Welcome to my Seeking Beauty in Ordinary photography blog. I am Poland based fine art photographer, graphic designer & web designer. For almost 20 years, I used to work as an Art and English teacher at all school levels. As a designer working on commission, the needs and tastes of my clients are priority. While photography is my way of self-expression, my true love and passion. I took it up in 2009 and each day I’ve been learning something new about photography, technique, gear, etc. Looking at the world through the lens made me see everything in a sharper way, more consciously. I have learnt to notice beauty in things commonly perceived as ugly, ordinary as well as I have learnt to sense some mystic energy surrounding me each day.

I hope you enjoy my through-the-lens vision of a world I share with you on this site and find my Art language tips useful. Your comments are an invaluable feedback to me.For more information about my work visit my Painted with Light website. Contact with via my BEHANCE Pro Site.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

Altered Light - Seeing a different world by John Anthony

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Altered Light, book by John Anthony

The gardener stands up looks kindly upon you and says, 'Welcome. The lane outside the gate where you were standing is your Life Pathway. You have been guided to this place by the joy and heartache, fun and laughter, trials and tests experienced in your life and the many other Angel Livs you have lived. This is your Spiritual Sanctuary where you come to find out who you really are, and to meet Sacred Self. Your Spiritual Sanctuary is protected by the Angels of Creation; it is a place of total safety, of peace love and healing. Only those who bring loving, creative energy may join you here. Visit whenever you wish and stay as long as you need. All you need to do is sit quietly where you will not be disturbed and with closed eyes ask to be here ...
John Anthony Altered Light, 2014


Strange things happen since October, those were the words that once appeared in my sleeping mind while I was dreaming about being in an incredible, underwater magic chamber. The scene like from a famous book by Jules Verne's A Journey to the Center of the Earth. And indeed, these intriguing words carry some important message I have been trying to figure out since the time I first saw them in my dream.

Several months ago, a UK writer got in touch with me asking for licencing my photography. He was looking for images that would suit for the cover of his spiritual book he was writting at the time. He come across my inner light photography website and then mailed to me. That was John Anthony and that was October 2013. Since then we have been writing several times to each other. John was so generous to send me the excerpt of his book before it was published and let me be one of the book's first readers. I am very apprecitive and feel deeply honoured with John's trust.

The book Altered Light was published at the begining of March, 2014. Although my photography has not been selected for the cover (editor's choice) John once again was very generous and send me a signed copy of his beautiful and very special book, which I have now in my hands. What strikes me most from the very first lines of the book is incredibly strong, positive energy that flows from it like a huge fountain splashing its water around. Honestly, I have never felt anything like that concerning books.


The excerpt at the beginning of this post, beautiful and bringing peace at heart, comes from John Anthony's spiritual book called Altered Light, which I have pleasure and honour to share with you.

What the author himself says about his book.

Altered Light is a story of now and of forever. What is happening to us and our world and why? Massive changes occurring on a global scale have seen our ways of living transformed in just a few decades. Is this all caused by human activity or is there a bigger picture we are not seeing? Altered Light provides answers to those questions, exploring not only historical sequence but the human choices that have shaped the world we know. At this critical time for human evolution there is a way we can all be part of the solution rather than the problem. That way is to embrace Altered Light and step up to who we really are, fulfilling our true purpose for being here. It's time to be happy again.

I have come from the ice because you are The One. I have come because it's time to embrace Altered Light, to rediscover who you really are


Read more about John Anthony >>>

The book is available at AlteredLight.co.uk website

or BUY the Book at Amazon.com >>>

 

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

The Energy of Trees Photography Show

Opening Reception, February 12, 6:00 PM

Bydgoszcz University Library, Szymanowskiego 3, 12 February - 14 March, 2014

I have a great pleasure to inform that tomorrow there is an opening reception of my solo exhibition. The venue is new and very modern building of huge library that has been built in my hometown for our university. I highly value showing my works out of brick and mortar galleries in a spaceswhere normal life is vibrating each day. I feel that my works have become a small part of someone's life at least for the period of the show time.

I cordially invite everyone who is happen to be in my hometown and would like to participate in the show.

Danuta Antas Woźniewska Solo Fine Art Photography Exhibition The Energy of Trees

Danuta Antas Woźniewska Solo Fine Art Photography Exhibition The Energy of Trees

Friday, 29 November 2013

The Global Foto Project at Saint Joseph's University

I have the pleasure to showcase the photographic artwork produced by the students of photographer and educator Walter Plotnick at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA USA.

The Global Foto Project concept, is that students explore contemporary photography of their peers, from Asia, Europe, Africa, Central and South America. Including International Jesuit Institutions of Higher Education. Students researched images that inspire them on a visual, conceptual, spiritual or thematic basis. Students then create their own images based on their findings. Not to replicate their researched images but rather to be inspired and create new images.

Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA USA
Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, PA USA
 Mr. Plotnick has shared the images his students created during this semester long project and I must admit that I am amazed at the maturity some of the works present.

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Inspired by Quietness


For a person, like me, a kind of introvert loving peace and harmony, it is not easy to live nowadays, when everything seems rushing and speeding up each day. A human being can't perceive and wisely comprehend the world in which he/she lives from an Intercity Express train. But our live reminds such a speedy journey. And worse, we seem to accept it.
I often raise a question how to protect myself, my own personality,

Monday, 23 September 2013

The Global Foto Project


Global Foto Project - Collage of works by students of Montgomery County Community College PA USA
For more than 16 years, I taught Art in my country, Poland. I loved the job for one main reason. I could inspire my students and help them expand their creativity. I could teach them across the boundaries of traditional art and culture and for them to develop new ways of seeing and thinking.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro - Recommended Photography Books

When you are an aspiring amateur photographer who wants to shoot like a pro and struggle to take better photos, you feel like you stuck and can't make progress, I strongly recommend reading the book Better Photo Basics: The Absolute Beginners Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pros by Jim Miotke, an experienced photographer, the author of the bestselling BetterPhoto guidebook series and BetterPhoto.com website founder and owner. What makes the book unique guide is its simplicity the author explains all the basic issues from camera mode shooting, learning creative techniques for choosing a right theme and composition.
I am sure that following all the guide chapters and implementing some simple solutions you may find in the book will let you make significant progress with your photographic work. 



See the book >>> BetterPhoto Basics: The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro

I am curious to learn your opinion about the book after you purchase it and work with this invaluable help book.

Monday, 12 August 2013

A Gift

Roses, Photo: Danuta Antas, 2013
Beautiful roses my Andrew gave me recently. I couldn't resist to shoot them and share the photo with you. More images of the roses I will publish soon.

And below there is another flower photo I did this summer. Being so very busy with my web design work, creating new website for the presentation of web and graphic design projects I did for my clients I do not have so much time for photography I used to. I know, it needs to be changed soon.


If you like the images, just leave your comment below:)

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

How to Promote your Fine Art Photography and Get Extra Money

I think I do not make a major mistake writing that every amateur photographer wants to earn some extra money selling their photographic works. Your presence on my blog and reading this post may be some kind of proof. Nevertheless, that's not a sin to earn extra income from one's own creative work as each art related activity and photography in particular needs money for an artist to be able to create it.

I, like many other artists have tried to sell my works on websites like Fine Art America, RedBubble, etc. The success was rather of mere nature, I must admit. For money earned on that sites I would need to live another 200 years to buy my new dream photo camera. I have no 200 years to live and I am not going to give up my dreams. So, following an old Polish adage saying that the need is the mother of all great invention and discovery, I have invented my own ways of promoting my art, getting wider exposure and I am going to share them with you. First of all,

Define your photography core value and think who may be interested in the kind of work you create

Thursday, 20 June 2013

The Garden Photographers Personal Project

Myslecinek Botanic Gardens, Poland 2012 - by Andrzej Baczkowski

My partner, Andrzej Baczkowski and me have recently launched our common website project called The Garden Photographers. We publish there photographic works we both do in various gardens of Poland. The photo up has been taken by Andrzej and the below by me. Both of them depict a beech wood we love for the trees incredible majesty. More about us working as a team, read on our website.

Our works are available as fine art canvas prints, framed and unframed, paper prints and limited edition museum quality prints.

Myslecinek Botanic Gardens, Poland 2010 - by Danuta Antas

Friday, 24 May 2013

Support Re-Imagining The World of Tomorrow Great Project by Walter Plotnick



These days almost each day new photographers appear worldwide. Lots of them are gifted indeed, shooting beautiful landscapes and other nice themes. However, it is much harder to come across a photographer, who has something important to say to other people. Such an artist is Walter Plotnick, whose great project concerning his solo exhibition and book publication is called Re-Imagining The World of Tomorrow.

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

My Photo Blog Featured in Shutterbug magazine

El Paradiso Mio series, Botanic Gardens Myślecinek, Bydgoszcz - Danuta Antas, 2010.
I have recently received a very nice comment on my photographic work by San Francisco based photographer Thomas Hyman. Thanks to this comment, which I let myself to cite below, I have learnt that my photography blog has been featured The Blog of The Month in March issue of the Shutterbug magazine.

