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Julia Anna Gospodarou

www.juliaannagospodarou.com - Architect | Internationally Awarded B&W Fine Art Photographer
March 25, 2015 7 comments 0 shares 36 plus ones
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http://www.protothema.gr/city-stories/article/462406/i-athina-fotografizetai-/
Super excited today to see one of the most popular national Greek newspapers +protothema.gr publishing an article about Athens B&W Fine Art Workshop happening this weekend, workshop that has become a tradition and is my signature workshop,  plus an interview with me. If you want to read it in English, here is a Google translation 
http://bit.ly/1xzflvK Thank you +stefanos kastrinakis 
PS. Don't laugh with the photos, I'm still not the prime-minister :) ...but you never know... :))

Η Αθήνα φωτογραφίζεται

Η Julia Anna Gospodarou είναι το πρόσωπο πίσω από το σεμινάριο Ασπρόμαυρης Fine Art Φωτογραφίας

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March 12, 2015 3 comments 2 shares 19 plus ones
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+Topaz Labs  Feature & B&W Effects discounts
The people at Topaz are once again super awesome, not only because they featured my work once more (much thank you for this!!!), but because they give a great discount for B&W Effects 2. Get it here http://bit.ly/TopazLabsPro for only 39.99 USD (from 59.99 USD) till March 31st. It's the best B&W plugin I've worked with so far. And if you want to get 15% discount for any other Topaz product you can use my code “juliaannagospodarou” to order them from the link above. The Topaz Collection is hands-down the best and most complete plugin collection out there and if you were to get only one set of plugins I would warmly recommend Topaz. I use it in all my images and I couldn't live without it.  Another tip: check out Topaz DeNoise and see what it can do with removing noise from your photos. You'll be amazed. 

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March 10, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 26 plus ones
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Heartfelt congrats to  my Athens Workshop 2014  students for being published  in +Camerapixo  Fine Art issue +Sophie Voituron   +Henk Bijl +Solonas M. +Werner Elmer +Rene Gruber 
Something I always want to give to my workshop students is exposure for their work, this is why one of the prizes is always for the best images of the workshop to be published in international fine art magazines. Here are the best images from my last November workshop. http://camerapixo.com/publications/landscape-nature-architecture  Have a look  to see how talented the participants are and to see what you can create if you follow your vision and  process your images with the method I'm teaching, Photography Drawing (PhtD). If you want to create work like this and have it published in international publications, all you have to do is come to my workshop and let your talent show through. Next event March 28-29 http://bit.ly/Athens2015

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March 06, 2015 2 comments 0 shares 18 plus ones
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Here is the creation of my last fine art architectural image in a short video I did about its processing. How my vision transforms from idea to reality and how I apply Photography Drawing. To find out what PhtD is, you can read my book :) 
If you want to read more details about it and why I dedicate it to Alfred Stieglitz, you can read everything my blog post http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/equivalents-i-pennzoil-place-houston-tx/
Find the image here on  G+ https://plus.google.com/u/0/+JuliaAnnaGospodar

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March 02, 2015 21 comments 12 shares 184 plus ones
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Pennzoil Place, Houston, TX – Arch. Philip Johnson
http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/equivalents-i-pennzoil-place-houston-tx/
The start of a new series and maybe a new direction in my work, a direction not so minimalist as before, with more complex subjects and relations among them. As always, my images are born from my experiences and I'm trying to tell my stories through them -  through black, white and shades of gray, through lines and shapes.
See in my blog post above the whole story of the image, the tech side and a video about its creation.
I call this series Equivalents as an homage to Alfred Stieglitz, the “father”of fine art photography, the one who used this word for the first time in the beginning of 20th Century to create the first abstract photography series in history, when he shot more than 200 photographs of clouds deprived of any other context, aiming with this series to capture only the feeling in his images and to find a channel of communication with the viewer beyond known shapes or subjects. This is what I aim for too when creating (en)Visionography. To communicate with the viewer through symbols, and I create this symbols by using architectural shapes and shades of gray. 
I shot this image on a trip I made to Houston, TX, together with my friend and wonderful photographer +Mabry Campbell  Check out his work, it's fantastic. Houston is an amazing city and Mabry knows everything about it so I got the best of what this city has to offer.
Shot with +Formatt-Hitech  ProStop ND filters 10+6 stops. Nowadays I'm using only Firecrest 16, which is THE filter to shoot long exposure. 
Much more about how I create my images + a demo of my entire processing workflow at Athens Workshop March 28-29. Only a couple spots left. http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/

