Art Photography
Virtual Images of an Evanescent Reality
It’s a term used in Optics to denote the apparent position of an object that is elsewhere, a projection into space where rays converge upon an apparition, held for the moment by a trick of lens and light, but a thing that is not really there in any tangible sense.

A virtual image is a mere figment of refraction, yet for the purposes of understanding an optical system, it is as real as the object that it represents—a spatial translation of form and solidity. We can argue about the reality of its existence—common sense born of infantine experience tells us that we will not find a little man inside the camera as we view a portrait through the viewfinder—but so long as it functionally serves as the intermediary between reality and perception, it is useful to both the physicist and the photographer.

What do we see when we look at a photograph? Do we see merely an emulsion or an array of pixels, or does our mind leap to make a reality of the virtual image in front of us? Again, common sense would tell us that we are viewing a record of a past event, however brief. (How like the view one sees from the window of a fast-moving car of an action suspended in time and so effectively severed from a past and a future!) In a sense, what the photographer has done is to provide the stimulus for us to create, in the present, our own virtual reality in our mind’s eye.

-- Brian Zegarski
Select from the galleries below

If you would like to view any of the restricted access galleries, just request a password with the on-line form.

Figure, Environment, Architecture, Portrait Figure / Portrait (20 open-access images)
Environment (16 open-access images)

Fine Art Nudes Fine Art Nudes.1 (22 password-protected images)
Fine Art Nudes.2 (11 password-protected images)

Glamour Nude Glamour 1 (7 password-protected images)
Glamour 2 (14 password-protected images)

F-Gallery Gallery F1 (17 password-protected images)
Gallery F2 (11 password-protected images)

E-Gallery Gallery E1 (9 password-protected images)
Gallery E2 (12 password-protected images)

Miscellaneous Personal Gallery P1 (8 password-protected images)
Gallery P2 (7 password-protected images)

Miscellaneous Private Gallery V1 (12 password-protected images)
Gallery V2 (0 password-protected images)
Categorizing photos, as I have done above, places unnatural limitations on content, or at very least, predisposes the viewer to some preconceived experience in which the nuances of novelty could be lost. In reality, categorical distinctions are difficult to make and one can as easily classify an image in any number of ways. In listing it one way, are we to ignore those attributes that would place it in another category? To do so would perhaps be to ignore a vital piece of the story it has to tell. But such is the necessity when presenting subjective offerings to a public that is so easily offended by nudity in art. That is why I have devised a secure, multi-level, password access feature to expose only certain areas to the appropriate viewers. Nothing would please me more than to open access to everyone who passes by my site, but in the interests of decorum, I restrict access; sensationalism is not my intent.

If you would like to view any of the restricted access galleries, just request a password with the on-line form.

Click here to see the Burning Man gallery.

Click for before/after examples of digital manipulation.

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Click here for a commentary on nude photography.

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