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Crazy About Color

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 12, 2017 by squintphotographyart

I am all about color. I’ve never shied away from it. In fact, I gravitate towards it. There is an energy and fullness of life that is fueled in me by vibrant hues. Colors penetrate many areas of my life, not only in my photography. I love brightly hued blouses, colorful pillows and saturated paintings. For me, colors are the spice of life.

So, you can understand my frustration when back in 2010, when I started to post my photos online, I noticed, as with many forms of art and design, a lot of the popular work was represented in vintage tones and washed out pastels. Now, why I do find a lot of this work charming, it doesn’t create an excitement in me. It doesn’t make my heart go pitter-patter. It feels safe. And for me, photography, should do more than just be “pretty”. It should put a smile on my face and then make me think. It should make my spirit soar and it should make a statement: Look at me, I’ve got something to say!

I’ve often struggled with finding a place for my work, finding the best fit, going against the grain. My photographs instantly seemed to stand out and defy what was popular. I’ve tried my hand at a softer touch, for more subtlety. I’ve done this both successfully, and many times not so successfully. Ultimately, I keep coming back to what draws me in – pure, saturated color.

Nowadays in my work, I’ve decided to go unapologetically into my embrace of bright pigments. It’s become my thing, I guess. In recent years, I’ve begun to see a shift in photography, away from much of the vintage filters and a movement towards intense uses of color. And that excites me very much!

So, today I’d like to share with you some awesome images that celebrate the use of color. These are some of my fave photographers lately, who go bold with their tones. They unabashedly fill their images with bright lights and vibrant subjects.

Az Jackson is an award winning photographer who creates vibrant cityscapes and landscapes that excite the senses. ‘Color of Manhattan’ is one of my favorites. A very cool perspective and the colors practically leap out at you.

Colorful, minimalist photography is Tom Windeknecht’s signature style. His photos make my heart happy. Minimalism and color together?…who could ask for more! He is also a wonderful Instagram content creator.

Bryan Keyes imagery typically brings together amazing color and nostalgic subject matter – both things close to my heart. I also love his tight composition and details.

Jessica Kenyon has quite a unique way of turning floral photos into abstracts by capturing them under water. The flowers become colors swatches and swirls of colors, blurring the reality underneath.

The Wonder Wheel at Coney Island has been photographed countless times. Photographer Susan Candelarios’ rendition is definitely one of my faves. I adore the crisp, sharp colors and yummy blurriness of the whirling ride.

Click on the links to see more of these photographers fabulous work. To see more on what I’m about check out my site here.

Sonja / Squint Photography

Take a Stand

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 8, 2017 by squintphotographyart
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Take A Stand / Squint Photography

 

Never be afraid to take your stand for what is right, what is just and for what you believe. That is all.

 

Sonja Quintero/Squint Photography

Hello 2017

Posted in art, fine art photography, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 11, 2017 by squintphotographyart
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Westminster Morning / Sonja Quintero

 

Hello readers! And hello to 2017!!

Can’t believe it’s already here. Where did 2016 go? I’m as mystified as most of you are. Did your year go as planned? For me, it was a year of mixed emotions, of trying to “go with the flow”, of struggling to find a promising path and trying not to get so fixated on either and just let it go!

My definite highlight of 2016 was our trip overseas in November to London and Paris. We spent a wonderful 10 days exploring the cities. I tried to balance just being in the experience and being in the moment with capturing photos I felt celebrated these iconic places.

Seems like it’s been a whirlwind since we returned the week before Thanksgiving. The holidays were swiftly upon us and my time to even review my images has been minimal, to say the least. With the new year chugging forward, though, I am making it a resolution to really dig in and make some magic happen!

As for this blog, it has been awhile since I’ve been here and in all honesty I am not sure how much time I can dedicate to it moving forward. Writing has never been a strong suit of mine. I struggle finding the right words that I think my audience would want to read. However, in 2017 I am hoping to find a way to push through my trepidations and find a voice and a rhythm that works for me and helps me to continure to share some of my thoughts with you in a way that, hopefully, you’ll find both informative and entertaining.

So, to say “goodbye” to 2016 and “hello” to 2017, I’d thought I would share with you the trip images I have worked on so far. Lots more of these to come and I hope to be able to share them with you in the not-too-distant future.

 

westminster

Westminster Morning / Sonja Quintero

underground

Underground / Sonja Quintero

london-cabbies

London Cabbies / Sonja Quintero

harrods

Harrod’s / Sonja Quintero

paris-cafe

Paris Cafe / Sonja Quintero

eiffel

The Eiffel / Sonja Quintero

Happy 2017!

To check out more about me and my work go to my site

And…you can also see my work on Etsy

 

 

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