Light: Photography’s Medium by Sonya Adcock

Sonya Adcock has always been interested in art. As a young child, she loved drawing and pointillism, shading and highlights. Her parents would often take her to art shows and museums and she would gravitate toward the paintings and drawings. Sonya confess, quite shame-faced now, that she was not interested in the photography exhibitions. She found them…well…boring!

That was soon to change after Sonya met her husband Andrew. After getting to know him, she quickly dropped the notion that she was the artist in the relationship. That title appropriately fell to him. He taught Sonya a lot about art and composition that she had not formerly understood. Andrew taught her about colors and shapes in relationship to keeping the viewer’s eyes within the canvas and on the subject matter. Andrew is a painter. Sonya tried applying this knowledge to the canvas, as he does, but failed. Painting just wasn’t quite her thing.

After their children were born, though, Sonya did find the right medium for her. It came as quite a surprise, but she loved it! Photography. Who would have thought? She started using the knowledge she had gained about art to the photographs she took of her children, and she was pleasantly surprised. Sonya realized, then, the difference between a snapshot and a work of art! After that, she eagerly devoured material on photography: the exposure triangle, composition, and photo editing.

ReadingAtSunset-2

Reading At Sunset

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Bella Ballerinas

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Teddybear Fields

In an effort keep to her first love, art, she recently completed a project she calls “Revisiting Famous Paintings Through Photography”. Sonya’s objective was to emulate works of art through photographs. She was not seeking to recreate these masterpieces. She merely wanted to emulate them, gleaning from the Masters what she could, but also adding her own personal spin on them. She carefully selected works from the well known Vermeer; Sargent; Cassatt; Degas; and Wyeth; and a little less well known, William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

Vermeer

Vermeer

Cassatt

Cassatt

Bouguereau

Bouguereau

Some of the artwork didn’t fall far from the tree, in the sense that they ended up being more recreations than the emulations Sonya had originally intended. Nevertheless, a few of them (particularly her emulation of Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring”, entitled “Blue”) are original enough for her to call her own. Sonya was even asked of “Blue”, “Where is the earring?” Her answer, “You won’t find it. It’s not there.”

While working on this project, Sonya became more acutely aware of the drama that painters add to their work, something that only a proper understanding of light can achieve in photography. She didn’t know that she completely mastered that art in this project, but she may have hit the tip of the iceburg. Sonya hopes to pursue this more and monopolize on what she learned in this endeavor.

This was Sonya’s first personal project, but it is assuredly not her last. She plans to pursue more projects in the near future, honing her skills in fine art and mastering the medium of photography: Light.

Sargent

Sargent

Degas

Degas

Wyeth

Wyeth

You can follow Sonya Adcock on her website sonyaadcockphotography.com, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.




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andrea
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those are nice clicks for a beginner… all the best

Jay Long
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Very inspirational read; great images, as well.

akku
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good info, thank you

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