by Taylor Jojorian
The first reaction I usually get when someone sees one of my prints is oh, that’s a picture of a painting. I reply with something like no, it is a photo, and it has nothing to do with painting. The next question is well . . . how did you do that?
While I don’t wish to sound secretive, the truth is, well, I am. All of the imagery is created without the use of computer or digital manipulation of any kind.
They are actual photographs created with a camera, using purely photographic techniques. This is important, as I believe it gives my work a more organic feel while maintaining a sense of honesty and integrity. When you view one of my photographs, you know that you are seeing something that is real and was in front of the camera for a moment in time.Being the son of a fine-art nature photographer, Byron Jorjorian, I was introduced to the craft almost at birth.
I still remember the fascination I had as a child with my father’s camera and its seemingly magical powers. I started out as a freelance commercial photographer, taking pictures for restaurants, food, that sort of thing. I enjoyed the work but felt very unfulfilled with what I was doing. I wanted to do something more personal, with more meaning.
I felt my true calling was in the fine-art world. Instead of using the camera to merely document the world around me, I wanted to have control over what the camera would capture.
I wanted to express a subject with the same level of freedom that a painter or sculptor has. To do this I was forced to rethink the way in which I viewed photography and explore different ways to use the camera as a tool for self-expression.
This has ultimately resulted in the development of a new philosophical approach and technique for making photographs, which I call my “Liberum Method.” Liberum is a Latin word meaning free and unrestricted. I think that simple definition fully embodies what my work is all about, having the freedom to imagine a subject and then manifest that vision into something the camera can capture.
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