There are as man thoughts on what photography should be perceived as, as there are images in this world. As memories, a snapshot of reality, some people like to edit and add filters, we all love Instagram and how that can make our images look. There is a new way to see photography though, as art in its ow right, visionography.
Visionography is a coined termed by the lovely Julia Anna Gospodarou, a fine art photographer based in the beautiful city of Athens, Greece. Julia has won many awards and has recently created an online course that focuses on the process of capturing our own personal reality in digital format and then translating what we saw, with editing software, to create the world as we see it.
I was very lucky to be able to complete Julia’s course, Black and White Fine Art Photography & Beyond and learn all about her new technique. The course is divided into four lessons, one per week, which consists of the lesson itself, further reading, examples and an assignment.
The lessons for Black and White Fine Art Photography & Beyond are:
Vision and (en)Visionography
The Guide to Vision
Composition in Black & White Fine Art Photography
Each lesson is carefully laid out as Julia herself speaks to the students through videos, detailing the techniques, their backgrounds and some surprising historical context. Throughout the one hour video, Julia displays examples of her own stunning work and explores the way in which they correlate to the lesson she is providing. At the end of the lesson Julia provides students with an assignment.
The assignment is where the learning really comes into its own. The entire course is provided through My Classroom, this means that all the people taking part in the Black and White Fine Art Photography & Beyond can interact with each other, provide feedback on the assignment submissions and also talk to Julia. This provides a feeling of community and quickly becomes a wonderful part of taking the course. It also allows you to see the work that others are creating, how did they translate the world around them?
The course is a fantastic way to further a love of photography and shys away from many of the taboos that people place upon it, such as keeping images pure, as they are captured. You are encouraged to take the image and then edit it with software, (just like film photographers did in a dark room with chemicals) to evoke emotion in people, just like the original vista did in you. The whole premise is to show the world your reality, embrace it and explore the world of Visionography!
(The photos that accompany this article are those produced by myself throughout the course).