Sunday, April 19, 2015

April 19, 2015



Burt Uzzle wrote, "Work gains in depth and importance as more and more aspects of life experiences and eloquence are apparent. Slavish, ill-proportioned devotion to limited offerings and compensating distortions suggest limited capacities and formula work. Growth and depth are required on life's zig-zag course as we take visceral risks and extend ourselves within the medium.  We reach out."


Each of us has an individual talent no one else has.  When we acknowledge it and develop this talent we begin the journey of our inner discovery.  When we are present in the moment and accomplishing through purposeful effort our skill we enter a unique state of mind.

We have all at one time or another tapped into our unique genius and found that time was not an external force imposed upon us but rather we were separate, outside time's limits and our moments of doing what we enjoyed expressing seemed infinite. Time wasn't necessary for us to organize our lives. We didn't have the constant pressure to reflect on our actions to see if we were measuring up to external standards.

Time does not have to be linear, trapping us with narrow expectations, limiting our ability to open up and express our stories.  When we are present in the moment, we then find outside ourselves, subjects worth our attention.

We must have the courage to see differently.  Accept feelings more than words.  Words confine us to sterile boxes of mundane repetition.  Learn to see around corners not in a straight line.  Don't be directed by the word police telling you what to feel and how to feel.

Become inquisitive, we know very little about the undercurrents in our lives dictating our thoughts and reactions to events and lessening our ability to follow our own vision of how we want to see and create photographs in this world.










Saturday, April 4, 2015

April 4, 2014


Arnold Newman when discussing his portraits wrote, "I am convinced that any photographic attempt to show the complete man is nonsense, to an extent.  We can only show, as best we can, what the outer man reveals; the inner man is seldom revealed to anyone, sometimes not even to the man himself."

I think the same can be said of all images created whether they are of people, a still life, scenic, documentary, etc...

We look at a two dimensional photograph of a person as if this represents reality. When it actually is an image marker of the split second of exposure that symbolizes the ego of the subject or the ego of the photographer.

What we seem to get caught up in when looking at the world is the abstract concepts of things, the symbols they represent not the thing itself.  When we look for the background details of a subject only then do we begin to approach the subject honestly.  We begin to see the undercurrents of subject impressionism.  That is the subjects willingness to be discovered on a deeper level through your intuition, timing and interaction. And the subjects willingness to give more of themselves to you.