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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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
Manarola at Sunrise n the Cinque Terre region of Italy there are these five coastal villages; not too long ago they were only accessible by boat. Cinque Terre means "five lands" in Italian, and the region received this name...read more
Giraffe in Silouhette at Sunset few months ago I passed a million social media views of my images on Flickr. The more upscale photo site 500px reports that I have over 500,000 views with them. So I started doing the math....read more
Serpentine Vapors at Yosemite: Image made April 8th, 2013 I was pleased to award William Toti the first place award for Serpentine Vapors at Yosemite in Feb. 2017. There have been countless photos taken of Tunnel View in Yosemite, but William's transcends the rest by...read more
Castle on a Cloud: Image made April 5th, 2016 800-year-old Cesis Castle, Latvia hen my daughter was a little girl, her favorite movie was Beauty and the Beast. We watched it together many times when she was growing up, to...read more
The Beach at Flakstad: Image made January 23, 2017 few weeks ago the folks at Sleeklens reached out to me and asked if I would be willing to review one of their products, a set of Sleeklens Photoshop Actions called the...read more
hen I was a boy, the only commercially available medium for purchasing music was the record album. If a friend wanted to borrow an album from me, I might let him, but if he didn’t return it, we would inevitably “have...read more
o here is my product review disclaimer. I'm happy to do product reviews. I don't expect this to happen often, because this website is tailored for photograph and print consumers, not for photographers. Nevertheless, I've...read more
Sunrise at Stonehenge: Image made April 12, 2015 A statement last night from a painter acquaintance came to me as a bit of a surprise. Her statement led to a stream of consciousness that could best be characterized as a contemplation of "the zen of fine art...read more
Serpentine Vapors at Yosemite: Image made April 8, 2013 learned tonight that my image titled "Serpentine Vapors at Yosemite" finished in First Place in the 2017 ArtSpace Fine Art Photography Contest. A wonderful surprise!...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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