June 27, 2009

Jan Murphy : A selection of my favourites

My recent favourites and words that express how they make me feel.

by Jan Murphy
UdA Art Editor and Photographer

I recently was looking through my favourites gallery on deviantART, recalling why these images were randomly selected and how they had touched me in some way.

I wish to share some of them with you and talk about how they make me feel. I only hope you find it as helpful/interesting or just plain beautiful to share as I do looking at them.

In no particular order but how they appear on my computer, please let me take you on a journey with my creative thought processes for a short time... Enjoy.

OnePixArt -
"Merrique II"
Art Model, Writer and Singer St Merrique -

This image is all about the movement for me, it is so fluid and the model looks totally absorbed in what she is doing and nothing more exists for that moment. For me, (no I'm not a trained dancer) but this is what dance is about - losing yourself, forgetting the moment and really feeling the dance. It is really tough to capture dance as the poses always look posed but this, well it is what I wish to capture one day.

"No Light Without Darkness"

This model looks so graceful and one would almost forget that she is under water for a moment. The way the material flows and above all (literally) the reflection and oh how I love these. Does remind me of a stunning photographer, Howard Schatz underwater series that really blew my mind that drew me to this image.

Charles E. Nevols -
Art Model and Photographer Kat Love -

Such a powerful portrayal of a woman about her business - nothing is stopping her either, she is on a mission and I love that. There is something gentle also that comes through for me - the pose maybe ? I don't know. Overall, I truly just adore the image and the clouds - well they just complete the image by making it a perfect backdrop.

Christopher Ryan
Art Model Brooke Lynne -

I kept coming back to this image - there is a message here, I kept looking but I come to the conclusion that there are so many that can be read here. Personally, I love that fact, that it leaves you wondering. It leaves you thinking why is she in the sea ? Why the chair ? Is this symbolic - I will leave to you to wonder also.

Ian Savage
Art Model

What can I say except what the image does to your senses ? The model could be underwater as the pose is oh so fluid, I love this image - it has me entwined along with it. Having worked with Cinnamomum-verum, I know what she is capable of, and look forward to working with her in the near future. Stunning work by them both.

Pavel Kiselev -
"Feeding fish"

This to me, almost looks like a painting as the sky is so dramatic and leads us to the lady in the water surrounded by fish. Totally captivating and every time I look at it, I love it more.

Mark Varley -
"Dancer non nude 01"
Art Model

Dynamic comes to mind yet with such grace. This pose looks effortless, yet you know, you just know how many muscles are being used to hold it and keep it there. I'm in awe I guess at the level of fitness it takes to hold this. So beautifully captured too, love the white background, helping the dancer stand out further.

Gregory Brown
"No 72"
Art Models
Madame Bink and Kayt

Reflections, beauty, gentle, elegance, calm, serenity - these are all words that come to mind when I look at this image - absolutely stunning modelling and photography. Hats off to this one.

Katrina Stranger
"Chill Out"

The shallow depth of field on this is just perfect as is the lighting. The title truly does describe the image and you see that this person really needs to just take time out. Brilliant work, really clever.

Vernon Trent -
Art Model Xania

I love the lighting in this, so perfect or is it an HDR ? The pose by the model and in such an amazing building is really well modelled. You are drawn into the image, you are captivated by it and you want to know or go to this place to take your own shot. Bravo.

Jason Tag -
"Tree Goddess"
Art Model Sylvia

This image is actually on my wishlist - what a pose. When I saw the thumbnail for this, I thought it was an image of a tree, when I enlarged it, my breath was taken away. What a model, what a pose and what a stunningly well captured image. What more can I say except I'm glad you are back Jason :)

David Winge -
"Desert Treasures"
Art Model Rebel Smith

This apeals to me as in such a large barren place, you come across this wooden construction (David, please enlighten me as to what it is). Fabulous use of skintones and textures is what I adore about this - really enjoy David's work and recommend him highly to others.

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