“The mountains are calling and I must go.”

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“The mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir

Friday Aug 30, 2019

The mountains are “real” in one sense, and very “unreal” in another. Especially so when filled with clouds and mists that make them seem more like a dream. I seem to be called to both mountains and the seashore, as they are nature at its most powerful and seductive, making us feel just a little bigger and a little smaller at the same moment. Time seems to stretch to eternity, calling us to expand our consciousness, our soul wants to expand and flower as we feel the vastness of eternity surrounding us. Both the silence and the sounds reach deep inside and vibrate in a way that invigorate the spirit. 

Again, this image was enhanced in post to represent what I was feeling inside, rather than just capturing the literalness of the scene. It’s our feelings that make us alive and unique. Some say, “why take photographs at all, there are so many photographers today?” Well, to that I say, there are an finite number of notes, but and infinite number of ways to combine them into songs and music. Same with photography, find your own voice and vision and your work will be your song, reflecting your individual essence. 

That is the purpose of our lives, as well as the joy, to become and then to be ourselves, not all will respond to your own particular vision, but if it is authentic, there will be many who will relate to your work. We cannot expect to please everyone, and why should we even try, just open the door and see who comes in…

Enjoy,
Tom

 

 

Through the dancing poppies…

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Through the dancing poppies stole A breeze most softly lulling to my soul.
~John Keats

Wed, August 21, 2019

So let‘s get real, shall we? Let’s talk about a truly overused phrase in photography. “Get it right in the camera.” Don’t get me wrong, I am a bit of a perfectionist and I am well aware that “art” is not easy. I understand very well that one should master one’s equipment, rather than being at it mercy. BUT, in the end the camera is a MACHINE, in fact today’s cameras are computers. That said, it’s important to get the basics you need to fulfill your final vision right in the camera, such as spacial composition, leaving out as much as you can of unimportant details, however, that done now you must decide are you an artist or a technician. No one but you can make that decision, but I decided long ago to be an artist, and I have spent my life working every day to become one. That includes studying the work of artists of all media. One of my favorite painters is Emil Nolde, his paintings of poppies are awe inspiring. Therefore, it is with the greatest humility I capture and create artistic images of poppies, but I am inspired by his creations to create my own. 

Now, the image out of the camera was interesting, but, to me, it fell far short of what I would consider “art.” So I began working in post until I found my way to the image above, now I am satisfied that I achieved something worthwhile. If you are an artist, you will very seldom “get in right” in the camera. You have to bring your artistic vision to the fore and work to realize it in your image. To me, that is the joy and pain of being an artist. A journey not to be missed!

Enjoy,
Tom

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach…

 

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I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
~Anna Quindlen

Wed, August 14, 2019

OK, I am dedicating myself to post here once a week, more if the spirit moves me. So what to talk about? Well, there are countless blogs, etc. telling you how to use your software and camera. So I don’t think we need another, so lets talk about why we do what we do and what are the limits to creating a work of art that suits our particular soul. If you don’t agree with what I am proposing, fine, don’t even bother to post, just go to communities that are in line with your own beliefs and feelings. If you are onboard, please become a member here and share what you have. To get a feel for what I am proposing, please check out the link above to “A Featured Article,” this will give you a good insight to where I am going with this blog.

By the way, cool Beach House, eh?

Enjoy,
Tom