I made this image in Gallipoli, southern Italy, while traveling in Puglia during February 2013. The sun had already gone down and the light was very dim within the narrow streets and alleyways. Using a tripod and a relatively long exposure (1.3 seconds) I was able to make the picture. I love how this photo expresses the personality and character of a typical southern Italian town without including people. In Italian, “Due Amici” means “Two Friends”. Click the image for the full size version. Comments always appreciated!
I made this image on my recent trip to Cannes, France. This picture is one of a continuing series of imagery I am making by moving the camera during the exposure. I print these on museum-quality canvas and then hand embellish with clear acrylic gels and texturing mediums. Click the image for a larger version.
It’s not often that I allow outside entities to represent my work; this is a change. Recently, after several discussions with Ron Golbus and his team at Graphic Encounter, I’ve decided to partner with them to represent my photography and mixed media work for select projects.
Since 1970, Graphic Encounter has provided artworks for hotels, hospitality, healthcare, corporate offices and many other commercial projects, and I am thrilled that they are now representing my abstract photography, abstract mixed media and travel photography works. Graphic Encounter represents a very wide range of art styles, genres and installation types, check out their web site.
A small plaza in Nice, France is lit by the late afternoon sun on a warm spring day. A flying pigeon also makes an appearance in the picture.
I’ve processed this image as both color and black-and-white, and I’m not sure which version I prefer. Your thoughts?
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I made this image during our Italy Photo Tour in October 2012. The village of Apricale is high in the Maritime Alps, not far from the Mediterranean and the French border. Our group stayed there for two nights and had a fantastic time exploring the area. We’d scouted this location the previous afternoon and the entire group returned in the pre-dawn hours to photograph the sunrise. The clouds never gave way, but we were treated to calm weather and clear visibility, lending a sparkling quality to the town lights. Click the image for the full size version.
This is an abstract photograph I made in Cannes, France. As with many of my abstract images, it’s printed on canvas and then hand painted with clear acrylic, which adds fantastic texture like an original painting. Click for a larger image.
When Ruth and I first arrived in Nice and were walking to our hotel, we passed this wonderful little workshop of an upholsterer. Since we had all our luggage with us and were eager to unload from our travels, I resolved to return and get a photo. A few days later we were able to go back to the place. I prepared my camera out of sight, planning a sneak attack to get a candid shot. I popped into the doorway and was able to fire a few frames before the man saw me and gave a huge, warm smile. The sneaky shots came out good too, but in the end I liked this one the best. With the man looking at the camera, his genuine, welcoming smile makes the image! I can’t imagine how he gets any work done in this crowded space. Click for a larger version.
The original digital images are either printed directly to acrylic or aluminum disks or printed on other material (such as polyester or vinyl) which is then laminated to the rigid substrate.
My disc art can be manufactured in any size and mounted to the wall in several ways. Combine circles of different sizes to make eye-catching, distinctive designs within the space!
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I just returned from a very productive two weeks in Puglia, southern Italy. During the trip I made lots of new abstract work. Here is the first of many new works I will be releasing over the coming weeks. Comments and feedback always appreciated!
I’ve just released my first self-published book (and my fifth overall). The new title is also my first photography book exclusively featuring my abstract work. It’s available both as a 154-page printed version and a downloadable PDF version optimized for screen display.
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Abstract photograph available printed on any substrate and any size. Contact us for pricing.
“Mezzaluna” photograph by Nat Coalson (click for larger image)
I made this image at sheep farm and artisan cheese maker Cascina Pistone in the Langhe region of Piedmont, Italy.
Upon entering the room, I was immediately drawn to the gentle shapes and beautiful window light. I spent a long while shooting this scene, first with the camera handheld, before deciding on the final composition and setting up the tripod.
Although the background and foreground are slightly blurred from a relatively shallow depth of field, this photo was captured using f/25 at 90mm on a 28-135mm lens. I tried many apertures and other settings before finding the “sweet spot” that provided just the look I was after. In the end, this setup required a shutter speed of 5 seconds for correct exposure (which is why the tripod was required).
I made this photo during my Italy Photo Tour in October 2012. It was an amazing trip, and many of my clients were able to produce similar photos and many others from equally beautiful locations. I have several photo tours in Europe planned for 2013; please contact me for details.
This image is available as a print in any size on paper and canvas.
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On October 6, 2012 Ruth and I visited Kenilworth Castle in the Midlands of England. It’s a fantastic medieval castle ruin and one of the most renowned of English historical castles.
While exploring the ruins I found this moody, dramatic inside corner with a circular staircase leading up to the floors above. I was glad to have my tripod with me, as this scene was lit with very low light levels requiring a 1.3 second exposure, even at ƒ 6.3.
View more of my photographs of England at http://www.NatCoalson.com/united-kingdom