In my constant search for that one special object to photograph, I often run into an annoying phenomenon I affectionately like to call photographers block. When this happens, I usually turn my focus to writing or painting, but this time I felt that urge to use my camera again. I painted on and on as an increasing sense of urgency continued to plague me throughout the Thanksgiving week. Finally, my mother and I decided to take a break from our schedules to visit my aunt. During this visit, my aunt surprised my mother with a beautiful ruby red poinsettia plant wrapped in a floral foil of the same color. Although the graceful folds of the poinsettia leaves intrigued me, the foil fought for my attention and won. The photo above is the result. It reminds me that when we give a gift out of love, we inspire others to give. Sometimes the gifts give, especially when they teach us to see beauty in different and unique ways. They remind us that we are loved, they encourage us to love others, and they inspire us to create art.
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Several months ago, I was working on a series of photographs of regular household objects that utilized the negative mode on my small camera phone. Photo negatives force us to look at shape and form in a completely different light. This is what makes them a positive source for creativity and study. As I have discussed before in one of my previous posts, I like to use the camera in my phone because it is lightweight, compact, and easily accessible. The artwork featured above entitled “Spectrum 1″, is a photograph taken using this negative mode. In addition, I used light photo editing to enhance its’ color and clarity. The results were unexpected, but strangely beautiful and otherworldly. I decided to continue with this series as it offers yet another view of the overlooked objects that surround me on a daily basis. In my time on the internet, I have had the rare privilege of viewing the most extraordinary photographs. I have gathered inspiration from photographs that employed photoshopping software and ones that did not. There are photographers that prefer a pure, straightforward approach to the photograph, continuously refining their craft through careful and considerate study. Others dive head on into the wonderful world of digital photoshopping softwares, always in search of new and innovative ways to expand their ever growing artistic vision. I personally believe there is a place for both types of photography. I appreciate them equally. Pure straight forward photos (black and white and color) are captivating and unforgettable. Works that involve photoshopping software in their production are wildly creative and often original in their approach to color, shape and form. While their is always room for refinement of our technical skills both with and without the use of software, it is always nice to know that these tools are readily available.
If you would like to share your thoughts on this subject, I would love to hear from you.
Sometime in our artistic development, many of us are conned into believing that all painting styles and painting processes will inevitably lend themselves to quick completion. However, in my experience, this is not the case. In the past I have worked on paintings that I have completed within a short time span (like this particular painting in enamels entitled “Summit”), while others may take weeks or even months to finish. While the slow development of the series of paintings that I am currently working on has tried my patience on more than one occasion, I am determined to slowly plod my way through the series with the faith that eventually each piece will come to fruition. In order to come up with a solution that would somehow satisfy my growing sense of urgency while working in a slow, time consuming painting style, I decided to lay my paintings out assembly line. I am working on five paintings at once in order to both kill the monotony of a slow, painstaking process, and to keep the work consistent within the series. This is simply how I have chosen to attack this particular problem and still maintain interest in my work and its’ overall theme.
Please feel free to share your experiences with a similar situation! All comments are greatly appreciated, as I strongly feel that we can help to encourage one another in our artistic growth.
Though color has captivated both photographer and viewer over the years, black and white photography still continues to fascinate us. Sometimes it sets a sombre mood, sometimes it alarms us with gritty, unflinching realism, sometimes it evokes a sense of nostalgia, but it always reaches us in a way that is mysterious, unexplainable and beautiful. In this particular series minimally titled “Composition”, I wanted to use black and white photography to emphasize both the shape and graceful form of the object. The tension that is observed between the mesh like material and the wide, black, linear straps adds to the overall visual interest of the piece.
For the love of all pictures black and white, I have attached a link to this short post for you to view and aspire to in your artistic journey, whether you are a photographer or collector http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/06/09/beautiful-black-and-white-photography/
I wanted to take some time out to talk about camera phones. They are often under rated and can produce some interesting results. Although the use of a camera phone automatically makes taking pictures and sharing them more convenient, it is the compact size and easy accessibility that I most admire. Now, I dream about a Nokia Lumia 1020 as it is almost time to replace my old phone, but who knows which camera will inspire my desire next.
The photo above, entitled “Linear Rhythms: Abstract Still Life 2,” was taken with a phone.
I thought in this short post, I would like to include a list of some of the best camera phones available today for your future consideration.
Check it out folks!
Feel free to share any great pictures that you might have taken with a phone!