Wednesday, October 31, 2012
“Darkness always hates the light. Ugliness always hates beauty.” ~ Xiao Guozen
Darkness has many forms, but it is always a manifestation of ignorance and/or fear. The greed we see in the world today that would sacrifice the whole planet for a few more drops or oil, deplete the oceans for a few more dollars of fish, pollute the very air we breathe and water we drink, genetically alter the food we eat, all for short-term profits, leaving a living nightmare for our children and grandchildren, these are all manifestation of darkness and ugliness. We must stand and fight against such forces. For me, as an artist, my most potent weapon is to remind others, with my images, of the beauty and light that sustain us. This is the heritage I would choose to leave our progeny.
The tide rises and falls, a reflection of the turning seasons, the circle of night and day, the phases of the moon. It reveals and hides a multitude of life as it turns. Here is an image of life revealed at low tide.
Friday, October 26, 2012
“I find it particularly exciting when a picture evokes anything near that word, ‘mystery’.” ~ Jeff Mermelstein
Mystery…in a way the whole darn world is mysterious, but here I believe that Jeff is speaking of a mystery “within” the overall mystery of so called ordinary things. Something that makes us stop and consider, something that evokes a sense of something out of the commonplace. It’s not everyday that one comes upon such an image, but when you do, how great it feels.
I believe this image, with several small water crafts just sitting on the ground, slowly decomposing into earth, evokes the particular sense of mystery which Jeff is speaking of.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
“Sharpness is a bourgeois concept.” ~ Henri Cartier-Bresson
I love this quote in this day and age of the “equipment” junkie. It reminds me of a quote I once read about a painter telling a woman whose nose was to the canvas, ?Madame my paintings are not meant to be smelt.” It’s not how “sharp” an image is that matters, it’s how that image touches you, moves you. No need to rub the viewers nose in “realty,“ better instead, to touch them on a deep subconscious level, after all, we are not authors, we are image creators, we communicate visually!
Lobster fishermen and their crafts are endlessly interesting to me. Plus, I love to eat lobster. What a gift this small creature is, to the palate, to the men who harvest them, to a way of life that I hope can endure and to the image makers who take the time to capture them in action.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
“There are worlds of experience beyond the world of the aggressive man, beyond history, and beyond science. The moods and qualities of nature and the revelations of great art are equally difficult to define; we can grasp them only in the depths of our perceptive spirit.” ~ Ansel Adams
“Only in the depths of our perceptive spirit…” How many people can even begin to understand this truth in today’s world? Too few I fear. Too many are ready and willing to give up what precious wilderness we have left for quick profits and dirty oil and coal. It would truly break the hearts of Ansel, John Muir, and Thoreau to name a few. I know it breaks mine. That why I feel it a sacred duty to capture images of nature and life in all their beauty and mystery, to share them in hopes of reaching a few open hearts and strong spirits who will stand and fight to help save the beauty that remains.
This is one of those incredible and beautiful wild places; a mountain rising out of the desert of Southeastern Oregon, called Steens. Up here near the very top, is Wild Horse lake, aptly named, as there really are wild horses roaming the area.
Friday, October 12, 2012
“Contrast is what makes photography interesting.” ~ Conrad Hall
Speaking for myself, contrast is what makes any image, in any medium interesting. Contrast is what makes life itself interesting. Those who would homogenize the world, life and experience would unwittingly take all the joy, interest and mystery out of them. Light and dark, hot and cold, soft and hard, these are all part and parcel, you cannot have one without the other. I embrace these seeming opposites, for they make my life rich and full.
In the late 19th century Peter French came north from California into the Oregon territories with a herd of cattle. He built two of these unique Round Barns, this one is on the National Historic Register and is located north of the little town of French Glen and about an hour south of Burns, Oregon. I arrived in late afternoon and was blessed with a wonderful sky that helped me create an image full of, what else? Contrast!
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
“Art is not in the …eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.” ~ Seth Godin
I also have trouble with the “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” thing. If that were true wouldn’t Joe Smoe be equal to Rembrandt? Art and beauty are hard to define in words, that’s why so many con artists (excuse the pun) can exist within the art world. There does seem to be some mysterious power in authentic people to see and experience true art and beauty, though I know I would be widely attacked in some circles for such an assertion, but that bothers me not.
Mt. Hood is a constant inspiration to me, providing an endless source or imaging possibilities, despite being captured by so many for so long!