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Julia Anna Gospodarou - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
April 10, 2014 24 comments 5 shares 142 plus ones
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Fluid Time III – Two Worlds 
_Hancock Tower, Chicago – Architects  SOM _
The 3rd part of my (en)Visionographic Chicago Story, shot during the Chicago Architectural workshop 2013 that I organized with Vision Explorers. This is one of the tallest (344 m), most impressive and fascinating buildings of the Windy City, and one of the best subjects to shot for my LE Tilt-Shift Blur series. 
My photography/art advice for the day: 
“(beep) the rest!  If you feel that you are right, then you are” (pardon the language : )) You can read much more about this in my Guide to Vision™ (with better language also) and in the upcoming book From Basics to Fine Art – A set with 35 rules of how to discover your vision and personal style, taken from more than 20 years experience I have in working with art, architecture and photography and also from the experience of many great artists of all times that were in the same spot before me. 
You are the source of everything you create, do never forget this! So, don't try to copy, don't try to emulate, it will not be “You” and it will show. Just have a look around you and you will see who is expressing his own self in his work and words and who is just following. Nothing bad in being inspired, but do not stop there, you will lose yourself as an artist, you will miss your creative purpose. And you may have just one chance to do this because life is short, it's not just a cliché. On the other side, if you do believe in what you do, don't care what others say, what others do, just do your thing. Follow your instincts and they will get you there eventually. Trust your logic and feelings and transform them into images, this is what art is about, being true to your beliefs and finding a way to put them out there for the world to see them. If you do this, you accomplished your mission in front of yourself. 
And don't forget, this is a very tough world, the world of art. Especially once you reach a certain level of exposure. As an artist you are by default exposed since you show your most inner self in your art. You couldn't do your job if you weren't, but that makes you vulnerable: of being critiqued, of being envied, of unscrupulous people  using your work or taking advantage of your ideas without giving you credit, of being scrutinized all the time. I'm talking from experience here, mine and others'. But it shouldn't scare you, it's normal. And you should keep in mind that true value and talent, plus hard work  will always prevail, will always be rewarded. So, trust in yourself and your art, go on doing what you do and don't care about anything else! You are the one that counts, because you have the vision that will become that masterpiece you have in mind...  you are the creator of your “Mona Lisa”...

Technique: T/S LE = Tilt + Shift + Long Exposure
Camera settings: 393.0 sec. @ f/6.3, ISO 100
Shot with Canon 5D MK3 & TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II 
T/S settings - 8.5 degrees oblique tilt at 45 degrees rotation, 12mm shift (rise)
Filters: 10+6 stops +Formatt-Hitech  Filters ProStop IRND - Joel Tjintjelaar Edition
Processing - LR5, PS CS6, +Topaz Labs  B&W Effects 2+Topaz DeNoise 5 + Topaz Detail 3

I have to say that Topaz DeNoise  did a great job in removing the noise from this image. I'm really happy with how it worked in this case, I was even wondering if I should process the image or not since it had quite a bit of noise, before I passed it through Topaz DeNoise. Check out all the Topaz plugins here  and if you like them get a 15% discount with code “juliaannagospodarou”. Topaz Detail has an even better discount this month. 50% off with code "aprdetail" from the same link. 

For more technical (processing etc.)  details about this image, you know by now, I invite you over to my site 

April 06, 2014 6 comments 0 shares 20 plus ones
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Now (en)Visionography - The New Photography – has its own domain name and soon a dedicated site. By now you know what (en)Visionography means, but do you know WHY the word is written  like this and why it is so important to be written like this? What the prefix “(en)” in front of “Visionography” means and that it bears with it a whole artistic philosophy. Do you know what an (en)Visionographer is? How to create (en)Visionography? What the Manifest of (en)Visionography is? These and many  more you will find out on  and in the upcoming book From Basics to Fine Art  - yes, I know, we're a bit late with it and we apologize for that, but we're 99,99999% done and so excited to be launching very soon. And I promise you, it will be PERFECT!!!

