Turn your face to the sun…..

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.” ~Kahlil Gibran

Here we are, the last day of June and a wonderful quote for our time, when things often seem overwhelming, especially politically. As I have stated before, I am well aware of the darkness in the world, but I choose, for the most part, to image the light. There is no shortage of those who choose otherwise, so I feel no quilt in choosing such a path.

Heck,here is an image that shows even the rocks agree!

Enjoy,

Tom

“What is one to say about June….

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

What is one to say about June, the time of perfect young summer, the fulfillment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.” ~Gertrude Jekyll

Just one more day left in June! How the time flies in this wonderful month within which summer makes it’s long awaited entrance. Long days, short, warm nights, why even go to bed? Stay up taking photos of the full moon all night long…

The beauty of the tree…

Friday, June 24, 2010

“The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass,
speaks to me…And my heart soars.
”     ~Chief Dan George

These are the true riches of mankind, indeed of all the creatures who wander this great earth. Yet, there are those who value them not at all. They live in the dark and would pull us all down into that darkness with them. Let them not prevail, keep a light burning in your soul and celebrate the beauty of life everyday.

The genocide that was committed upon these native people was justified with empty phrases such as, “they were not using the land.” No, not using, but at one with, protecting, and shepherding! How true their words ring today.

Here is an image that reflects the sentiment of this quote, capturing the essence of the beauty and mystery of the deep forest.

Enjoy,
Tom

Reverence vs enterprise…..

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”     ~Henry David Thoreau

This quote and yesterday’s are vivid reminders that we seem to have our values upside down in the modern world. We seem to value those things that are transitory and ephemeral rather than those that are lasting and eternal. We value appearance over content, status over character.

To those of us who love this planet and life generally, this is a great sadness, for we want to protect this heritage for our children and grandchildren. Our hearts break when we see the brown pelicans in the gulf covered with oil.

Let’s not despair and continue to preach the message that “we cannot eat money!” I will continue in my mission to keep imaging life as it comes my way, my small contribution to remind people of the beauty and mystery that surround us upon this jewel, floating in the vastness of the universe.

My hope and prayer is that money and power will come to be seen as the empty phantasms they in truth are. To paraphrase Gandhi, “there is enough on this earth to sustain all our needs, but not our greed.”

we cannot eat money…

Monday, June 21, 2010

“Only when the last tree has died and the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realize we cannot eat money.”     ~Cree Indian

These words, spoken many years ago, how true they ring today. This beautiful world that we are so dedicatedly destroying is our most precious jewel, our most precious resource, our one and only home. And yet I still cannot and will not give up trying to do my little part to save her, my sweet mother.

Here is another image of people carrying on a precious tradition, going out in a lobster boat designed by his father to check his traps with a friend, for lobsters I will eat that very evening, two gifts in one day, the delicious fresh lobster and this wonderful image of his life. I am blessed!

Enjoy,
Tom

Art is not what you see…

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.”     ~Edgar Degas

This quote speaks to the discussion as the whether it’s copasetic to manipulate our images with software.

I have no desire to be a literalist, my desire is to express, to convey my vision and my feelings, unless I am on a journalistic assignment. Even then, I still want my images to be expressive and not literal!

Like Degas, I want others to see, as far as possible, what I saw at the moment of capture.

Intellectual vs artist….

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

“An intellectual is a man who says a simple thing in a difficult way; an artist is a man who says a difficult thing in a simple way.”     ~Charles Bukowski

A great quote! Images can say a thousand words, in silence, because so much can be expressed in a powerful, well-composed image. Yet, as the same time simple images are often the most compelling, with the ability to pull up all kinds of emotions and memories from the viewer.

That’s what’s so exciting about creating images! This is an image that represents a modern man carrying on an old tradition, lobster fishing…

Enjoy,
Tom

Creative HDR

Monday, June 14, 2010

Does not the very word ‘creative’ mean to build, to initiate, to give out, to act – rather than to be acted upon, to be subjective? Living photography is positive in its approach, it sings a song of life…” ~Berenice Abbott

I was over at Scot Kelby’s blog today, and he was talking about feeling bad because people really loved an image he created using HDR, because the original image was perhaps a bit flat and uninteresting. He had taken several exposures and created a truly interesting final image using HDR technology. Personally I have no problem with this. I have always believed that “the image is the message.” The camera will never be capable of capturing what the eye sees, nor will it ever be capable of feeling what the photographer feels when capturing the image, so whatever tools we can use to express our vision, as far as I’m concerned, are a godsend.

Artists have always altered literal reality in favor of expression, what some would even call truth. I personally look at the tools we are given as gifts and feel confident that if the artists of the past had them at their disposal, they would have used them!

By the way you can find the link to Scott’s article here.

Landscape photography…

Thursday, June 10, 2010

“Landscape photography is the supreme test of the photographer and often the supreme disappointment.”     ~Ansel Adams

Landscape photography covers a wide variety of subject. I love images that tell a story and landscapes can be very good at that. The challenge is that there are thousands of images of landscapes, so how does one do something interesting and different? I always look for a unique angle, or captivating colors. Having some human activity in a landscape can also add appeal, as well as, exciting weather conditions or lighting.

To me nature is endlessly fascinating so I have little trouble in finding images that touch and inspire me. I also love small rural towns and cities with their hustle and bustle of local life.

Here is an image of a church in Maine lobster country with some lobster fishing accoutrement’s in the foreground, a simple image of a simple life, but full of life, and a lonely beauty..

Enjoy,
Tom

To discover your world……

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.”     ~The Buddha

How else will your work ever be true and uniquely your own? Some one else put it like this; “This above all: to thine own self be true…”

To be an artist is more than just making images. You must find your own unique way, your own path, and believe in what you have to say, no matter what anyone else may say. Over on David duChemin’s blog the other day he talks about a book by Hugh MacLeod called “IGNORE EVERYBODY” which is essentially about what I am expressing here; your value to the world at large is your own vision, not what everyone else is doing.

This is good news, because your best asset is found in doing what you truly value and love doing! Today’s quote by the Buddha shows that this is not a new concept, just one that has been, for the most part, forgotten.

You can find David’s comments here.