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March 01, 2015 2 comments 0 shares 24 plus ones
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First day of spring today and just ONE MONTH till Athens Workshop on March 28-29! 
Last chance to book your seat as we're almost sold out. You can do it at bit.ly/Athens2015 We have international guests from all over the world (UK, Ireland, Germany, France, US, Norway, South Africa and of course Greece) and I can't wait to meet everyone. We'll also have other distinguished guests like an official +DxO  Ambassador who will give away prizes and make processing demonstrations. More details on this very soon. 
In one word, it will be a great B&W fine art event and we're going have a blast, just like we always do at my Athens workshops. 
PS. If you're curious to see my next photo stay tuned, I'll post it tomorrow, together with a new blog post and a short PP video. It will be an Homage to Alfred Stieglitz, the “father” of fine art photography. 
Happy spring everyone! See you in Athens!!!

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February 18, 2015 0 comments 0 shares 22 plus ones
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Happy to say we have ONLY 2 spots left for the ATHENS Workshop 2015. A warm thank you for your confidence to those who will participate. To join us please register at  http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/
One of my credos in life is to give back for the good things that happen to me. This is why Athens Workshop was the first (and only one so far, from what I know) that is not only providing real-life tuition in B&W fine art photography, post-workshop online assistance, but also give exposure to the students by publishing their images in international fine art magazines. I have partnered over time with  prestigious magazines as +Camerapixo  +STARK-Magazine or Art Photo Feature Magazine (APF) to exhibit the works of the students online and in printed form. Giving exposure to an artist is one of the best things one can do and I want to help as much as I can in this direction, because I know how hard it is to make your voice heard in such a crowded media nowadays. I was lucky for my work to be noticed, appreciated and awarded internationally very soon and this helped me evolve and continue to create my art, and this is what I want to give back to my students. Add to this the prizes worth thousands of Euros that my students receive from our fantastic sponsors +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +DxO  +SmugMug +Camerapixo  +STARK-Magazine  and you will understand how much I care for my students. 
#IloveMyStudents #AthensWorkshop

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February 17, 2015 5 comments 0 shares 40 plus ones
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Thanks everyone for coming on Sunday! It was great meeting you all, chatting about (en)Visionography and shooting together. London is a wonderful city and it's even better when you have good company. I can't wait to see your photos from the photowalk. You can upload them on the Fb and G+ events or on (en)Visionography group and you can tag yourself in this shot. I only added a few tags so I don't make mistakes. Looking forward to meeting you again soon in London or elsewhere and I promise you a great Athens workshop to those coming. London was the warming up, Athens will be the main dish :)

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February 16, 2015 1 comments 0 shares 14 plus ones
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Thank you everyone for coming yesterday to the photowalk me and Ian Good​ organized! It was so nice to meet you all and shoot together. We should repeat it soon, maybe in another city, and I promise, no more short notices next time :) You can upload your photos from the walk on the Google+ event at this link https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/cal7oitosc289hdnpprhmt7tv9o  
  or on the Facebook event if you prefer  https://www.facebook.com/events/1591605687739697 I'm looking forward to seeing your images and I'll post the group shot as soon as I get back home so I can process it.  
Have a wonderful week everyone and hope to see you again soon.

LONDON Photowalk 2015 - FREE event - Sunday Feb 15th, 11.00 am, City Hall - Google+

With @117455365995643899222 and @102471833540021278727 
Meet us on *Sunday Feb 15th at 11.00 am in front of London City Hall* building by Norman Foster - on the Riverside. 
More details: http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/london-photowalk-2015/
I will be leading a casual *FREE*  photowalk together with my friend, London based photographer @102471833540021278727  and we would be happy to welcome you at the event.
No fee or registration needed, ev...

