Michael Iwasaki – Fine Art Photographer, Artist Statement
My goal is to create Fine Art Photographs for the enjoyment of others in their homes and offices. A Fine Art Photograph is defined as an image that is created in accordance with the creative vision of the photographer as artist. To only have one medium is not enough. This includes using only the best materials for not only print, but framing as well.
For myself, a work of art is primarily the product of a person, not a machine. For this reason, an image printed straight from the original capture is unsatisfying. Such an image represents the output of the camera and not the expression of my own emotions and feeling I had when the image was originally captured in the environment as I remember it.
As a photographer, I have the ability to select lighting conditions, photographic equipment (camera body, lenses etc.) combined with other technicalities of the photographer. One aspect I do not have much control over during the image capture process is the artistic component. There are limitations that any equipment, on its own, simply cannot capture.
As an artist, part of my satisfaction is working on the image after it has been captured, to a state that I want my audience to feel, just as if they were there at that exact moment. This means the creativity begins after the moment has been captured.
It is to this end that I do to the image everything that I feel is necessary to re-create the moment and time as I saw it. A few of my adjustments include color balance, contrast and enhancing of shadow and highlight details. I try to portray the feeling of open, glowing light rich in color, or mysterious shadows.
Another aspect of my creativity includes the capturing of multiple exposures to increase the range of light captured closer to what the human eye can see, rather than a single limited exposure. On occasion I will remove elements that I feel are unaesthetic to the image. Such elements may include stray branches, or human influences that should not be in nature to begin with (trash, etc.).
The goal behind my work is to create believability and not create reality. In other words, create an image that represents something that is believable, that one can consider possible, even though one may not quite find this exact same image in nature.
My image sizes are purposely large, using only the best of materials available. This is to make a statement and to be the centre conversational piece in one’s home or office. I like my art to be considered as a piece of furniture in the home or office.