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.

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.

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