Guest Post: Photographer Vincent Morban
Welcome Vincent, InFocus Photographer, in sharing this guest post below!
In my retirement, after a career in the accounting profession, I decided to explore my creative side. With a strong desire to learn, I tackled photography. I quickly discovered that the technical mastery of photography requires patience and practice, that developing a personal style requires a vision (supported of course by good equipment), and that photography is all about the ability to see light and to capture it.
I have spent a great deal of time reading about photography, taking some courses and workshops, going ‘out and about’ to see images, and learning from my colleagues. I am very grateful to local photographers, whose knowledge and skills have helped me to grow. A fellow club member, Ron Ross, offered a course on the “Art of Seeing,” which focused on examining the works of the great masters in art and photography (ranging from black and white to abstraction and impressionism), and examining the use of light and texture. Another well-respected and award-winning fellow club member, Jim Ainslie, is a gifted mentor, who lent me a good part of his Black and White library collection to help me to ‘see’ in black and white. At our local Images Alberta Camera Club Special Interest Group meetings (abstract, black and white, low light), my colleagues critique my work to further help me see things differently by looking for the light, breaking things down to basics, and looking beyond the obvious.
In the past few years, I have focused on ‘art’ in photography. With the recent purchase of Topaz, a post-processing software, I continue to pursue my vision of creating artistic as opposed to realistic images. The following five images are a random sample of my new passion.
“Field of Dreams” is an abstraction of order and chaos; a disorderly field of daffodils in the foreground and a rigid row of trees in the background.
“Bergen” is urban deconstruction; it is an urban scape, but you must look beyond the abstraction to find the hidden details.
“End of The Line” is a line marker drawing of the railway station in Rowley, Alberta; it is the end of the line because the station is now abandoned.
“The Cuddle” is reminiscent of the Impressionists; it shows old and young alike enjoying a warm evening together.
“People Watching” is ‘whatever you think it is;’ in the original image two young Norwegian men are watching all the girls go by.
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