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February 14, 2015 10 comments 0 shares 106 plus ones
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Playing with my mobile photos after a long and great day shooting in Canary Wharf & More London. Fingers crossed for good weather tomorrow at LONDON Photowalk 2015. Don't forget to wake up and come meet me and +Ian Good​ at 11.00 am at the City Hall. Plenty of people will be there. Can't wait to meet you all. In the meanwhile have a happy Valentine and easy on the chocolates... or other excesses. :) Love be with you! 

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February 11, 2015 13 comments 12 shares 56 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/london-photowalk-2015/ I'm at the moment in lovely London for a photography trip and to film a series of lectures on B&W Fine Art photography for a well-known UK photography school and, as I was telling you, I thought to put up a small photowalk on Sunday February 15th to get to meet everyone. I will be leading it together with my friend and London based photographer +Ian Good  and we would be so happy to meet you all and shoot with you. 
It will be a FREE event, no fee or registration needed, everyone is invited to join us, We will move around the City of London and I will share with you tips on B&W, long exposure and architectural/urban photography. 
Meet us at 11am in front of London City Hall building by Norman Foster - on the Riverside, close to the Tower Bridge. We will be shooting til late afternoon or till we get bored : ) No specific equipment is needed, you can shoot with a high-end camera as well as with your phone. If you can though, have your long exposure equipment with you, as we will try to shoot some long exposures if the weather is fit for this. Let's shoot the city together!!!

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February 09, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 28 plus ones
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No better place in the world to discover your vision and learn about fine art photography than the city of art and philosophy, ATHENS. Just think of all the artists and philosophers that walked the paths of this city from the ancient times till today. Think of all the inspiration this city holds. You can breathe it in the air. This is why I love it. Get in touch with the essence of the artist you are in Athens and I promise I will teach you how to use this essence to create the photography you dream of. 
Athens B&W Fine Art Workshop, March 28-29  bit.ly/Athens2015 Almost fully booked. 
Act fast! Sign up and come shoot with me the places that inspired Socrates himself.
PS. We will shoot the Temple of Poseidon in the image and if you are lucky, I can arrange a meeting with Poseidon himself while we're at it. He is a very nice guy who loves the sea and photographers :) 

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February 06, 2015 13 comments 5 shares 131 plus ones
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http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/sea-devotion-ii-bw-processing-without-selections/
Shot a few days ago, while scouting for my next private workshop in Athens. If you want to book a private workshop with me (you can do it here bit.ly/workshops-mentoring), I'd be happy to teach you everything I know about B&W fine art and take you to the best locations in wonderful Athens or anywhere else in the world. I was born a traveler and I was born an artist. This is what  love to do most: share my knowledge and show others the best places for photography in the world.
Gear: +Formatt-Hitech  Firecrest 16 IRND filter, Canon 5D MK3 & T/S lens 24mm. Needless to say, the best ND filter you can shoot with. If you are an architectural or landscape photographer you need this filter just as much as you need your wide angle lens. 
I edited this image almost without making any selection, just by “drawing” it. Interesting? I'll show you how soon. 
PS. London Photowalk announcement in the blog post. FREE event, Feb 15th.

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February 02, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 36 plus ones
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When I started creating B&W fine art photography, my best reward was that I could finally express what I was feeling about the world by using light, shadow and shapes instead of using words. I believe this is what fine art photography can give us most: we can recreate our world outside of ourselves, through our images. I will talk about this and explain how you can express your vision and your unique personal style through fine art photography at Athens Workshop 2015, March 28-29. Watch a video with the thoughts of some of the students of the previous sold out edition plus a short presentation by me. Sign up for Athens 2015 http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/
Video by +stefanos kastrinakis  Editing: Jetmir Metaliaj

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February 01, 2015 0 comments 1 shares 16 plus ones
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A new review of the book From Basics to Fine Art by  me and +Joel Tjintjelaar  on the most popular German photography site Fotocommunity. We are happy to be giving away 3 copies of the book to the participants in the contest organized by the site. Read the review and the rules at http://www.fotocommunity.de/blog/verlosungen/buchvorstellung-verlosung-julia-anna-gospodarou-joel-tjintjelaar-basics-fine-art Review by photographer Martin Wolfert. You can find another review by Martin, even more detailed, on his site http://bit.ly/1BOTRJ7
To purchase the book you can go directly to our webstore bit.ly/basicstofineart