Tom's Comment

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Witness of Nature's Treasures



In my country, Poland, at this time of year, we usually have a Spring showing its signs in a shape of first flowers like tulips, daffodils, birds singing louder, Sun shining longer. Yet this year, it seems that Winter is not going to leave us, as now we have the lowest temperatures in this season and lots of snow throughout the whole country.
I have managed to do some shots at one of the frosty days and share them with you to enjoy and witness the treasures of nature.








Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Solo Photography Exhibition at The Museum of Photography

My speech at the opening reception of my solo exhibition. The Museum of Photography in Bydgoszcz, POLAND. February 14th,2013
This year Valentine's Day was very special to me. I had an offcial opening reception of my photography exhibition at The Museum of Photography in my hometown.This exhibition, called Towards Light - Mystic Landscapes, is exclusively devoted to my landscape and trees photography. It covers the period of 2010-2012. Below there are some images from the event. I am so appreciative for the very warm feedback I have received from people, lots of them I have never met in my life. That is really nice moment in photographer's life:)

Monday, 11 February 2013

Being Designer for Yourself

Invitation Card - in DL format
On February 14th there is scheduled my photography exhibition opening. All the promo materials such as invitation cards, trifold brochure cataloques, posters I have designed myself. As the exhibition title is Towards Light I tried to convey the idea in all the printed materials, too.

Monday, 28 January 2013

How to Make Money on your Fine Art Photography - Part 2

My recent website design for Angel Therapist www.krysztalowe-doradztwo.com

Some time ago, I have written a post advising photography lovers on how to make money on photography and earn either extra income, or to make photography your profession. The ideas I have written in that post had nothing to do with traditional ways for photographers, I mean wedding photography, or selling photography on stock websites. 

Despite being fine art photographer, I am also graphic designer and website designer. In my design work, I often need loads of images for websites I create for my clients. Of course, I buy photography on stock, but it often makes me feel that I use images without heart and style, images that I may encounter on dozens of other websites. I don't like it, as such websites are not unique and has nothing to do with true art. Where then graphic designers may purchase unique images? That question led me to the new idea I want to share with you.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Places Where Time seems to Stop

I have recently went on a trip to Torun, a well-known Polish city, full of medieval monuments. It is the city where I used to study Fine Arts and spent there whole five years enjoying student's life as well as all opportunities the city offers to people coming there. I have always thought that I know all its architectural treasures, but last Friday trip made me really in awe at the place we, my Andrew and me, discovered. It is the old past fort, now inhabited by people, cats and pigeons alike. Looks like a ghost with broken windows, some without panes and with people's clothes hung in other ones. On top of this, there is also satellite TV that seem totally out of the place.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Dancing Lady Triptych from Ciechocinek

Dancing Lady Triptych was taken in Ciechocinek, 2012

This year Spring I was in Ciechocinek, well-known spa town in Poland. Ciechocinek is famous for its uniquesaline graduation towers of extreme value for many serious diseases treatment, i.e. cardiovascular, respiratory, orthopedic, traumatic, rheumaticand other diseases. My stay in this town has also been connected with health curing after my accident in Summer 2011.

Sunday, 9 September 2012

International Photography Awards (IPA) 2012 - 2 Honorable Mention awards for 2 series PATH and SEASONS

Path and Seasons two series of 5 works each, submitted to this year International Photography Awards IPA 2012 were awarded with Honorable Mention award. Path was submitted in Non-pro Fine Art Landscape category and Seasons in Non-pro Nature Trees category. This very special 10-Year Anniversary Edition of the competition attracted more than ever photographers from all over the world submitting 10 000 works. The jury panel comprised of over 80 international photography professionals.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

5 Tips for Beginner Artists & Photographers

Nostalgic Landscape, by Danuta Antas, 2010



Go beyond an ordinary vision

One of the most basic yet important tips I would ever give a beginning artist and photographer is just Go beyond and ordinary ... whether it is landscape, flower, still nature, portrait or any other field of your interest. When you will experiment with composition, perspective, light and try to show things different, it is likely you will develop your own, unique style. When I have worked as an Art teacher, my students always were encouraged to experiment and make their own approach to common themes they were supposed to draw or paint. The most extraordinary ideas that appeared in their creative minds, even such as drawing a picture with a dotted pink elephant, met with my greatest joy, as I knew that imagination has

Saturday, 2 June 2012

El Paradiso Mio Colour Version Canvas Print Sold


Yesterday, I sold another print of my photographic work at Warsaw based online gallery where my works are respresented and promoted. This time it is landscape above, called El Paradiso Mio, one of my favourite images. I love the place depicted in the image for its special atmosphere and magic light that comes as if from within the scene itself. Whenever I look at the scene I am enthralled by its beauty.

I would love to hear about your magic photographic spots, or better to see your shots taken there. Share with us!:)
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