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PhotoConception . . . Updates . . .

Photoconception ~ the official website of photographic artist Thomas Hodges

Photoconception ~ the official website of photographic artist Thomas Hodges

Updating my official website “PhotoConception” is long overdue and something that I having been trying to get to for far to long!  Finally, I’m moving forward, and one of the first priorities has been the progressive conversion of all existing artwork presentations from Flash to to a new HTML design. This is particularly significant to IOS users (like myself!), who are unable to view Flash on IOS. With the ever increasing use of tablets and other hand-held devices, compatibility across all platforms is essential. You can take a look at my series China Doll  as an example of the new HTML presentation, and like I say, updating of the others is in progress.

My new HTML artwork presentations now enable you to view all my works on any device. It’s a progressive process, starting firstly with the replacement of all existing presentations and then with the updating of my artworks page in general, which will during these coming weeks, be extensively updated with numerous bodies of working spanning across this past seven years.

I have a vast selection of artworks that currently can not be seen on my website but are nonetheless available internationally through my network of representing galleries and dealers. A number of these works can be found on my Tumblr blog, which serves in parallel to bring you snippets of new work, both artworks and editorial works destined for book publications. However, during these coming weeks this situation will be changed and once again, my official website will be the main source of reference.

All artwork posts on shown my website have information links which integrate with this my official blog, wherein you will find detailed information on the artwork series in question.

I hope you find these changes helpful in enabling you to view my works on any device from any location. Enjoy!

 

Fine Art Photography vs. Commercial Photography. What are the significant differences?

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We hear a lot of talk of fine art photography and photographic art, but how do these sectors differ to the world of commercial photography.  In a word, I would say “mind-set”!  As with so many things, there is often a thin dividing line, although between photographic art and commercial photography, I think the line is actually a lot thiner than many people perceive or realise.

An artist, is first and foremost “an artist”, regardless of the medium of choice.  His/her medium of choice may happen to be photography, it could equally be any of the numerous other mediums with which we are all familiar.  The important thing is that he/she has the mentality of an artist, with the medium of choice being a secondary factor.

Commercial photography needs little explanation.  Clients provide photographic assignments of an immensely diverse nature, and photographers fulfill the needs of those clients by providing the photographs they require.  This could be in relation to advertising, editorial, promotions, weddings, etc., etc. (as we all understand).  Outside of this brief, many commercial photographers will also have their own personal portfolio, wherein this work is sometimes also defined as “Fine Art”.  Some commercial photographers will even include a specific fine art portfolio, and quite often, images from that portfolio will be offered for sale as stand-alone artworks.  Is the latter “Photographic Art”?  Mostly, the answer would have to be “no”.

Artists themselves can be broken-down into various categories.  There are those full-time professional artists, normally listed and well referenced and often represented by one or more formal representatives, such as an art gallery, dealer or agent.  There are many other artists, who produce a very high-standard of work, but for whom art is a secondary profession, the majority of whom will not have formal representation, instead, marketing and selling their works directly to their clients.  Subsequently, we have artists producing what I would define as decorative arts, following which we have craft works and kitsch.

Each of these have a unique value within the sector in question, and each a place within the art-world. However, in practice, each sector is quite autonomous to the other, and it is unlikely that you will find a main-stream art gallery selling decorative arts, just as it is unlikely that a gallery dealing mainly in decorative arts would be selling collectible artworks (and by collectible, I mean of interest to serious art collectors, the likes of whom also patronise major international auction sales).  Effectively, it’s each to his own.

Likewise with photography.  In the majority of cases, those aforementioned “Fine Art” portfolios, are generally more in the decorative arts category, and generally selling at prices well below those works of established photographic artists.  Personally, I have seen many examples where this can be quite ambiguous, as many commercial photographers also producing “Fine Art Photography”, seem to be under the impression that this alone classifies them as photographic artists, which of course in reality, is rarely the case.  The confusion heightens, as many works by established photographic artists, are also frequently referred to as being “Fine Art Photography”.  In the general context, this is not wrong, as “Fine Art” is “Fine Art”, but the process of advancement and recognition is of course a different one.

