Friday, November 9, 2012

My Husband's Photography Website & a Contest

Monastery

Ribeira Sacra Doade

I am pleased to announce my husband's new website, VARADANARTFOTO.COM

featuring his black and white art photographs.





Many of you have commented on the photographs of Galicia posted in my blog. Most of them were done by my husband, Rajan Varadan, whose specialty is actually black and white photography. Ever since we’ve been going to Galicia, he’s been captivated by the beautiful old stone buildings and walls (some of them in ruins, and some in beautiful repair). And the countryside especially offers beauty because of the various textures in the landscape (vineyards, forests, pastures, and rising mist). 
A Small Vineyard



For about six years he made calendars featuring 12 of the particular year’s best. Then last summer, our friends in Galicia, Terri and David Anderson, arranged for an exhibition of those 60 photos at the Concello in Ferreira, a town near where we live. We weren’t able to be there, as we’d returned from a trip in the spring, but they sent pictures of the exhibition, and I blogged about it in my May 28th post this year (you can click on it at the right margin.)


Now he has started an online gallery with photos to share: So far he only has the Galicia gallery up, but in the future, he will have a California gallery and a gallery with photos of places in India. (He’s from India, and is especially enamored of the Belur Halibid temples with their many exquisite sculptures and carvings.)


Sheep Grazing in Bramble

At present he is featuring 62 black and white photographs of Galicia, many of which were not in the show. The website is VARADANARTFOTO.COM  When you go to the site, click first “Portfolio” and then “Galicia”.  



A Path through the Village





The Gathering

Scroll through all the photos, each of which has a name and number.
The latter is important, because we are running a contest! Whoever wins gets an 8-1/2 by 11 print of their favorite photo free, including free shipping -- from wherever you are. 

Here is how to enter: Each one of the following is a "point" and your name goes into the hat.
1. Comment here.
2. Tweet this post.
3. Share it from here on Facebook.
4. Leave a comment on HIS website in the “contact” section about your favorite photo (the one you want to win.)
   That's your name in the hat four times already.

On my Facebook you can get more points, spelled out by my post on my timeline. When the contest is over, I use a randomizer to pick the winning number.

Contest starts Saturday, November 10th (tomorrow!) at 1:00 a.m. PST and ends Saturday, December 1st, at the stroke of midnight, PST.

Meanwhile, scattered throughout this post is a sampler of  photos to enjoy. And remember, you can see 54 more pictures and pick one to win on his website.

Country Lane in Mist

Broken Steps

              

35 comments:

Shallee said...

Very cool! You're hubby is a great photographer-- these are gorgeous.

alexia said...

I love photography, though I'm a total amateur. These are beautiful! Good luck with this.

Jess said...

Ooo, I already see some that would look great on my wall :) Your husband is super talented!

Jess said...

By the way, I tried to leave a message on your husband's website and am not sure that it went through. Here's the message I left:

**I follow your wife's blog and came to visit your website~ the photographs are beautiful! I had a hard time picking a favorite, but "Destination" held my attention for quite awhile. The cathedral gate at Catedral de Santiago de Compostela is beautiful.

In addition to the nature photographs, I was captured by "Waiting For Customers" as well~ maybe because I'm a bit of a foodie and also because the street bar reminded me of time spent in Spain (I lived in Sevilla for half a year and traveled around a little).

Wonderful work! **

Also, I'll be taking a blogging break when you announce your winner, so I have to respectfully bow out of the competition. Good luck to the other entrants!

Jess said...

Sorry, one more note~ a message box popped up that said, "Message delivery failed." Not sure if it's my computer or the website. You might want to have him look into it so he doesn't miss any sales opportunities!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Shalee and Alexia, thanks for your kind comments. Glad you like the photos. Hope you've had a chance to check out the website and see the others.

Jess, thanks for the heads up. Actually his comment section is working, so I don't know why your message didn't get through. But you got points for your comments here! And the winner gets notified by email, so don't worry about being unreachable if you win. No need to "bow out". :-)

Teresa Cypher said...

Rajan's photos are very beautiful, Elizabeth! Going to his website to look them over. :-)

Teresa Cypher said...

