Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Travel from Coast to Coast)

22 August 2016

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

The World on my Shoulders Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

The World on my Shoulders Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Pens:

I close my eyes and its tomorrow. Where is that moment that I was just experiencing? Where is yesterday’s dream today? It’s partly there and here, which makes for a truly esoteric and ethereal thinking point. Part of this philosophical small rant leads me to contemplate a mystical image that has been floating in my thoughts for years.

Most of my adult years I’ve longed to view the earth from above and through cloud covering, where I could fawn over colors and designs of the (variegated) terrain and waters below. There have been times that a vantage point gave me a prominent place to recreate the visual state in my mind. Still, that vision has not been realized in its fullest.

To cite a few threads of my experiences, I’ve been on mountain tops, peered from airplane windows, been entranced by views from atop skyscrapers, floated in a hot air balloon, basked in the wake of flight in a small two-seater plane, zip lined through giant redwoods… I am not an adventurer of the daredevil sort. Simple grasping opportunities that sometimes test my mind’s definition of “I can do” or grasping the experience.

Most of our lives are lived in the shroud of search—search for place and self. Who we are, where we are, what we do, what we want to do, how to do it, who to share our lives. That search never dissipates, or at least if it does the passion often reduces or subsides.

I believe my passion for nature in high and low places is much about my own journey for self-discovery, self-direction, self-exploration, and self-management. I’ve always believed that if we love and nurture ourselves, then we can extend that ourselves to others.

The dream of camera in hand and edging my way on cloud formations has not materialized. And so I imagine that this attention to photomontage is part of my search for life’s meaning, meaning for me that emanates from the connection between nature and human nature.

I believe that experience is one of the best lessons of life. Maybe those past vantage points were preparation for my current attention to photomontage. Still part of me was stunned when I created a close replica of one of my dream-like visions of the real and surreal world seen below from on high.

Photography is noticing. Photomontage takes multiple ways of seeing and joins them as one.

In the Lens section is that composite image that reaches to the place of my dreams. One photograph was taken on the East Coast and the other on the West Coast of the United States. Together they are more complete.

Awakening drifts of thought.                                                                                                     Climbing toward beneficent clouds of glorious unfolding.                                                          Ledges to rest, to sit and contemplate the horizon below.                                                          Filled with instructions to live life, maybe even the good life.                                                     Human invention escapes patterns to create celestial platforms.                                              Allowing the mind to peek through eons of time and space. ~~ Sally W. Donatello

Tip of the Week:

Photographer Tom Ryabol is known for his rooftopping in urban areas, camera in hand and shooting the world from city buildings. In my dreams I want to be him. A few words from Ryabol to explain his view as a voyeur of urban places through his lens:

“For me, photography will always be closely tied to travelling. I like to travel, see the world, where I hope to learn something, grow, and maybe leave something behind. Naturally, somewhere along the line, I wanted to capture some of these moments. The camera allowed me to capture beautiful places, interesting people, and sometimes even myself. Over time, taking pictures has become closely associated to that blissful place in my mind reserved for traveling. So now, when I’m not traveling, the camera has become my tool for escape, to places I’ve been, and places I want to go.”

Click above onto rooftopping to see some of his prints and here to see a time-lapse video about the city of Toronto called “City Rising (2012).” Hope that you were inspired by his work.

P.S.:*************************** Today I am adding photomontage as a category for Challenger’s Choice. To read more about this photographic technique, please return to my last four posts, beginning 18 July through 15 August. If you have any question, please contact me.

Rooftopping, 2012, Tom Ryabol

Rooftopping, 2012, Tom Ryabol

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-casual-intensity/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/sally-ds-mobile-challenge-photographers-pick/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/08/22/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-morning-shadows/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/08/23/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengees-choice/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/25/food-food-glorious-food/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).

5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.

Posted in Art, Design, Human Nature, Inspiration, Mobile Photography, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , | 32 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (and Reflections)

15 August 2016

Lens:

I. Photomontage Converted to Black and White: Taken in Camera+, edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

1. Raindrops and Sunset I; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Raindrops and Sunset, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Photomontage Prior to Conversion to Black and White: Taken in Camera+, edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

2. Sunset and Reflections, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Sunset and Reflections, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer and why. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Reflections of raindrops linger throughout the day and night, throughout the seasons, throughout life’s seesaw-ing moments. They infiltrate my visual journey. Instinctively, I watch for those mirroring formations. I survey my universe in a discreet manner, really not consciously. When I stumble upon or serendipitously discover various formations of those tiny globes, I am lured, attentive to their mysterious performances.

