How to create a gallery print for your home

ANZEIGE

It feels like a milestone! No, let me start over: not only does it feel like one, it IS a milestone. At least to me it is! From this day on, I truly hope, you will enjoy traveling this road with me… I started developing my photographies as art prints now and I can’t stop…It’s captivating, it brings back precious memories and it adds so much beauty to our home that I can barely breathe when I look at it! Too much of a praise? Wait until you see the result! But let me start at the very beginning…

Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print

From a very early age my mom started to take me to museums, so the love for every kind of art is innate to me! Not only have I been a frequent visitor to museums – I have been a keen artist myself, but somehow only drawings and paintings were put down to paper. After my very first SLR camera broke at the age of 15 I never returned back to analogue photography. The absence of printed photo works must be the reason for my new found enthusiasm about those gallery prints! Ironically, I have been producing photographies all my life but never considered having art prints in my home.

A warm late summer weekend changed it all: it started in September, with a book.
This September weekend was all about photography: I created a workshop at the Photokina for a beautiful CEWE photography event. As a surprise or maybe more of a special treat CEWE printed a book with my work. It was one of their new products, a very large format with fine art paper. Indeed, this book wasn’t that simple at all. Everything about it, the size, the weight, the quality of the paper and the prints had the feel of the luxurious coffee-table books I was usually swooning over at book stores. What happened from there was simply magical! Everyone was so thrilled with the book, I even got multiple requests to produce a coffee-table book myself. So it felt only natural to CEWE and myself to start collaborating. CEWE is known for making high quality products at affordable prices and I am so proud to partner with them on my very first print collaboration. I had so much fun working on this gallery print and I truly hope, you feel the joy and you love it just as much as I do!

white roses floral arrangement
white roses floral arrangement

As a regular reader, you know I cherish every season, but ever since I started gardening, the end of summer, the end of flowering roses is really painful to me! It takes weeks to recover from having cut the last blooming rose. So this year I decided to capture the beauty of my favorite white roses for eternity!

white roses from the garden
white roses from the garden

As soon, as I realized that some of the roses were starting to fade, I cut off the prettiest heads and arranged them on a dark velvet background. This way I added a deep contrast to the installation and all the beauty came out even more.

arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background
arranging white roses on a dark background

As soon, as I realized that some of the roses were starting to fade, I cut off the prettiest heads and arranged them on a dark velvet background. This way I added a deep contrast to the installation and all the beauty came out even more. In the end I only had the choose my favorite gathering of white roses. In the end this was my favorite image:

moody white roses print
moody white roses print

I sat on it for a few days, as I always do with special images and every time my eyes kept going back to this one image. So in the end I knew that I had made the right decision with this lush collection of my favorite roses. This way I will never forget the variety of summer!

Once the gallery print was here, I could hardly contain my excitement and placed it on our black wall. This way the black background works as a frame and brings out the beauty even more! Having thought about placing different low furniture in front of the gallery print, I decided to only go with a few large vases as companions for this work of art. Dressing up for this occasion and wearing heels gives you a little insight of my celebration of this milestone 😉

Anastasia Benko moody white roses print, photo by: Christian Schäfer
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print, photo by: Christian Schäfer
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print
Anastasia Benko moody white roses print

TO CREATE YOUR OWN GALLERY PRINT, YOU NEED:

-beheaded roses or any other flower you like

-a dark background

-eventually you will need a few pins to secure the flowers

-styrofoam as a reflector

Spread your dark background ( in my case it was a dark green cloth of velvet). Once you cut the fading flowers from the stem, place them on the dark underground and arrange them as you like. Make sure to place your favorite flowers at a prominent spot this way you will always have them on your photo. If their ‘faces’ don’t look in the camera, you can also fix them with a few pins to your background. Rearrange the flowers until you love the composition and take a picture. I promise, there is no better feeling than having home made art in your home, you will love it!

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A quick visit to Berlin

Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral black & white photography
Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral black & white photography
detail from Berlin: white Art Deco tile, weiße Jugendstil Fliese
detail from Berlin: white Art Deco tile, weiße Jugendstil Fliese
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
Detail from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. black & white photography
Detail from the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin. black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography
roof detail from the museum island in Berlin, Museumsinsel Berlin, black & white photography

No matter how short a business trip is, I always try to escape the working routine and do some sightseeing. These pictures were taken during a short trip to Berlin, when I payed a visit to the Berlin Cathedral and the museum island. A few months passed since this trip, but they still remain to be some of my favorite pictures I took this year!
I hope you enjoy them just as much as I do and can give me some tips for my future trips to Berlin? A. XO

Exotic Beauty Heliconia

I have been working with flowers for years now and have never seen an online magazine as inspirational as The Green Gallery! Issue after issue they create a poetic world with flowers and plants & you can imagine my excitement when I was asked to create a few images for them ❤

Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery - Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery – Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery - Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery – Heliconia Muse

Working with the exotic and colorful heliconia was certainly a new but great experience for me. Usually I don’t work with exotic plants – I like to go for a walk and most of the time I come back with foraged flowers, fruits and plants. There is no way I could pick a heliconia in the forest nearby.

Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery - Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery – Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery - Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery – Heliconia Muse

In this case I was amazed how well the ‘foreign’ heliconia blended in with the flowers from my garden. I started experimenting with a kniphofia, geraniums and different shades of delphinium. I loved the mix of exotic and locally grown flowers – the heliconia was the perfect colorful addition.

Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery - Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery – Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery - Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery – Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery - Heliconia Muse
Anastasia Benko for The Green Gallery – Heliconia Muse

I have been playing with these images a little and ran wild with a few filters. If you wish to see the images for the Green Gallery and browse the Muse Section, you can pay a visit here.

SUGGESTED USER @INSTAGRAM

WHAT A WEEKEND IT WAS!

It was late Friday night here when I received the most amazing email! I had to read it twice before realizing, that these were the news, I have been dreaming of for ages!

INSTAGRAM wrote that they have put me on their list of SUGGESTED USERS!

I know these things happen … but I never thought that this would happen to me! Just imagine the millions and millions of users Instagram has! And the millions and millions of beautiful photos that are uploaded every day! I am so honored and grateful and would love to share this special moment with all of you!

I started my account years ago, named it after my german vintage shop ‘Stilzitat’ and that was it…. Back then I didn’t know what a gorgeous platform Instagram was! I was in for the filters.

Three, or so, years ago I started using Instagram on a regular basis: it was daily that I discovered amazing photographers, made wonderful friends and started sharing my photos I took on my travels, my interiors and tons and tons, and did I mention, TONS of flowers ❤

Anastasia Benko @stilzitat Instagram account
Anastasia Benko @stilzitat Instagram account

I developed a certain look along the way with my interiors & flowers {I even won an award for my individual style}. I learned not to use too many unnatural filters for my product photography and for clients. But at some point I started missing using those vintage filters, that I used in the beginning. Especially the bright, blush and pink colored ones. It felt natural to start a second account to spoil myself and all the fans of blush tones! A few months ago my new account @crushonthecolorblush was born. Let me tell you, it’s a celebration to the eye!

Anastasia Benko @crushonthecolorblush Instagram account
Anastasia Benko @crushonthecolorblush Instagram account

So what do you think?

Talking about celebrations, I have another gorgeous challenge to share with you, once we are here talking Instagram!

It’s a challenge that is very dear to me as it spoils me, every time I go to look at it!

#itsamoodywednesday was a challenge originally started by my dear friend Gudy from Eclectic Trends. Due to her packed working schedule she offered me to take over and host this challenge. I knew I needed help with this weekly challenge and asked my friend Jocelyn of The Inner Interior to host it with me. Now we have been doing this for quite a while and we couldn’t be happier with the community we’ve built and with the amazingly beautiful pieces of art that are contributed every single week to this gorgeous #itsamoodywednesday! This is a small outtake of last week’s moody Wednesday:

#itsamoodywednesday via anastasiabenko.com
#itsamoodywednesday via anastasiabenko.com

Still ecstatic with the amazing news from Instagram, I will leave you here, hopefully inspired to do the same! Inspire and get inspired – it’s an opportunity we photographers and artists should cherish to the fullest… Spread the love and you will get it back! ❤

A. XO

 

 

 

Fading flowers

You have probably learned by now, that one of my biggest inspirations would be Gudy from Eclectic Trends. Her posts about mood boarding and trends are very well researched – but it’s not only her expertise, but her impeccable style that makes me want to spend hours on her blog.

Not too long ago she wrote a post about Pantone’s color trends for 2016. Gudy presented only 4 of the 8 color trends, because they appealed to her the most. Oh boy, 2 of these trends impressed me big time! But see for yourself, if you find a resemblance between these flower images and the words the trends are described with:

1: ‘Fade – Colors layered in watery pools announces itself, quietly, gradually, forming itself into mottled and ghostly hues.’ 

2: ‘Invisible – by disappearing we can escape pressure. Colors appear and disappear like an illusion.’

The minute I saw the moodboards about those color trends, I instantly knew that I wanted to create an installation with flowers and milk.

fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko

These color trends, mentioned above, are predicted to be the big players in interiors and fashion. My flower photography has nothing to do with both, you might think, but I love getting my inspiration from all kinds of fields and industries. And of course I can see one of these images, when developed on a huge canvas and put up on a wall, give a room the last sheer finish, what do you think?

fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko
fading flowers by Anastasia Benko