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Introducing "portRAits" On RylskyArt.com

To my fellow RylskyArt members,

I am very pleased to introduce a very special new series which we call "PortRAits".  This series will present portraits of the beautiful women,  rendered in black and white or monochrome.

I believe there is something very timeless and elegant about a portriat of a young woman in black and white. A beautiful monochrome portrait can make a woman immortal.  Remember the movie "Titanic".  Rose's youthful beauty was captured forever in a picture rendered in charcoal alone.  I invite you to examine these exquisite photographs.  Study the lines and curves of the perfect visages.  I believe you will see the deep heart and soul of the wonderful young women's beauty and personality. 

The first gallery in this very special series will be presented tomorrow.

We hope you will enjoy this series.

Neil (member of RylskyArt)


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Just found this blog suggestion so I thought I'd re-post what I just sent you via e-mail...

EXCELLENT idea! And a great way to recycle older unpublished sets in something the "younger crowd" may not ever have seen or fully appreciate. "Selenium" toning would also look nice.

This kind of presentation also lends itself to selective coloring of just the irises and lips and/or specific pieces of jewelry. THIS is really something nice to see in a site such as yours instead of models continuously being shot with their legs up behind their head or in other various "pretzel-ized" poses.

I started my career shooting Kodak Tri-X 100 & processing in Rodinol or D-67 or alternately, compounding my own from older published formulae from Weston, Adams & such. Still have a "wet" darkroom in my home which i use almost exclusively for B&W work now.

Thanks & keep THIS kind of stuff up!

Arkie/Arkie2/Bill H

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Thank you for your personal story, Arkie! I envy your wet room for processing films , I really envy.

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Rylsky, Do you ever photograph a model, with the intention of publishing the photos in monochrome? I mean, do you ever begin the shoot planning to create a set of black and white photos? Would that decision change the way you do the shoot?

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Thank you for this question, Neil.

I start learn photography with my father, I was 12-14 years old. It was only possible to photograph in B&W (color film and color chrome film was extremely expensive for our family budget). Right from the start my main interest was to take pictures of people, I rarely was interested to shoot landscapes, animals, or anything else. Maybe because I love to see nature only in full color, and when I grew up - Fujichrome Velvia 100 was exactly what I called "perfect full color".

What we know about monochrome photography - is that it makes us see different and think different (to see NO colors, only %s of gray) - it's all about contrasts. It makes me love contrast (more shadows) lighting in B&W photos. Also it makes me choose contrast (vs. skin tones) backgrounds. I have a feeling that portraits in B&W are really about person's soul, because we read, not watch when we see no colors but we see the faces.

I went to Institute and learn photography at the end of XX Century. It was learning based on a film, not digital. My first nude photography was also filmed in B&W (I think 80%). It was Fomapan 100 or Kodak BW400CN. I liked to see BW nudes, I bought some books, as example Taschen's Helmut Newton book:

My own digital era started in 2003 with Olympus e20. And we need to understand that in digital era we made all B&W photos for post - production, no need filters. And second fact: people (who pay for membership our days) want to see erotica in color, It's a fact.

When we talk about commercial erotica - it is almost no chances to sell B&W on a regular basis. It could be only addition to main menu.

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Thank you, Mr. Neil, for this beautiful introduction of new series.
We did special series on RA before, but it was about extremely erotic side or funny side of our work and our models, now it's time for presenting another side.
I hope that our members will see more Rylsky's "art" inside RylskyArt

Our first set will contain portraits of Goldie.