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Ted Szukalski

Gallery of fine art photography.

Derwent ARTISTS colour pencils


Recently I had a brief discussion with a friend of mine, who has a strong conviction that photography should ALWAYS reflect what he sees. This in particular applies, in his opinion, to the fidelity of colours, tones and light intensity. He is deferring the move to to digital camera as he does not feel they offer that ability to capture what he sees.

Well Chris, I am not going to shoot a colour chart, as I find the colours in these charts rarely relate to anything I can recognise. However, I have at home Derwent ARTISTS colour pencil set, which is probably one of the most recognised and popular sets used anywhere int he western world. The colours here, as I see them are very, very close to the original colours on the pencils and yet this photo was not taken in a controlled environment. I did not use temperature stable light, gray card or any other “gizmo” aiding the exposure. In fact the white balance here was left in Automatic mode too.

Perhaps some people are a lot more sensitive to colour variations than I am but to me the result is more then satisfactory.

Aboriginal Elder Cedric – Portrait of an Urban Aborigine


Aborigines use dance traditionally as a form of expression. The dances describe aboriginal communal life, human relationships, as well as the bond of the people with the land and other people.

Modern Aboriginal artists often perform these dances in public. However, they also keep many dances secret for their sacred ceremonies.

A body painting seen on aboriginal performers relate to their customs, laws and believes and seldom are just artistic expressions.
Many Indigenous dance groups perform in order to preserve their culture and customs and to pass these to young generation.

Aboriginal Elder Cedric, Closed Eyes

Aboriginal Elder Cedric, Dreamtime

Aboriginal Elder Cedric, Hands Stretched Forward