#envisionography   #vision   #fineart   #juliaannagospodarou   #blackandwhite   #photography  

April 01, 2014 8 comments 6 shares 68 plus ones
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LifO Magazine Interview 
Στα Ελληνικά και πάλι! : ) Δημοσιευμένη σε ένα πολύ δημοφιλές περιοδικό που αγαπώ πολύ, το LifO, είμαι σίγουρη ότι το ξέρετε όλοι. Και αυτό με κάνει πολύ υπερήφανη!!! 
Another interview in Greek, in a magazine I love and read a lot, with a circulation of more than 300.000 copies per week, so I'm very proud to have been asked to be published there. A thank you to Thanasis Haramis for the invitation and the great questions!! For my friends who don't speak Greek, this is mostly about photography and about being a fine art architectural photographer in Athens, my experiences and my professional plans. I promise I'll talk about these things and more in English also very soon, so don't be sad if “it all sounds Greek to you” : ) 
Enjoy and thank you for all your wonderful support!
PS. Check out the iPad version! It's said to be very cool!!
#architecturalphotography   #blackandwhite   #fineart    #athens   #lifo   #interview  

March 29, 2014 0 comments 2 shares 26 plus ones
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Μια συνέντευξη “εφ'ολης της ύλης” που έδωσα για το περιοδικό Metropolis που κυκλοφορεί και μπορείτε να το διαβάσετε από σήμερα. Αθήνα και γιατί την αγαπώ.
A new interview with me in the Greek magazine Metropolis that you can find at the news stands from today. No photography this time (not much, anyway). Talking about Athens, history, architecture, life in the city and more. If you don't speak Greek, well, you'll have to find a friend who does, to translate it for you, if you want to hear me talking about anything else than (en)Visionography, Photography Drawing and fine art : ) I can only tell you that it's (even more) interesting. 
Photo and questions by Stefanos Kastrinakis

March 16, 2014 16 comments 8 shares 175 plus ones
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My submission  for this year's book - the image Fluid Time II – Chicago architecture, from a series I'm currently working on and from which I'll be posting the next image very soon.
It's the third year  I'm participating to this collection put together by +Ivan Makarov   and +Andy Lee  and I'm happy to take part  in a project that is becoming a wonderful tradition of publishing art to raise money and help those in need.
The cause this year is   The Samburu Project, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides access to safe, clean and drinking water to communities in Kenya. 
Submissions are open for just one more day and it's for a  noble cause, so hurry if you want to send your images. Details about how to submit 

#PlusOneCollectionIII   #chicago #architecture   #FluidTime    #TiltShift  

March 15, 2014 14 comments 17 shares 134 plus ones
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I had such a wonderful time today with my student shooting the best Neoclassical architecture in Athens. More great time and lovely architecture for the next 2 days! 
Image processing: my newest discovery +DxO Labs  Film Pack 4. If you love film like I do, you will love it.

March 14, 2014 8 comments 2 shares 19 plus ones
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March 13, 2014 6 comments 0 shares 21 plus ones
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Hello World! No, I didn't disappear : ) I'm back and happy to be featured by +Topaz Labs  again!! I was telling you some time ago that I have a new love among the Topaz plugins and this is the DeNoise one. Have a look at my photo in this feature and what a great job DeNoise did with it, removing all the noise while keeping the detail sharp. I just love that! There's a great 50% discount till March 31st (39.99USD) and believe me, it's worth every penny! You can get it here with the code “mardenoise”. 
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February 26, 2014 8 comments 2 shares 38 plus ones
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February 18, 2014 27 comments 11 shares 192 plus ones
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Berlin – Jewish Museum - Architect Daniel Libeskind
You can see the first part of the Shadows of A Soul series here These are images I never posted publicly and you can only see them on my site. 
For more about this image stay tuned, I'll post the story behind it in a couple of days, together with details about the processing, since it was a quite complicated image to work on. This is a combination of 5 images and I'll show you how I made this look like it does. Believe me, it has nothing to do with the originals. But I won't spoil the surprise... : )
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Whoever knows me better knows that I'm totally in love with people motion blur in photography. People motion blur can travel me to a totally different world and show me things I'll never see in normal circumstances, it's like a transcendental experience to watch this kind of images and to create them myself. That “state of trance” that only art can set you in, I'm feeling it when I come in contact with this kind of photographs or when I live them by working on them. 
It all started in 1994 when I saw the people motion blur work of Alexey Titarenko for the first time. It was the moment I came in contact with Fine art photography and when I understood that there is much more to it than to click the shutter and capture a nice scene. When I understood that you can use photography to explore worlds unseen by anyone and that you can show this worlds to everyone then and make them part of your experience. That was a turning point on my artistic path, that was the moment when I started to “see” not only to look... 
I had pretty much the same feelings when I saw for the first time for real an exhibition with the paintings of Francis Bacon in Paris in 1996. If you are familiar with Bacon you know that in his paintings the bodies of the subjects are also “blurred”, contorted, changed. They lose their shape to transform into something else that takes you to another dimension, to subconscious and even further. Even if using different tools, photography and painting, for me the two artists are similar as for how far they go with exploring the unseen side of this world and how powerful the experience can be. I still haven't found something that can replace the sensation the work of these two artists give me. 
This was a long introduction to why I like to work with people motion blur, for those who don't know that already. 
But as I said ...more about it in a couple of days. See you on my site.
#motionblur   #berlin   #architecture  

