23 May 2016
I. Taken in Camera+ and edited in iColorama
II. Taken in Camera+ and edited in iColorama
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On my maternal side there are thick and thin threads of artistic talent and creative expression in the visual and literary arts–both professional and self-made. Those undeniable tendencies have been emboldened and filtered through my life along a myriad of paths. One of those is realized in travel adventures where I emphatically seek venues that feature art in public and non-public places as well as artists in their studios.
My recent trip to San Francisco is a prime example of this influence. Intentions are to be fulfilled, not to be simple imagined. During these adventures I sought to see and meditate upon an ambitious amount of arts-related experiences. That can include design, media, and images in various forms (culinary arts is an example).
This trip was bountiful and gave me much to absorb, digest and ponder. But also to dream about experimentation being realized. Regardless of the art form the “seeing” provides a myriad of ideas that can spark illumination: inspiration to be sure.
I was able to venture to places that were either envisioned or planned or serendipitous, including the: de Young (museum), Legion of Honor (museum), Minnesota Street Project, Museum Craft Design, murals of the Mission District, a Diego Rivera mural, and much much more. Street art is plentiful and is its own category to notice.
Still, art can be found anywhere. During my lunch in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco, the restaurant where I dined for my midday meal had artists’ work on display. But what caught my eye was a still life to the left of where I sat. Its eloquent arrangement was too alluring to ignore. Its vintage quality was re-enforced by the factory-like interiors.
Creativity and its results is a vital human ritual that enriches my world and offers countless soulful adventures and treasures. To contemplate and muse about humanity’s ability to be an image-maker is a deeply philosophical conundrum.
Why are some people inherently artistic, while others stumble upon it? Or gradually drift into its possibilities. Or fixate upon the creative process to the exclusion of everything else. Or…
My mother, for example, knew as a child that she wanted to be an artist; she had a passionate inner cry to explore her creative self. Still there’s always a time in the human condition to discover our artistic side, better at some point than never to attempt this mode of life-affirming self-expression, life-affirming enrichment and life-affirming nourishment.
Tip of the Day:
“Anything that excites me for any reason, I will photograph; not searching for unusual subject matter, but making the commonplace unusual.” Edward Weston
“I see no reason for recording the obvious.” – Edward Weston
“…so-called ‘composition’ becomes a personal thing, to be developed along with technique, as a personal way of seeing.” Edward Weston
Edward Weston (1886-1958) was a master of twentieth-century photography. He is most known for his interpretation of the American West, nudes, sand dunes, and abstraction of the everyday. But I am especially enamored by his still-life studies. In 1936 he became the first photographer to be awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, which gave him the opportunity to expand his experimental work. Along with luminaries such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Sonya Noskowiak, he created the Group f/64. Truly, Weston’s subject was life itself–its nuances and wonders. To view an article about Weston that was published 18 August 2010, click here. It’s part of Sean O’Hagan’s “on photography” column in The Guardian. Also to read his bio and view more of his work, click here. Below see a singular cabbage leaf as captured by Weston in 1931, proving that the staging of the everyday can be a sensational still life of sweeping eloquence and style.
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1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.