature had already revealed and closed herself and you have missed THE SHOT!

Now poor you have to go home with a picture that 1000 before you have called the “perfect picture” and sure, you are going to get lots of oohs and aahs – but does that picture speak? Does it tell a story? Does it say something about YOU?

Lots to think about!

Following Light

George

 

Buying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety

Buying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety

derelictBuying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety

I love looking at art for hours before I decide to purchase, but that’s just me. If you love art, but hate going to galleries, then my online art gallery is the right place for you.

I’ve developed an online art gallery that provides you with the absolute best possible art buying experience out there. I believe buying original art should be an intimate, unintimidating, hassle free experience. I present art for your viewing pleasure in a tranquil setting, free from banner ads, and busy special offers. I provide you with the sort of information that makes the art viewing experience both enriching and enjoyable.

The online art gallery includes images from my travels in Africa and South Africa. My photographs are an intimate reflection of my world and my relationship to that world.

If you wanted to go buy an original work of art today, where would you go? Chances are that unless you live in a major city, options for finding a variety of different artists, and styles at affordable prices, under one roof, are limited. I make sure that when you come to George Fivaz Fine Art Photography Gallery, you’re able to easily navigate our site, always find original, compelling artwork, and purchase it with just a few clicks of your mouse. Discovery and purchasing made easy.

I have tried to put together a current, diverse and exciting portfolio of contemporary African photography, Dreamscapes, Intimate-  and Black and White photography.

Every print is signed and numbered by myself and Exclusive Prints will be accompanied by a certificate of authenticity that ensures the art photography you own is part of an exclusive edition.

My online Art Gallery is a “work in progress” and will continuously grow, change and expand. The benefit of viewing art online to you, the art lover, is that you can see a large number of artworks in a short space of time from the comfort of your own home or office. You can see a lot more by looking at a gallery online than if you visited physical art galleries in person.

Have you ever walked into an art gallery and felt like you didn’t belong there? Don’t believe the hype. Most of us may not have studied art in school or rubbed elbows with discerning dealers and top tier curators, but we know what we like when we see it.

Buying art should provoke pleasure, not anxiety.

Each and every work of art on George Fivaz Fine Art Gallery is unique, and original — just like you! — made by an artist passionate about what he does.

Please click here to view my collection of fine art images.

Dare to be different and buy original art.

Following Light

George

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