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January 29, 2015 19 comments 0 shares 47 plus ones
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Very honored and happy to find out that my series Exuberance of Strings has won another award: 3rd Prize for Advertising at PX3 2014 Prix de la Photographie Paris  Professionals – People's Choice Awards. 
Earlier this year I had won a 1st + 2nd + 3rd Prize and 2 Honorable Mentions for my work at the regular PX3 2014. I can say I am over the moon  for these distinctions and I'm really grateful for everything that came my way professionally this year. Couldn't wish for more.
Congrats to all the winners, many names I know and admire among them  - see them here http://www.px3.fr/winners/public.php?compName=PX3%202014, and thanks to all of you for being there and providing inspiration and support. 

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January 27, 2015 28 comments 6 shares 160 plus ones
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New image and article on my blog http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/sea-devotion-meaning-black-white/ Explaining what B&W means for me and why I use it. 
Happy to say also that I'll be in London in a couple of weeks to film a series of lectures and tutorials on B&W Fine Art photography, invited by a prestigious UK photography school where I'll be teaching soon.  I'm very excited and it's an honor because they only collaborate with the best photographers and authors of best-selling books. The lectures will be based on my book From Basic to Fine Art written with +Joel Tjintjelaar   http://bit.ly/TS21Qy   I'll be back with news about it soon. 
But for now, London, here I come! :) 

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January 26, 2015 1 comments 2 shares 59 plus ones
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If you want to read a small interview with me, have a look at +SmugMug 's Instagram page during the day today http://instagram.com/smugmug and you will see some of my photos featured there and my answers to the interview's questions accompanying them. Starting withe the image below, one of my all time favorites of my work. 
Also you can have a look at my website http://www.juliaannagospodarou.com/, hosted and designed by the fantastic people at SmugMug. 
http://instagram.com/p/yVFfnAl-lf/?modal=true

SmugMug on Instagram: “"The first thing I have in mind when composition is to make the result harmonious to the eye, then to respect the nature of my subject,…”

“"The first thing I have in mind when composition is to make the result harmonious to the eye, then to respect the nature of my subject, either it is…”

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January 19, 2015 0 comments 3 shares 23 plus ones
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Fluid Time V – A different kind of B&W Fine Art Tutorial – Photography as a Story
Here is again the tutorial about how I created my latest image and my T/S LE series, about how I generally create B&W fine art. The entire demo at Athens Workshop http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/ March 28-29,  2015, where I will show live and interactive how I conceive and process my images, plus how I shoot them in the field. From vision,which for me means feeling the world in your own unique way, from the story behind the series, that created the need for T/S blur and LE, to sharing one of my personal compositional principles, to how I process my B&W images, or rather how I “draw” them with Photography Drawing. 
It is more than photography. It is (en)Visionography!  
Enjoy and hope you'll find it useful.

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January 15, 2015 2 comments 2 shares 36 plus ones
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Hope everyone had a great start into 2015. I was a bit busy with traveling lately but I'm back now and working on preparing the next Athens Workshop for March 28-29 http://blog.juliaannagospodarou.com/athens-workshop-2015/
After the success of the previous workshop, that was sold out in a month and so and had wonderful artists participating, I can't wait for this one to come. Happy to say some great photographers already signed up and we're all ready for some inspirational discussions about art, photography, vision, personal style and expression, live B&W processing demonstrations, portfolio reviews and to take fantastic shots of one of the most famous cities in the world, that I will assist my students with processing afterwards. I'd love to hear what you would like to see me talking about at the workshop and, of course, I'd love to see you in Athens in March, to shoot together and share what I know with you. There are just a few spots left so hurry :) Sign up at the link above.
PS. Did I mention our great sponsors +Formatt-Hitech  +Topaz Labs  +DxO  +SmugMug  +Stark-Magazine +Camerapixo  offering give-aways worth thousands of Euros? Plus a free book From Basics to Fine Art from me and my co-author +Joel Tjintjelaar 

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