It is one thing to be a professional photographer shooting sports, documentaries, still life, weddings or other events for a living, then another to be the artist who works with a vision outside the norm and is judged not by the Pulitzer they won, or the photograph taken at the right moment, but rather by his or her ability to wow us with creativity and imagination. Nowadays with the digital era among us, it seems that if one has an expensive digital camera and can post a picture online they are instantly professionals or artists. With so many having access to cameras in their phones and other portable devices, the so called photographer is becoming far too common. Don’t get me wrong, we all have a hidden artist in us just waiting to come out but the overwhelming number of today’s snap shot photographer is beginning to cast the true artists into the shadows.
A nice photograph with good presentation can certainly draw the eyes and praise of many and many of us have been lucky enough to have captured that photograph now and then. But how often does that happen? It is one thing to snap a photograph at the right moment, get the lighting just right and present it to the public for praise or criticism. However, it is another thing to consistently do this with exceptional results that are clearly distinguishable from the other and stands apart on its own. This is where the artist comes into the picture and firmly stands his or her ground like Gandalf did against the Balrog in Lord of the Rings and says “You shall not pass”. The line is drawn between art and photography, between imagination, creativity and a memorable snapshot. Although the two use the same tools the end result are undeniably different. With that in mind, let me present Sol Marrades from Spain, the artist.
I have been following Sol’s work for a couple of years now with great viewing pleasure. Her talent as an artist can clearly be seen in her work. Ordinary life moments captured with a relatively inexpensive camera are transformed into masterful works of art worthy of canvas and public viewing. None of this is achieved by luck. What is at hand here is an artist who has a vision and uses modern technology and tools to paint her canvas.
Sol has a gift to see more than what is in the viewfinder of her camera. When one would see a plain window with raindrops on it, Sol sees an arrangement of vibrant colors and textures reminiscent of an impressionist painting.
What is even more striking is her ability to bring us that vision so we can see it and enjoy it for ourselves. In doing so, you instantly come to the realization you are viewing art and not just a photograph taken by an amateur or a professional.
Sol has an interesting style which I picked up on after viewing her work on http://sol.LeicaImages.com over the past two years. She has the ability of isolating her subjects and using available light to draw you into the photograph. She knows when to use color or B&W. Her B&W processing adds character, intrigue and a mood where color would have been a distraction. She is a master of post processing and can show us that you do not need a $10,000 camera to produce amazing art.
Here are just a few images to expose you to her style and art. To view more, visit http://sol.LeicaImages.com
Contact information and additional work can be viewed at http://www.solmarrades.com/index.html
Awards and recognition can be viewed at http://www.solmarrades.com/Autora/Awards.html
Exhibition list is viewable at http://www.solmarrades.com/Autora/Exibitions.html
Publications can be viewed at http://www.solmarrades.com/Autora/Publications.html