Thoughtful, artfully curated submissions are one of the backbones of The Fount. While we receive many submissions each month, only about one or two out of every ten is accepted. At times we then receive an email asking for input about a particular submission or tips for future submissions. It is because of those questions and the desire of the artist’s heart to continue to elevate his or her craft that we are featuring our first “What We Love” post.
Val Glidden has faithfully submitted her work to us for several years and she never fails to wow us with her consistency technically and artistically. What better artist to feature in this first of its kind post?
We love that from an artistic aesthetic, this submission is full of emotion and a sense of connecting with the mother in these images. They are timeless. These images could have been taken yesterday or twenty years ago ~ nothing ties them to this moment. The mother and her connection to her husband and to her little one are the irreplaceable parts of these images. If the mother was taken out of the frame, the image would change drastically. For those of us that have held a beloved little one, we can feel the weight of the little one in our arms and smell that sweet baby smell. The presence of the camera almost seems coincidental as the mother is focused on her family. Additionally, each image was unique without duplication of the arrangement of the mother and her family. Our heartstrings were definitely tugged on by Val’s work in this submission.
Technically, this submission is perfect. From the warmth and evenness of the light, to the composition; from the variety of the composition, background elements, and family interaction, to the flawless skin tones, this submission is truly exceptional. Post processing is consistent across all of the images and displays Val’s technical skill.
We are so grateful to Val for sharing this submission with us.