Months ago while the sun cast its light upon afternoon droplets that were clinging to the garden’s bounty, I was drawn to a single stem with a duet of reflections. Each droplet seem to hold the universe in its interior. The world inside seemed a microcosm that incited inspection. Sometimes that world is so simple that it is extraordinary in its plainness. Those tiny spheres revealed a microcosm of nature, one that inspired inventiveness and playfulness.

In the Lens section is an original photograph (#2) of a photomontage made from the combination of a summer’s sunset and those two droplets. The two images blended together as though meant to accompany each other’s journey, mostly in my head.

Reflections conjure more than what is before our visual awareness. They ask us to go deeper into our psyche and search for meaning, to not necessarily take the image for face value.

As I combined the two images, the reflections with their small earthscapes reminded me of the fragility and strength of the land. Those water droplets exemplify the confluence between nature and human nature.

While the globe of cosmic space would be real whether I saw it or not, my recognition of its existence binds our connection. These teeny mirrors express whatever is before them, sizzling or subtlety acknowledging the universe’s dynamics.

Tip of the Week:

Quotes about water that inspire:

“In one drop of water are found all the secrets of all the oceans.” ~~ Kahil Gibran

“I must go seek dewdrops here, And hang a pearl on every cowslip’s ear.” William Shakespeare

“We forget that the water cycle and the life cycle are one.” Jacques Cousteau

“Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.” The Buddha

“All water has a perfect memory and is forever trying to get back to where it was,” ~~ Toni Morrison

“You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~~ Rumi

View entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-black-and-white-beans/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/08/15/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/sky-watch-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-marine-parade-napier/

https://traveller2006.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2016/08/17/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-whitelandscape/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/18/over-in-a-second/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/in-deepest-shade/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (and Summer Flowers)

08 August 2016

Lens:

I. Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed:

1. Hibiscus in Morning Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Native Hibiscus in Morning Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Each photograph taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, Polamatic and combined using Pixlr:

2. Still Life with Hibiscus and Hydrangea and Geranium Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Native Hibiscus, Hydrangea and Geranium Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Please allow me to indulge my latest diversion where I am deeply immersed in the exploration of photomontage. This genre of photography builds images that also can be called a photographic montage or composite photograph or photo collage or photo montage or… I seem to navigate toward photomontage; it says how I define my own work.

In the past I thought about photomontage more in terms of double exposure and collage, but historically there are a wide range of possibilities. And in the current digital age there is even a wider array of techniques with editing software. Experimentation is the key as well as discovering the tools that blend with one’s sensibilities.

These multi-layered stories have a long history of capturing the attention of image makers. The artist that is given accolades for first using this photographic technique was the Victorian photographer Oscar Rejlander (1813-1875). He combined images in the analog darkroom, using multiple negatives. In the beginning most results circled around superimposing one photograph on top of the other. Or bits and pieces of an image selectively placed (very much like we cut and paste today). Over centuries innovators have pushed the boundaries, and the work amazes and startles. Mostly, the narratives draw the viewer to delve into an imagery world that is created with photographs taken in real time.

The Dadaists (e.g., John Heartfield, Hannah Hoch, Kurt Schwitters, Beatrice Wood) and Surrealists (e.g., Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Breton) from the twentieth century furnished their own interpretation of composite images. Here are others from the twentieth and twenty-first century who have different styles and vision of joining images to create one anew: Scott Mutter, George Grosz, David Hockney, Jerry Uelsmann, Peter Kennard, Paul Cava, Romare Bearden, Adrian Brannan.

Since I am a semi-purist the enticement for this technique was not clear until I stepped inside its dimensions–dimensions that continue to curl around my spirit, and encourage my own way of joining two or more images. One of the benefits of this technique is how much concentration is needed to create and then meditate on the outcome. Silence is mandatory. Excitement and surprise demanded.

In the Lens section is an example. Since it is macro week, the first image is the close up view of a particularly colorful and elegant native Hibiscus. Last week this base of the hibiscus flower shouted brilliance with a subtle and triumphant touch. Its flare worked well along side of a still life from last month: geranium and hydrangea up cozy and friendly in a mason jar. In combination the image is celebratory jazz: a bouquet of optimism.

