Scarlet Black is a Surrey based Artist-Photographer. The contemplation of “Beauty” is a recurring theme in her work.The tension between beauty, meaning, sensuality and the temporal nature of life inspires much of her photography. Frequent subjects include: the garden, landscapes, flowers and motion blur photographic impressions. Her photographs and acapella singing performances work to explore the connection between emotion and humanity.
After completing an MFA degree, Jannette Maedel/Scarlet Black spent several years designing costumes and sets for local Vancouver theatres. From theatre, she moved into fashion and designed a swimwear line for three seasons. Upon returning full time to art, she took on the persona of Scarlet Black, and chose to concentrate on photography and painting as these areas offered more opportunity for creativity than applied design. She is an artist photographer with the ability to leverage her considerable applied design experience into strong, contemporary photographic concepts and artworks. She has displayed her photography in galleries including a solo show at the Surrey Art Gallery. Black sells to corporate collections and licenses her photos to companies and municipalities.
For this photo talk, she will be presenting photographs grouped into series. Working on a series offers a way to more fully explore a mood, subject or technique. The 8 series included in this photo talk are: Paradise Now, Floral Abstract, Minimalist, Mist and Memory, Shared Ocean, Foliage, Flowers (color), Floral Forms (monochrome) and Photo Impressionism. She will outline her thoughts on composition, intent and personal style as the photographs are presented. Also, she will describe the intended emotional content of each series using acapella song examples.
She will also be presenting a first version of a personal Artist Manifesto – a statement of what she does and why. Committing to an Artist Manifest, forces an artist/photographer to become more fully self aware, to commit and to vocalize a point of view. This self awareness can end up strengthening your work. It can also help your audience as it makes it easier to value, appreciate and interpret your images. This idea of using an Artist Manifesto to describe a photographer’s visual identity can be summarized “as pick a lane, explain and commit. “
The talk will conclude with a series of before and after images that compare a RAW image file to the final photograph.She typically fixes distracting flaws, and reinforce the composition through selective emphasis of color, focus, texture or tone. Her post processing is used to strengthen the story, subject or composition of a photographic image.