William Toti Fine Art Photography
Welcome To My Blog!
Where I will be sharing my thoughts and observations on fine art prints and photography...
“Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetic.
Photography becomes art when certain controls are applied.”
“…and when certain aesthetics are achieved.”
To start with…
Forgive me in advance. I will not commit to blogging regularly. This blog will always be a journey.
Here’s the deal: I won’t waste your time by adding content when I don’t have anything to say. But I hope you do check in periodically to see if there is something new and interesting here. My fine art photography, as with any form of art, will evolve, and as it does I will explain why here. To remain stagnant is to die.
Photographers learn and expand, their
tastes change, and sometimes their styles are modulated by new insights, visions, or viewpoints. How many abstract painters transitioned from cubism to other styles over time? So it is with folks like me.
My current interest is finding that juxtaposition between traditional landscapes and an “in the moment,” journalistic style. The great French street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined the phrase “the decisive moment” to describe photographs that had captured a moment in time that would never be repeated. My goal is to take the essence of Cartier-Bresson’s concept, and apply it to landscapes. In that regard I hope you find unique, “decisive moments” in each one of my images.
At the time of this writing my style involves big, bold colors. While I love black-and-white, color is my current medium. (I reserve the right to change my mind sometime in the future.) Will this be one of the best places to buy art online? That remains to be seen.
To that end, I seek images that continue to expand my color palette. Today, New York may be found in a hue somewhere between violet and lavender, modulated by the artificial lighting that permeates the city. Tomorrow we may find it in a tone of blues and grays. The Palouse may be mostly green today, then veiled in a pink, misty fog tomorrow. A sunset scene may look orange in Iceland, pinkish in Norway. For me, those colors are more than an element of the image, they become a photographic objective themselves.
I hope you find this interesting. But if you don’t, no worries. I never intended to please everybody. But I do hope that it pleases at least some of you.
The blogs below will be presented from the most recent post on top to earlier blog entries below. You will see an index of past blog entries in the rightmost column. After blog entries reach a certain age, they will be moved to the “archives” file.
More to come in the weeks and months that follow. I hope you find them interesting.
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Chinstrap Penguin Climbing Mountain in Antarctica I recently returned from a photo excursion to Antarctica aboard the Research Vessel Ushuaia. This was an incredibly difficult and somewhat dangerous due to high seas in the Drake Passage. I may expound on the trip a...read more
Arabian Colt Fleeing Dust Storm ’d like to be able to tell you that I had planned this particular shot for months. That’s the way it is with most of my images. But the truth is that for this particular image I got lucky....read more
Manhattan Skyline at Dusk his post may seem like a bit of a stream of consciousness. Stay with me, there is a method to my madness. It’s a bit of a tutorial for non-photographers. Trained photographers can go on to the next...read more
A Photographer's Self-Portrait t was about 2 in the morning, I was in the ghost town of Bodie, California, and I had been waiting for hours for the Milky Way to get in exactly the right position over this old barn. I wanted...read more
Castel Sant'Angelo and Tiber River at Night lot of people have wondered why a fine art print can seem so expensive. After all, it’s just a picture, right? There are many ways to answer this question. The first method of...read more
Manarola at Sunrise n July 7th my fine art photography exhibition begins at the Cooley Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia. The focus of the exhibition will be “Chasing the Decisive Moment in Fine Art Photography. Six of my...read more
We'lll Always Have Paris Sometimes I'm asked what the best way is to purchase fine art photography. As one who sells his art online, my default answer should be obvious, you should buy art online. But there are two aspects to this answer: - How physically to...read more
Washington Monument and Cherry Trees at Sunset ‘ve mentioned before that my printer of choice is Nevada Art Printers, located in Las Vegas. Why? Take a look at this video. If Nevada Art Printers is good enough for the best...read more
Bristlecone Pine and Milky Way n June 2014, I had the opportunity to take a workshop with legendary landscape photographer David Muench. Of all living landscape photographers, David is perhaps the most influential. His...read more
very now and somebody says to me, "That's a great picture!" What kind of camera do you use?" My response is usually the same: "The absolute best camera on the market! The one I happened to have...read more
Three Cheetah Cubs Hanging from a Branch oday's the day I sell out by posting a photo of cute animals. But what do you feel when you see the above photo? It was taken a million miles from nowhere, in Serengeti National...read more
About William Toti
William Toti is a fine arts photographer. He is based in Leesburg, Virginia, but he photographs globally.
William Toti Photography
PO Box 1832
Leesburg, Virginia 20177, USA
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