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san diego child portraits {elevate} a fine art photography exploration | december 2011

Here is a little background on {elevate} a fine art photography exploration.

‘I love art. It’s been a passion of mine for as long as I can remember. I wanted a world that was removed from the mundane simplicity of everyday life.

But of course, life comes in and we grow up and move on. There isn’t enough time in the day to even shower, much less indulge in artistic flights of fancy. We have children, get a job and acquire debts. We cheer soccer games and kiss booboos and wash that same cup for the thousandth time.  We forget the past and become “adults.”

And then one day, we pick up a camera. And take that first shot.

And all that youthful longing comes rushing back—it’s as if we have been drowning all these years and someone finally pulled us back to the surface. Color comes back to the world, color that we had never noticed was missing.

Coming up for that first gasp of air is exhilarating. For me, I couldn’t get enough of photography. It consumed me as I was suddenly able to express everything inside, all this longing that had been pushed aside for so many years. I would stay up nearly all night working on a new project or a fun idea. I would read everything and had a huge list of photographic concepts I wanted to try out.

But of course, again, life comes in. We want to share our newfound gift and now there are photography debts to be paid too. So we leave that list of concepts and turn our passion into our job. It’s fun and rewarding and exhilarating in a different way. But appointments and editing and deadlines leave little room for personal expression.

But I’m still that hopelessly romantic girl. And I still have a list of creative ideas a mile long that I would love to complete. Henri Matisse stated, “An artist is an explorer.” I often feel like that, though perhaps it’s just a journey of self-exploration, understanding myself a little more. So I decided to take a little time each month to explore photography as an art form, to elevate my understanding of both art and myself, and allow that deeply artistic side of myself a chance to spread her wings.

Created by Nichole Van, I banded together with a handful of other photographers to create a blog project focused on exploring the fine art side of photography. Each month, we will post a photo or series of images focused on art and photography. There are no rules. Just post what comes from the heart and allow the inner artist a chance to explore and fly.

So welcome to {elevate} a fine art photography exploration’ ~ Nichole Van


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December 12, 2011 - 7:03 am

Jasmine - Love the warmth in this picture!

December 12, 2011 - 7:55 am

hope - absolutely beautiful!

December 12, 2011 - 10:41 am

Jefra - how sweet! I love the goats

December 12, 2011 - 12:29 pm

crave photography - What a magical shot!

December 12, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Jennifer N - Beautiful and dreamy shot!

December 12, 2011 - 1:26 pm

marmalade - so warm & lovely!

December 12, 2011 - 7:06 pm

vernie - Carmela & Marshmela thank you, for taking such a lovely picture of them. It was their first moment of fame……until next spring/summer!

December 26, 2011 - 7:52 pm

wendy - I’ve always loved this one, Jules!