CONNECTIONS BLOG

CONNECTIONS
Affinity. Closeness. Longing for connection. These shared experiences are what elevate our lives beyond mere existence. Good or bad, they are the muse for poetry, the rhythm of music, and the ‘heart’ in our heart. This body of work is about exploring just that: our humanity seen through how we connect with something outside ourselves. That moment when we bare our souls and open our hearts.

Master of Color

Christian has just been awarded 1st Place - Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art for his image of Bondi IceBergs in The 7th Annual Photography Masters Cup, International Color Awards.  This prestigious event celebrates excellence in color photography. MushenkoChristian_BondiIceBergs7th Annual Jury members included captains of the industry from Contrasto, Rome; Kahmann Gallery, Amsterdam; Galerie Simon Blais, Montreal; Barbara Frigerio Contemporary Art, Milan; Clair Galerie, Munich; and Ingrid Deuss Gallery, Belgium who honored Color Masters with 274 coveted title awards in 18 categories.

"It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the 7,416 entries we received this year," said Basil O'Brien, the awards Creative Director. "Mushenko's "Bondi IceBergs," an exceptional image winning 1st place in the Fine Art category, represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we're pleased to present him with the title of 1st Place - Outstanding Achievement in Fine Art."

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS, PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honouring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honours the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography. www.photomasterscup.com

Christian also had this image titled 'lost 2' nominated in the Abstract Category, and the image below nominated in the Americana Category.

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"Longing" beams through the pages of Desktop Magazine

After a show in Sydney and now in Prague, Christian's latest exhibition Longing has hit the pages of Desktop Magazine. Sprawled across a 5 page spread, the article highlights Christian's interest in the idea that an image can evoke feelings and emotions in someone.

In case you missed the exhibition while it was still here in Sydney, Longing is a collection of work that showcases Christian's skill to enchant the viewer into a world of mystery and often unclear vision of the future

If you would like to hear more about the body of work and delve a little deeper into Christian's head as he discusses the processes and thoughts behind Longing, check out the link to the article below.

DesktopIssue201Feb2014Click on the link to have a read of the article. DesktopMagazineLongingProfile

Desktop Magazine, Issue #301

Opening night....

One week to go to the opening night of my exhibition, save the date.

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Join me for the opening of Longing on Mon 13 May from 6-8pm at the ArtHouse Hotel.

A big thank you to Lynda Howitt for designing my invites and to Head On for inviting me to be a part of the festival. Make sure you check it out. www.christianmushenko.com.

THE EXHIBITION: Longing references a quiet drama present in the photographs. They portray a light beyond darkness, a release into something beyond. Created without a lens, the images are not a ‘focussed’ view of the world, but a more basic response to light, and become abstract colour field images. This 'lack of focus' removes us from the actual subject in front of us. Instead it hints at the mysterious, often unclear vision of our futures, made up of our internal desires and a longing for what we don't have.

Sneak peek....

As promised, a sneak peek of my upcoming exhibition.....

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Longing references a quiet drama present in the photographs. The images portray a light beyond darkness, a release into something beyond. Created without a lens, the images are not a ‘focused’ view of the world, but a more basic response to light, and become abstract colour field images. This 'lack of focus' removes us from the actual subject in front of us. Instead it hints at the mysterious, often unclear vision of our futures, made up of our internal desires and a longing for what we don't have.

The exhibition will donate 20% of its proceeds to Ronald McDonald House Charities.   Date - 13 May 2013,  6-8pm at the Sydney’s ArtHouse Hotel Gallery Bar.

The boundary between day and night.

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What happens in the shadows of our minds? What happens in the boundary between day and night. Everything seems so clear in the day, but like the deepening dusk, doubts creep in as the sun sinks below the horizon.

What is that special feeling of wonder, longing, apprehension, or uncertainty that the night brings? Is it the desire you are too scared to speak about in the day?

A hidden treasure

Here's a pic from a gorgeous morning at Bilgola Beach a few weeks ago. Hopefully this brightens up your morning.  It was such a nice way to start the day,  swimming in the warm water. By chance, I shared the dawn with a film crew filming Jamie Durie surfing.  I was working with them on the same shoot a few days earlier and they were shooting the final takes. bilgola_discovery

Speaking of beaches, I was pretty happy to discover that I was nominated in the Abstract, and Fine Art categories in the International Colour Awards for two of my seascapes. Lots of great photography there, so have a look.

