Eadweard Muybridge was an English photographer who pioneered motion studies to determine if the hooves of a galloping horse did indeed leave the ground at the same time. The subsequent motion studies resulted in a few inventions, and are also credited with being the precursor of motion pictures. As if this weren’t enough, his personal story is so sordid, you would think it was a high drama novel.Read More
I may have already mentioned that when I was in college, I discovered a love of Art History. I even dreamed of earning a Ph.D. in Art History so it would be my career. Well, life happens and while I never returned for that advanced degree, I still love Art History and study it as much as I can on my own. I joke that I am creating my own Art History program because I feel like it might be possible that I have spent more time reading, studying, traveling to see art… than perhaps I would have if I had pursued that education. And, can I tell you a secret? I think my interest and love of the history of art continues to grow as I continue to learn, and the more I learn, the more there is to learn. Amazing! So why am I sharing this with you? Well, I am glad you asked.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 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 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.
Yesterday (April 22) was Richard Diebenkorn's birthday. Let's celebrate with a quote and inspiration to just get started.
This quote by Edward Weston made me think about how I take photographs. I think there is a point in your progression as an artist, when composition... the rule of thirds, golden spiral... all becomes part of how you see and how you frame your work. What do you think? And, where are you on this path?
Saturday was Steve Jobs' birthday, so here's one of his quotes to ponder ...as you check your mobile device.
Baby steps add up. I can't wait to hear what you accomplish in 2018!
New Year. Writing. Book. Goals. Oh yeah!