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Wayne Cook Photography Videography
Fine Art Photography takes a mixed-media approach, making use of conventional photographic technique as a foundational medium, to create art. The photographer Ansel Adams is often referenced as a pioneer in fine art photography - illustrating how the boundaries of conventional craft photography is pushed, its rules overshot, and its limitations overcome by mastering science and commingling other media to create a work of art. Craft photography attempts to capture and convey information about a subject; fine art photography is a mixed-media work of art inspired by the original photographic image.
I started taking photographs of rural landscapes in 1961 using my fathers Kodak Brownie, some 50 years ago. In 1964, I was given a Leica M3 which I used until 1969. That year, I began to experiment with Poloraid cameras. By 1978, I had aquired a Canon 35 mm camera, which I used until 1988. Now, I use a Nikon exclusively. I have been an oil painter since the 1970s and my father taught me some skills in etching on copper. I have also experimented with some sculpture in wood. My focus has been Muskoka and my aboriginal roots and heritage from northern Ontario. I am of Metis heritage, along with Scottish, English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish (Canada 1640’s maternal family members). My roots have been traced back to Spain in 1492, where my family were Merchant Bankers, Merchants and land owners in Spain. My paternal family were expelled from Spain, moved to Germany, Holland, the U.K and then to Canada.
My passion is fine art photography, which refers to photographs that are created to fulfill the creative vision of the artist. Fine art photography stands in contrast to photojournalism and commercial photography. Fine art photography is created primarily as an expression of the artist’s vision, but has also been important in advancing certain causes.
Fine art describes an art form developed primarily for aesthetics and/or concept rather than utility.This type of art is often expressed in the production of art objects using visual and performing art forms, including painting, sculpture, music, dance, theatre, architecture, photography and printmaking. Schools, institutes, and other organizations often use the term to indicate a traditional perspective on the art forms, often implying an association with classic or academic art.
Abstract Expressionism is a painting movement in which artists typically applied paint rapidly, and with force to their huge canvases in an effort to show feelings and emotions, painting non-geometrically, sometimes applying paint with large brushes, sometimes dripping or even throwing it onto canvas. Their work is characterized by a strong dependence on what appears to be accident and chance, but which is actually highly planned. Some Abstract Expressionist artists were concerned with adopting a peaceful and mystical approach to a purely abstract image. Usually there was no effort to represent subject matter. Not all work was abstract, nor was all work expressive, but it was generally believed that the spontaneity of the artists' approach to their work would draw from and release the creativity of their unconscious minds. The expressive method of painting was often considered as important as the painting itself.
Video art is a type of art which relies on moving pictures and comprises video and/or audio. Video art came into existence during the 1960s, is still widely practiced and has given rise to the widespread use of video installations. Video art can take many forms: recordings that are broadcast, viewed in galleries or other venues, or distributed as video tapes or DVD discs; sculptural installations, which may incorporate one or more television sets or video monitors, displaying ‘live’ or recorded images and sound; and performances in which video representations are included.
Video art is named after the video tape, which was most commonly used in the form's early years, but before that artists had already been working on film.
One of the key differences between video art and theatrical cinema is that video art does not necessarily rely on many of the conventions that define theatrical cinema. Video art may not employ the use of actors, may contain no dialogue, may have no discernible narrative or plot, or adhere to any of the other conventions that generally define motion pictures as entertainment. This distinction is important, because it delineates video art not only from cinema but also from the subcategories where those definitions may become muddy, as in the case of avant garde cinema or short films. Video art's intentions are varied, from exploring the boundaries of the medium itself, to rigorously attacking the viewer's expectations of video as shaped by conventional cinema.