Musings on the art of Conceptual Photography.

I recently wrote this article for a UK-based magazine which focusses on photography and photo art. You can see it here if you like: https://www.mycreativeimages.com/read-the-magazine/

Photographers come in all shapes and sizes. And thank goodness they do!  Those that prefer reality, those that do portraiture, photo-journalism, wedding photography, new-born baby photography, landscapes, photo art etc.

Since the first softwares came on the scene, photo manipulation has become a great trend. There are some real geniuses out there just waiting to be googled.

Another theme is Conceptual Photography, a growing photography genre in which the artist/photographer takes a photograph or series of photographs and makes a composition of a concept or idea. In this type of photography you try to convey a concept, meaning, story or message through a composition of photographs. Sometimes the idea or concept comes first and at times the photograph lends itself to a theme, story or concept. Different props and extravagant costumes can be important at any stage. As is great lighting!

Basically the idea is to get the viewer to seek a meaning in the composition and sometimes just enjoy viewing this visual story feast!

 Here is an example of Concept Photography which I did using a photo I took in Genoa, Italy and a fabulous ‘The Colby Files’ model. (You can find this master of model photography online and purchase his wonderful model photographs at http://www.modelphotos4sale.com). Naturally if you have your own model you can use that in the composition (just make sure you have commercial rights/model release form to use the photo).

I’m only an amateur hobby photographer, but enjoy making my own backgrounds and textures to add to a scene and then I often use a model photograph or an unexpected item to render my idea or theme and finish off doing some post production work. Actually I say I’m not a trained photographer but I do take a lot of photos (mainly on my smartphone) to incorporate images into my concepts and then choose a model from stock photography to give the final composition a unique feel to it.

(article & image copyright – vivienartdesign.com)

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