“Best wide-angle lens? Two steps backward. Look for the ‘ah-ha’.” ~Ernst Haas
David duChemin, on his blog Pixelatedimage wrote and interesting and thought provoking post yesterday called “A Crazy Idea” about the over dependence on new “gear.” Here is a link to the article.
Seems things weren’t that much different in Haas’s day. I, like David, am not saying that there is anything inherently bad in good equipment, just that equipment is not going to make you an artist, and that a true artist is going to get great images, no matter the equipment in his/her hands!
Here is a sunset image from one of my favorite haunts, the Oregon coast, I think the couple walking their dog make the whole image more alive and interesting, but the warm and fiery colors could carry the image on it’s own.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
“Imagination is the true magic carpet.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
How true! Anyone who has read a wonderful story, been carried away by the cinema or lost themselves, for a time, in a work of art can attest to the truth in this quote. How much more true for the artist themselves, who are able to ride that carpet in the creation of the work. Of course that carpet is there for any creative endeavor from the sciences to the arts to just enjoying a walk through the woods, and what a wonderful ride it can be!
Einstein even goes on to say; “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.”
So let your imagination run wild when you create or when you are enjoying someone else’s creation.
Monday, March 29, 2010
“Art is literacy of the heart” ~Elliot Eisner
This certainly seems to be true for me. Art and poetry have revealed more to me about being human than any other field of study I have even encountered, including philosophy, in my life. Great art and poetry, which includes music, tugs on the heart and spurs us on to greater, larger horizons. It makes us more aware of the world around us and seems to strip away the limits we sometimes set for ourselves. A person who can plumb the hearts of others will see his/her own heart expand in unexpected ways.
This is an image taken just before sunset, in eastern Oregon, at Smith Rock on the Cooked river, in the fall season, talk about poetic!
Friday, March 26, 2010
“There are more valid facts and details in works of art than there are in history books.” ~Charlie Chaplin
A most interesting concept, don’t you think? To me, what this says is that artists, unlike historians are not presenting hidden agendas or bias, except perhaps in what they choose to represent in their images, but this has more to do with personal tastes and tendencies that a desire to bend the truth to suit their personal beliefs. Most artist seek to reveal rather than obscure or manipulate the truth, that’s part of its great power, why it can capture peoples imaginations and transport them to places they may have never been or seen.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
“Art is everywhere, except it has to pass through a creative mind.” ~Louise Nevelson
Today’s image is a perfect example of the truth contained in the quote by Nevelson. It would be hard to imagine a more common, everyday scene yet consider how much life shines through this image. Memories of our youth, the joys in the simple elements of earth, water, sunshine, and air that a child is drawn to so naturally. A simple pail and shovel are all that’s needed for hours of play. It harks back to a simpler time and place and yet it’s a throughly modern image, nonetheless.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
“The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” ~Ansel Adams
Today it is the RAW image the is the score, but the print is still the performance. Even more so today, because we have so much control over the final image and so much power to compose with the information captured within the RAW image. Some consider this a blessing and some consider it a curse. I simply consider it an importunity to stretch the limits of our craft though the ability of improved technology. The final result, however, still depends upon hard work, hard won knowledge, technical skill, and true vision, the same as it did in the past.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” ~Edward Steichen
I don’t know how it could possibly be said better than that! I would’n even try.
I didn’t take much license with this image, I mean what more could you expect from am image? To me this is a perfect example of the human sprit and how each person and/or family expresses it uniquely.
Monday, March 22, 2010
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ~Pablo Picasso
There is certainly truth in this quote. Anytime I find myself out of sorts or feeling a little down, if I start working on my images, I soon find myself totally involved and feeling much better. My work can be hard, even frustrating at times, but it is always, at the same time, healing. I think that’s probably true of anyone who loves what they are doing. The decisions to be made, the processes that take you to where an image must go, just grab your total attention and whisk you away!
Friday, March 19, 2010
“The magic of photography is metaphysical. What you see in the photograph isn’t what you saw at the time. The real skill of photography is organized visual lying.” ~Terence Donovan
Mr. Donovan, I’m sure, didn’t realize just how true this would become, given the current state of our technology! I consider myself a digital artist, just as much as a photographer because of the ability I have to adjust and alter a photo, almost without limits. I think lying is a bit of a strong word, however. I’m not trying to put anything over on anyone, I’m just trying to bring out the best in any particular image, I’m trying to express as much as I’m trying to represent.
This image, although it’s a realistic image of the sandy beach butting up against the barnacle encrusted cliff, appears quite abstract. You can discover, if you are observant, endless abstract images within the natural world.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
“While I recognize the necessity for a basis of observed reality – true art lies in a reality that is felt.” ~Odilon Redon
Truly, if one does not feel life, it just passes on by without a ripple. I only image what touches my inner life and feelings. However, as you can tell by the eclectic nature of my work, there seems to be no lack of experiences that move me! I feel fortunate in this respect as it’s a great resource for an artist to possess.