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
I keep coming back to this Ansel Adams quote over and over. Man, oh man, is this ringing true for me this year, but for a totally different reason than years past.Read More
The Artist Spotlight for December is Yousuf Karsh (December 23, 1908 - July 13, 2002). I am particularly fond this Yousuf Karsh quote, so I wanted to share it with you as we celebrate him. For me, this quote sums up the difference between TAKING a photograph and MAKING a photograph. Anyone can “take” a photograph, but the alchemy of “making” a photograph is an entirely different skill set that employs art, science, light, creativity, emotion, story ... As I learn more about Karsh, this quote also reflects his personal style and approach to photography. But who was Yousuf Karsh…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
I think everyone has their own personal battle with fear on some level, but I believe creatives MAY share a few additional fears which sometimes make you want to shove your curiosity and creativity under the rug so you can pretend to be “normal like everyone else” just to avoid all the tired stereotypes of being an artist.Read 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
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?
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?
Today is the birthday of Ernst Haas. Haas was a photojournalist who is also considered one of the pioneers of color photography. In fact, in 1953, LIFE magazine published his photo essay which was the first color photo feature for the magazine. But the groundbreaking accomplishments do not end there. It seems a 1962 retrospective of his work was the first color photography exhibition held at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). So, for all those folks who have told me that photography is not art, please read that last sentence again. I am pretty sure that serves as evidence that photography IS considered art, at least by the good folks at MoMA. Just sayin'
If you are interested in exploring and enjoying the art of Mr. Haas, The Ernst Haas Estate has a website with his work. I have included the link HERE.
For my fellow photographers, I included this quote as something to think about. No judging. There is room for everyone at the photography table. But, it made me consider what type of photographer am I? What type photographer do I want to be? And, does my life reflect the photographer I want to be? (Yes. I am going through a deep-dive phase of exploring the process of creating art.) Do you know which type photographer you are?