Alexander Kitsenko – Magic Landscapes

Alexander Kitsenko Ukrainian Autumn

Ukrainian Autumn

Alexander Kitsenko

From 1X site

Here then it is.

Perhaps the best way to post about a photographer is simply to display some of their work with a few of my own personal responses – a picture speaks a thousand words – like many a cliché it is a truism too – and let the viewer make up their own mind.

Some background may be of interest though.

Alexander Kitsenko describes himself as a Landscape Photographer on the 500px site and states that he is from Kharkov in Ukraine. That is the extent of the biography he gives – suggesting perhaps that he too thinks his work should speak for itself.

The subjects of his photographs are certainly landscapes – and all Ukrainian landscapes it seems – for me to they have a dream-like quality – something about how he captures natural light – whether at dawn or dusk, direct sunlight or the watery filtering of cloud or mist.

When I googled him, my passing reference to him in my last post on this blog was page-ranked third, and with all due respect to my, it is sadly fair to say, little-viewed-blog this would suggest that he is not widely published on the web.

However he is signed up to other community-based photography websites where more of his work is on show – some of it indeed, such as 1X, the same as available on 500px – understandably as a photographer work is shared across multiple sites for maximum exposure as also you never know which of these sites will stand out from the crowd and which will get lost in the sound of them.

He does on the 1X site provide further information about himself – that he is an amateur photographer and that he is trying to ‘make life a fairy tale’ which is certainly the aura I get from much of his work.

More prosaically he states that he is in his early thirties and shoots his landscapes on a Canon EOS 35D – a camera from about 2005 now superseded by updated models – a modest mid-range camera in terms of performance if more fire-power and cost than most friends-and-family photo-taking cameras. And it demonstrates that though your choice of camera is clearly a central choice the most important factor is the photographer’s inner-eye, their sense of subject and art.

I also came upon the above photo from a site called Weather Forecast which I found arresting. Like a lot of his woodland photographs the forest is magical looking if in a Grimm way, beautiful yet forbidding.

He is also featured on Art Limited where both the same bio and photographs are on show.

As then details of him are not forthcoming on the web I will, as I suspect he wants it, let his work do the talking.

Alexander Kitsenko The Kingdom of Fog

The Kingdom of Fog

Alexander Kitsenko Mystik Forest

Mystik Forest

Alexander Kitsenko Evening Silence...

Evening Silence…

Evening Silence…
Alexander Kitsenko - Ukrainian Landscape

Ukrainian Landscape

500px – living and breathing photography

500px Home PageIn my last post International Photography Awards 2011 I promised to explore further the photographers of some of the works that impressed me most.

500px Alexander Kitsenko sample

Sample of Kitsenko’s work

One such was Ukrainian photographer Alexander Kitsenko. In doing so I came upon a portfolio of his work on a site called 500px, and the site impressed me as much as Kitsenko’s own work. So my post on Kitsenko is deferred while I recommend to you the 500px site. However before I go on here is a sample of his work available on 500px.

I also commented that in addition to having a website to display and to provide a store-front for your photographic artwork you should consider submitting your work to photographic competitions such as the post-featured annual International Photography Awards.

A third option is to submit your work to sites dedicated solely to photography. Here you are able to share your work to like-minded peers and be an inspiration to others as others inspire you.

500px is one such site.

500px Team

Site Details

When you submit your work it can be commented on by both fellow contributors and the site’s editorial team. In turn you are able to comment on other contributor’s work.

The site can be viewed in general simply by clicking from link to link on the photographs that you most respond to. Alternatively there is the short-cut of searching by the numerous categories on offer such as Animals, City and Architecture, Black and White, Fashion, Fine Art, Still Life among many others. Finally there is the standard search engine option.

As well as submitting individual photos you are as likely having a portfolio or two to want to share and this site allows for this with various templates available.

Photographs are available for viewing without registering but to submit and view others portfolios you need to register.

As you can see from the opening image nude content is allowable too but not immediately available asking you to confirm you want to see it.

500px - People sample

Sample in People category

500px also works as a social network site allowing peer-to-peer commenting and the usual social media sharing options to the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and others.

