Saturday, April 13, 2013

50mm Digital Street: The Urge to Create

50mm Digital Street: The Urge to Create

The Urge to Create

I do not consider myself a landscape photographer however I have come to realize that much of my inspiration comes from my visual surroundings, the views & vistas around me ; something I was not aware of & has only become apparent since relocating to the Midwest.
The time gap between my last posting is one indication of my lack of urge to create.

The landscape photographer Robert Adams states that "landscape pictures can offer us 3 verities - geography, autobiography & metaphor. Taken separately geography is sometimes boring, autobiography is frequently trivial& metaphor can be dubious . Yet together they strengthen one another & work to keep intact - an affection for life."

Monday, July 30, 2012

Longing, , ,

Is it an american myth to be "on the road", where the air is a distilled blue , the vista's endless with cumulus hope and a sweet longing for the visual streets of  youth. Where nothing matters and everything is possible.  A thirst for happiness is the next exit.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Cindy Sherman - Zietgist or Chameleon

The retrospective of photographer Cindy Sherman currently on view at the Museum  of Modern Art in New York City, through 11 June is not to be  missed.  It is packed densely with works from a very prolific artist that has kept busy at breathe taking speed for the past 35 years.

It is an intimate and wildly provocative show of urgency and provocation.  Armed with costumes, wigs, make - up technique, accessories, props,  masks and prosthetic body parts,  Sherman attacks every possible lexicon of the female stereotypes as housewife, sex kitten, girl Friday Admin', tourist and society Madame.  Consequently, she has conventional control with fashion, art history, centerfolds, pornography, portraiture, fairy tales, horror movie and comedy.

The show consist of five galleries series. It has been a fact that Cindy Sherman worked alone in her studio and that she appears in nearly all her works, which has proven very popular with collectors, there was a period 1908 - the 90"s that she  removed her from center and replaced herself with mask, ooze, prosthetic body parts, dummies. Many are dark and arresting.

Amongst my favorites are the colorful clowns, 2002 - 2004, complete with abstract backgrounds and digital alterations.  Conversely, the historical portraits are my least  of interest, commercially very popular.

The show is a great opportunity to see what it takes to be an important gifted artist.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Happiness , , ,


Jacque Henri Lartigue , June 13, 1894 - September 12, 1986, the celebrated French photographer was something of a prodigy at age 7, which is when he began to photograph his own life, consisting of family, friends and activities within it.

As a child he was consumed by motion and movement. Many of the  subjects he photographed were of play - running, jumping, wheeled soap box racing, kite gliders and early aeroplanes flights. He also photographed auto racing.

His only publication "Diary of A Century, edited by Richard Avedon,  contain images of gaiety and a certain joie de vivre, as perhaps only the French can.  One would assume that he was a rather happy and engaging person.

Below are his thoughts on happiness cira 1900 ;

"Happiness is not an elusive bird, perched high near the ceiling, which, with the help of more or less complicated ladders, you have to work top catch.

Happiness is an element, which like air, is everywhere. . .

Provided you don't run after it too hard and too long, you'll find it's right there, within reach, all the time . . . . waiting for you to take it."

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

A Sheep's Shearing - NYC Travels - iPhone Series

At this particular event there were many cameras, slave flashes clicking & firing
left & right. All looking for the best angle. What is so liberating when working with the iPhone is that many camera related concerns fall away. The mechanical data is eliminated & composition / framing is the primary focus. The lack of focal length forces you to get closer. In many respects the photo process with the iPhone is liken to exposing sheet film on a large format view camera. You are in physical connect with your subject during exposure once the film back is inserted.
As with the iPhone this relationship gives the images a looser content but a more immediate exchange with the subject.
Maneuvering the subject is seamless requiring you to select your framing angle & wait for the desired moment.