Arts suggestions for curious photographers

I like to live photography interwoven with other disciplines in a sort of a great artistic connection. So, I try to approach the photo composition and techniques thinking of examples

I like to live photography interwoven with other disciplines in a sort of a great artistic connection. So, I try to approach the photo composition and techniques thinking of examples, sometimes forcing my memories, in the most heterogeneous disciplines and without a pure formal method. I find this way more versatile and, above all, feeds mind with different inputs.

That’s why it has always impressed me the Vélazquez painting Las Meninas (1656, today in the Prado Museum). This is one of Velázquez`s largest piece and among those in which he made most effort to convey a sense of life and reality while enclosing a dense network of meanings.

The artist divides the scene in a sort of cinematographic shot ante litteram, defining the foreground, middle ground and background and the depth of field recalls a wide lens.

The composition is attentive to focus the attention on the young girl, the Infanta Margarita daughter of the Spanish King Filippo IV and the Queen Mariana, in the background blurry reflected in the mirror. A powerful symbol used particularly in Fine Arts or surreal images, like in the ones of Francesca Woodman.

Margarita, the focal point, is illuminated as she faces towards the main light source on the right-hand side of the painting, like in a sort of contemporary studio shooting, whereas most of the other figures are facing away from the light.

The sophisticated scene follows the rule of thirds and the construction of the golden section, at the foundation of the idea of balanced beauty borrowed from nature and firstly approached by Plato in the Republic dialogue. Both of them are currently used in the photography framing.

Velázquez boldly included himself in the painting on the far left-hand side, standing brush-in-hand in front of a large canvas. It reminds me of many images taken in the history of photography such as the modern selfies too.

In the background, you can see a man in the open doorway, coming or going and in isolation. He is dark and the background is lit up in order to create a clever and subtle point of contrast (photographers, you know what we are dealing with, don’t you?).

This painting features several frames: the room in which they are all standing, the paintings on the wall, the painting Velázquez is working on, the mirror and the door in the background. You get a feel of structure and organization but in a dynamic way, like in a Cartier Bresson’s photo.

Then you have other interesting, organic shapes created by the people and dog creating a pleasant contrast between rigid and organic; straight and curved; stillness and movement.

All in all, it is surprising how this baroque painting, that inspired also Picasso and Dalì, is full of prompts and suggestions for the photographers still today. A good lesson to take the arts evocative energy back and alive in our practice.

Francesca Pompei

Francesca Pompei is a professional photographer focused on arts and architectural images, member of the board of Italian Association of Professional Photographers-TAU Visual from 2014 to 2020. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Fondazione Dario Mellone in Milan and it is online on LensCulture, PhotoVogue, blink, Fondo Malerba per la Fotografia, L’Oeil de la photographie, Aesthetica Magazine, All About Photo, Dodho magazine, Iconic Artist Magazine, OpenEye, Saatchi Art, Artribune, Artsper, Artsy, Exibart, Aesthetics Of Photography, Marika Magazine and Artnet. Her name is included in the Art in America's Guide 2017 and in the TOP 100 artists 2018 by the Circle Foundation for the Arts-France. She is a member of PhotoVogue and she is represented by the Art+Commerce Agency- PhotoVogue Collection New York.

More Stories

Street photography; Hong Kong Lines and Patterns by Jason Au

Street photography; Hong Kong Lines and Patterns by Jason Au

"Hong Kong Lines and Patterns" is a street photography series that comes with a fine art aesthetic and the compositional approach of isolating urban subjects, geometric elements and forms fromthe chaotic urban environment of Hong Kong.
Real vs Unreal by Kaushik Dolui

Real vs Unreal by Kaushik Dolui

Photographs of this trend create a reality that does not reflect reality, but prompted by subconscious, characteristics, the expression of unconscious fantasies. Something like unnatural, supernatural and mysterious.
Cronorifugio

Cronorifugio

Light and time. These two essential concepts in photography are also fundamental for our being and in our life. Here and now, I feel that the time has come to talk about the time.

Color Awards

We invite you to participate in the first edition
of the Color Awards. We are looking
for the best color picture for this year, 2022.

