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JONATHAN CHARLES - photographer and graphic artist
I am a photographer in South West England and he Charente region of France. My subject is an exploration of beauty and dreams - I see more than enough of troubling reality to want to project it further. My work in art photography covers 40 years starting with B&W bleak landscapes through abstract nudes, portraits, dance & theatre to the added dimension of colour and emphasis on personal experience and subconscious mythology. I have used most kinds of equipment and processing - nowadays mostly digital.
I aim to create pictures which can be appreciated on four levels: the first being an interesting or beautiful subject; the second an abstract design; the third an emotional connection; fourth and the deepest, a link to the hidden shared subconscious that feeds our dreams. A quick glance may not get beyond the first levels but if you spend a little longer looking there is more to see.
Much of my work explores the ideal relationship between mankind and the natural world and female nudes feature especially, partly because they have intrinsic beauty and power and often for the symbolism of the human in a totally natural state as an observer or participant in a landscape. There have been many complaints, especially on another site (PhotoSIG) that the figures are too small / dark / indistinct but these miss the point - that they are not meant to be glamour shots and it is not necessary to see all the details to appreciate the situation pictured.
I am always improvising, trying to learn from the images and people's reactions to them.
I am now mainly posting to my gallery on Flickr as the changes on photo.net critique forum caused a dramatic fall in responses to my photos and I do not have the time to maintain both galleries properly. I still join in the interesting forum discussions here. I have a blog which I use to give the story behind my images or series, old and new. Comments and contributions to that are very welcome.
Some (8) of my photos have been published in "OUTDOOR LIGHTING: Nudes" by Kathy Joseph with detailed explanations of the techniques used. Another photo, of Caroline, has been published as the front cover of a book on drama. My photo "Eloise, desert shore" was chosen by Ken Ichiro Sato for the opening installation of the Rochester Outdoor Museum of Art, now evolved into Big Picture Rochester . Others have been selected for exhibitions of the Royal Photographic Society (UK).
Much of my pictorial photography is based in the St.Austell Bay area of Cornwall, South West England, and near Gourvillette, Charente Maritime, France,and can be seen in the folders of this gallery as well as other regional sites.
I am grateful for any comments or criticisms of my photos about both the technical aspects and your response to the image as a whole and the idea behind it.