The Beauty in Black & White: New POD Photography by ReD Ognita
Posted by Lauren / to News, Artwork, Artists / on November 15, 2011

The most recent release of Grand Image’s Print on Demand (POD) line welcomes ReD Ognita to the stable.  ReD Ognita is an award-winning photographer, born in Philippines and currently living and working in Beijing, China.  Ognita’s images have a distinctive aesthetic inspired by the architecture of his environment in China–similar to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s ‘Seascapes’ and the quite contemplative nature of a Mark Rothko painting.

Ognita 17 Arches #85655

Ognita 17 Arches #85655

Motivation & Process

In 2006, Ognita began photographing his new surroundings as the expansive landscape of China became his new muse.  Spending most of his time overseas, photography became a conduit for Ognita to experience joy in the nostalgia.

“Photography started out as a way for me to connect to the past. I work overseas most of the year, and the photo is the only way I can time travel. Photographs became time machines. Even before, I knew that photography can be something more.”

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Ognita Lakehouse #85632

Ognita employs a two-phase process where he captures the images using a long-exposure or long-duration shutter speed and then edits them digitally with special post processing techniques.

“Whenever I can, I subscribe to the technique of long exposures and to the idea of less is more. The ability to gather time and put them in a single frame amazes me.”

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Ognita Soho #85629

His subject matter focuses on solitary landscapes, hidden architectural creations, and never seen seascapes in a consistent square format.  Ognita has won many awards for his artwork including the International Photography Awards; Prix de la Photographie, Paris; and the Beijing International Photo Contest.  Grand Image is his US publisher, however Ognita is represented by the following fine art galleries in China:  Tai Ji Xuan Gallery (Beijing) and Ioahin Gallery (Macau).

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Ognita First Snow #85652


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August 11, 2012
  Lucid, tranquil, romantic beyond words.
November 22, 2011
  Truly amazing pictures!
November 21, 2011
  ReD is a truly great find for Grand Image! I can't wait to watch his ascent in the US art market with these gorgeous images.
November 21, 2011
  I am so in love with this work, when it was first presented, I was overwhelmed with the beauty of the imagery and the amazing subtlety in the transitions from black to white...A-mazing!!

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