Marshall Gould

Oakdale, CA, United States

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ag_updated_at : 2022-03-20 21:23:20 UTC
ag_city : Oakdale
ag_region : CA, United States
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ag_website : marshallgould.com
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ag_artist_statement : While I use the most current digital camera equipment, post processing software and digital printers, my style and technique are more reminiscent of the Golden Era of Black & White Photography from the 1930's through the 1960's. The backbone of my technical process, both "in camera," post processing and printing is a total commitment to a mastery of the Zone System, which Ansel Adams developed and perfected over his career. A the center of my creative process, is both story telling and elevating the beauty and emotional state of my subject, which is often semi-wild horses from a nearby ranch. These beautiful, yet rugged horses roam on an expansive ranch in Northern California in a semi-wild environment. Although they are bred by the rancher each year and have some very limited contact with humans, they are left to run wild, graze, mate, and birth all in a very natural state. The wide open ranch land is both harsh and breathtaking, and makes for a perfect backdrop for photographing these magnificent animals living the way have for thousands of years. Stylistically, I try to use the smallest possible focal length lens, thereby forcing me to get a close as possible to my subject. I want to covey an intimate understanding of my subject. Artistically, exquisite composition and lighting rules my work, and I will spend hours waiting for the perfect shot, and keep returning until I get it. Recently, I have begun to study the great portrait and fashion photographers of the last 75 years, and hence, have begun to incorporate a more sophisticated style and elegance into my work, making my images more relevant to a broader art audience. Lastly, in terms of presentation, especially with photographing large animals like horses, I have found that the size/scale of the final printed image is very important, which is why I have begun to print life size whenever possible. The final pieces of arts, when all of this is working together, are beautiful, stunning and evocative!
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ag_influences : Overall, I am fascinated with this country's exploration, expansion and development of it's Western United States. In it's purist form, my artwork shows the independent, gritty self reliance of the people, traditional lifestyle, and expansive beauty of the in the Rural American West. There is also a substantial amount of "Americana" in my work, which coincides with the "Golden Era of Photography" which I so much Identify with and adore, and in many ways, try to replicate this traditional yet monumental era of photography using modern digital equipment and techniques.
ag_awards : Black & White Magazine  2013 Single Image Contest Winner in Sports Category.  2014 Single Image Contest Winner in Photojournalism and Cityscape Categories.  2014 Portfolio Contest Merit Award – Equine Series.  2016 Single Image Contest Winner in Animals and Surrealism Categories.  2017 Single Image Contest Winner in Animals Category.  2017 Portfolio Contest Merit Award – Yosemite Series  2019 Single Image Contest Winner in Animals and Still Life/Objects Categories  2019 Portfolio Contest Merit Award – Elk Series Annual Black & White Spider Awards  8 th Annual (2013) – 5 Nominations in the Amateur Photojournalism, Fine Art, Portrait, and Wildlife Categories  9 th Annual (2014) – 10 Nominations in the Amateur Photojournalism, Fine Art, Architectural, and Wildlife Categories  10 th Annual (2015) – 16 Nominations in the Amateur Photojournalism, Fine Art, Architectural, Children Of The World, People, Sport and Wildlife Categories 2  11 th Annual (2016) – 19 Nominations in the Amateur Photojournalism, Fine Art, Architectural, Nature, People, Still Life and Wildlife Categories  12 th Annual (2017) – 2 Nominations in Amateur Architectural and Wildlife Categories  13 th Annual (2018) – 9 Nominations in Amateur Architectural, Children Of The World, People, Photojournalism, Portrait, Sport and Wildlife. Annual International Color Awards  6 th Annual (2012) – 1 Nomination in the Amateur Americana Category  7 th Annual (2013) – 1 Nomination in the Amateur Americana Category  8 th Annual (2014) – 3 Nominations and 1 Honorable Mention in the Amateur Americana Category  9 th Annual (2015) – 18 Nominations in the Amateur Americana, Fine Art, Architectural, People and Still Life Categories. 1 Honorable Mention in the Americana Category.  10 th Annual (2016) – 11 Nominations in the Amateur Americana, Children of The World, Nature and Sport Categories. 2 Honorable Mentions in the Americana Category.  11 th Annual (2017) – 7 Nominations in Amateur Americana, Children Of The World, People, Photojournalism, and Wildlife. 1 Honorable Mention in Photojournalism.
ag_exhibitions : Gallery Exhibitions  Open Shutter Gallery – Contemporary Fine Art Photography Durango, CO “Tones of Black & White” January 10 – March 5, 2014 Group Exhibition of 5 Black & White Fine Art Photographers.  Agora Gallery, New York, NY “Figuratively Speaking” February 7 – February 27, 2014 Group Exhibition of Painters, Sculptors, and Photographers  Blank Wall Gallery, Athens, Greece “Monochrome” April 2 – April 15, 2016 Group Exhibition of Fine Art Black & White Photographers from all over the World “Moments in Color” April 28 – May 11, 2017 Group Exhibition of Fine Art Color Photographers from all over the World. “Cityscapes” February 15 – February 27, 2019 Group Exhibition of Fine Art Photographers from all over the World.
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ag_artist_firstname : Marshall
ag_artist_lastname : Gould
ag_artist_tags : american,he/him

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