FARSIGHTED – What’s in the book

March 22, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

For  a long time, I’ve been wanting to release a photo book of my own. It is what seems like a crowning achievement in a photographer’s life. It really came down to timing. Everything had to come together just right for me. The strength of the work, the subject matter…. It all had to be there.

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One major important factor was mindset. This is probably one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. Putting together a strong book of my own work! A most humbling experience. The result was 90 images taken throughout the last 7 years of my career. Why seven? That’s when the work changed. That’s when I changed. My eye for this subject matter matured. There are very few words in “Farsighted” aside from the forward. Picture books don’t really need words. What I wanted to say is all there. Titles were left out because I didn’t want to influence the viewer’s imagination.

This book is a journey, in no particular order, except that it begins in youthful memories and ends in mourning. There is a sense of humor and a sense of loss. Each image was a momentary love affair, a fraction of a second long. All I ask is that you spend a few moments with each photograph and see what I saw.

So I wanted to share with you, examples of the work you would find in “FARSIGHTED – Landscapes and Street“. I hope you enjoy them.

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“In this digital age of photography, the value of an image becomes fragile with each click of the mouse     (or stylus, if using a tablet) on the editing desk. It becomes the work of an Illustrator and less as a Photographer. I realized an important fact about the selected content of this book. I used no tricks. Every image selected for this book was fine tuned using only the techniques that would have been used in a traditional “wet” darkroom. Cropping, contrast, dodging and burning with very little else. Although, I never consciously planned it that way, it’s the approach I used time and time again with each of these images. A healthy combination of education, skill and discipline.

My approach to Landscape and Street photography has always been pure. I didn’t set out to prove anything. I just made images out of pure enjoyment, for others to maybe someday enjoy. I never once though about how I was going to edit these as I made them.

“Farsightedness” is often used to describe someone who can see best at far distances. I found it an appropriate title for a scenic picture book. I could never get physically close enough to this subject matter and still fit it all in the frame. I had to stand back. Sometimes way back to get the whole picture.

In practice, it made me farsighted.” ~ Filipe N Marques

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Edited by Julie Marques

Email: fnmphoto@me.com

http//:www.fnmphoto.com

“An artist’s work is never finished, it is abandoned” ~ Unknown



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