If we turn this on its head, we also have numerous highly acclaimed photographic artists that also work primarily as commercial photographers.  However, this also can be broken-down into two categories. Firstly, we have the “artists”, who think of themselves as such, but who also undertake a variety of commercial assignments.  Secondly, we have those who are main-stream commercial photographers, but the popularity of their works has driven them to attain the status of photographic artist.  Of course, we also have what I would say is the main-stream photographic artist, who has never undertaken a commercial assignment in their life, and probably is never likely too.

I could quote numerous physical examples of all of the aforementioned, but that is really beside the point and not the objective of this post.  Primarily, the objective here is to highlight the differences and bring awareness of them, to both photographers and non-photographers alike.  For photographers, perhaps to make us reflect on oneself and for non-photographers, to bring some clarification to what can be a very confusing arena.

What is not the objective of this post is to be judgmental, i.e., as in what is good, better and best.  To the individuals concerned, each sector is as important as the next.  Notwithstanding, it can be useful to have an over-view, and in that context, I hope I have provided one here-in.

The Fine Art of Investing

In May 2010, the CFA Institute published an interesting article pertaining to investment in Fine Art.  The full article can be read in PDF format via clicking HERE.

Behind the Shoji

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Behind the Shoji is a series of 12 artworks, focused on the theme of Japanese sensuality and sexuality, the mystery of the female form within the confines of her own quarters, behind a shoji screen.  Your imagination is your only limitation when viewing these magnificent large format artworks, each of which are available in 4 editions one of which is printed on transparent opaline, which is mounted within the very latest white-board LED back-lit frame.

3 editions (+2 a.p.) available as archival pigment prints on Innova FibaPrint Ultra Smooth Gloss (285 g/m2) paper, dry-mounted and framed behind glass, and 1 (+1 a.p.) edition on transparent Opaline mounted in a LED white-board illuminated frame.

Measurements vary according to the artwork, but average at 100 cm x 100 cm (39.37″ x 39.37″).  Signed, numbered and dated verso, and issued with Certificate of Authenticity.

The entire series of 12 artworks can be viewed via HERE. Feel free to contact me for additional information.

Artwork Info

the official website of photographic artist Thomas Hodges

The artworks page of my website has been recently updated, to incorporate an information link immediately beneath the thumbnail of the artwork series.  That link will take you to the blog posting of the series in question, wherein you will find full details and information on that specific artwork series.

My artworks are currently undergoing an inventory check and update, so some of the links are as yet not live, but all will be updated during the course of the coming weeks.  Earlier series that have not be featured previously on my blog, will of course now be featured, so effectively, this blog will become the principal source of information for all artworks I produce.

I have numerous new artworks series pending release, so watch-out also as they are listed both here and on my official website (the link to which is now shown to the right of this post).

I believe this change will facilitate my artwork collectors (both existing a future) by providing them with an immediate source of information on all of my artworks, both technical and inspirational.  Of course, prices are not given, but are available immediately upon request.  Kindly note that I do not sell my artworks directly, as in loyalty to my agents, dealers and representing galleries, all purchase enquiries are communicated to a representative.  The only exception to this is in regard to benefit sales and the like, which are administered on a case-by-case basis.

Enjoy my work and thank you for your continued support, which as a full-time professional artist, is greatly appreciated!

Bloomsbury Auctions Photographs Dept. in New York

Back in 2008, one of the world’s leading auction houses Bloomsbury, launched a photographs department. Since that date, the department has gone from strength to strength, and along with their counter-parts Christie’s and Phillips de Pury, are considered as one of the leading experts in the field of photographic art. To read the original 2008 Press Release CLICK HERE.

Buying a Photograph ~ Guide to Collecting

For those new to the process of collecting photography, the Photographer’s Gallery in London has an interesting guide on the subject published on its website, which for simplicity, can be found HERE in PDF format.  This provides a quite basic insight, but is a useful guide for those with no prior experience or familiarity.

Italy’s Largest and Most Important Art Fair, Arte Fiera Art First, Celebrates its 35th Edition

Check-out this article from ArtDaily.org, talking of Arte Fiera Art First in Bologna, Italy:

Italys Largest and Most Important Art Fair, Arte Fiera Art First, Celebrates its 35th Edition

How to Start Your Collection – ARTINFO.com

How to Start Your Collection – ARTINFO.com.

Modern Art Obsession

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A recent article in the Blog Modern Art Obsession, talks of art and investment.  You can also download the complete report from within the Blog page.  Interesting reading !