“In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.”

Moon_Clouds_Sky


Wednesday July 31, 2013


In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.  Ralph Waldo Emerson 

The heart is what separates art from mere craftsmanship. Not that craftsmanship is not important, but vision needs inspire it before it can become art. Art itself, is not for one’s own gratification, but for sharing one’s vision with others. It’s the revealing of the hidden, inexpressible, and heartfelt that reaches out to others and draws them into our world, as we see and feel it.

It’s always a fascinating surprise when looking up, the moon is traveling the day lit sky, and here it is floating along just like a cloud among a sky full of white fluffy ones. To me, a simple image, but one full of movement and enchantment.

Enjoy,
Tom

“What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things . . . it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.”

Promontory


Friday July 26, 2013


What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things . . . it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface.
Brancusi

Yes, I see this as true for the landscape photographer, and certainly the portrait photographer. With today’s modern equipment, virtually anyone can attach a camera to a tripod, check the exposure and nail the external form, only the artist, who has the vision to see and the craft to polish will come away with something far more interesting than just a camera capture. The artist uses her equipment simply as a tool to express her vision, to aid in revealing the hidden elements  behind the external form.

The Oregon coast is one of the natural wonders of the world. It offers endless opportunities for the creative artist. This is one of my favorite spots, and I always seem to come away with an interesting composition.

Enjoy,
Tom

“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.”

HillsAboveBingen


Wednesday July 24, 2013


There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.  Friedrich Nietzsche

Who would expect this quote from Nietzsche of all people, not I! However, I could not agree with it more. Without a certain lightness of being it would be impossible for me to capture the images I do. I know the world is full of darkness, but the media and press give enough time to all that; the world is also full of light and that’s what I strive to capture and share. In truth there is more light than dark in the world, for the darkness resides in the souls of men only, not in the world itself. The world is a place of mystery, beauty, serenity, and power. It’s truly a wonderland for anyone with the eyes and vision to see.

The hills above Bingen, Washington are truly lovely to behold. I sit with my pint and gourmet pizza, in the sun, and just stare up at them…

Enjoy,
Tom

“The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.”

Orange Flowers


Friday July 19, 2013


The artist need not know very much; best of all let him work instinctively and paint as naturally as he breathes or walks.  Emil Nolde

Emil Nolde is one of my very favorite artists. After viewing his work, I have never looked at flowers with indifference again, especially poppies. For the photographer, florals are especially difficult, they have been done so often that to be original is tough, to say the least. On the other hand, if you can meet the challenge and succeed, you have accomplished something worthwhile. Emil‘s painting have made the challenge worth attempting for me. It’s also hard, especially with all the advice out there today for the photographer to over plan and go to heroic lengths to achieve results to “work instinctively” and “as naturally as he breathes or walks,” but again the results can be well worth the effort. Many of my finest images are the result of working instinctively, being quiet, alert, and still until I almost magically end up in the right place at the right time.

As for the florals, difficult yes, but worth the effort.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.”

WildBachelor


Wednesday July 17, 2013


Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing.  Camille Pissarro

To me, those who are capable of this are truly blessed, the top of the mountain may be beautiful, but the flowers at the base are also lovely. Life is not really a competition, and the miracle of existence lies everywhere.

Is this little flower the less beautiful for the fact that it was up against an aging fence next to the public restroom at a state wildlife area? There is really nothing ordinary in the whole universe, it’s all wondrous, beyond words to describe, that’s why I choose to create images!

Enjoy,
Tom

“The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”

Love


Friday July 12, 2013


The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.  Robert Henri

More years ago than I care to count, when I was learning how to throw pots on a potter’s wheel, it took every bit of my attention to create a less than stellar pot, after about 30 years behind the wheel, I could be looking out the window and create something I was proud of, simply because I was in “that wonderful state” mentioned above. My body and hands knew what to do, so when I was done I would sometimes look at what I had just done and say, “where did that come from?” Photography is different from clay, to be sure, but that “wonderful state” remains the same and clay taught me how to get there and serves me well in my photographic endeavors.

It was obvious they were in love, and demonstrative about it, so it just took a little waiting until the perfect image presented itself. You just never know what’s going to offer itself, you just have to be “in the zone” and ready.

Enjoy,
Tom

“Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience, waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates.”

TurquoisHatNeedles


Wednesday July 10, 2013


Sometimes they are a matter of luck; the photographer could not expect or hope for them. Sometimes they are a matter of patience, waiting for an effect to be repeated that he has seen and lost or for one that he anticipates.  Bill Brandt

So, this image was a little of all of the above. The luck was the woman walking along wearing the turquoise hat, the waiting was waiting until she was in just the right spot for the image, the anticipation was waiting until the hat could be captured with a breaking wave behind it to allow it separation from the background. The best advice I can give to capturing a great image is “Be Here Now!”

Of course there were also great cloud striations, as well a excellent reflections in the water, plus pleasing colors overall, many things have to come together to get an image worth adding to one’s portfolio.

Enjoy,
Tom

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“A picture is the _expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?”

TheArch


Friday July 5, 2013


A picture is the _expression of an impression. If the beautiful were not in us, how would we ever recognize it?  Ernst Haas

There are a couple of important points in the above quote. One, in the acknowledgement that an image is an “expression of an impression.“ It is not reality or even a representation of reality, it’s an expression of the artist. Second, “if the beautiful were not in us, how would we recognize it? Beauty must be with us for us to recognize it, just art creativity must be an integral part of us, for it has been with us for as long as we have existed!

This is a natural “Arch” formed by nature. It is located in Washington state, just east of Bingen, WA, in the Columbia Gorge area. It’s quite spectacular to view.

Enjoy,
Tom

 

“It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.”

Summer_Haystack

 


Wednesday July 3, 2013



 

It is part of the photographer’s job to see more intensely than most people do. He must have and keep in him something of the receptiveness of the child who looks at the world for the first time or of the traveler who enters a strange country.  Bill Brandt

Picasso said much the same thing and in Zen it is called “beginners mind.” The ability to wake each day and treat everything and everyone as fresh and new, to leave your old opinions and ways of seeing behind. For an artist this is an invaluable asset, for it allows one to constantly experience new perspectives. It keeps the world around you fresh and alive.

This image relates to the previous post. Here are the kite pilots and some of the kites still on the ground. It also is typical of early summer on the Oregon coast.

Enjoy,
Tom