Minnesota. Lake of the Woods.
Home to wildlife and pure Nature in quantities that defy comprehension.
This bird was brave and bold. Hopefully I’ve captured both his color and his spirit in this graphic.
Not the media, not the photograph, not the trash, not the camera. But the composition is.
What is art? What is trash? What is artificial? What is real?
What is valued, and if it is not valued, is it art?
The original photo (of the trash) a colleague produced as a critique of art in a post-modernist construct. I must admit that I liked half of it, but that he critiqued the production of art by making “anti-art” inspired me to flip it back upon him by turning his anti-art into something more recognizable. You tell me if it worked.
A large post. Possibly my largest post. Certainly my most complex or diverse posting. Therefore, I’ll provide a bit of guidance for you–hopefully it will make things easier for you to understand / navigate.
Four sections: Fireworks, Market, Textures, Walkabout.
“Fireworks” is a “WIP,” or “work in progress.” Each year, I head out to see if I can improve my firework photography. Because the 4th of July only rolls around once a year, I only really can apply the general skills / knowledge acquired over the past year to those challenging conditions.
“Market” is my attempt to respond to my first challenge by a professional photographer to “get out” and about with my camera.
“Textures” is my attempt to respond to my second challenge by the same professional photographer to create unique textures to use when layering photographs.
“Walkabout.” Should be pretty obvious. Some macro, some wildlife photos.
Fireworks. Some of the best fireworks photos I’ve taken.
Market. Target of opportunity. I wish I’d had more time.
Textures. Collected over two days. A decent beginning–I might do more of this.
Walkabout. Trying to get creative during the weekend hiatus.
Working more with this technique because no photo turns out the same time way twice. A friend visited during the weekend and he wanted to see the technique–to see how I created these. After seeing me work, he wanted to help. So these shots contain a slight progression of technique.
Maybe I need to get around to giving these titles.
Click on the photos to view on black.
Don’t ask me. I cannot tell you where this idea came from. I’m not even sure it works. But I will tell you that I’m posting the two photographs together. One on top; the other beneath.
What do you think?
It’s a bit of an experiment. I might do more of this, especially because I can never capture the same assortment twice. Each time I click the shutter, I’ve just taken a photo that can never be reproduced.
Another period of absence. I’m still kickin’ and I’m still shooting photographs–nearly daily. In my defense, I’m trying to protect YOU. Much of what I’ve shot lately wouldn’t interest you.
But these might.
I have an iPod Touch. It’s a neat little gadget that almost convinces me I want an iPhone. But if I did have an iPhone, I’d never use it as a phone because it would not have the battery life in it to do so after playing Angry Birds and taking photographs.
The only downfall of the iPod Touch is that the camera on it is crap compared to the 5MP camera on the iPhone.
Here are 10 photos that I took tonight at a hockey rink in Southern NY. “Suspicious of Fads” because I’m still not sure whether Hipstamatic qualifies as art–or as faddish photography. Nevertheless, I like messing around with it from time to time. Here are some different styles and settings with features I found around the rink.
I’ve just started a Facebook profile for my photography. It’s available at: https://www.facebook.com/PJ8Photography
What that profile allows me to do is introduce and further comment on posts from groups like “I Require Art.” If you follow me here, please “like” my profile on facebook, too.
One of the more recent discoveries is a graphic that I created about a year ago. In April of 2012, I noticed a sailboat lazily and casually drifting South on the Hudson River. Several photographs and some creative work produced this graphic. While going through old work folders, I found this image as I provide here. It’s a draft. Maybe good enough for final.
Title “The Life”