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Back to the Basics

I think I mentioned in an earlier post that I'm doing a Masters in Art at COFA. I'm really enjoying the art history and the research into contemporary art practices. I am finding that art is like philosophy. It's there to ask a question, get the viewer thinking. It is not necessarily about creating a beautiful piece to hang on your wall. With my personal work I am finding that I want to jump in and execute an idea. What's interesting for me is trying to come from a more conceptual space to start with, and then think outside the box more and create work that is less obvious or literal, more thought provoking! Not too easy when you have in your mind to start with what you want to shoot!! We'll see where it takes me.

So in saying that here are some pretty pictures ;-) I would love to know what they evoke in you!

Inspired?

It's that time again for the Head On festival's ACMP exhibition in Centennial Park, with this years theme 'inspired'. I am really interested to know what can inspire someone. What inspires you?

How can an image impact someone? I find I react to simple, honest images that trigger something inside me. Does that mean I'm simple inside?? Maybe we react to something that we can relate to or we already feel something about.

I entered my seascapes because I love their beauty, the drama and the sense of something bigger than ourselves. Instead of supplying text I included song lyrics for each image.  I see the seascapes as an access and an illustration of feelings held inside; things that we may not wear on the surface but where our minds wander to in quiet times.

What inspires you?

For the love of flare

[slideshow] On her recent visit to Australia, I was lucky to be able to shoot these promo shots on Balmoral Beach for the beautifully talented artist and my very close friend, Lynda Howitt. Lynda paints sublime abstract oil paintings with a classical romantic light and a soaring spirit that reflect her love of the ocean.  I wanted to portray Lynda in a way that connected with her artworks, so we chose to shoot at the edge of the water and in a natural way.

 

 

Camera Tips for Shooting Flare

A magical evening at Dee Why beach yesterday.  I had some fun with flare as you can see.

I was recently asked how I achieve this, so here are a few tips;

Technical: I shoot wide open using the lowest aperture my lens will allow (usually f 1.2) and I often shoot in Aperture Priority mode (AV) and underexpose by a stop.

Composition: Compose your shot with the sun directly behind your subject. I love capturing the sun's reflections bouncing off different surfaces,  flare into the lens, and  different textures and contrast it produces.  Also the way the sun back lights and interacts with my subject adds extra magic!

I'd love to see any shots you take. Happy shooting!

Your Beautiful Soul

Come see my latest collection of work, Your Beautiful Soul at Art Sydney this weekend. I have 2 free tickets to send to the first person to email me, christian@mushenko.com.au.

Show is open 10-4:30, October 14-16

Would love to see you there!

A collection of lush seascapes that mirror the drama and emotion of the human spirit. The ocean and sky are the canvas in abstract works of texture and colour that remind us of our vulnerability and belief, love and longing, life and a beautiful soul.

I'm excited to announce that I've published my first ever book to go along with the collection.  Take a look here. I'd love to know what you think.

Bronte

I finally got down to Bronte to do some seascapes. Someone special has been chasing me for a while ( you know who you are! ;-0) , and remembered how lovely a place it is!

I walked along the pool at dusk and saw a couple engaged in a heavy kiss, so I quickly turned around to give them some privacy and took some pics further down of the pool. A few minutes later two elderly people strolled past! Go Grandpa!!

Anyways as a teaser to the fine art stuff, here are a few snaps of the surroundings. I will post a few of the 'artworks' shots soon.

Morning Glory

Last Thursday morning I was down at the beach to soak up some sun, and sparkle. Seems like a long time ago now with the current weather! Anyways the sun was having fun chasing the edge of the water, like love sick puppy!

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AddOn

ADDON, is part of the current HeadOn Photo festival. I was proudly one of a few invited photographers, artists, and others contributing to an anonymous selection of works. On at Mary Place Gallery, it was a beautiful eclectic body of work, and a lot of fun to be part of. All the artworks were printed square in a small frame, and hung in a continuous line around the gallery. As a sort of adult lucky dip, artworks are swapped at the end of the exhibition.

Autumn is here.....

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Ok, not that I am admitting that summer is over!!, but to help letting go, here are some pretty pics shot while working in the US last year. Now note to self: MUST go swimming at beach this weekend, must go sailing, must get surfboard out, QUICKLY! [slideshow]