Blogs are central to this site too – the site itself has its own blog and you can set up your own photo-blog. The site also allows you to view content across all blogs by aggregating it all into a time-line.

The blogs are in many languages and the site integrates Google Translate too. And Google Translate I am finding is becoming a lot more reliable than its rather initial bumbling translations don’t you think?

The site registration and service is free though there is a paid service at a very reasonable $50 per annum.

Like a lot of free services there are limits on the number and size of content uploaded whereas the paid service allows you unlimited storage.

The paid service also allows you if you have your own web-domain to integrate your 500px portfolio into it.

The paid service is also compatible with the iPhone and iPad and allows web-analytics courtesy of Google.

The best thing I think about sites like this as oppose to your own website or entering a competition is the peer-to-peer interaction – being able to support and feedback on each others works – to friend like-minded photographers and to be inspired by other photographers whose work you may not otherwise have become aware of.

Have any of you used this site? What do you make of it? And how does it compare with similar community based photography sites?

As it is autumn where I am, I finish with this image from Hungarian photographer Ildiko Neer uploaded this very day of writing this post.

International Photography Awards 2011

Day to Night, Times Square by Stephen Wilkes (USA)

Day to Night, Times Square by Stephen Wilkes (USA) Cat Professional Cityscapes - 3rd Place

IInternational Photography Awards some categoriesn my last post Kirsty Mitchell – photographs from the Garden of England I noted the challenge of a photographer gaining exposure for their work – first getting noticed then drawing the webizen in so that they are doing more than window-shopping the vast virtual glass-face that is the web.

One option available is to submit your work to a competition. Even if you do not succeed in winning a prize there is the added traffic from visitors to the competition-website then seeking out your site if they like your work. You may also get feedback from the competition panel too.

One such prize is the International Photography Awards (IPA). I came upon these awards via an article from August this year on the My Modern Met website. The article explains about the competition then posts some of their favourite photographs. I am going to do exactly the same – and also urge you, if not already familiar, to visit the IPA site.

They are based in Los Angeles, USA and describe their mission ‘to salute the achievements of the world’s finest photographers, to discover new and emerging talent, and to promote the appreciation of photography.’

Their site includes an archive gallery dating back to 2003 where you can explore the work of the winning entrants back to that year plus what they call ‘honourable mention’ galleries for both Professional and non-Professional photographers.

You are able to submit your own work at any time – either online or even – perish the thought! – by post.

In addition to the vindication of winning a prize and the increased exposure and credibility to your work, cash prizes ranging from $5000 to $10000 are awarded too.

The awards are not generic either but divided into numerous categories, too numerous indeed to list here, but to give you a flavour of some, there are awards under the umbrellas of Advertising, Architecture, Editorial, Fine Art, Nature, People and Special (basically anything else not included in the other categories) – which in turn have a diverse selection of sub-categories.

There is no theme or narrative therefore to the photos in this post merely some of my own personal favourites. And personal favourites today, tomorrow I could have chosen a different selection such is the quality and quantity of entrants submitted. Actually there is one unintended theme – trees – this urban-soul is perhaps more rural than he realizes!

I have not at this stage researched any of the photographers featured in this post and am looking forward to later doing so and posting on those that have most impressed me.

Women of History by Peter Lippmann (France) - Cat: Professional Fashion

Women of History by Peter Lippmann (France) - Cat: Professional Fashion - 1st Place

Giraffe IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Other

Giraffe IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Other - 3rd Place

Expressions of Autumn by John Scanlan (USA) - Cat: Professional Seasons

Expressions of Autumn by John Scanlan (USA) - Cat: Professional Seasons - 2nd Place

dead tree IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Trees

dead tree IV by Alex Bernasconi (Italy) - Cat: Professional Trees - 2nd Place

Tales of Tolkein: Walking Ent by Alexander Kitsenko (Ukraine) - Cat: Non-professional Trees

Tales of Tolkein: Walking Ent by Alexander Kitsenko (Ukraine) - Cat: Non-professional Trees - 3rd place