The competition is open to any interpretation of color photography
in all its dimensions, from everyday reality
to pure abstraction

DEADLINE | FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2022

PHOTO BY © DANIIL KONTOROVICH
Sahara Giants by Alice de Kruijs

Sahara Giants by Alice de Kruijs

When in 2000, the palaeontologist Paul Sereno went to look for new dinosaur bones in the Sahara Desert, he did not expect that he would return from there as an archaeologist. Arriving in the northeast of Niger, Sereno and his colleague’s day after day sifted through the sand of Tener, one of the most inhospitable deserts in the world, which even the nomadic inhabitants of the Sahara call “desert in the desert”.
Tell me who I am by Mohammad Sorkhabi

Tell me who I am by Mohammad Sorkhabi

Segregation by gender has existed in highly conservative communities for years, in order to raise their children in an isolated environment and away from any sort of sexual relations. But in most cases, this only causes sexual suppression and severe disorders in sexual orientation identification.
Interview with Alain Schroeder; published in our print edition #20

Interview with Alain Schroeder; published in our print edition #20

Belgian photojournalist Alain Schroeder has been working in the industry for over four decades. First as a sports photographer in the 80s, then shooting book assignments and editorial pieces in art, culture and human stories.

Featured Stories

Poetic lyrics : Il pleut sur Nantes by Philippe Marchand

Poetic lyrics : Il pleut sur Nantes by Philippe Marchand

Barbara was a famous French singer who died about ten years ago. Her very evocative and poetic lyrics are still very successful all over the world.
Trump-Kim craze by Biel Calderon

Trump-Kim craze by Biel Calderon

The second summit between the U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korea chairman Kim Jong-un brought to the city of Hanoi heavy traffic, security cordons, and bustle. However, the residents of the capital of Vietnam welcomed the distinguished guests with great diplomacy and, in many cases, with joy and very peculiar demonstrations of admiration.
60s NYC by Michael Seif

60s NYC by Michael Seif

In the 1960s I lived and worked in New York City, carried my camera everywhere, and photographed every chance I had - day and night, above ground and in the subways.The camera forced me to look, and to actually see.
François Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

François Mitterrand by Diego Goldberg

I lived in France from 1976 to 1980. While there I had been covering the Socialist Party and when François Mitterrand decided to be a candidate again for the presidential elections I wrote him a letter with a project to document his campaign from the inside, with total access to his private and political activities.
Irish Travellers by Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

Irish Travellers by Joseph-Philippe Bevillard

Since 2009, I have been documenting Irish Travellers using a b&w film medium format camera. But an unfortunate incident occurred when I realised I left my bag full of Hasselblad film cameras and lenses on the train from Venice to Rome in May 2018.
Yolanda Garcia ; The chaos within simplicity

Yolanda Garcia ; The chaos within simplicity

Yolanda Garcia is a photographer who lives in Madrid. She has in a world of dreams, pain, laughter, and likes to externalize. She started in photography from she was a child, fiddling with cameras from their parents.
https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/color-banner.jpg

We invite you to participate in the first edition of the Color Awards. We are eager to see photograhs with new focus points and innovative approaches

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/BAnImage.jpg

ImageRights provides intelligent image search and copyright enforcement services to photo agencies and professional photographers worldwide.

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/banner.jpg

The book where words and images meet to never leave each other, The book contains 20 evocative paintings; each of them is a double page. 56 printed pages | 235x165mm

https://www.dodho.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/banner22.jpg

Call For Entries #21 | After 20 editions and more than 100 published photographers, our print edition has proven to be a simply effective promotional channel.

Wildlife portraits by Nick Dale

Wildlife portraits by Nick Dale

I wanted to be a photographer when I was 15, but my mother said I could always take it up later – so that was that for 30 years! I ended up reading English at Oxford and working as a strategy consultant for a few years
Glacial Silt Patterns by Hal Gage

Glacial Silt Patterns by Hal Gage

Over eons, glaciers travel from mountain tops in their slow, unrelenting march to the seas. Grinding rock to powder and carving valleys in their wake, they create the landscapes we see today
Northern Siberia; Like Last Year’s Snow by Oded Wagenstein

Northern Siberia; Like Last Year’s Snow by Oded Wagenstein

In the remote village of Yar-Sale in Northern Siberia live a group of elderly women. They were once part of a nomadic community of reindeer herders.
Erotic photographs; Inappropriate Images by Alva Bernadine

Erotic photographs; Inappropriate Images by Alva Bernadine

When I first started taking erotic photographs they were for myself and nobody saw them apart from a few friends. They languished in my photo albums for some years until my first book, Bernadinism: How to Dominate Men and Subjugate Women, was published in 2001 by a Swiss publisher.
The Cattle Camps of South Sudan by Trevor Cole

The Cattle Camps of South Sudan by Trevor Cole

The Mundari cattle camp, seldom visited by outsiders, is quite simply incredible. I saw Sebastiao Salgado’s photos of these camps years ago and there was little change that I could see.
Under the sign of the rat; Roger the Rat by Roger Ballen

Under the sign of the rat; Roger the Rat by Roger Ballen

Surreal, refined, disturbing: Roger Ballen has made a name for himself with his special eye for what is usually considered minor or outside, yet is nevertheless profound and touching.

