Jordanian Conceptual Photographer and Digital Artist Amer Dababneh

A little bit of the surreal, by Amer D

A little bit of the surreal, by Amer Dababneh

 

Amer Dababneh lives in Amman, Jordan where he works as a conceptual photographer and digital artist specializing in creating composite imagery– such as the examples of his surreal work above and his highly original self-portraits below.

Self-portrait, Amer D

Self-portrait, Amer Dababneh

 

Self Portrait, Amer Dabaneh

Self Portrait, Amer Dababneh

 

Me Myself & !, Amer D

Me Myself & I, Amer Dababneh

 

You will find dozens of Amer’s images in his portfolio on the 500 Pixels site here and you can keep up with Amer’s amazing work on his facebook page here.

 

Orange Juice, Anyone? by Amer Dab

Orange Juice, Anyone? by Amer Dababneh

 

The Light of Freedom, Amer D

The Light of Freedom, Amer Dababneh

 

The digital camera and Photoshop mastery of the versatile Amer, cross over into portraiture, animals and birds, landscapes and seascapes, and urban explorations. The image titled Serenity Fisher (below) is one in a series of photographs the artist made in the coastal Jordanian city of Aqaba, located at the north-eastern tip of the Red Sea between the continents of Asia and Africa.

 

Serenity Fisher, Amer D Aqaba is the only coastal city in Jordan at the northeastern tip of the Red Sea between the continents of Asia and Africa.

Serenity Fisher, by Amer Dababneh

 

Amer Dababneh would like you to feel free to contact him about his artworks and professional services as Creative Director, photographer and digital art expert, via both Facebook here and on 500px here.

Amer uses the Canon 5D Mark II digital camera and the Canon 7D with Canon 24-70 mm zoom lens, the Canon 70-300 mm zoom lens, and the Canon 85mm prime lens.

 

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Turn Your Instagram Pictures Into Art With Canvas Prints

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Did you know there are over 300 million monthly Instagram users? This successful app has been around for less than 5 years, but it has turned into a massive social network and its growth does not seem to stop. Not too long ago, an Instagram picture made the cover of The Wall Street Journal. No kidding! Undoubtedly, Instagram is one of the most popular photo-sharing sites today.

What is so great about uploading pictures to Instagram? Well, it allows you to choose among various filters and end up with professional-looking pictures. You can fix any lighting issues or make your photos look more artistic just by selecting some of the available filters.

Now, since photo enthusiasts take enough pride on their shots to share them with their followers, wouldn’t you take that hobby one step ahead and transform them into canvas prints? All you have to do is select your most treasured Instagram photos and ask a professional online printer like 4over4.com to do the rest.

Choose Among Rolled or Stretched Canvas

The best thing about a personalized project is that you get to choose the photo you want to print, the material you want and where to place it after it is done. It is your project, so there are no rules to follow. Online printers offer several options and you can take your time to choose exactly what you need. For instance, take a look at this canvas print catalog, they let you customize size, print finish and paper type.

When you are creating a small art gallery for your home or office, you can choose either rolled or stretched canvas. Both options will give your space a unique touch However, the best choice depends on your preferences, budget, the space you have available and the desired results. Here is what you need to know to make a wise decision:

Stretched canvas: if you do not want to pay big bucks on expensive frames, choose stretched canvas as they are ready to mount on the wall. Its frameless effect looks great on any wall regardless of the wall color or canvas size. Plus, a stretched canvas is less likely to be damaged.

Rolled canvas: if you have a tight budget or maybe want to build a frame of your own, this is the best option for you. A framed canvas is commonly more durable than a stretched canvas. If you have a special type of frame in mind, go with rolled canvas to make them look vintage, classy, modern or the look that fits your interior design.

Are you an amateur photographer? Do you want to create a charming environment? Log into your Instagram account and choose the most fascinating pictures you have saved. Personalize a space without spending a fortune. Remember that a picture can tell more than a thousand words; it can tell a whole story.

Image courtesy of: Pixabay Cellphone

 

Artist Marketing Resources Sponsoring “Your Best” Open Theme Competition

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A bit of advance news. this month, Artist Marketing Resources will be sponsoring some exhibitions with Exhibition Without Walls.

The first competition we will be sponsoring is “Your Best.”  This is an open theme competition and allows photographers and digital artists to not have to be confined to a specific theme.

Look for details in Call to Submit in future blog posts.

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Burn Magazine Emerging Photographer Fund 2014—ENTER NOW!

The Emerging Photographer Fund grant is designed to support continuation of a photographer’s personal project. This body of work may be of either journalistic mission or purely personal artistic imperatives. The primary intent is to support emerging photographers who will become the icons of tomorrow.

An esteemed jury will award a $10,000 grant.

THE DEADLINE FOR THE 2014 EDITION IS JULY 31, 6PM PST ($25 Entry Fee)

Burn Magazine has also re-opened their Submissions section. This gives all photographic artists a chance once again to have your work viewed and in consideration for Burn online and Burn in print. Photographs in all categories may be submitted.

Want more opportunities for Photographers? Our 85 page list of Photographers Resources, including International Photography Representatives and Photographer Agents, Gallerists, Publishers, Magazines and More, is available here.

