When I started writing this book, almost two years ago, as a collection of thoughts addressed to my photography students, I was not expecting it to evolve into something so complex as it is today. What started small has become a complete black and white philosophy, based on architecture, but reaching so far beyond it. I somehow knew I would write this book from as far in the past as when I was an architecture student. I knew something was there, underneath the surface, waiting to manifest. I was waiting for the right moment to do it and the right moment came. This book comprises my artistic philosophy and, in a way, my life philosophy also, since these two sides cannot be separated. It is who I am, because photography is a big part of who I am. Who I am today, I owe it not only to myself but to a few people and moments that marked my path and helped me, in one or the other way, to shape the person and the artist I am. For this I want to thank them now: to my father, the first person I ever saw holding a camera, when I was at an age I could barely walk and talk, to my mother who first showed me an art book at age one, to the artists who made me dream when I was a teenager, to my teachers who helped the sparkle become a flame, to a few “lucky” moments that made me make a turn and not another, some would call it fate, but I only believe in the fate I create myself, just as the artist creates his art.
A special thank you to my co-author and friend Joel Tjintjelaar, an artist I highly admire and who brought to this book exactly what it needed to become perfect: his inspiration, soul and knowledge.
What the experts think of the book:
“Outside of Ansel Adams’ Basic Photo Series, From Basic to Fine Art, by Joel Tjintjelaar and Julia Anna Gospodarou, is the best book on B&W photography written in the last 40 years.”
“The importance of the book is reached in Julia’s and Joel’s abilities to blend the practice of classical form and content in vision and technique, so that Form is Content. While others claim to have achieved this state of aesthetic grace, this is the first time I have seen it accomplished with great skill and with a brilliant explanation of how to get there.”
“ I consider Julia’s (en)Visionography and Photography Drawing the most important innovation in B&W photography since the invention of the Zone System.”
- George DeWolfe (Luminous Landscape)
“In today’s humankind ever-increasing urge for homogenization and uniformity, Joel and Julia stand out. Joel is the modern equivalent of what Ansel Adams did for black & white photography in the film era, always exploring new horizons, new techniques, and new frontiers to explore. Julia Anna, on the other hand, is the chimera of Imogen Cunningham and Vivian Maier, merging one of the sharpest eyes in the art world with the artistic flair to make every image canvas come alive.”
“Their book and stunning images testify to their intellectual curiosity and desire to understand where they are coming from, who they became and where they are going, together with taking black & white art to ever higher dizzying heights.”
- Dr. Charles Paul Azzopardi