Saturday, October 31, 2009

getting back into a groove

Thank goodness for Autumn ! I was beginning to think that I hated photography, that the only good photography is of the photojournalist variety, that art photography is crap, that a monkey could be as good if not better at photography. The list goes on and on. You get the picture.......(teehee !)

Then Fall arrives with a palette worthy of the Gods and all is well in the Universe. I reminded myself that I take photos for myself and for sharing what I see. These are from the campus of RPI where our genius son is attending school. I am most pleased to have two events happen at the same time: 1) Seeing our boy again; and 2) starting to get my enthusiasm back.

I have taken up abstract painting as a side project. Nothing great, but it is fun. I like the fact that I know exactly zilch about technique. It makes the process of discovery so much the better. I can do pretty much whatever I want however I want (like photography) as long as the result is there. I am not bound by convention in this or any medium. It is a question of how. So far I have used sponges, toothbrushes, credit cards, nuts and bolts, screwdrivers, cardboard, 2" brushes, and pieces of paper to apply paint. Now to apply this mindset to my photography.

The only limits are those you set for yourself.



Thursday, October 8, 2009

Surprise ! No Photography Allowed !

Truly one of my favorite signs, especially at a photography exhibit.

As I take a moment from fighting the New Dumb, I felt it necessary to spit out a few things:

1) Life without art is simply not worth it. The joy of creation and sharing one's view is unparalleled in both its simplicity and complexity. I enjoy it every single day. The day that I don't is one that I never want to face.

2) It is what you make of it. It can be whatever YOU choose, be it photography, sculpture, painting, music, cooking, quilting, writing, or simply being you. Is it the destination or the trip itself ?

3) As long as you have one person that likes what you do, you are successful. I have been fortunate in this life to have a supporter that will never have an equal. Every day I am thankful for this. I can only hope that you are as lucky as I am.

Don't let the bastards win.