Wednesday, January 18, 2012
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Tuesday, January 03, 2012
I have started a new blog which will take over from this one. I think I needed a fresh beginning. Please take a look and follow me and my work over there! http://julietrharrisonphotography.blogspot.com/2012/01/begnnings.html
Posted by Juliet at 10:21 PM
Sunday, November 06, 2011
I have been neglectful......I appologize for that. Much has been happening that keeps me way to busy. But I did want to be sure to post about my new book. Equiscape - A Modernist Nude is a coffee table size volume with 59 of my most abstracted equine photographs. I have come to realize that it is time to move forward and let my work evolve from this series. So to give myself some closure I decided to put the work in a single volume. It is an amazing thing to be able to see the work all together like this. The book is sectioned into B&W and Color images. Tamisn Pickeral http://www.tamsinpickeral.com/index.html, art critic and historian graciously wrote the introduction.
You can see a full preview of the book here. http://www.blurb.com/books/2604331
You can purchase the book directly from Blurb.com or if you want a signed copy, you can prepay/preorder the book for $175.00+shipping and I will include a signed digital print with your order. To purchase this special edition, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Opening June 2nd.
"Equiscapes" by Juliet Harrison
The Red Filter Gallery, located at 74 Bridge Street in Lambertville, New Jersey, is hosting Equiscapes, an innovative approach to traditional equine form photography by Juliet Harrison beginning June 2 and running through July 24. The opening reception is June 10th from 6-8pm. Equiscapes is open to the public each afternoon, Thursday through Sunday.
Juliet Harrison has been exploring the camera as an artistic medium since 1980 and has focused on horses utilizing light, shadow, texture, and form since 1999. Her photographs go beyond "pictures of horses," and enter the exploratory realm of Edward Weston and Georgia O'Keefe. Her work removes the recognition and constructs that viewers associate with a horse and replace it with the intimacy of a long-time lover of horses. The depictions of musculature and bone structure beneath weathered velvet coat, caught in a thin veil of light, allows for a "visual caress" that is typically only privy to frequenters of equestrian farms.
Ms. Harrison states: "The objective of my work is to remove traditional viewer touchstones and provide a new path to understanding the beauty of these animals. My hope is that abstraction and focus on detail will give new meaning in these images."
Juliet Harrison has exhibited in juried shows, invitationals and museums throughout the United States and has work in private collections throughout the world. For the past three years she has directed Ex Arte Equinus, a prestigious international Equine Art competition and show featured by Art Horse Magazine.
Red Filter Gallery Owner Forrest Old remarks: "This is the type of insightful personal art work we wish to provide our audience in a series of exhibits over the next few months. Juliet is truly an example of the photographer as artist … and we are happy to have her with Red Filter Gallery.
At the same time as the "Equiscapes" exhibit an extended viewing of Alisandra Wederich's "New Works" will also be available to attendees at the gallery.
For more information: www.redfiltergallery.com, 347.244.9758 or find us on Facebook.
Posted by Juliet at 11:04 AM
Sunday, December 26, 2010
This lesson is especially important if you are an equine photographer and you are hoping to take your work beyond the commercial and into Fine Art. So take note! There are four image subject matter that have been done to death. All of them make for lovely greeting cards, calenders and posters to be sold to pre-teen horse obsessed girls. But if you are thinking of entering your work in a Fine Art competition or heading with it to a substantial gallery, you had better be sure that your rendition of these are so very different than everything everyone else has done. They'd better be remarkable!
1 - Eye Shots. Yes, we know how beautiful and liquid a horses eye is. We know how they can reflect the landscape if shot just right. We know that they are the "windows to the soul". We have even seen more than enough shots with that as the title.
2 - Mare and Foal Shots also grouped with Foal in Field of Flowers - The "awww" factor aside, I have rarely seen one that is truly more than cute. And cute - a fine art photo does not make.
3 - Cowboy Silhouette with Sunset - I can hear the theme song to Bonanza in my head....but I have rarely if ever thought "art" when seeing one of these.
The newest addition to the cliche category comes right from the headlines. And I am wholly supportive of all of the wonderful photographers who are using their images to influence the anti-Wild horse roundup efforts. But......
4 - Wild Horses Running Free or Wild Stallions Fighting or the ubiquitous Wild Horse with Blowing Mane shot does not automatically make it a Fine Art image! Good politics aside......you must learn to separate the surface emotion enough from a photograph to understand if it makes for a shot that can stand on it's own without the sentiment of politics. Fierce Grace by Tony Stromberg and many of the shots by Dutesco do....but very few that have been done since. They make for beautiful and important photographs, but they are not art.
Any subject that gets over done, loses it's impact and becomes a huge challenge to those trying to create art from it. That does not mean that it is not possible to do. But it does mean that very, very few will be able to do it in a unique enough way to capture the attention of the savvy Fine Art viewer.
Oh and by the way....my own close-up body shots are getting to cliche status now too with the incredible number of photographers now doing their own version of them. So as you might expect....my own work will have to evolve now. Time to go beyond the cliche and explore the unknown. Who will join me?
Juliet (and my photo above, does not make the cut either. It is just another nice eye shot.)