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Arshdeep Matharu – New Zealand Fine Art Photographer.. of sorts.

This Week’s Photo – Sudan Famine – Tom Stoddart

This Week’s Photo, taken during the Sudan Famine by Tom Stoddart, saddens and frustrates me at the level of inequality depicted in the image – how can, we humans, be so untouched by the plight of the less fortunate? It’s also the image I’ve found particularly difficult to write about. I think this is because there aren’t many particular compositional elements to it for example – the strong leading lines or the S-curves or color – all the stuff that’s […]

What Makes a Compelling Photograph?

I’ve recently started working through David DuChemin’s brilliant online course, The Compelling Frame. While I’m now on lesson 3, one of the first things we were asked to confront and answer for ourselves was one simple, basic question – what makes a Compelling photograph? To answer the question, I decided to scroll through This Weeks Photo category of my blog and when I first answered this question in my journal, I noted few things – A Compelling image goes beyond […]

This Week’s Photo – Private – Fan Ho

This week’s photo, titled Private is by a late Chinese photographer, Fan Ho. One of the things that sticks out for me is the conceptual contrast and juxtaposition in this image. A photographer, photographing the “Private” sign, while also including a couple in a seemingly intimate moment in the same frame. Had the sign not been there, it would have been an image of the couple. But with the sign, the image becomes about the juxtaposition and contrast. Balance in […]

Three Things I Learnt From Abstract: The Art of Design – Episode 6

Episode 6 of Abstract: The Art of Design featured the now legendary graphic designer, Paula Scher. Among other designs, she is the one who created the iconic Citibank logo and also the Windows 8 logo. Although my memory can be rather sketchy at times – I think this episode was perhaps the most enjoyable so far. Paul is one cool chick 🙂 Here are three things insights from the episode that I picked up. Language of Design Early in the […]