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The connection between photography and painting..

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I had always been taught that painting and photography are very similar.  In fact, many photographers draw their inspiration from many famous paintings.  Over the past few months I have been looking at the work of many artists.  The all differ.  From the work of William Hogarth right through to Salvador Dali.  They have all managed to inspire me in different ways.  To make me look at things differently.

Whilst on a recent trip to Wales I managed to take this shot.  To me it does first appear to have the feeling of a painting.  There is a great mix of colour and texture that work well together to make the image work.  Much how an artist might have chosen.


Written by Dean O'Brien

October 13, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Posted in Inspiration

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  1. L S Lowry, although most famous for urbam images in his paintings, produced many seascapes from the North Western English coast, near Cumbria. Many of his works consist of slabs of grey sea, grey skies, hints of colour distinguishing. It is though much harder for photography, without post production, to engage in the metaphorical, as painting does, as it is contingent on what is before the lens

    Nicholas Ripley

    October 13, 2010 at 7:21 pm

  2. Thanks for your comment Nicholas. I have started using more post production of late to achieve the required affect on my images. This being one of the better ones.

    Dean O'Brien

    October 13, 2010 at 7:28 pm

  3. This reminds me of an Ernst Haas photo.
    Check out this link
    Your photo is great. I can imagine an 50 inch print of this.

    Chris Alford

    October 16, 2010 at 9:43 pm

  4. Hello, Dean I found this photographer on flickr whom you might admire experimenting with daytime long exposure using neutral density filters. He is called Joel Tjintjelaar.
    His flickr site is:
    His work reminds me of this photo.

    Chris Alford

    January 9, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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