written by Carolyn Edlund, Arts Business Insitute

Arts Business Insitute recently spoke with photographer Arthur Jacob about his inspiration and the creative nature of his medium.

How did your career as an artist begin?

As early as I can remember, my sense of sight was the strongest of all five senses. As I grew older I began to do all sorts of art projects, but always with a sense of bold colors, shapes, and movement. In 2003 I moved to Las Vegas and while unpacking, I discovered a box with a digital camera in it. Someone said to me, “Do something with it!”

 

I began taking shots of almost anything, as well as, doing portfolios for new entertainment artists in Las Vegas. Late one night, while I was touching up an image on the computer, I accidentally hit the wrong key and the image before me changed in terms of shapes and movement. I added a little bit of colour and that was it, I began a new creative adventure.

You describe your work as “creative photography.” What does that mean?

Well, that term is a little different for each photographic artist, but essentially it has to do with the amount of digital manipulation you do. Traditional photographers do very little manipulation if any. Creative photography comes into play when a photographic artist begins to use techniques that either change the image completely, or the image remains discernable with changes in colours, backgrounds, etc. It can also mean bringing other images into the same canvas to create something entirely new.

I like to share with individuals that my canvas begins as a photograph and the mouse is my brush. From that point on, my focus is not on the actual identity of the subject; but rather, through digital manipulation, the focus is one of exploring shapes, colours, movement and textures that are hidden in the photograph. A discovery of sorts. I use up to 7 different software programs each with a variety of techniques. The one that is most popular is Photoshop; however, I do have to keep up with what is new. You never know when you might run into something that “ I just have to buy.”

 

How do you see your work evolving in the future?

My work has evolved from very precise lines with a complete abstraction to less of an abstraction with a softer appeal. It can be at times very pastoral with much more texture. I believe that in the future, my images will be much more inclusive of both styles. I think that you will see much more contrast and isolate of one object with a very dark background. I think my style will also change with the introduction of new or updated software. Technology will play a very important factor.What I choose to shoot has become more selective and I think that it will continue to evolve. I am even going back to old works that I have done before and applying new techniques to them. Basically, my style will continue to change based on manipulation, exploration, and discovery.
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A while back, I had a client ask me how to care for their fine art print.  There is not one single answer to this question.  There are several things to consider.  Let me share with you some of the things to consider. When you are handling a fine art photograph, remember that residues like natural skin oils will collect on the surface of the print which can be prevented by using white cotton gloves.   

  •  Never scratch the surface of the image with your finger.  Scratching a print with your finger to rid itself of some residue or dust, can easily scratch the surface permanently.  To prevent this, again I would use white gloves.  This might be a little too much for some but I would suggest that you at least think about it.  
  •  If you can, don’t place your fine art print in direct sunlight.  Most, if not all, vendors provide archival inks that are guaranteed to last a very long time.  But even with their guarantee, the prints are subject to changes such as fading or changes in appearance. You will also protect your print better if you keep the print away from areas with high smoke content or rooms that are very dusty.  
  •  Avoid extreme fluctuations in temperature.  A lot of fluctuations in a room can possibly result in such things as moisture on the print surface, buckling of the print or possibly discoloration of the print.  
  •  Cleaning for Canvas fine art photographs.  For canvas, I would suggest that you use a feather duster or blower.  
  •  Cleaning for Fine Art Paper Prints.  This is basically the same except and cleaning the glass or plexiglass cover.  Always use glass cleaner that is ammonia free on plexiglass. If you use a glass cleaner with ammonia on plexiglass, it will become cloudy and definitely impact the appearance of the print.  
  •  Framing Choices for canvas fine art prints.  You may want to just have the print gallery wrapped and ready for hanging.  This means that the surface extends around the edges of the Stretcher Bars.   Using this method and nothing more is very acceptable to a majority of people but you can go one step further by adding a frame around the stretched canvas print.  
  •  Framing for fine art paper prints.  You need to consider using an archival mat (acid-free) and acrylic or plexiglass.  This is called “conservation” framing and is intended to increase the life of the fine art print.   As you collect larger sizes of prints, you will notice the substitution of plexiglass for glass.  The reason for this is the weight of the finished framed print.  The rule of thumb is that if the piece weighs more than 40 pounds, you will definitely want to use plexiglass.  This is to prevent the heavier pieces from falling off the wall or breaking during shipping.  

Sometimes individuals or designers will ask me if my work will fit into any categories or themes besides just Florals, Abstracts, and Black & White. Another way to approach selecting an artwork is to ask what type of fine art would reflect the mood or “feeling” in the space they are collecting for. Here are a couple of examples that I can think of, using my perspective.  

Soft, and Relaxing  

 Strong, Powerful and Dramatic  

 

 

Many of these prints can be resized to fit your specific space requirements. Call 1 (239) 223-6824.

 

Art is the primary method through which an individual attempts to share their view of the world around them with others. Art has existed for hundreds of thousands of years and has taken many forms over the centuries. The earliest humans attempted to preserve knowledge and culture through crude sculptures and drawings, many of which can be seen in museums and archaeological sites to this day.

Greek and Roman culture fostered an explosion of art through sculpture and architecture, and the Italian Renaissance gave us famous works such as Da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” and Michelangelo’s “David”.    

Photography is the result of scientific achievement, originally a combination of mechanical design and chemical reaction to light. Today’s cameras do without the chemical reaction, instead of allowing digital processing of light which leads to high-quality images.  

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Every February 14th, across the US and in other places of the world, flowers, gifts, cards and other mementos are exchanged between loved ones in the name of Valentine’s Day.  Valentine’s Day has a history in both the Catholic and Christian Church traditions.

One story contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome.  Emperor Claudius II, however, decided to outlaw marriage for young men and women.  Single men were better soldiers than soldiers with wives.  Valentine, believing that the emperor was unjust, kept performing marriages anyway. 

When the church found out that these ceremonies were being held anyway, Emperor Claudius II ordered Valentine to be put to death.

Another possible story for the beginning of Valentine’s Day is the story of the members of the Luperci.

Luperci was a group of Roman priests that would go to a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa.  The ceremony included the skinning of a goat and a dog. 

Roman women were included in the ceremony and were described as liking the ceremony because they were allowed to rub themselves against the skins. It was believed that doing this would make them more fertile in the coming year.  This ceremony continued until the end of the 5th century when it became outlawed by the Christians because it was “un-Christian.” 

However, at the end of the 5th century, Pope Gladius declared there would be Valentine’s day.

Popularity of Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s greetings continued their popularity in the middle ages but written notes/cards did not appear until the 1400’s. 

The oldest Valentine remains to be one from Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife.  Early in the 18th-century people began exchanging valentines.  Around 1840 In America, Esther A. Howland (known as the “Mother of the Valentine’ Day) made elaborate cards. 

Today, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent annually.  Women now send approximately 85 percent of all valentines. 

 

Names and dates provided by http://www.history.com/topics/valentines-day/history-of-valentines-day

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