Wednesday, January 25, 2013
“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communications, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation and execution.”
~ Ansel Adams
This is something for all those who have trouble accepting photography as art to consider. It was true in Ansel’s time and is even more true today with the advent of the computer darkroom, which allows one infinite possibilities when processing an image. Art is creation and expression, which are intrinsic parts of photography. An image can express so much more than what is in front of the lens. A skilled practitioner can express his emotions, feelings, insights and more.
There is also the fact that an image can bring out all sorts of memories and feelings in the viewer, its a wonderfully expressive medium and it brings me great joy to be able to be a photographer today with all the wonderful tools we have to help express exactly what we were feeling when we pushed the shutter. Here is an image that definitely expresses what I was experiencing when I captured it.
Friday, January 25, 2013
“The artist’s world is limitless. It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away. It is always on his doorstep.” ~ Paul Strand
I have always felt that the images to be found in one’s own neighborhood, one’s own state, can be just as beautiful and interesting as those one travels thousands of mile to capture, if one has the vision to see them. The whole world is magical and everywhere is exotic to someone who does not live there.
This image was captured early one morning in my back yard in Portland, Oregon. To me, it is just as lovely as any image I would have had to travel a thousand miles to capture.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
“It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.” ~ Kojiro Tomita
Ansel Adams said something similar; “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.” To me this means we, as artists have a responsibilty to the viewer to always give our very best, which in turns means that we must continually strive to become better at what we do. Better at expressing our vision and honing our craft in order to make that possible. Art has the power to inspire and change the world, our job is to be inspired and share this inspiration with our viewers.
To me, there is great joy in the immenseness and variety of our beautiful world and I try to portray this whenever I can. Here is an image of Haystack rock on Cannon Beach on the coast of Oregon which shows a small part of that which I speak.
Friday, January 18, 2013
“We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can’t speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.” ~ Qwatsinas, Nuxalk Nation
If not us, who? If not now, when? It’s up to us to do whatever we can to protect our precious home from those who would senselessly destroy it for instant gratification, rather than preserve and honor it for today and generations to come. What are future generations going to think of we, who live today, if we destroy the planet for our greed? What would the world be like without the birds and bees and all the wild ones who live here and enrich the world in ways we can hardly understand? Not pretty.
Even these simple creatures bring beauty and magic into our world, not to mention succulent sustenance, when it comes to the mussels!
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
“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
That’s essentially why we create, to reveal ourselves, and to reach other we must reveal our perceptions and emotions. The “creative spirit” is the highest a man can aspire to, but it is no small endeavor. Even though it is part of our very being, there is so much “noise” in the world, that it can be very difficult to find our own voice. If we are fortunate, it can be the journey of a lifetime, bringing fulfillment and joy to our life. I think the artist the luckiest of people, for they find a doorway into existence that sustains them and drives them to do their very best!
One just never knows where one will find this “doorway!”
Friday, January 11, 2013
“Reason is powerless in the expression of Love.” ~ Rumi
I love my work, I love my cameras, I love life on this wonderful planet, knowing full well the problems and troubles we face today on this earth. Without love, how would one get up in the morning? This love is hardly “blind.” A walk through the forrest, some quality time with my wife, family and friends restores and fulfills, for we are created in a way that love is necessary for us to flourish. In a very real way, all my images are a reflection of this love.
Here is an image of two young souls, lost in the love of being, intimate parts of the cosmos that surrounds us all.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.” ~ Thomas A. Edison
To me, it is the greatest tragedy, the way we treat this precious earth and all her children, as if they were inconsequential and here just for our frivolous pleasures, when in truth, they are our greatest treasure. Its enough to make a grown man weep.
I love this sea lion couple, she seems to be scolding him, just like any woman might do if her man is behaving badly!
Friday, January 4, 2013
“It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.” ~ David Bailey
This quote speaks to one of my pet peeves with photo magazines, that to much space is given to capturing “iconic” scenes that have been captured over and over again, ignoring the seemingly “ordinary” places that abound all over this beautiful planet. My point being that nowhere is “ordinary” if you have the vision to see beyond the surface to the depths below. This whole world is a miracle floating in the blackness of space; it is a mother, and home to us all. If we can learn to “see” the so called ordinary, we will never run out of inspiration.
So simple, so beautiful, so full of the magic of this incredible planet, this was captured up on Steens Mountain in southeastern Oregon state. Ordinary, but extraordinary as well!
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
“The act of painting is about one heart telling another heart where he found salvation.” ~ Ai Weiwei
We can expand this to include the “act of imaging” which to me, a former painter and clay artist is the same as creating in any medium. You can change the medium, but the inner creative processes remain the same, and it all starts with the heart that longs to sing its song and share its vision. To an artist, creation is his salvation; an artist’s creations are a record of the journey.
The Northwest United States if blessed with many mountain ranges and many famous mountains. Mt. Adams is one such notable example. This image was captured in early fall, but there is already plenty of snow cover on this 1200 plus peak in the Cascade range of western Washington.