Friday February 22, 2013
“Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.” ~ Bob Marley
Wonderful, expressive quote. The artist must always “feel” in order to create work that reaches within, to the hearts and souls of the viewer. I fully believe that one of the gifts of the creative is to feel deeply, to touch and see beyond the surface of things. Then, of course, you have to develop your craft so you can express all this to others, but the craft is easy once you have the former.
Here is a brave couple that can surely “feel” the rain!
Wednesday February 20, 2013
“Paint the flying spirit of the bird rather than its feathers.” ~ Robert Henri
Change the word paint to capture and and it encapsulates my feelings about how to approach the art of photography. To me, it makes little sense to just image what is in front of your nose (journalistic photography excluded), I want to create images that firers the viewer imagination, piques their interest, makes them stop for several minutes to journey through the image in front of them. In short, I wish to project feelings, mood and mystery whenever possible, to engage the viewer.
This is a simple image, yet there is mystery within. How many people? Where? The beach? In a field? Is it going to rain? There is the small footprint of the kites agains the vast sky. It can bring back memories of flying a kite oneself. I am a firm believer that in art “less is more” leaving the viewer room to bring in their own feelings and thoughts.
Friday February 15, 2013
“Let the beauty we love be what we do. There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.” ~ Rumi
I grew up on thousands of acres, deep in the country and have never lost my love for nature. Actually, how could I, for we are all just small parts of the whole of nature. It is very hard for me the see how we are disrupting the natural rhythms nature. We can only hurt ourselves by doing so, because we are not separate from the natural world. Lao Tzu said, “The earth is like a vessel so sacred that at the mere approach of the profane It is marred…”, sacred and beautiful, I try to capture images that will move the hearts and souls of my fellow men to fight to protect her, for she is the mother of all of us who live and breath here upon her.
That includes this lovely couple, just living their lives the best they may. It is up to us to protect them and their environment, for it is ours as well.
Wednesday February 13, 2013
“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” ~ Albert Einstein
We create our own lives and our own reality, within the bounds of what’s possible on this plane of existence. Even though I make my life by capturing images, I am still a part of the dance, seeking only to share my experience of it with all the other dancers on this sweet and precious globe.
I know I have used this image quite recently, but that was before I discovered this quote and the two go together like bees and honey.
Friday February 9, 2013
“Art is when you hear a knocking from your soul — and you answer.” ~ Terri Guillemets
Would anyone answer the knock if they knew how hard the path was going to be? I sometimes wonder if we have any choice. Life seems to become a misery when we run from our calling, yet the challenges are great in a world that looks down upon the arts as somehow inferior to a “real” career. Yet there can be great joy in following one’s muse, as well as fulfillment of purpose and realization of one’s place in the scheme of things. Sharing one’s personal vision is a great honor for the artist and the viewer. It sheds light on the nature of being human, for all the world to see.
I love the many and various moods of Haystack Rock at Cannon Beach, Oregon. Here is an image of it, early on a foggy morning in spring.
Wednesday February 6, 2013
“As music is the poetry of sound, so is painting the poetry of sight.” ~ James McNeil Whistler
Photography is the poetry of light, and sight. It is an art form of limitless possibilities. Today, we are even more fortunate, for the hardware and software have come together to enable us to truly express ourselves in endless variety. People argue over whats ok to do and not do with their images, I prefer to create and let the pieces fall where they may! I am not out to please everyone, just to share my personal way of seeing with others. If they appreciate it, well and good, if not, they are free to choose what ever work appeals to them, that’s the beauty of art, but, I can only create what moves me. Each of us have our own poetry to share.
This image is pure poetry to me. It was captured during the “blue hour” and has a pair of lovers to boot!
Friday February 1, 2013
“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~ Auguste Rodin
We are not here long, we are just borrowing this wonderful planet we call Earth for a short time. To make the most of it, I feel we should heed the sage advice of Rodin. For me, in the last third of my life, that has become easy, for I see the miracle all around me. I am deeply moved, and it has always been, since early youth, my humble calling to create. For many years I was a ceramic artist, but before that I was a film photographer working in B&W, doing my own darkroom work. I have fallen in love with color and digital, because it gives me so much control over the final image. I choose to capture this earth that I love and all and any of her denizens, her moods and colors, her light and dark, and this helps me to feel all that Rodin expresses in the quote above.
This image, for me captures an older couple participating fully in the life before them. They seem not afraid to be moved, to tremble, to live!