Monthly Archives: March 2010

Realty and Abstraction:

As a volunteer for  FOVEA exhibitions there is always a surprise around the corner, or at least walking through the front door. Shoulder to shoulder, photographers, authors  and artist stepping on the hardwood.

I’m constantly amazed at both the number and quality of talented photographers that come by to visit the gallery. I have often wondered why in twenty some years as a photo editor in southern California I didn’t meet more artist passing through the area?

I don’t know that there is more of an appreciation for the arts, but I do think that people take more time to enjoy art on the east coast.  From my experience I do find them more giving of their time in conversation pertaining to visual art specifically, and art in general.

This past weekend, a visit from John Nordell, photographer and instructor at Hallmark Institute of Photography was a wonderful treat.

John’s work in “Reality-based abstractions” is bold and exciting and opens up new avenues of expression as a photographer.

Multiple-exposure is nothing new to the photo scene but Nordell raises the bar with his beautifully constructed graphic images and technique.

Please don’t let my experiment above stop you from visiting John’s work or his blog.

Both offer an opportunity to be transported by a new vision and wonderful expression.

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Before the COOL runs out:

Over the past few weeks I’ve been enjoying discussions about photography and the images of those who came before us with friend and fellow photographer, John Fasulo.  John’s mentor is David Plowden who has documented America’s past in such books as Imprints, Vanishing Point and A handful of Dust.

This past week we lost two of the greats in Charles Moore and Jim Marshall.  One I had met and one I know through his body of work and gracious friendship to Adam Wright a young photographer/publisher who’s ground-breaking images in HAULER and ROAD COURSE magazines have developed a large cult following (a new book is on the horizon.)

Old house jacks "Old age is no place for sissies." -Bette Davis-

There must be about fifty years of experience that separates the oldest to the youngest of this group, all sharing the common bond of recording elements of our society that teeter on the edge of disappearing.

Trains, motorcycles, wood or rusted metal we all seem gravitate to subjects reflective of age and just plain cool… Adam may have said it best, “I strictly just do it for me.”


Footloose and Fancy Free:

It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.

 -Robert W. Service-

Everything has a limited life.


Documentary Photography:

A frozen moment in time by a photographer who has the hope that a single image will convey something of importance to the viewer.  It’s anything and everything…a comment on reality…a deeply felt moment…a snapshot…a private view of the family…an image for publication. 

Old Mill, Beacon, NY

 Driveby culture and the endless search for wow!

Seth Godin’s Blog


Know and Respect your Audience:

Not unlike the Singing Cowboy, today’s photojournalist need to have a strong understanding of who their audience is and what tools will make the most impact in reaching them.

The last thing you want, is to go home with no dollars in your britches.

_Gary B. Miller_

NIEMAN REPORTS SPRING 2010

VISUAL JOURNALISM

 

Single image, audio-slide, video, combo of some...or all?


Documentary Legend Dies:

For 19 years his work reminds me daily why I love what I do.

CHARLES MOORE DEAD AT 79:

 NPPA and New York Times

 

I met Mr. Moore in April 1991 when he was giving a series of lectures at Iowa State University.  A dedicated, passionate, journalist this world will ever know. He spoke with compassion of his work and subjects.  He looked you in the eye with a smile and a good heart. It was his work, and that of Gordon Parks that would inspire my desire to be a photojournalist…I’m guessing hundreds more just like myself.  We’re fortunate his work lives to educate those that have forgotten the past.


Eyes of Fovea:

"Eyes of Fovea" exhibit in Beacon,NY

Eyes of Fovea

Fovea: A small depression in the retina, constituting the point where vision is most clear.

Under the direction of exhibit curator and Fovea board director, Sabine Meyer and founding member and director Stephanie Heimann-Markham, volunteers worked into the weekend to prepare for the opening of “Eyes of Fovea”.

The current exhibition is an opportunity for the gallery to display the work of those individuals who have been an important part of supporting Fovea in their mission, To Educate Through Visual Journalism as they near their third-year anniversary in Beacon, NY.

The exhibit is a wonderful reflection of photographers that truly understand documentary photography is not bound by subject or style.  It’s only mission is to inform the viewer.

Thoughts from a photographer:

Visual inspiration came early from the works of painters Georgia O’Keeffe, Picasso and Van Gogh.  The idea of creating something beautiful that originated in one’s mind and flowed through the body from hand to canvas was fascinating.

I found the process was laborious and painful.  My mind expected perfection and an exact reproduction of the subject that could not be produced…the camera was a perfect tool.

The impact through photojournalism and documentary photography offers the ability to empower the world’s persecuted and forgotten.  It offers a window to the viewer and changes lives for those who are accepting to change.

The camera is both a mask and shield for the photographer;  a tool to create beauty and document better human understanding; replacing fear with knowledge.


Waiting on the Mountain:

Waiting for Spring on Hook road.

“TODAY IS YOUR DAY! YOUR MOUNTAIN IS WAITING. SO…GET ON YOUR WAY.”

-Dr. Seuss-


Zen Snow Shoveling:

Zen Snow Shoveling 

 If we believe that enlightenment is a product of meditation and intuition rather than faith.   We must then believe that the art of shoveling snow is just a way of creating a path for future travels. 

When the depth of our opponent is that of  just a few inches we need to remember that “Speed Creates Power”.  A firm but flexible grip on the shovel handle is important  for transferring power from our hips once  in a relaxed horse stance. 

Sometimes while attacking greater depths of snow, as in life, one must take two steps backward before initiating the attack with a forward thrust. Do this with “snap and power” This can be a power move keeping your center low. 

The question that one should ask is:  “How good do you want to be?” 

Broken twig and bird tracks find their future among snow flakes.