February 07, 2014 17 comments 8 shares 48 plus ones
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PHOTOGRAPHY DRAWING™ - Black and white (en)Visioning and processing method 
My secret.... ? Use the magic of light and shadow to shape the world. But HOW?? 
I was asked many times what is my secret in photography. How do I make the world look perfect? My answers was by “drawing my photographs”. Many of you know, I'm talking about Photography Drawing for a long time, must be at least 2 years but I never till now made a serious study on this method. The time has come though to make this secret public. I'm doing it in the upcoming book “From Basics to Fine Art” that I'm writing with +Joel Tjintjelaar  and I'm now posting a large fragment from the book that will give you an insight into my mind and explain this method. 
More about it, also all the Processing Steps in Photography Drawing™ (not elaborated in this fragment), as well as many other topics you will find in the book that will be out in a few weeks and very soon we will start a pre-sale that will run for a limited period of time. I'll make the announcement about the pre-sale on my site, you can subscribe now to find out about it first 
PS. Happy day today as I just got my second +Formatt-Hitech  Joel Tjintjelaar IRND filter kit, this time in the circular screw on version 82mm for my T/S lens, plus an excellent new polarizing filter (that you all know I'm in love with). Thank you Formatt Hitech and +Rod Clark  You guys and your filters rock!! Hands down!

January 29, 2014 8 comments 2 shares 59 plus ones
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Very excited to see my profile featured on ND Magazine next to Annie Leibovitz . I wonder if Annie knows : ))
Thank you +Nd Magazine  Quite an honor!!

January 27, 2014 48 comments 10 shares 208 plus ones
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...the only purpose of art is to make you dream, to make you travel. Don't let them tell you anything else. If they do, they just don't understand...

Second chapter in my Chicago series and the story goes on. You can read it on my site as well as the stories behind all my photos. Subscribe to get all my posts, tutorials and exciting news the moment I post them. Next coming: something I was promising for a long time (read: my creative & processing method) which is in the making and you'll be the first to get it if you subscribe

One Prudential Plaza, Chicago – Architects Naess & Murphy

Some details about the image: 
Technique: T/S LE = Tilt + Shift + Long Exposure
Shot with Canon 5D MK3 & TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II. 
T/S settings - 8.5 degrees oblique tilt at 45 degrees rotation, 12mm shift (rise)
Filters: +Formatt-Hitech  ProStop IRND Filters
Processing - PS CS6 & LR5 & +Topaz Labs  Suite
I'm more and more delighted by the Topaz plugins these days. My latest favorite is Topaz DeNoise which did a fantastic job in the image that I will post after this one. Check out all the plugins here and if you like them get a 15% discount with code “juliaannagospodarou” 

Art and Bravery? Want to know my opinion on this? I invite you over to my site.

January 19, 2014 6 comments 1 shares 30 plus ones
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Ένα άρθρο για τη φωτογραφική μου δουλειά στο Επιμελητής +stefanos kastrinakis  τον οποίο ευχαριστώ πολύ για την πρόσκληση. Οι περισσότερες φωτογραφίες που θα δείτε στο slideshow είναι τραβηγμένες την Αθήνα και γενικώς στην Ελλάδα.
A feature of my work published today in an important Greek news hub. Thank you for the invite Stefanos Kastrinakis! Most of the photos you will see in the slideshow were taken in Athens and generally in Greece. 
If you don't speak Greek you can have a look over some older interviews I did

Αρχιτεκτονική φωτογραφία - Julia Anna Gospodarou, του Στέφανου Καστρινάκη | Protagon

Αρχιτέκτονας και διεθνώς βραβευμένη φωτογράφος, με διακρίσεις στους πιο σημαντικούς διαγωνισμούς φωτογραφίας, η Julia Anna Gospodarou μένει και δουλεύει στην Αθήνα και αγαπάει την αρχιτεκτονική και την φωτογραφία με το ίδιο πάθος.

