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Welcome to my blog! Here I share my thoughts about photography in general and my pictures in particular, and sometimes also about the world as it is… or could be.

 

Sunny Skies, 2015.“… and I’d look up into the sky – up – up – up – into that lovely blue sky
that looks as if there was no end to its blueness.”

Anne in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, 1908, Chapter 7

We owe seeing anything at all to the sun. Even though we usually do not consciously see this, sunlight has a visible spectrum between—and not including—ultraviolet and infrared. Rainbows show us this visible spectrum with colors ranging from short-wavelength violet and blue over green, yellow, and orange to red with longer wavelengths.

When sunlight enters the earth’s atmosphere, it is scattered by very small molecules present in the air. This scattering is stronger for light with a shorter wavelength, causing a greater proportion of short-wavelength colors like blue to be scattered than other colors with a longer wavelength. Additionally, the human eye responds most to the colors blue, green, and red. Combining this with the scattering effect explains why the sky appears blue to us during the day. And remember, blue skies are ideal for sky gazing.

 

Write it. Shoot it. Publish it.
Crochet it, sauté it, whatever.
MAKE.

Joss Whedon, 2009

I have put together some information about my fine-art-photographer-self and added some of my Skies-photographs. Together with details about Emerging Visions at Agora Gallery, this all went into a little booklet I have now uploaded on the electronic publishing platform ISSUU. You can access it online here, directly on ISSUU, or, through their app, on your mobile device. Feel free to read, download, and share!

"Grey Horses" in a contemporary living room

“Design, just as art, has multiple definitions, there is no single definition.
Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics.

Design is so simple, that’s why it is so complicated.”
Paul Rand, 1996

What is art? What is design? These questions have been discussed widely. Nonetheless, most pictures will be hung on some wall, in someone’s home. And as I would like you to get a better idea of what a Skies by Gabriele Golissa™  photograph print could look in your home, I have added a selection of images showing some Skies in a Room on my website. The images result from an ongoing effort to cooperate with interior designers, architects, construction companies, photographers, and so on. Another interesting journey. So take a look right here!

Emerging Visions Opening Reception (© Agora Gallery)“All real life is encounter.”
Martin Buber
(My translation of the originally German sentence “Alles wirkliche Leben ist Begegnung.” from Martin Buber, Ich und Du, 1923, p. 12.)

I just returned from New York where “Emerging Visions” at Agora Gallery is still running through February 10, 2017. It was great seeing my pictures on the gallery wall. And the opening reception has been wonderful. Natalie Adam, the exhibition coordinator, and everybody at Agora Gallery has done a great job! A lot of people visited, took a look at all the exciting artworks, and embraced the opportunity to talk to the artists present. I had a lot of interesting and pleasant conversations and I have to admit, it is rather flattering being complimented on one’s work. It was also delightful to talk to fellow artists.

However, there was this one gentleman, meeting whom I will never forget. He came up to me and at first I found it difficult to understand him as his speech was not very clear anymore. His hair was all white and he had certainly seen a lot of life. He told me that he was so glad to have finally found an artist who would appreciate the skies the way he does. Whenever he would go to an exhibition, he would take photographs of his own to show to an artists, but has so far never been able to do that. So he fumbled in his coat pocket and as he was also holding a glass with some complimentary beverage, I offered to hold that for him. He then took out a rather worn envelope containing his photos. Showing me these photographs, he took me to places he had visited and through some of his life as well, always pointing out the beautiful skies in the background. When he was done, he put the photographs back into the envelope and that back into his coat pocket, took his glass again, and went on his way.

New York, the opening reception, walking through Chelsea, on the Highline, and along the Hudson, visiting the Whitney, meeting old friends and making new ones; yes, New York has been quite an experience. Looking back however, meeting a lot of wonderful people will be my favorite memory.

"Emerging Visions" at Agora Gallery, NYC“For he’s bewitched for ever who has seen,
Not with his eyes but with his vision (…)”
Vita Sackville-West, The Land: Winter, 1926, p. 5.

Emerging Visions at Agora Gallery is just around the corner. So let’s take a look at the gallery’s press release:

“NEW YORK, NY – Chelsea’s Agora Gallery will feature the original work of German-born Montana-based artist Gabriele Golissa in Emerging Visions. The exhibition will open on January 21, 2017 and run through February 10, 2017 with an opening reception on Thursday, January 26 from 6-8 PM. Any art lover who enjoys thought-provoking artworks and meeting talented and interesting artists is encouraged to attend. (…)”.

Hope to see you there!