Thursday, September 15, 2011

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya: Visual Poet

Six photographs by Ekaterina Bykhovskaya are currently on exhibit in Still Point Art Gallery's current show: Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces. For her amazing work, Bykhovskaya was named an Artist of Distinction.
Near a Temple, Kyoto, 122

Bykhovskaya's photographs are from a series entitled Poetic Japan. They are stunning in their sense of grace and poise. The images suggest depth and strength, yet emanate freedom, fluidity, serenity, and reverence. They are indeed visual poetry, bringing the viewer to a spiritual moment in Japan.

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya was born in Moscow, Russia, and at the age of twenty-five moved to Strasbourg, France, where she has been living for the past eight years. Bykhovskaya travels a lot and used to take lots of snapshots with her point-and-shoot camera in auto mode when traveling. One day several years ago it occurred to her that, since she took so many pictures anyway, she might as well try to learn to do it “properly." She bought a digital single-lens reflex camera and, after reading the manual and fiddling with the camera on her own, she came to realize that even the basic controls were too complicated for her comprehension. This prompted her to take a photo course at the London School of Photography. This course was an eye-opener; not only was it extremely helpful for understanding how each button on the camera worked, but it also made her realize the vastness of her ignorance about cameras and photography. She discovered that the medium of photography went far beyond the mere recording of the outside world and could be an exciting tool for expression of views, moods, and emotions. 

Kyoto Imperial Gardens, 21

Since then Bykhovskaya has taken numerous photography courses and workshops in Europe and the United States both to improve her skills and to experiment with different subjects and styles. Bykhovskaya still does a lot of travel photography, however, rather than trying merely to document her travels, she seeks to convey in her images a personal perception by expressing emotions and feelings inspired by a place, situation, or moment.  

Of the Poetic Japan series, Bykhovskaya says:
Poetic Japan was conceived before my trip to Japan in the autumn 2010. Buddhist temples and Japanese gardens embody for me the ultimate serenity which I tried to convey through the photographic medium. Being inspired by the works of Elizabeth Opalenik, Jill Enfield, and Kathleen T. Carr, I chose infrared photography seeking to create dreamy and somewhat surreal images of a perfectly serene world. Using digital gear only, I tried to combine the subtlety of infrared light with post-production emulating the wet collodion process so as to give to this series a lyrical and timeless feel.

Near a Temple, Kyoto, 122. 9 x 13 inches. Inkjet print, framed, $500.
Kyoto Imperial Gardens, 21. 13 x 9 inches. Inkjet print, framed, $500.

Ekaterina Bykhovskaya's website

Still Point Art Gallery
September 15, 2011

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Ronnj Medini: Maker of Pictures

The photography of Ronnj Medini reminded me of this quotation by Elliott Erwitt: "To me, photography is an art of observation. . . . I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them." As a viewer of Medini's work, I find that it is difficult to look away from any one of his pieces. They are rich and full and pleasing. Yet in each one there is a tension or a calling that continues to draw you in to find more in the picture. There is so much to see. So much to feel. So much to be revealed. Medini doesn't take pictures of things he sees, rather he makes pictures from the way he sees things.

Ronnj Medini's work is currently being exhibited as part of Still Point Art Gallery's show, Destinations: Famous Places and Intimate Spaces. He was selected to be an Artist of Distinction and he will have the opportunity to show more of his work starting in November as a Gallery Artist.


Somewhere, Old Street in Tallinn

Ronnj Medini was born in the town of Fossombrone in Italy in 1974. The only child of two merry-go-round owners, he comes from a long line of circus performers. As a result he spent his early childhood moving from town to town. When Medini was 10 years old, his parents changed their way of living and decided to settle permanently in the seaside city of Ancona.

Footmarks, Ireland
As years went by Medini showed a  rich interest in painting, poetry, and writing. Eventually, his artistic inspiration evolved towards photography, and in 2004, by means of a simple compact camera, he started doing work that brought him to a representation of feelings and sensations that goes far beyond the mere descriptive image. Now, as a fine art photographer, Medini expresses himself through his pictures: a stairwell turns into a Dantesque symbol of good and evil, a tower of Babel where souls go up and down, hopefully questing for the eternal light (Dante, above). Medini’s photographs fix sensations and images in time so to give them a biblical power.

Dante. 39.4 x 27.6 inches. Black and white photograph. $500 (print).
Footmarks, Ireland. 27.6 x 39.4 inches. Black and white photograph. $250 (print).
Somewhere, Old Street in Tallinn. 39.4 x 27.6 inches. Black and white photograph. $300 (print).

More information about Ronnj Medini may be found on his website
September 7, 2011