Wednesday, December 12, 2012

David Finell reviews Harold Ross

            More dramatic lighting.  I love this stuff.  Harold Ross is an award winning fine art photographer.  He was born in Ft Riley Kansas in 1956 and was an Army brat who’s dad worked with computers in the Army.  His family ultimately moved to Maryland where he attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and graduated with a BFA in 1978.  He won ASMP’s “Best of Show” in 1996.
While it is easy to regurgitate facts about an artist, Harold deserves far more.  His artful command of lighting brings forth a dramatic element that seizes the viewers attention and commands them to inspect every detail of the image.  Some of his images are just creatively lit objects that would work equally well as product shots for companies.  Others on the other hand evoke feelings of mystery and wonder through the glowing lights skillfully used in the illumination of the scene. 

Harold is consistently recognized for the light painting techniques he so skillfully uses to highlight the subject matter he captures thru his lens.  I like how his technique is described as sculpting with light.  If you consider sculpting with light a possibility, then Harold Ross is a contemporary Michael Angelo.  It took a long time for photography to be considered an art form.  Today some purists still have issues with this concept.  But if you consider art as something to be enjoyed through the senses, than the photos of Harold Ross definitely qualify.  I really enjoy his images and I hope that you do as well.

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