Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Young Artist

 Of course I'm proud of my youngest grandson's proclivity for all things artistic, and he is willing to take on almost any task around the use of materials, but things happen quickly in his world. It can take less than a moment for him to get from point "A" to point "B", and the mischief is an innocent interpretation of the world around him. His mother has taken marvelous pictures of him over the past two and a half years, and this is another one to put in the "forever" album. The gesture of that left arm, the apparent "cover up" of his work seems to say; "Mom, I was caught up in the moment"... and I am sure he was!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Waiting at the Car Wash

Jen and I have tickets to the Penobscot theater production of "papermaker", and so we thought we would get her car washed after filling up. I suppose "reflections" is not anything new in terms of photographic theme, but I didn't even notice these until after I looked at the shot on my phone. I was wearing sunglasses with polarized lenses and the reflection was minimized.
The shapes of the cars in the curved line across the image was what drew my eye, and the reflections of my hat just add interest to the open areas of the sky and parking lot.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Books and Baseball

 In looking back at the times in my life where my students are now; the end of high school and thinking about "new" directions for life experiences, I can see things boiling down to a couple of choices. The academic side seemed obvious, where my father had always encouraged my brother and I to go to college and get an education that would help us in life the push was toward learning. The athletic side, in hindsight, was much less so, even though I had a cousin that became a professional athlete I realized that the odds were against the average young person. School became important and photography became more and more a part of my artistic endeavor. I feel like I took the right path for me.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

"Battered"

 Here's an image from B&W Photo class that works in the distortion and disfigurement of a human female face. Women around our country feel this as real every day. The image was a mishmash of materials intended as an example of process, but I just couldn't get away from seeing this as a topic here.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Re-Mix

A photo taken from an older post around the concept of food, but here food as presented as perhaps not all that tasty. There is more to this, but the fact that I had a plate full of scallops for supper tonight may very well be the reason my palette (pun intended) is not working quite like it should. Here are a couple of variations of the same piece of work.


Friday, March 3, 2017

3D Painting

Working with the new virtual reality painting system at our school was quite an experience yesterday as I was able to spend about twenty minutes exploring the tools. While I have worked with 3D image constructions, being "inside" a 3D environment is a totally "unique" world, where the dimensions of reality exist within the work. The tools are reminiscent of the early stages of Photoshop or Painter, where the early simplicity was forgotten by the fifth or sixth iteration. This is an early and spontaneous structure with a single "brush", but I am really enjoying all the realms of this new experience.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Receding Snow Line

Looking for a winter with some snow led me to placing my "snowshoes" into the back of my car and getting ready to do some snowshoeing, but after the February break from school, I discovered that there really wasn't enough snow left to actually use them. Disappointment is haunting all my dreams... not truly, as I went out in the courtyard to shoot some "background" images for composites that my students are working with right now. These are a couple that I liked for showing the "edge" and giving the sense of snow receding. Lighting was great early in the morning and the textures really worked for me here.














Sunday, February 26, 2017

Belt Rack



We just got through February Break, which I like to call, this year in particular, the “fake president” break, and Torrey and Jen and I took the boys to Goodwill in the beautiful city of Auburn. Well, seeing those boys in the toy section was almost enough, but watching them find “other” things was even more satisfying. Here, Em found a belt rack to play hide and seek in, so I snapped a few pictures, put them together, converted them into grayscale, and tacked on a little “drop shadow” to give the image some depth and separate the “poses”. There is something about how he is “revealing” himself in this series that I just find fascinating!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Backgrounds & Inversions





















To me, this is an interesting concept in that it is a straight inversion of color and yet has a presence that feels like an echo of reality. A self portrait, this colorless background is so full of joy for me, with my grandsons held close and a smile on all the faces.

My inverted face at the bottom, along with the somewhat dour expression, in my mind represents the sorrow I feel during the times I'm away from those boys and the times I have to say goodbye to them after a weekend visit. All is not, and perhaps can never be, joy at every moment.

I do like this image for the structures and the composition, for the odd color of the foreground and the colorless and high contrast background, for the expressions on the faces, for the understanding of the processes that went into it's development, and especially for the spontaneity of those processes. That's the way I like to work.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Shadows Q3 2017

I was working with the concept of "shadows", an assignment i give to my Digital Photo students each term, and I thought I might use some transparencies that my darkroom class has been working with to produce photograms. The enlarging of an ink washed piece of film was amazing to me.

Playing with the effects of the shadows on not only the wall, but my face and expressions are seemingly leading me toward a re-examination of how expressions and background may relate to one another.