Greetings from the all new home for Yuri Long Photography's personal projects - the Antiquated Modern. Not to worry, gentle reader, I am still available for portrait commissions. Please visit my other site (which will be getting a facelift as well) for more information and to book a session. The purpose of this site is to share the work that doesn't fit into neat little boxes, the stuff that comes from my constant need to play and learn and love.
I hope you enjoy seeing the work here, all of which will be made available in some tangible form over time. This blog will feature in depth descriptions of particular images, behind the scenes looks into my working process both out in the field and in the darkroom, as well as other cool art and photography news and notes that I find interesting.
You will also find news about the current state of various projects and their availability in the Print Shop, which currently features a small selection of recent prints. You can also sign up for my email newsletter to keep up to date with new posts and when new work is available to purchase right from your inbox.
To get started, here is one of my most recent pieces:
A couple of months ago we were supposed to do a family portrait session on this beautiful Sunday morning, right at the peak of the cherry blossoms' bloom here in Washington, DC. Sadly, we had to postpone the session due to a toddler feeling under the weather. But as I'd already blocked out the time in my schedule, I decided to go out and shoot anyway. This year has been crazy, and I really haven't shot as much as usual, especially in my home city. It was a beautifully crisp spring morning, and I was happy to work on some of my ongoing projects.
One of them is a project called "Stillness" where I explore ideas about peace and emptiness through compositions that make use of natural reflections. It was a great day for this kind of thing as the tidal basin was nice and calm. It was incredibly crowded, even at 7:30am, but i managed to find a few nice vantage points to sit and meditate for awhile.
Many of the cherry trees at the tidal basin have grown such that they extend over the walkway ringing the water and descend toward the water below. I really liked this particular spot where it seemed the tree was reaching out, almost yearning to dive into the cool blue basin. I used a shallow depth of field to focus only on a few blossoms tumbling precariously toward the surface of the water, while still giving a sense of the overall space through the trees in the distance reflected in the water as well. It is an image about bringing one's heart to a moment of calm before taking the risky plunge that will sooth and renew.
Several images from this series, including this one, are currently available in the Print Shop if you are interested. Printed on Hahnemuhle Fine Art paper and treated with an archival coating to increase longevity, these inkjet prints come matted and ready to frame.