Thursday, May 31, 2007Home

Success, finally

Our web exclusives section has gone through another metamorphosis: we have implemented Simpleviewer, an open-source flash application for the display of image galleries. First and foremost, we are using this for our CameraArts Preview Portfolios, which were introduced at the start of May 2007. From now on, they will be updated every two weeks with the galleries of three new photographers.

This process came about when we decided that, as much as we try to pack as much photography as possible into every new issue of the print edition, many photographers would end up waiting for quite a while to see their work in our pages. These Preview Portfolios are a new way for us to publish photographers more quickly, and to weigh public response in terms of which galleries are made into features in the print edition.

This is how you can help us: the first three galleries are online in our web exclusives section. These include "Paper Scapes," digital photographs by David Makowiecki; "Reflected Realities," photographs by Melody Mason (those are single exposures of naturally superimposed window reflections, not doubles); and the gelatin silver prints of Thomas Tollefsen. If you have any comments or suggestions about any of these galleries, please leave them here. Cheers!

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At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if your plan is to actually put "in print" the artists featured in your online gallery, but Ms. Mason's reflected realities are not only quite stunning visually, but a real exercise in looking...

As an artist, she has seen into the places that many search for, that which is always there, right below the surface, waiting to be noticed.
Her sense of picturemaking is superb; the compostions are beautiful and balanced, and the the ACTUAL IMAGES, what she's CAPTURED, are wonderful... intellectual and spiritual playgrounds, inspiring the imagination, and reconfirming the wonderous joy in the everyday world around us.
It seems to me that CameraArts would be the IDEAL place for images like this to be showcased. I'm not sure if Melody's work has been published elsewhere, but either way, CameraArts, in it's very TITLE, has, in these photographs, images worthy of it's name.

John Clarke
painter, photographer, printmaker, musician

At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melody Masons work is very interesting. It leaves room for the viewer to interpet the images into stories. i would like to know her process in making these images. I enjoyed seeing them and would be interested in her comments about the work.

At 3:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the superimposed photographs of Melody Mason are fascinating. I spent a long time trying to decide what was inside and what was outside - what a great way to link the two sides of life! I would love to see more.

At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Karen Andrews said...

I really like Melody Mason's images. They depict a quiet, reflective mood, the palette is limited, subdued, like a fading memory. For me they show how our inner moods color what we are seeing in the external world, and how the inner and outer often overlap.
She seems to have a great grasp of the poetry of photography
Thanks for displaying her work. It's very fine.

At 8:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am drawn to the reflection photos of Melody Mason, and would love to see more of her work! Just intriguing!

At 3:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melody Masons work is very interesting. I would be interested in her comments on process and how the work developed. The images leave the viewer to add a story of their own.Very well done.

At 6:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melody's work is intricate and compelling, I love to see work that asks the viewer to study it in detail at the same time as getting an overall mood from each image. Reflected images are often interesing to see, these are especially so, and one can tell that they are not purely luck or chance, a concerted effort has been made to make these images special.

At 9:11 AM, Anonymous David Stein said...

The three photographers exhibited all have a mysterious abstract quality which is intriguing. In addition Melody’s photographs have an ethereal, dream like quality which draws you into the photograph and makes you wonder what it would be like to be there.

At 2:44 PM, Anonymous Karen Knieter, musician, nature lover, amateur photographer said...

Melody Mason's Reflections are unique, dreamlike images of realities we so often miss. She has made me want to look in every interesting old window I pass. I find myself looking at reflective surfaces trying to see what she sees and how she captures her world of simple beauty. I truly hope you will be publishing Melody's work because a few weeks preview on the website is just not enough for as unique an eye as hers. Her Reflections have a serene and spiritual quality to them and should be "out there" for the people who will miss them on your site.
Karen Knieter

At 4:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Melody Mason’s work is multi-leveled and mysterious. You can keep looking at it and find more and more to see.

At 6:02 PM, Blogger Bud E. said...

Melody Mason's photography is as creativev as any I have seen. Her photographs are beautiful as well.


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