Photography, Art or both

I love my photography and I love bringing the beauty of the outdoors to you in it’s pure form and you will see that in my landscape images and nature shots, however there is also a creative part of myself that likes to start with an image and create something completely different out of it.

A few of my early attempts got lots of good feedback. There is some here.

abstract art

Looking inside a cave and I felt a presence there, so tied to recreate the feeling with the swirling light and then used blend modes to create the final image.

Tunnel Creek

This is from Tunnel creek in Western Australia, I looked towards the entrance to the cave and saw the light and the rocks creating the figure of a woman and so the image was born.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This got me hooked and  I wanted to learn more, so I started an Photoshop Artistry course. This taught me new techniques for blending and composition images but I was still looking for more when I heard they also run an Awake course.

This course is about being awake in life and using your photography and art to bring that about. I was off and running.

Natural spa

This is a place I go to where I feel safe and protected, so I wanted to convey this feeling in the image of the beautiful pool

Jabiru eating

A Jabiru swallowing a fish it caught. This was one of two images that I wanted to create a artwork of to give the feeling of the marsh that it was in.

Hunting time

This was the first in the series of the Jabiru stalking the fish.

frog praying

This little fellow was on my back deck and it looked like he was praying that I just left him to his own devices. The deck didn’t match the iamge, so I created a background using another of my images and created a composite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So finally I decided to step out even further…my challenge was to create something that could bring about change, a cause that meant something to you and then to create another piece that was just fun….

This is a cause close to my heart and be warned this can be quite confronting.

If any of these images triggers things in you then reach out to someone to help or give Lifeline a call on 13 11 14 in Australia or go to  arkofhopeforchildren.org

happy families

This depicts a family as we dream it to be, how many families look from the outside and it also shows the trust that the child has in the parents, this is what makes what follows so hard to fathom.

verbal or physical abuse

This is the second in the abuse series and shows what is often the first abuse a child suffers and that is parental abuse, be it physical or verbal and this is how it leaves them feeling.

self harm

This is the third in the series. Often a child who has suffered verbal, emotional or physical violence is looking for love and this is when the sexual predictor appears on the scene, they make the child or young teen feel special and loved so they are willing to sneak out and meet them, to keep them a secret. They are left broken and confused. They don’t understand how they can feel loved and used at the same time, how they feel that they are a bad person and deserve what they get. This often leads to suicide or self harm.

hate

This one represents domestic violence. This is usually the most aggressive and confronting and often the violence leads to murder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

courage

This is the forth in the abuse series f images, this one shows a woman finally taking the step to walk away from an abusive relationship

letting go

This is the final in the abuse series, It depicts a woman finally free to be what she was meant to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was a very hard exhibition to put together as it looks at a side of society we try to turn away from, so after this I needed some healing therapy so created my fun peice.

It’s called In Full Swing and was recently published in the 17th edition of the Artistic Life Magazine.

Memories

Remembering times gone by. A wedding in full swing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will continue to share both my nature based images and my artworks with you as well as articles to help you on your journey.

Thank you for accompanying me along this part of my journey.

You can see some of my images here and they are available for purchase and also here at Redbubble.

Flower Photography

Flower Photograohy – If you love flowers and want to be able to capture them so they look as amazing as they are then this is the book for you. Tips on how to get the perfect flower image, what settings to use, what gear you may need and the best times to go out taking your shots. It is a great companion book to macro and composition.

click here

Painting with Light

I hear lots of Photographer’s talking about the wonders of painting with light.

Did know all photographers are light painters?

That is what Photography is, painting with light.

How many times have you gone somewhere, taking a shot and then looked at other people shots of the area and thought mine doesn’t look anything like that?

Golden hour

See how golden the light is

Most of the time the only difference is the light.

I always encourage people when they see a scene that they like to take a photo straight away.

Why?

Because it gives them something to refer back to later.

Now you have that picture put your camera down, or at least turn it off.

Now I want you to walk around the object that you taking a photo of. If it’s a landscape you obviously can’t walk around it, so walk to the right, walk to the left. Crouch down low, find something high to stand on.

All I want you to look at is what the light is doing, where is the light falling where are the shadows.

As you begin to see the light you photography will reach a whole new level.

Okay now take another photo in the best position you can find, with the best light.

I want you to just sit and enjoy nature, or read a book for as long as you can and watch the light change.

Now do what you did before, walk around see what has changed. I would suggest you do this somewhere near to home or near your office, so you can visit a few times during the day and see the difference the light makes.

Look at it on different days, sunny days, cloudy days, rainy days, stormy days. The more you understand light and the way the type of day and time of day affect it, the better your photography will become.

Let me know how you get on.

New direction

I have decided to start making some inspirational and motivational posters. These will be available through Red Bubble and are a very affordable way to bring art and inspiration into your life, either at home or in the office. I will show some examples here with a link to where you can get them. Would love your feedback as to what you think.

advirsity is as strong wind1

adversity brings out who we really are

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940424-adversity-is-as-a-strong-wind?ref=work_main_nav

lifes an adventure or nothing

A lilttle pup full of live and into eveything

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10940443-life-is-either-a-daring-adventure-or-nothing?ref=work_main_nav

 

not years in your life

as we age a lot of people slow down, but more and more nowdays the grey naomads are getting out and enjoying life to the full

http://www.redbubble.com/people/juliakharwood/works/10949104-life-in-your-years?ref=work_main_nav