Claire LXIII

PhotographerMichael Goulding
PrizeHonorable Mention
CompanyMichael Goulding Photography
City/CountryTakoma Park, United States
Photo Date2010
Technical InfoScan from 35mm film negative
About Photographer

My work celebrates the beauty of the female form and spirit. I strive for my work to be uplifting, celebratory and aesthetically pleasing, yet rich in complexity, causing the viewer to repeatedly return to the piece to find something new. My photography is exclusively black and white because the gelatin silver print provides exquisite tonal range and fine detail. Since most people see in color, black and white photography offers a different view of the world and allows the viewer to see elements of beauty that are often missed during the ordinary course of life. The high contrast of black and white photography forces the viewer to focus on the interplay of light and shadow as well as textural detail. I exploit the precision of the medium to capture the subtleties of the female form and the allure that each person holds. What makes this medium so interesting and exciting is that just a line or the slightest shadow or gleam of light can significantly influence the piece. I have exhibited in galleries in the United States, Europe and Asia. My work has been published in Best of Photography 2008 at 233 (Glen R. Serbin, ed., Photographer’s Forum 2008) and Contemporary Artists of the World 2008-2009 at 27 (Carlos M. Giudicessi ed., Biblioteca de Artistas de las Communicades Europeas 2008). I am a former President of Foundry Gallery, Washington, D.C. (Jan. 2003 - Jan. 2006).