Friday, April 29, 2011
“Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them.” ~ Bill Brandt
No matter how good a photographer you are, you will miss many of your best chances for outstanding images if you are not in a state of “readiness.” In this state images will just appear, almost out of the vapor, it’s there, it’s gone, you have it or you don’t.
This image certainly has an element of luck in it, if I wasn’t there at that precise moment, at that season of the year, I would have never captured this Icon of the Oregon coast in this unique manner.
Monday, April 25, 2011
“and don’t get hung up on cameras and technical things. Photography is about images.” ~ Fay Godwin
A good camera, that one is experienced with enough to automatically change the settings as necessary is a joy, but the craze for the latest and the greatest, leave that to the dilettantes. They seem to be unable to capture a decent image with the best of the best, while the true artist can capture amazing images with a point and shoot. It’s joy, imagination and vision that create great images.
A couple of brave kids, not so much because of the size of the waves, but because of how chilly it was this day on the Oregon coast!
Friday, April 22, 2011
“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” ~ Native American Proverb
If only our would leaders would embrace the infinite wisdom. They act as if only today counts and like they have no children or grandchildren. I have heard people say that the natives “were not using the land” therefore we were justified in taking it. The truth is they would have used the land for as long as the earth was here, because they lived in reverence of it. Today is Earth Day, a time to celebrate the wonderful beauty and variety of our precious planet.
This is an image of the Painted Hills in central Oregon. Nature at its most colorful, if not magical.
Monday, April 18, 2011
“No man has the right to dictate what other men should perceive, create or produce, but all should be encouraged to reveal themselves, their perceptions and emotions, and to build confidence in the creative spirit.” ~ Ansel Adams
This seems to be a lesson we need to learn over and over again. So many think their own way is “the way.” “I only use film.” “A photographer should do all their own printing.” I’ve heard it all over the years, but I just ignore it and continue to do what I do. To me, all that is of important is the image itself, It doesn’t matter to me how you get to it, so long as the final image has the power to reach out and touch the heart, mind and spirit of others.
A simple image of everyday life in Maine, yet full of color and speaking volumes about a way of life for many residents of this wonderful State.
Friday, April 15, 2011
“One of the biggest mistakes a photographer can make is to look at the real world and cling to the vain hope that next time his film will somehow bear a closer resemblance to it.” ~ Galen Rowell
A photographic image is an illusion. It is two dimensional, although it can appear to have three. The colors are affected by the film or sensor in the camera, as well as the development of the film or digital post processing. To me this is not a bad thing. In fact, knowing it’s an illusion to begin with gives me the liberty to work with the image in any way I see fit, in order to express my own vision of what I was experiencing at the time the image first appeared in my mind’s eye.
This is a landscape captured in eastern Oregon, looking westward to the leeward side of Mt. Hood. It’s a real scene, but is influenced by my interpretation of the scene at the time I captured the image. I am an artist, not a journalist.
Monday, April 11, 2011
“I wish more people felt that photography was an adventure the same as life itself and felt that their individual feelings were worth expressing. To me, that makes photography more exciting.” ~ Harry Callahan
My life and my work are one and the same and both are an adventure, as well as a journey. Who knows what lies around the next corner? We all have a one way ticket here and nobody knows when it will be punched, so I try to live my life to the fullest right now, at this moment. I endeavor to create my images right here, right now, wherever I may be, everywhere I look I find interesting images if I just quiet my mind and open my eyes.
Here is a quiet image, yet it has power. Ordinary subject, ordinary environs and yet….
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
“A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art.” ~ Paul Cézanne
If an image doesn’t touch you at some deep level, what value can it have for anyone else? I love my work and my images. All of them you say? Certainly not, but I don’t put the ones I dislike before the eyes of the public! Look for the magic in the world around you, learn how to “see” not just look. Learn to compose and process in a way that enable you to express your vision and you can be sure others will want to share in it.
This is an unusual image, but it captures nature in a real if somewhat unexpected way.
Monday, April 4, 2011
“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” ~ Charles Dickens
Believe me, April is the same in the Northwest! It’s a glorious time none-the-less, with all the plums and cherries blooming, as well as the daffodils, tulips and violets. Spring is a time of renewal and artists have always sung its praise, some times not so soberly, as its a time that inspires excess.
Here find an image of one such excess; found in the Japanese Garden in Portland, Oregon!