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  • Dec 30, 2015

    Copyright Infringement and Digital Asset Theft

    I recently discovered some plugins that let me search for my images on the Internet. What I found was shocking and disturbing. It seems that there is no respect for copyright ownership in the digital world. Somehow, this "free Internet" has led people to believe anything on the Internet is free for the taking. Imagine if people could just walk down the street and reach into any store window and take what they wanted. Well that is how it is on the Internet with digital assets. Since any webpage that can be displayed on a computer screen contains digital assets, it is practically impossible to stop them from being pirated. This is a great dilemma for artists. For example, I have one image in particular ... Read More
    Sep 17, 2015

    What Happened to Beautiful Art?

    This is a video about why so much modern art is just so bad, with artist Robert Florczak: For two millennia, great artists set the standard for beauty. Now those standards are gone. Modern art is a competition between the ugly and the twisted; the most shocking wins. What happened? How did the beautiful come to be reviled and bad taste come to be celebrated? Renowned artist Robert Florczak explains the history and the mystery behind this change and how it can be stopped and even reversed. I'm not so sure I fully agree with Robert Florczak on his assessment but it does make one think. My work is based on a personal vision of what I consider to be beautiful. I've been told that ... Read More
    May 1, 2014

    Sam Dobrow to Exhibit at Coconut Grove Art Walk, 3 May 2014

    Sam Dobrow, a resident artist living in Coconut Grove, will be exhibiting several limited edition acrylic prints from his South Beach Collection. The exhibit can be seen free of charge from 7 - 10 PM on Saturday, May 3, 2014 during the Coconut Grove Art Walk. Sam Dobrow's exhibit, in conjunction with Brenda's Boutique, is located just off Main Highway between Commodore Plaza and Fuller Street at 3444 N. Main Highway, Coconut Grove, FL. Read More
    Oct 24, 2013

    The Truth of Perceptualism in Photographic Art

    For several years I have been developing a style of post processing for my images which I call "Perceptualism". Perceptualism is the expression of how I perceive the experience. I choose to push the contrast, saturation and sharpness to a level of abstraction to emphasize details that typically go unnoticed as we walk on by. When I capture an image, I look for interesting graphic elements and compositional lines in a scene then focus on the story it tells. Back in the digital darkroom, I experiment with color, sharpness and texture to develop the desired outcome. This article looks back at the history of photographic art to provide a foundation for the new direction I am exploring. I began my work in photography with black and white. I learned to look at the scene through my viewfinder as if it were monochromatic with an emphasis on light and shadows to create form and mood. The abstraction of black and white did not change the content but it could definitely change it's perception. With the advent of digital photography, I began to see opportunities to add different levels of abstraction to the image. Those abstractions did not change the content but they certainly did alter the perception of the image and its representation. My choice of abstractions, focus, contrast, colors and hues are carefully constructed to convey my perception of the composition. Read More