On Photography

Environmental Portraits

Environmental Portraits

In environmental portrait photography I approach the term a bit more loosely than the straight-forward approach made by traditional portraitists. I like to think of the portrait as portraying qualities that make the individual unique, show the character within the human, the traits that quantify the subjects individuality.

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The Family of Man by Edward Steichen

The Family of Man by Edward Steichen

AUDIO Click on the triangle to listen along while you read. While thumbing through my copy of an original catalog from the Family of Man exhibition, I can’t help but to think of the various types of people in attendance, class, race, gender, all under the same roof, sharing the same air, viewing the same […]

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How to be Creative

How to be Creative

AUDIO Click the little triangle to listen while you read. Creativity can prove a great challenge for many of us. I for one can attest to having more “dry spells” than creative abundance. Here are some things to consider that have worked for me and continue to work to this day. Keep a journal on […]

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We Are All Critics

We Are All Critics

If we truly believed that photography should always be straight, meaning without photographic manipulation, not only would it be impossible to make photographs (we manipulate through exposure, composition, framing, shutter speed, etc.) but all the credit of the captured images would need to be given to the creator of the the landscapes and not the […]

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What Was The Bauhaus

What Was The Bauhaus

The Bauhaus was first and foremost an art school, albeit of a new and interdisciplinary kind. All students started with a “preliminary course” aimed at unlearning academic conventions of depiction and fostering a creativity based on the essentials of shape, color, and the physical properties of various materials. It was not a class for mastering […]

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f/64 Manifesto

f/64 Manifesto

The name of this Group is derived from a diaphragm number of the photographic lens. It signifies to a large extent the qualities of clearness and definition of the photographic image, which is an important element in the work of members of this Group. The chief object of the Group is to present in frequent […]

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A Family of Portraits

A Family of Portraits

We are all of one Family, born and raised within the social confines of this world. Presented here are my dearest friends, the ever expanding Baird Family.

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Art Meets Social Media

Art Meets Social Media

A new show titled POKE! curated by Jennifer Ward, fotofest.org’s exhibition coordinator, hosts a verity of “Social Media” art pieces, including a piece by Piana, a Houston based artist, titled Journal of the Collective Me, an ever-changing Web project that displays random tweets and status updates that include the word “me.” Another piece by artist, […]

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Landscape Photography

Landscape Photography

As discussed in the “What is Landscape” survey posted to Facebook, there are many interpretations of the term “landscape.” However abstract the term becomes, they all seem to reference the vast open space of our land. During the process of assembling these thoughts on “landscape” and what the terms convey, the following artist’s work comes […]

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What is Landscape

What is Landscape

landscape |ˈlan(d)ˌskāp| noun 1 all the visible features of an area of countryside or land, often considered in terms of their aesthetic appeal : the giant cacti that dominate this landscape | a bleak urban landscape. a picture representing an area of countryside : [as adj. ] a landscape painter. What is landscape? This may […]

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Beyond Pretty Web Pages

Beyond Pretty Web Pages

Web design consists of much more than mere pretty pages, handsome colors, and moving pictures. The art of web design includes the aforementioned, but goes far beyond and into issues of user experience. The old adage, “you get what you pay for,” holds true when it comes to assembling your site. GREAT web design starts […]

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Analogy of Student and Teacher

Analogy of Student and Teacher

The relationship of a student to a teacher is analogous to a guide book. In this analogy the student chooses the destination/topic of focus and the author a.k.a. teacher highlights, points out and describes the areas of focus, mapping out points and landmarks along the way. In this analogy, the student plays an active role […]

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Physiognomy: Measuring a Person’s Character

Physiognomy: Measuring a Person's Character

Physiognomy’s history is marked by points in time that presented this pseudo-science as more than a mere quackery practiced by fortune tellers and mystics. It is thought that by dividing one’s facial structure into thirds, certain personality traits can be assumed.

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CMS Migration

CMS Migration

As of the first of August, Trefethen Studios has switched to a content management system, otherwise known as CMS. Our sites refreshed appearance displays new content specific to the aim of our studio. As our services in the field of digital media education, photography, and design continue to expand, we have found it necessary to […]

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Filtered Through Association

Filtered Through Association

All of the images we read are presented through the filter of editors whose aim is to present their arguments. From the billboard you see while driving down the highway to the AD you read about the School of Visual Arts, arguments are presented front and center with forethought regarding their viewing audience. Whether these […]

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The Third Mind – Burroughs and Gysin

The Third Mind - Burroughs and Gysin

In a movement defined by William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin known as the cut-up, a group of writers set out to bring writing up to speed with the rest of the pictorial arts. In the words of Gysin, writing was fifty years behind painting and the cut-up served as a means of bringing writing […]

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Creative Exploration and the Generation of Ideas

Creative Exploration and the Generation of Ideas

In terms of new ideas and working projects, artists experience both green pastures, flowing with milk and honey and vast desert landscapes, dry as far as the eye can see. When the former prevails, a great peace envelopes the mind of the artist as he or she works through the ideas that lead to the […]

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What draws us to a particular image?

What draws us to a particular image?

Once you have mastered the machine, the camera, you are left with understanding the emotional components we are capable of relating to. Think about the images you are drawn to. Why do these images come to mind? Often times we are drawn to images that we ourselves are capable of making within our limited understanding. […]

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Style vs. Subject

Style vs. Subject

The subject of flowers does not represent a style. It is how you photograph these flowers and turn them into a visual display that represents your style. If, for example, one’s pictures are black and white, color, up close, tightly cropped and or pulled back and centered, i.e. shot in various ways using no single […]

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Good Friday: In the Place of Christ

Good Friday: In the Place of Christ

The torturous form of capital punishment, crucifixion, was popularized by the Romans. It was reserved for the worst and lowest forms of life—slaves and malefactors. It was such a brutal and malicious way to die that Roman citizens were exempt from it. Tis the season where many Christians celebrate Jesus Christ’s reign over death. What […]

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