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The Big 3 Eagles

The biggest eagles in the world are all in either a Vulnerable or worse positon on the Red List of Endangered Species.

They are the Harpy Eagle (Panama); Steller’s Sea Eagle (Kamchatka), and the Philippine Eagle (Philippines obviously – once known as the Monkey Eating Eagle).

I have decided I need to do my studio portrait version of each of these magnificent creatures. Now just have to figure out how to get to all three locations and find birds trained to the glove so that I can photograph them with proper lighting and accessibility.

I could have picked an easier photo project!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steller’s Sea Eagle by Greg Hume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harpy Eagle by Snowmanradio of Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philippine Eagle (aka Monkey Eating Eagle) by Simon Harrap

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi Frank,
A short note just to let you know that I’ve been literally transfixed by your images on THE OPEN today. Rarely do I find myself staring at any photograph in such admiration. Cowboy Trail and Sweet Field #10 in particular, I’ve gone back to them 3 times today. You are an incredible artist. I’m glad you posted your work, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have come across your photography. I’ll contact the galleries on your site to inquire about acquiring a print.
In admiration,
Jamie

Van Morrison

abstraction

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am pleased to have joined an innovatively curated brand new gallery in Lisbon, Portugal called AFK.

The gallery is run by Filipe Sousa, a professor of photography at the University ULHT (Lisbon).
AFK means ‘away from the keyboard”, which is meaningful for Filipe because he is a fanatic games player.
I am looking forward to drinking coffee with Filipe in the old part of Lisbon, and planning to escape for a week to the Azores after the opening of my first show!

Just thinking about entering this international contest – and when visiting my registration area – I was surprised to see I had five of these recognitions from last year.

I had entered my Raptor portraits and Dogs in Water series.

I have no idea what it means to be given an Official Selection status.

My name is Ellen Bateman and I am a Year 12 Art Studio Practice student at St. Mary’s College in Tasmania, Australia.  The medium I have chosen to work in is photography, and my intent for my work this year is to focus on the abstraction of everyday objects and places, and especially the ways in which photographs can resemble paintings or drawings.  I intend to explore this through layering and blending photographs to achieve the desired result, as well as other techniques.  I have been inspired and captivated by your landscape works, and as part of an Active Investigation for our class I have chosen to research your photographs, processes and techniques. I would appreciate it if you could take the time to answer a few questions for me in order to assist with my investigation.

I answered her questions, and this is her report:

My investigation has enabled me to better understand the techniques and processes of Frank Grisdale, the Canadian landscape photographer.  Through email contact, I have been told by Mr. Grisdale that in order to generate ideas, he gets to know all the work out there by studying photography sites and blogs until he sees a style he likes.  He then will figure out the photographer’s technique and try his own version, changing it to fit his own style.  When planning a photo shoot, Mr. Grisdale will scout out a landscape and return to it repeatedly until the light and scene is perfect to generate the effect he desires.  His work overlaps painting and photography, with the photographs being reduced to simple aesthetic elements such as line, colour and composition, while reducing detail. His images have been described as being “in the realm of semi-abstracted impressionism,” (Edmonton Journal, 2008).  By using extended exposure times, layering shots and further processing, Mr. Grisdale’s landscapes become blurred and adopt a painterly feel.

This relates to my work in the way that I am focusing on the abstraction of everyday objects and places through layering and blending photographs.  Frank Grisdale’s images give the places an ethereal and enigmatic feel, and a distortion of reality, which is what I am focusing on in my work.

This is my ‘Grisdale-ian’ version of an original file by the fine art photographer Jane Fulton-Alt,

who put out a call for collaborative artists to take a shot at their own creative interpretation.

Click to enlarge. Go to the link above to see more of Jane’s work & blog.

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