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A Good Review

Last week, in the weekly paper, “Creative Loafing” they gave a review of the art show that I was in at the Morean Art Center and I am very happy, as they gave me a lot of love. It was a nine paragraph review and one third of it was about my photography and interviewed it reported that with me.

Here is an excerpt from that article, I hope to get more like this:

In contrast, St. Petersburg photographer Randy Van Duinen (included in Paradise Lost/Paradise Found) uses cutting-edge technology — HDR, or high dynamic range, photography — to produce images with a strikingly different flavor of history. Crafted to evoke the graphic style of vintage Florida postcards, Van Duinen’s pictures capture mom-and-pop businesses, like The Sands Motel on Treasure Island or the Coney Island Diner in downtown St. Pete, in bold color and surreally crisp detail.

The neat trick of HDR photography, which Van Duinen stretches to its creative limits, is that it lets shooters merge, in the computer during post-production, different versions of the same image taken at higher and lower exposures to light. For example, in “Lounging at the Sands,” the technology enables Van Duinen to capture not only the motel’s blazing yellow-and-white beach chairs and umbrellas, but also the face in shadow of a man peeking out from behind a motel room curtain.

Of course, the technique wouldn’t be worth much if Van Duinen didn’t bring a good old-fashioned artist’s eye to each composition and the careful calibrating of colors and textures in the images, which possess a distinctive painterly quality. A long-time architectural photographer by trade, Van Duinen was inspired to start documenting bits of old Florida after moving from San Francisco to Clearwater Beach (before settling in St. Pete) nearly a decade ago with his wife.

“We were seeing things of Florida just disappearing, part of the cultural history just being developed away,” he says.

To read the whole article go to: Creative Loafing

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