This is a series of sky studies, or sky portraits, if you will. Although my college photography professor expressly forbid us from shooting images of sunsets and/or sunrises, the fact of the matter is that people really like sunset pictures. And, these type of images are fun to make for the photographer. These two images were shot on July 4, 2009 prior to a fireworks show. Thanks for visiting and please come back often!
This is a set of photographic experiments using light (lux), of course, and the wide range of settings available on today’s digital SLR cameras. Abstraction is the process or result of generalization by reducing the information content of a concept or an observable phenomenon, typically in order to retain only the information which is relevant for a particular purpose. Abstracting happiness to an emotional state reduces the amount of information conveyed about the emotional state. And, sometimes abstraction is for it’s own sake, making the sources of the images become less important. Thanks for visiting! And, come back often.
This is an older photograph taken in 1990 on film with a trusty Minolta XGM sporting an f1.2 50mm lens. The subject of the photograph is an old canning factory which was in the process of being torn down. One should not shy away from bold shapes, especially dynamic diagonal shapes which makes for a compelling composition. Likewise, one should not be afraid to use lots of black to convey artistic intentions. Thanks for viewing and please come back often!
Though factories dominated the Industrial Era, the growth in the service sector eventually began to dethrone them: the locus of work in general shifted to central-city office towers or to semi-rural campus-style establishments, and many factories stood deserted in local rust belts….
A two photograph series of self-portraiture taken on July 4, 2009. The artist was actually trying to figure out where to point his new remote control at the camera. A self-portrait is a representation of an artist, drawn,painted, photographed, or sculpted by the artist. Although self-portraits have been made by artists since the earliest times, it is not until the early periods of the Renaissance in the mid 1400s that artists can be frequently identified depicting themselves as either the main subject, or as important characters in their work. Adding a hint of anonymity or mystery to the artist’s image is also a common tradition in self-portraiture. Thanks for viewing!
This is an older photograph taken in 1992 on film with a trusty Minolta XGM sporting an f1.2 50mm lens. “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engage in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black curious eyes of a child – our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” (Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese monk, activisit and author, b. 1926)
An old naval artillery piece, all alone, in a brilliant early morning sun. Naval artillery or naval rifles refers to warship-mounted guns used in naval warfare for attacking enemy vessels, bombarding targets on shore, or for anti-structural demolition. Conversely, the term may be used as a descriptor about the naval rifles used in land batteries for anti-shipping area denial purposes. Smaller-bore guns are sometimes referred to as deck guns, such as on Coast Guard cutters and destroyers. A powerful gun and and even more powerful image. Thanks for viewing!
Although intrigued by transparency, I am also interested in opacity, the completely opposite state. The use of large blocks of solid colors with no modulation in tone is vibrant and eye stopping. Simple line work allows for the definition of the space and descriptions of activity or objects within that space. A simple use of perspective helps to deepen the space within the mass of color forms. This project is deeply related to the Take One and Take Two photo series recently posted on the Clog. Take a look, and thanks for looking here too…