January 16, 2014 0 comments 1 shares 33 plus ones
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New ND Magazine Portfolio - focused on my B&W Architectural Fine Art Photography
With a bit of delay, OK a bit more to be precise, I keep wanting to do this from summer but I had a crazy busy schedule the whole last year, here's my ND Magazine Portfolio for you to enjoy. 
I have to say, now that I had the time to browse more seriously the site, that there are some great names there and some fantastic pieces of art. Go see for yourself. Very interesting also, the ND Awards 2014! 
Thank you for the invite +Nd Magazine  , promise to be quicker next time : )

Julia Anna Gospodarou

Architect with a Master degree and International Award-Winning B&W Fine Art photographer, with high distinctions in the most important photography competiti

January 11, 2014 7 comments 5 shares 42 plus ones
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A new name for photography in the digital era and a new page on my site. 
You've heard me talking about this term many times, now it's the moment for it to have its own page where I explain it and what it means in my work.  We need a new definition of photography since digital photography is so different from the traditional analog one and I realized this more and more over the years as I was moving from film to digital and from the traditional dark room to processing my images using software.  I realized we rely much more on vision in digital photography than on the given light in a given space, that we don't need to limit ourselves to what we see but we can also photograph what we feel and this is the essence of my theory. I needed a new name for a new kind of art and here is the name I gave it - (en)Visionography is the new Fine Art Photography.
I am an (en)Visionographer! How about you? 
(much more on Vision and on (en)Visionography in the soon to be released book “From Basics to Fine Art” by me and +Joel Tjintjelaar
My “thank you” goes to +Charles Azzopardi   who encouraged me to give (en)Visionography a more prominent space on my site. More will follow. 
#envisionography   #vision  

January 01, 2014 1 comments 1 shares 19 plus ones
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Starting the year very happy to see the winning images from the Athens Architectural Photography Contest organized with the support of +Formatt-Hitech  published in +Stark-Magazine . Thank you Stark and thank you Formatt Hitech! 
Congratulations once again to the winners: +Charles Azzopardi  (1st Prize), +Steven Grimm  (2nd Prize) and +Panagiotis Chatzistefanou  (3rd Prize). 
Many thanks to the jury for offering their expertise in judging the images and for giving their advice to the participant photographers. +Joel Tjintjelaar  , +Rod Clark  , Dennis Guichard, Julian Escardo , +Klaus-Peter Kubik , Iñaki Hernández-Lasa and +Akira TAKAUE  it was a pleasure working with you, wish you and the participants a great 2014 full of good things professionally and personally! 
Have a lovely first day of the year everyone and enjoy some great photography in this issue!


December 31, 2013 14 comments 2 shares 51 plus ones
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BEST moments 2013... 
First, second, third awards, honorable mentions and other prizes, traveling, teaching in international workshops, publications, books, interviews, working with some of the best fine art photographers in the world  like the team +Vision Explorers   and also with the best professionals in the world of photography as +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs   +SmugMug +Nik Photography , +Stark-Magazine , discovering new things every day – 2013 was a great year and I'm thankful for that. I'm grateful to those who supported me, this helped me grow and give my best every day and I'm grateful to those who  doubted me too, this helped me become better and more focused on what is important. What I wish from 2014? To be good to me, professionally and personally.  The rest, I can take care of it myself : ) Already preparing some new things and working on new exciting projects for the next year.  
Wishing you all a wonderful New Year full of what you love most and to find a way to make all your dreams come true. 

December 25, 2013 32 comments 9 shares 125 plus ones
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Christmas is a time for joy, happiness and love. Oh, and presents too! : ) Wishing you a lot of  all these and many more. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
I took this image in the Mountains of Pindus, Greece, on a very cold winter day when I was experimenting with different effects among which ICM (Intentional Camera Movement) and NFLE (Natural Frosty Lens Effect) which is what you see here. 
How you create this effect? You can find  some tips about it on my site 

December 14, 2013 2 comments 0 shares 58 plus ones
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Some more of the images submitted for the Athens Workshop 2013 & +Formatt-Hitech  Architectural Contest, plus the first 3 places that you already saw, which will be published in the next issue of Stark Magazine. As you can see, the quality of the work submitted is very high. I personally am very pleased with the results the students had after the workshop and I'm happy to have helped them with my guidance. We'll see even more great images posted from this event, I've already seen some of the work in progress of my students and there is a lot of talent out there. I'll come back and show you more as new work is published. 
Images by +Charles Azzopardi (1st Prize), +Steven Grimm  (2nd Prize), +Panagiotis Chatzistefanou  (3rd Prize), +denis deridder , +Theocharis Karamanis , +Stefan Krebs 
Thank you everyone, it was great working with you for almost one and a half month, you are great artists and I wish you all a fantastic career in fine art photography. Of course we'll stay in touch, as I do with all my students and I'll be following your evolution with much joy. A big thank you also to the sponsors of the workshop that made this event such a great one to be part of: +Formatt-Hitech , +Stark-Magazine , +SmugMug , +Topaz Labs , +Nik Photography 
And another thank you to the great jury of the competition: +Joel Tjintjelaar , +Rod Clark , Dennis Guichard, Julian Escardo, Iñaki Hernández-Lasa, +Klaus-Peter Kubik  , +Akira TAKAUE  and myself.
See you all soon at my next workshop!!