A Day Without Cares - French Cultural Photographs

March 13, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

AX4U-Fine Art Photography is pleased to announce the release of H.D. Hasselbarth’s new book for A Day Without Cares.  This book, available on www.blurb.com, explores life along the Seine River and rural France through cultural photography. 

 

Cultural photography demonstrates that an image can change our perception and alter our understanding of a subject.  This idea helps to raise awareness about various cultures, to document changing habits and to elevate social concerns through photography.  By the power of photographic storytelling, society can move towards understanding and accepting other cultures.

 

A Day Without Cares captures the similarities between cultures more than the differences.  A girl walking on a wall, a couple strolling past an ice cream stand, or a boy contemplating the ocean are all everyday occurrences; but the emotions captured will speak to photographers and viewers alike.  The photographer’s eye has the ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the elements into an effective photograph.

 

Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to landscape photography.  It provides instant feedback, but also allows for editing tools to enhance and enrich the final product.  The black and white photos with a touch of color are excellent examples of drawing the eye into a photo.  This has a profound effect on the way the photograph is interpreted.

 

A peaceful book, full of tranquil landscapes and incredible images, author H.D. Hasselbarth shows you both the how and the why of finding, chasing, and expressing your vision with a camera to your eye. Vision leads to passion, and passion is a cornerstone of great photography. With it, photographs draw the eye in and create an emotional experience. Without it, a photograph is often unable to capture a viewer’s attention.

 

Both contemplative and inspirational, A Day Without Cares inspires you on your photographic journey to make better images of the places and people you love, whether they are around the world or in your own backyard.  Hasselbarth demonstrates how to tell stories, and provides commentaries on the photographs in English and French.  Most importantly, she shows that vision, when it comes to photographing people, places, and cultures, fills the frame with intimacy.

 

These images establish a continuum of time and tradition. From the historic Normandy beachscapes paying homage to the ravages of World War II, or the landscapes of the Calvados region, or the flowers in Monet’s Gardens in Giverny, one feels that the essence of life has changed little.  The architecture and landscapes juxtapose the old and new.

 

“France, like the rest of Europe, has a rich history of tradition and of keeping traditions alive in the face of changing times.  So it seemed natural to try and capture the living vignettes outside the big cities.  I am very pleased with the final presentation of photographs in the book,” states Hasselbarth. 

 

In her work, Hasselbarth assumes a neutral gaze and creates her art from commonplace subjects: a lone figure on the beach, an empty chair, a red shirt, the village hotel.  The significance lies in understanding the objects and the story behind it.  Like the life she studies, her pieces run the gamut from solemnly visceral to enchantingly charming.

 

Her work is displayed in galleries in New Hampshire, Florida, California and New York.  She is listed in Who’s Who in Visual Arts – 100 Photographers for 2011-2012.  Currently, her work is distributed through www.ax4u.zenfolio.com.


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