Fluid Time - An (en)Visionographic Chicago Story

PhotographerJulia Anna Gospodarou
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryAthens, Greece
Photo DateSeptember 2013
Technical InfoLong exposure +tilt-shift blur
Entry Description

This series is a story about the architecture of Chicago, where I aim to present the way it impacted me, the way it made me feel. I'm using as tool to present my impressions the characteristics of the blur that the tilt-shift lens can create in an image when fully tilted, also the the technique of daylight long exposure. The idea I had in mind when working at this series was to look at architecture and see it as a parallel reality, as a dream and a gate towards our subconscious world, towards our hidden desires and aspirations. What I want to convey with my study is that time, space, reality itself, are only conventions. Living inside them can be just as easy as living outside them and the reality of living outside them can be just as real as the one of relating to them. Dreaming can be reality just as imagination can be reality as well. For me, this is a way of looking at photography in a different way, seeing it as (en)Visionography, the name I give to my work, rather than as traditional photography. Does world need to have a clear material shape to be real? I do not think so and this series is an attempt at showing this concept by sliding reality towards dream by means of an image.

About Photographer

Architect, Multi award-winning black and white fine art photographer (SWPA, IPA, PX3, IFPA, B&W Spider Awards, ND Awards). Mostly known for her B&W long exposure architectural photography, Julia has written the best selling book From Basics to Fine Art – Back and White Photography, co-author Joel Tjintjelaar http://bit.ly/basicstofineart She also teaches fine art photography workshops and works on commissioned photography projects. She is the creator of the term (en)Visionography™ that defines fine art digital photography, a genre that has to do more with the vision of the artist than with the subject or how the camera captures it. This theory reflects in her personal creative and processing method, Photography Drawing (PhtD™), method based on how to process a black and white image by using the principles of classical black and white drawing. Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, Julia's work can also be seen online in the most important photography galleries.