Today is the birthday of John Singer Sargent. I have posted about him before, so I have “Featured” those posts below. However, if you have not read the book Strapless by Deborah Davis , be sure to put it on your reading list this year.Read More
The photographer, W. Eugene Smith’s birthday is later this month. As I was searching different quotes attributed to Smith, I keep going back to this one. Every time I read it, I find myself nodding my head or thinking that is exactly right. But, why do I agree with the quote? I have struggled with that question and how to put the answer, if there is one answer. I marvel at other artists who are able to distill what they do, and the stories about their art into words. I am not gifted with that ability. I struggle. I try. I fall short.Read More
Stare? Okay, I am a Southern gal and was admonished for staring as a child. I was taught that it was impolite to stare. However, I am older now, and I think, in certain situations, it should be encouraged. WHAT?!Read More
This Robert Capa quote about getting closer… what do you think? Uncomfortable… profound… yes?
I do not have to tell you that I am a sucker for those close, intimate, detail shots of a subject. I do believe that most images are better when you zoom in with your feet. By that I mean physically getting closer to your subject. A closer perspective often lets you discover details you may have entirely missed. It also allows you to just focus on the subject. When you take this approach of focusing on the subject, it is like those rare conversations where the person you are sharing a conversationRead More
Twyla Tharp, the American dancer, choreographer, and author celebrated a birthday this month, so I want to honor her by sharing one of her quotes. I love this particular quote. I think any creative will tell you that when he/she is working on their art, when you are truly present in your work, you lose track of time and place.Read More
Today is Charles Sheeler's birthday (July 16, 1883 - May 7, 1965). Sheeler was a painter, as well as a commercial photographer. I really like this quote because it addresses my own interests in this creative journey I am on.Read More
Today is the birthday of American artist, Chuck Close. Close is known as a painter and photographer who creates massive scale portraits.
I recently heard a quote that I thought I would share here in honor of his birthday and because, well, sometimes I need a reminder to just push through and do the work.Read More
The 2018 hurricane season officially began on June 1st, so, of course, our book for June had to be Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by one of my favorite authors, Erik Larson.
I am a Gulf Coast gal, so reading about the hurricane I grew-up hearing stories about, seeing the few buildings that withstood the destruction while the building next to it was destroyed … well, I was all in as the saying goes. And, I had no doubt that Larson would reward us with a well researched, and detailed story.Read More
The Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, was born on June 13, 1865. I am a few days late, but his birthday did not conveniently fall on a Monday and it’s all about my carefully orchestrated blog calendar, my friends. You are just going to have to work with me on this one. Now, back to the Yeats quote…
While we are a few days late celebrating his birthday, I did not forget him or this lovely quote. This quote is particularly meaningful to me because that is exactly how I see my photography subjects. It is almost as if some of these subjects are old friends, waiting patiently for me to recognize their presence. When the camera allows me to capture their unique beauty… the way I see that beauty ... Oh. My. GOODNESS! How I love what I do. Creating is the best job E-V-E-R! The world is indeed full of magic things.
I hope you take a few minutes today to appreciate something magical.
Our Artist Spotlight for May is American photographer, Richard Avedon. I have shared a few blog posts about Avedon this month (Featured below), but now it is time to bring it full circle with our book for the month. I searched for biographies and books that somehow related to Avedon and/or his work. I finally settled on Avedon at Work by Laura Wilson. While this book is not our typical “read”, I think it is an important glimpse behind the scenes that, in many ways, makes it more important than reading a 400-page biography.Read More
In April, we discussed Eadweard Muybridge and his contribution to photography and cinema. Now, after what we learned about Muybridge and his photography experiments, doesn't this quote have more meaning?
Since we are celebrating the birthday of Richard Avedon this month, I thought this quote was appropriate.
As a creative, I think he captured my favorite part of the creative process. It is the part of the process when something wonderful happens in the execution of your vision that you have no control over and certainly never imagined in all your careful planning. It is almost like the muses take over and leave their "fingerprint" on the end result.