Pygmalion Karatzas presents the Integral Lens Series: John Kosmopoulos
Text by Pygmalion Karatzas
In this article, we feature the work of John Kosmopoulos from Toronto, Canada. He is a consultant, author and professor in the behaviour sciences and a fine art photographer, specializing in colour and black and white architecture, abstract, long exposure and minimalist subjects. His award winning images have been featured in international galleries, publications and with the House of Ilford, Topaz Labs and Formatt Hitech. He periodically instructs photography workshops in Vancouver, Toronto, Dubai, London, among other cities.
Here are a few photos from several of his exemplary series based on his MCM (Muted Colour Metallics) colour style and his Zonal Shape System principles for Black and White photography. The photos include the series “Desertera” of the Aga Khan Museum and Ismaili Centre in Toronto, the “Dubaiisms” taken during workshops he conducted in Dubai, the “Simplexity” series of minimalistic archistract portraits of iconic buildings throughout the world, the “Cosmopolis” series which is as an ode to his home city, and work from a very recent adventure in New York City.
“Fine art photography is a style or genre of photography that offers a harmonious composition of elements within a frame of reference whose content provides aesthetic, sensory, and sometimes surreal qualities that fulfill the authentic, creative, and personal vision of the photographer as artist while heightening the emotional and psychological response of the observer. It is an established but evolving discipline in photography whose essential condition is the `felt aesthetic` (the feeling of being immersed in and inspired by something intellectually and imaginatively beautiful).
This type of photography is often exemplified by but not limited to black and white compositions, various exposure lengths, and eclectic subjects (e.g., abstract, architecture, landscapes, nude portraits, etc.). It may also be interpreted by refined theories and concepts across disciplines (e.g., philosophy, psychology, literature, music, film, culture, semiotics, mathematics, science) and past and current trends in art, photography and technology in part or in whole. It is often defined in contrast to journalistic, documentary, and commercial photography. It also adheres to quality standards in post-processing and printing as part of the creation of art.” – © John Kosmopoulos
Find out more in John Kosmopoulos` website: http://www.silverzenphotography.com
Cover photo: Desertera Series – Aga Khan Museum I © John Kosmopoulos