About Photographer:

Architect, Multi award-winning black and white fine art photographer (SWPA, IPA, PX3, IFPA, B&W Spider Awards, ND Awards). Mostly known for her B&W long exposure architectural photography, Julia has written the best selling book From Basics to Fine Art – Back and White Photography, co-author Joel Tjintjelaar http://bit.ly/basicstofineart She also teaches fine art photography workshops and works on commissioned photography projects. She is the creator of the term (en)Visionography™ that defines fine art digital photography, a genre that has to do more with the vision of the artist than with the subject or how the camera captures it. This theory reflects in her personal creative and processing method, Photography Drawing (PhtD™), method based on how to process a black and white image by using the principles of classical black and white drawing. Published internationally in numerous books and magazines, Julia's work can also be seen online in the most important photography galleries.

Entry description: Black Hope started in my subconscious long before me realizing I'm working on a series. When I noticed a tendency to use very dark tones in my work, I decided to create a series where I would explore these dark tones and discover how far I can go with removing light before the light is gone and photography is not possible anymore. This was my conscious intention, but soon I realized that this study was not a purely conscious one but driven from the subconscious. Being an architect I'm using an architectural language and visual elements taken from my real professional world to express my inner world and my life experiences as an artist, to communicate my feelings to the outer world and to translate them so I can understand them and the viewer also. The images of this series have, in a sense, the same meaning and goal as Stieglitz' Equivalents: I'm using my subjects to create an equivalence between my inner world expressed in my art and the meaning my images will have for the viewer.
The motif of the bright light, even if it covers an infinitesimal area of the image surrounded by darkness is the last light before total darkness and is intended as the most important element in the story: light as hope, black as driven force that guides me towards the light. Together with the architectural object they form the language to communicate with the viewer.