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These images were originally captured using a camera, either a digital single lens reflex (DSLR), point & shoot (P&S), or cell phone, currently an iPhone 7 Plus. Through a process of applying numerous edits in post processing, the final result transitions into a form of art that more closely resembles a painting: watercolor; oil; or other format. My intent is to produce art that includes textures, colors, and composition, among other attributes, that are generally viewed as more the qualities of a painting, as opposed to those prominent features used in most fine art photography to include sharp focus, as but one example. I hope that those who view my art enjoy it. I have titled this fine art form, or style, "Shibui Photography." In many of these images, I have removed what I consider to be distracting elements. In my opinion, this works particularly well with images of flowers, and to varying extents, with some images of animals. I have found this to be especially complimentary of some macro images - what many call close up photography. This is actually photography of subjects where the image is at least a 1:1 ratio, or at least the same size or larger than in real life. A good example of this would be my renditions of a dragonfly from different perspectives. I have also pondered what to call that which I consider to be a unique form of art. And then along came a high school classmate and Facebook "friend," Teresa Taylor (nee Yamaki) who introduced me to a new term when she complimented some of my posted images one day with the term, "shibui." This is the Japanese word meaning "understated elegance." That is what I seek to accomplish when artistically editing such images. Jim Campbell, a Brother Rat of mine (Class of 1969) from our days at VMI has expanded this art form with his brilliant images of not only flowers, but of butterflies, which provide outstanding subjects. If you are not a "friend" of his on Facebook, I suggest that you check out his page. So to my fellow photographers and to those who enjoy photographic fine art, I introduce you to "Shibui Photography," or "Shibui Imagery." I figure that once upon a time, someone decided to introduce the Japanese term "bokeh" to the world of photography; so this is my somewhat original thought for the day. One of the definitions for "shibui" in Wikipedia is: "Shibui objects appear to be simple overall but they include subtle details, such as textures, that balance simplicity with complexity." I believe that pretty much sums up my objective with respect to this art form. For those who do not follow me on Instagram, I invite you to do so, as I post more images there than on Facebook (Don Mercer - Virginia Beach). See: @rustic_41 You do not need to have an Instagram account to view my images. As I added in my first piece, "Floral Bouquet," the world may not be ready for my interpretive photography art. However, I know that my third grade art teacher would have loved it.
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