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Julia Anna Gospodarou

Κάθαρσις | Catharsis II – forgotten dreams
Second image in my Κάθαρσις | Catharsis series.

Another glance over this extreme white, over a scene so pure that it makes you forget how the world looks like in reality. Standing there, in the middle of this snow storm, I had a very powerful sensation of ease and a “happy for no reason” kind of feeling. For a moment I had the impression that I don't care about anything else in the world than the scene in front of me and I'm wondering if that was produced by the scene itself or it was something that had to do more with how I interpreted and lived the moment. Any way it might have been, it was such a great feeling that I didn't want to leave that place till I ended up completely frozen (me, camera and all my filters).
...and now I should tell you about the mulled wine that I had afterwards to help me warm up, but that's for another story :)

This image might seem very zen and peaceful, but like I said the weather was quite extreme and this made shooting this scene (and all the other in the series) quite a challenge. The wind, the heavy snowfall, the fact that I had to clean my lens every 30 seconds to be able to see anything through it made getting what I wanted from this place a very hard task. There was no way to use a tripod at the moment, the snow was very fresh and soft, very deep also and my tripod couldn't find a solid base. Plus the snowfall that was constantly changing direction made putting the camera in a place a no-go, I had to constantly move around to find an “open “ field of action. Pretty much like dancing, while I was trying to shelter the camera so the snow ends up on myself and not on my glass. Yes, I could have used an umbrella, but there is still no umbrella I know of that would resist in that wind. All in all, it was a very demanding shooting, all handheld, but all the more funny and fulfilling, especially when I got home and found that I have much more good images that I would have hoped for, considering the circumstances).

A few technical data: handheld 1/125 @ f/9,0, Tamron 18-270mm f/3,5-6,3 PZD @ 18mm, ISO 100, Processing: LR4, PS CS6, SilverEfex Pro2

I will be teaching as a co-instructor in the Chicago Fine Art Architectural Photography Workshop , September 5-8, this year. The team of instructors is an outstanding one, international award winning fine art photographers Joel Tjintjelaar, Sharon Tenenbaum and cinematographer Armand Djicks. This event is going to be a fantastic experience, I can guarantee you that. If you are interested and want to keep in touch, sign up for the Keep Me Posted newsletter of the workshop and put it in your agenda. I'll also bring you some news about it here, over the next few days.

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