Jay Burton’s Photographic Art: The Sensual Flowering of an Unclothed Woman

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Elusive, Jay Burton

Flower photography has been a long-time interest of photographic artist Jay Burton, who says that his fascination with flowers lies in “the intricacy and sensuality of floral structure” and in “the challenge of producing a unique, striking flower image.” Jay Burton is a nationally exhibited, award-winning photographer who began making photographic images at the early age of eight. Jay holds a Ph.D. in theatre, and teaches drama in community colleges, where he also directed and designed sets and  theatrical lighting. He believes that his work in theatre compliments his work in photography and vice versa. Both arts are, in his opinion “about meaningful moments, ideas, feelings, and pictures.”

A few years ago, Jay became interested in the possibilities of abstract photography.  While exploring those two interests–flowers and abstraction–, he began work with what he has come to call “middle ground macros.” Jay explains that middle ground macros “fall somewhere between a typical macro, such as an insect’s eyeball, and an extreme close-up, like a whole flower.”

Summer Morning, Jay Burton

Summer Morning, Jay Burton

In his choice of lens-to-subject distance and shallow depth of field, Jay generates a level of abstraction that retains intricacy and sensuality in his image subjects.

“In editing and cropping these images, I realized that they could be organized by juxtaposition, which created new and different relationships between the parts and formed a completely unique larger image. I chose the grid as a convenient framework for this juxtaposition.” Jay says that “both the single images and the images that make up the grids are of different parts of the subject and are often shot at different times and on different days.”

Insidious, Jay Burton

Insidious, Jay Burton

“After shooting, there are fifteen steps in creating a final printed grid. Creative decisions and discovery occur at every step in the process. By far, the most complicated step is the creation of a working grid; this requires finding new ways of arranging individual shots to create connections and thus an entirely new, cohesive image.”

Once he’d  produced a number of flower grids, Jay applied the same concept and process to the female form, or, more accurately portions of the female form. The results were very different, but no less satisfying for the photographer. “Shortly after that, I recognized that foods could also provide very sensual subject matter. At present I am exploring other subject matter, but I have not abandoned any of the earlier series.”

Spanish Guitar

Spanish Guitar, Jay Burton

Jay completes all the work manipulating his camera shots on his computer, but the end products, which are limited edition prints, are created by a genuine photographic process on light-sensitive paper.

The guiding considerations for Jay Burton’s current work are “suggestion and sensuality.”  Jay Burton sees more subtle sensuality in a flower image than in a boudoir photograph. For Jay, a grid composed of parts of the female form “can be far more suggestive than a photograph of an unclothed woman.”

Helix, Jay Burton

Helix, Jay Burton

View larger versions of Jay Burton’s sensual images on his website http://jayburtonphotography.com   and on his blog Unnatural light http://unnaturallight.com

Artist Can Generate Extra Income With This Grab Bag Idea

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Los Angeles photographer Gary Leonard advertises an interesting offer in the latest issue of COAGULA magazine. The photographer will send you one of his signed photographic postcard size prints from his vast archive when you send  him $10.00.  This is a Grab Bag offer. He selects the image to send. Part of the is the surprise of what image you will receive in the mail. Such a simple and interesting way to generate extra income.

Read the latest issue of Coagula FREE here.

 

Selling Art: A F*R*E*E* New Guide + Artist Event Strategy + Co-Op Ad Op

New Guide: Selling Nature Photography

This free guide, released in partnership with Outdoor Photographer magazine, Selling Nature Photography  explores how successful nature photographers have built their businesses and the secrets to getting the attention of leading buyers. You’ll also discover the most popular avenues for selling nature photography today, and how personalizing your pitches could get you sales.

The PDF covers 4 main areas:

  • Selling Stock Images
  • Fine Art Sales
  • Making Money Offering Workshops and Tours,Print Sales and Books
  • Editorial Sales

Get this Free 34 page PDF here . Painters, sculptors and all artists — reading this guide may spark ideas for making sales or help you polish your sales pitches for your artwork.

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Painter Alessandro Brentel turned his online art portfolio into a sales event which he titled “100 ARTWORKS 1 ARTIST !!” The event offers one hundred of his paintings for sale in his Ebay Wikipediart online store. The artist invited buyers to attend the sale using Facebook event invitations. This is clever and perhaps the idea will work for you as well.

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There is a co-op advertising opportunity in American Art Collector Magazine w/ Xanadu Gallery for a two page spread in the September issue of the publication. You can share your work with art collectors as part of this co-op ad for only $120.

Simple steps to participate:

Step #1 | Register Click here:

Click Here to Register for the Ad

If the ad is already sold out when you try to register you can try for stand by status by going to:

http://www.xanadugallery.com/AACStandby/index.asp

Only register for stand by status if you receive a message that the ad is sold out.

Artists who sign up for standby but don’t make it into this issue will automatically be placed in the next issue. In essence, signing up for Standby status guarantees you placement in the next ad.


Step #2 | Register Upload your image to Xanadu Gallery website by going to:

Upload Link

http://www.xanadugallery.com/AACUpl/Upload.asp

Follow the instructions on the upload page to send us your image and information

Please Upload your Image As Soon as Possible to Guarantee Placement in the September Issue