Workshop – Erotic Photography As A Fine Art

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I am pleased to announce that in collaboration with Expo-Arts Global Foundation, I will be hosting a second workshop (the details of the other can be read in the previous blog post), which is a 3 day event, again in the region of Puglia, Italy, but in this case covering the subject matter ”Erotic Photography As A Fine Art”. The workshop will run from 4th to 6th October 2013.

As with the other event, we are offering an all inclusive residential package 3 nights accommodation in a typical Pugliese Masseria (farm house), and will include all food and beverage, enabling the participants to indulge in the gastronomic delights of the region (including the wines).

Full details of the package can be found in the detailed brochure, which can be viewed and downloaded via this link: EPAAFA_pugliaKindly note, as stated on the first page, the content of the brochure is intended for adults only.

As with the other workshop, this event was also originally scheduled for August, but due to severe limitations on accommodation, we have in this case rescheduled for October, as per the dates above.

Workshop – Photography As A Fine Art

PAAFA_puglia

I am pleased to announce that in collaboration with Expo-Arts Global Foundation, I will be hosting a 5 day workshop in the region of Puglia, Italy, covering all aspects of “Photography As A Fine Art”.

The workshop will run from 23rd to 27th September 2013. We are offering an all inclusive residential package including 6 nights accommodation in a typical Pugliese Masseria (farm house), and will include all food and beverage, enabling the participants to indulge in the gastronomic delights of the region (including the wines).

Full details of the package can be found in the detailed brochure, which can be viewed and downloaded via this link: PAAFA_puglia.

Kindly note that the workshop was originally being scheduled for August, but due to severe limitations on accommodation, we have rescheduled for September, as per the dates above.

 

 

Imaginism . . . Artwork Previews Via My Tumblr Blog

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Previews of artworks as yet not viewable on my official website can be found on my Tumblr blog, which is entitled “Imaginism” and can be found HERE.  For enquiries on any of the works in question, please don’t hesitate to email me at: contact@photoconception.com.

Changes In The Photographic Art Market

Cosplay from an edition of 5.

Cosplay from an edition of 5.

My latest article entitled “”Changes In The Photographic Art Market” can be found on the Art, Antiques and Luxury Design blog (AAD) via this link. Enjoy!

Editions: Yes or No?

Sunny Side Up

 

Seemingly, it is a contentious subject, but in reality it shouldn’t be!  My latest article for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog as published on 12 July 2013 can be read HERE.

How Social Networks Are Dictating What Is Art!

Carpark

Carpark

Following-on from my earlier article which I published herein back in April 2013, I went on to write a further article for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog, which was published by the latter in May 2013.  This is an important topic and your feed-back via commenting in the AAD blog is always welcome.  The full article can be read HERE.

Is The Camera Really Important?

Simply Safia ~ Gaze

Simply Safia

The above artwork was created with a very simple Casio compact camera, which begs the question “is the camera really important?”.  My article as published in Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog back in April of this year, addresses this question in quite some detail.  You can find the full article HERE

Censorship of the Arts

Cucumber Fetish ~ the series

Cucumber Fetish

Censorship of the arts remains a hot topic. My original article for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog was published back on 30th January 2013. You can read the full article HERE.

What is Photographic Fine Art?

Bath With A View

Bath With A View

This article dates back to December 2012, but better late than never!  Written for Art, Antiques and Luxury Design Blog, you can read the full article HERE and feel free to comment via AAD.

Will Facebook’s Obscenity Police Ever Accept Photos as Art?

Yet another article on this subject matter, which can be read here: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/889699/will-facebooks-obscenity-police-ever-accept-photos-as-art#comment-423084.  In response, I have written a long and detailed comment which can also be read here-under:-

“I have read this subject matter on numerous occasions, the content of which is primarily repetitive, as the issue is always the same. Primarily, Facebook not only have no understanding of the arts, they also have no interest. The owners and the management give the impression of being uncouth and uncultured, so is it any wonder that such issues exist.

Facebook only address such issues after the event (and then only for the select few, as Facebook are essentially impossible to communicate with!). The statement above wherein you write that Facebook’s Frederic Wolens quoted Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde as an example, is amusing to say the least, and simply demonstrates a limited repertoire of excuses.

I am well acquainted with both Frode Steinicke and Luc Wouters and extremely familiar with the absurdity of the ban of Courbet’s L’Origine du Monde. A case where Facebook clearly bit off more than they could chew, and as you correctly state, where as a result “ridiculed around the world”. However, I’m not so sure that Facebook being ridiculed globally is of any major significance to Mr. Zuckerberg , as his image of a corporate dictator, now expands beyond the corporation and constantly spills into the public domain. Effectively, Mr. Zuckerberg has positioned himself as a dictator as to what is and isn’t art and also as a dictator of the public that use the Facebook platform. Effectively, users are frequently disciplined like small children with no means or rights of recourse.

With regard to your proposal that qualified art institutions should be treated differently, I find this ludicrous and in no way taking into account or respecting the status of established art galleries and the artists themselves. Why should the latter be segregated, as without the artists, the art institutions themselves would not exist, in the same way as art would not exist if curatorial responsibilities were left to Facebook (as you rightly point-out).

Additionally, a lot of the censorship resulting in accounts being blocked or disabled seem to amount to nothing more than individual victimisation. If I may take myself as an example, wherein my own personal account is on average blocked for 30 days every 2 weeks or so. As I write my account is blocked, following my having shared (yes shared not posted) a post from my own official artist’s Facebook Page. The post in question was not made by myself, but by one of several administrators of my page. The post pertained to one of my own artworks, which I subsequently shared via my personal page. As a result, my account was once again blocked, yet the artwork in question was not removed or sanctioned in any way. In my opinion, nothing more than pure victimisation.

It is also worth noting that Facebook is awash with pornography or sexually titillating images of zero artistic merit, yet these are seemingly allowed because they apparently do not breach the Facebook Terms and Conditions. Obviously an increasingly ludicrous situation therefore and not one that I envisage is going to improve anytime soon.

Moving to the subject of Pinterest, it is interesting that you should make reference to them. I also maintain a Pinterest account and of late am receiving continued notification of post that I have shared from other pages, which apparently do not meet terms and conditions. However, as it is not I who made these posts (I simply shared them!), it’s not quite clear why I am receiving notice of posts pertaining to another party. I also maintain a Pinterest Board which depicts my own artworks, none of which have been removed to date, the majority of which have elements of nudity. I have written to Pinterest on this subject (as least they have a basis of communication, which is more than can be said for Facebook!), informing them that I am opposed to them imposing their censorship policies, especially where the posts do not pertain to me. However, I have also notified them that should any of my own artwork posts be deleted, I will close my account forthwith, as under no circumstances will I condone censorship of the arts (the message in question may be viewed via my blog: http://photoconception.com/blog/?p=1115). This resulted in a standard generic response, to which I again replied, indicating that the issue required a response from a living person. To date, no further reply has been forthcoming, which suggests one of several possibilities. Either Pinterest have no living persons and are thus unable to reply, do not know how to reply or lastly have simply decided not to reply. Whatever the excuse, no reply comes as no major surprise. Ultimately however, Pinterest are not Facebook, and if they decide to follow the route of Facebook, I would not wish to bet money as to the duration they will continue to be in business.

It’s a sad world in which we live, where censorship policies seem to be more severe than they were back in the middle ages. Is this progress I ask myself, certainly it is not from an artistic perspective.”