Trending Stories

The Embarrassment of Being Human by Aline Smithson

The Embarrassment of Being Human by Aline Smithson

The Embarrassment of Being Human considers mortality by examining our private discomforts and the detachment that humans have with their most primal self.
Faith by Francis Meslet

Faith by Francis Meslet

Face to FAITH Decades went by before I felt the need to enter a church again. Not that I have any bad memories of them, in fact my memories were pretty good and could be summed up in interminable laughter between friends during the Sunday mass under the red nose of the priest who had placed us there to keep an equally red eye on us.
Southeast Asia; Living on water by Steff Gruber

Southeast Asia; Living on water by Steff Gruber

The Tonle Sap Lake near Siem Reap is the largest freshwater lake in Southeast Asia. It’s one of the richest inland fishing grounds in the world and home to over one million people.
By the River by Ian Flanders

By the River by Ian Flanders

Ian Flandres first visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2011 where he stumbled across a young street-prostitute prospecting along the Mekong River. After a brief discussion he became struck and ultimately haunted by the look of despair and desolation in her eyes.
Palya, The Stolen generations by Luigi Avantaggiato

Palya, The Stolen generations by Luigi Avantaggiato

«Stolen generations» is the name referred to Australian aboriginal and Torresian Island children who are removed from their families by Australian federal governments and religious missions, according to parliamentary norms.
Jan von Holleben : konrad wimmel is in town!

Jan von Holleben : konrad wimmel is in town!

Seven worlds teeming with life promise all the fun of searching and finding – and nothing is impossible.
Five minutes with Audrey Simper

Five minutes with Audrey Simper

I am a full time freelance photographer that specializes in fashion portraiture and creative photography.
India in Search of Gender Equality by Francisco Alcalá

India in Search of Gender Equality by Francisco Alcalá

According to Dr. Vasa Prabhakar (SAP College) in India, discrimination against women can start in the womb. Gender inequality, patriarchy, caste system, dowry system is an acute and persistent problem.
The manila Project by Larry Louie

The manila Project by Larry Louie

The world's population has increased from 4 billion to 7 billion since 1975 with the majority of the population surge occurring in developing countries. Today, it is estimated that over 4 billion people are living in urban centers with one quarter of these people (1 billion people) living in slums, and shantytowns within these centers. 

Other Stories

stay in touch
Join our mailing list and we'll keep you up to date with all the latest stories, opportunities, calls and more.
We use Sendinblue as our marketing platform. By Clicking below to submit this form, you acknowledge that the information you provided will be transferred to Sendinblue for processing in accordance with their terms of use
We’d love to
Thank you for subscribing!
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted.
- Between 10/30 images of your best images, in case your project contains a greater number of images which are part of the same indivisible body of work will also be accepted. You must send the images in jpg format to 1200px and 72dpi and quality 9. (No borders or watermarks)
- A short biography along with your photograph. (It must be written in the third person)
- Title and full text of the project with a minimum length of 300 words. (Texts with lesser number of words will not be accepted)
This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Contact
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact contact@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.
Submission
Dodho Magazine accepts submissions from emerging and professional photographers from around the world.
Their projects can be published among the best photographers and be viewed by the best professionals in the industry and thousands of photography enthusiasts. Dodho magazine reserves the right to accept or reject any submitted project. Due to the large number of presentations received daily and the need to treat them with the greatest respect and the time necessary for a correct interpretation our average response time is around 5/10 business days in the case of being accepted. This is the information you need to start preparing your project for its presentation.
To send it, you must compress the folder in .ZIP format and use our Wetransfer channel specially dedicated to the reception of works. Links or projects in PDF format will not be accepted. All presentations are carefully reviewed based on their content and final quality of the project or portfolio. If your work is selected for publication in the online version, it will be communicated to you via email and subsequently it will be published.
Get in Touch
How can we help? Got an idea or something you'd like share? Please use the adjacent form, or contact hello@dodho.com
Thank You. We will contact you as soon as possible.