Blurring The Lines Between Art & Photography


The Rothko-esque arctic seascape at sunset

At the 2012 Wild Photos conference many of the speakers and photographers inspired me by blurring the lines between art and photography. There was strong evidence of a desire to use photography in an artistic way, to provide a different  perspective on the beauty of the natural world and raise awareness of conservation requirements and efforts.  No where was this more apparent than in the work of Patricio Roubles Gil and his body painting. 

This inspired me to reconsider and re-share some of the more artistic images that Taraji Blue has taken over the past 10 years. For me, our photographs of the Arctic sunset are those which blur the lines between art and photography the most. No work has been done on these photos in post processing – these images are straight out of the camera and they convey the real beauty of the incredible Arctic light. I feel they are Rothko-esque in the their nature.
The Arctic sunset reflected in the ocean

The light and beauty of the Arctic inspired me so much that I started painting interpretations of these images.  Now, I am by no means a decent painter, but I thought I’d share a few of the paintings I have attempted (below) based on these images and the incredible light of the Arctic. I won’t give up the day job based on these paintings, that’s for sure, but it keeps me out of mischief.

An interpretative painting of the Arctic Sunset by Marie Knock of TarajiBlue
Interpretative paintings of the Arctic Sunset by Marie Knock of TarajiBlue

A second interpretative painting of the Arctic Sunset by Marie Knock of TarajiBlue

Arctic Sunset III A painting by Tarajiblue

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