Photography as Art – exploring a ‘Blue Period’


The Blue Period is a term used to define to the works produced by Spanish painter Pablo Picasso between 1901 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. These somber works, inspired by Spain but painted in Paris, are now some of his most popular works, although he had difficulty selling them at the time.

I love traveling – especially through the ROCKY MOUNTAINS!  But since I’m the only serious photographer in my family, it can be frustrating and tough at times convincing my family that I need to be at a certain location at sunset or before sunrise for prime light! Many times I’ve had to venture out on my own well before dawn, in super cold weather, while everyone else stayed in their warm comfy hotel beds!

So, on one of our trips through the Tetons, we were running late and the lighting was less than desirable.  It happens. That’s part of the process of always ‘chasing the light’ and the challenges of photography as an art form.

Back at home, I decided to do some research on some master painters and their “blue periods”. Using my Teton image, I decided to try creating my own “blue period” just for fun in Photoshop. I opened the RAW image, created an intense BLUE cast with dark contrasty shadows.   I wanted to push out the middle zone from the foreground and background to create more drama. Then I purposely blurred the foreground, and darkened the shadows, trying to make it look like a shot taken at twilight.

Its something different for me!

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