Wow, just incredible! So many gorgeous pics. The Fallen is lovely, and The Monastery and The Gathering are eye candy. But "Steps to hermit's cottage" just sort of spoke to me. Incredible when art does that, huh? Just reaches to someplace deep inside, and starts talking... :-) I wish him much success. Going to share this now. :-)

Gary Gauthier said...

I am a photography enthusiast and love b&W photography. Best wishes to Rajan with this artistic endeavor.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Teresa, so glad you like them. I like your picks! Thanks, too, for all the support.

Gary, I think when you get to his website you will really like what you see! Thanks for stopping by.

Julia Hones said...

What a great idea, Elizabeth. These photographs are enchanting and peaceful. Great job.

Joanna said...

These are memory jerkers for me and totally want to make me return to doing more black and white. They are beautiful, Rajan!

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Julia and Joanna, glad you like them. I hope you've been to the online website, there are so many more. It was really hard to decide which ones to include in the post.

Catherine A. Winn said...

Beautiful! I love black and white photos. The contrast, texture, everything about them can be mesmerizing and thought provoking.

Rosi said...

Wonderful work. I love black and white photos and the subjects Rajan has chosen are beautiful.

Cindy said...

What great pictures. I really enjoyed these.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Catherine, you are right about the thought provoking aspect. Like poetry, they capture something that stays with you afterwards.

Rosi, glad you like the subjects. Rajan is absolutely entranced! :-)

Cindy, thanks for stopping by. Glad you liked the pictures. There are more at the site.

Theresa Milstein said...

I agree, gorgeous photos. I don't have a Twitter account, but I'm sharing this on Facebook now.

Lynda R Young said...

I do LOVE black and white photography!! Your husband is a talented man. I easpecially love that photo on the main page of his website. Wow!

Murees Dupé said...

These are truly amazing photographs. Your husband is truly talented. Thank you so much for visiting my blog, you are very kind.

Janice Horton said...

Beautiful photographs - so atmospheric in black and white. And what a beautiful place you live!

Janice xx

Jayne said...

Beautiful photographs! I especially like the stairs and steps, there is something so romantic about imagining all the people who once kept the stones shiny and new with their feet, only for them to fade and nature to take hold.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Theresa, thanks for your comments and your support.

Murees, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Glad you like the photos.

Lynda, Glad you liked the cover photo especially. My husband was very pleased about that!

Janice, Yes, the atmospheric quality of black and white is what appeals to my husband. We don't actually live there, though. We have a house in a small village, and we go twice a year.

Jayne, I'm attracted to stairs and steps too. I think they look especially romantic and mysterious in black and white photography. They suggest some destination . . .

Murees Dupé said...

Thank you so much for following my blog and I am now following you right back. I look forward to reading all your other posts. It has really been great meeting you.

Julie Luek said...

Wow.. beautiful I love how his pictures lead the eye and create a story. The arches in the monastery photo make me want to walk down that hallway.I'm glad I stopped by-- his photos were like a respite in my morning.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Murees, good meeting you, too! Thanks for the follow.

Julie, Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I'm so glad you like his pictures. I agree that they create a story. Loved your description of the process. Thanks for the follow, too.

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Your husband's photography is amazing Elizabeth. It is a treat to visit the world through his artwork.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Victoria, thanks for stopping by. Appreciated your comment. That's what he tries to do in his photography, offer a visit of that world.

David P. King said...

Oh, wow! Those are some amazing shots! :)

Stacy Henrie said...

These are gorgeous! I love black and white photos.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

David, thanks for your comment. It's really an amazing place.

Stacy, thanks. I think what makes them so interesting IS the fact that they are in black and white. Color shots of the area are beautiful, too, but not as evocative.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

PS: Don't forget, just a few clicks (FB, his website & comment) can increase your chances of a winning a free print of your favorite. :-)

Andrew McAllister said...

I agree - gorgeous photos!

Rachna Chhabria said...

These are beautiful, Elizabeth. Rajan is a very talented photographer.

Elizabeth Varadan aka Mrs. Seraphina said...

Andrew and Rachna, I'm glad you enjoy them. Thanks for commenting.