Noemi Armstrong [noemiarmstrong]
Do you have an online gallery where one can view your photos?
The Center for Fine Art Photography http://www.artists-showcase.org/phpstore/store_pages/artist_page.php?artist_code=4367
Creative Shake http://www.creativeshake.com/profile.html?MyUrl=noemiarmstrong
Saatchi Online http://www.saatchi-gallery.co.uk/photographers/index.php?inc=details&id=57107
For how long have you done photography? How did you begin?
I have always had an interest in photography. First, as an appreciation of big wonderful coffee table books with beautiful photos that could momentarily transport me to another place, time or elicit an emotional response unlike anything else. My first college course in 1989 was a photography course. I kept shooting and years later, earned a degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
What has been your education as a photographer?
I have a degree from the Art Institute of Philadelphia.
Please list any exhibitions in which you have participated.
2005 Bath House Gallery Philadelphia, PA
June AiPH Graduate Exhibition, Photography
2007 The Crane Building/Nexus Gallery Philadelphia, PA
May 3-27 Photo Image ’07 Juror: Katherine Ware
May 25- Denver International Airport Denver, Colorado
June 31 Invitational Exhibition
June 15- Center for Fine Art Photography Fort Collins, Colorado
July 14 The Art of Digital Imagery Juror: George DeWolfe
2008-2009 Sept 4-July 29 /Dougherty Art Center Austin, Texas/Center for Contemporary Art Abilene, Texas/Tammy Cromer-Campbell Photographs & Gallery Longview, Texas/River City Silver, San-Antonio, Texas TPS 17: The National Competition Juror: Lisa Sutcliffe
January 8- Project Basho Gallery Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
February 22 Onward 09' Juror: Peter Barberie
Please list any awards for your work.
2006 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention
2007 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention North Beach
The Photo Review On-line web gallery “Places” Bridge #3
2008 International Photography Awards Honorable Mention ebb series
Prix De La Photographie Paris Honorable Mention one
Prix De La Photographie Paris 2nd Place “Peoples Choice” one
5/26-6/1/08 Saatchi Online Daily Magazine Top 10 Chosen
by Rebecca Wilson
What is your favourite type of photography?
I am most drawn to moody (grainy) black and white images.
What do you try to express through your photography?
I like to conceptualize a project before I begin shooting. I dream about it and while I shoot, always have that imagery in mind.
How do you choose your subjects?
That's an evolutionary process.
What type of preparation do you do before undertaking the photo session?
Do you normally photograph with a purpose already in mind, or do you let yourself go with the flow?
I have a general concept in mind and am open to shooting as subjects that are good representations/expressions present themselves.
Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Pentax...which do you place your bets on and why?
I am most familiar with Nikon and Canon. I have used both with satisfying results.
Describe your current equipment: cameras, lenses, computers, accessories...
I have an 8x10, a 4x5 and a Hasselblad. All film cameras. All of my lenses are vintage. I usually shoot film, scan to a digital file and print from an archival pigment Epson printer.
What software and plug-ins do you use to retouch and manage your photos?
Photoshop CS 1-3
What measures do you take to protect your work against Internet piracy?
I lower the resolution. Not much beyond that. I'm in the process of copyrighting.
Are you a good salesperson of your work? In what should you improve?
Definitely need improvement.
Which past masters of photography do you most admire?
Josef Sudek, Sally Mann, Ansel Adams, Bill Brandt, Nan Goldin. Some of these are still present.
Are technology and digital retouching reducing the gap between professionals and amateurs?
I don't think so. You have to be good at your craft to utilize the technology correctly and creatively. Digital retouching is an art, you have to do it well. A gap is created when there is an awareness of what is good work.
What is your team of habitual collaborators like?
Me and I have a select few that I will go out and explore with. Most of the collaboration happens in the conceptual phase.
With which other photographers do you normally team up with or do sessions with?
I shoot on my own, usually but have occasionally scouted with, offered assistance to and accepted assistance from http://www.lisaelmaleh.com.
Do you consider yourself more technical or more artistic?
What have you learned about the art of framing and composition?
The difference between a good photograph (work of art) and one that doesn't quite work.
How does one develop the instinct of knowing when to press the shutter release button?
When should one use film, and when should one use digital?
They are tools, whichever will work best with the work you are creating.
Does photography have the recognition that it should have in contemporary art museums?
I have experienced some wonderful photography exhibitions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. I would like to see more.
Which websites for photographers do you frequently visit?
Is there any particular technique that you could share?
Philadelphia, PA USA