Tip of the Week:

Quotes by some of the most noted photomontage photographers:

“I’m a pilgrim on the edge, on the edge of my perception. We are travelers at the edge, we are always at the edge of our perceptions.” ~~ Scott Mutter (American, 1944-2008)

“I go and see anything that’s visually new, any technology that’s about picture-making. The technology won’t make the picture different, but someone using it will. ” ~~ David Hockney (English, b. 1937)

“It’s equally hard and labor intensive to create an image on the computer as it is in a darkroom. Believe me.” Jerry Uelsmann (American, b. 1934)

“I would like to show the world today as an ant sees it and tomorrow as the moon sees it. ~~ Hannah Hoch (German, 1789-1978)

"Cut with the Kitchen Knife Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919-1920, Hannah Hoch

“Cut with the Kitchen Knife Through the Last Weimar Beer-Belly Cultural Epoch in Germany, 1919-1920, Hannah Hoch

View entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-reflections-in-a-drop/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/fossils-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/09/sall-ds-mobile-photography-macros-of-a-different-motiv/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/up-close-look-at-this-summer-bounty-for-sally-ds-macro-challenge/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-corn-tassel/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/macro/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/11/resilient-like-a-flower/

https://rfljenksy.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/nature-and-people-and-places/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

 

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Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park)

01 August 2016

Lens:

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Yosemite Falls, Yosemite National Park; Copyright © 2014 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Pens:

Recently, I was contacted by a member of the Light team to submit an image to their Vantage Point Project that is seen on Pinterest. Light is a new compact camera that combines digital technology (aka Smartphones) with single lens reflex optics. The L16 camera is sold out before it’s even packaged for shipment, which is scheduled for early next year. As I perused their website to learn more, I understand why people are awaiting its debut: its technology breaks the boundaries of past DSLR cameras. [This post acts as my submission to the Project.]

I was asked to choose an image that evokes place—a place that has had immeasurable influence on my life’s journey, especially visually. My photographic archive is stacked with thousands of images. How to select one?

I am a relentless critic and editor of my work, both my photography and writing. If I take hundreds of images, for example, I may like a hand full and love maybe one or two.

Throughout my personal journey life-changing moments have circled around place—place that is at the intersection of human nature and Mother Nature. There is a trio of epiphanies that are a wellspring of these memories. Each occurred in a national park, but they could just as easily happened in my backyard. And they have.

The ones that bubble to the top were in the Southwest and West, where the land alone can build one’s spirituality, and it certainly did mine. That trio happened in Zion National Park (Utah), Cedar Breaks (Utah) and, most recently, Yosemite National Park (California). Yosemite easily has moved into first place as the experience of all experiences.

On a road trip with a dear friend in 2014 we pointed our destination southward to Yosemite. Our starting point was Nevada City, California. Since my first sighting of Northern California, I was in love—in love with the raw land, the effect of the internal visual landscape and the lifestyle. But Yosemite brought those feeling of unflinching reverence for nature to an inner place that stilled and rocked my soul all at once. Tears welled and my soul expanded.

The image that I selected for today’s challenge and Light’s Vantage Point Project is the quintessential memory of that occasion: my first sighting of this remarkable national park. But even as the photograph freezes and punctuates a moment in real time, the image as story boldly marks more than a visual replica. This single image of Yosemite had a transformative effect: one that is forever engraved in the mind’s way of seeing and interpreting.

I selected this image for its lasting effect, but also because it evokes a specific message: nature is the quintessential master of the universe, and human nature is but a small element in Mother Nature’s wonderment. I decided to convert the photograph to monochrome, because stripping the color removes distractions and helps to emphasize scale. While I had my Nikon DSLR, I used my (then) iPhone 4s, which did capture the sense of place and its majesty.

[On my return from travels to Northern California in spring 2014, I posted about my days at Yosemite National Park, which can be viewed here. The following two paragraphs are my own and included in that 26 May 2014 post.]

With master photographer Ansel Adams’ portfolio and the government’s protection of Yosemite’s wild, this area has become a haven for the world to admire and embrace. It’s a place to disconnect from a world bent on constant connection. It’s a place longing to survive the newness of life and the history of glacier intervention. I felt privileged to bask in the monoliths that hail from the past and live in the present.

For me there is a riveting sense that accompanies the notion that I stood gazing at an expanse that Ansel Adams and environmentalist John Muir coveted. That I saw what they saw. Truly, I could sense a modicum of their emotions and reactions to the bounty of a place that defies what is real to our mind’s eye.

**** If you are interested in participating in Light’s Vantage Point Project, click here and express your interest on their website. Under the header view their   Support page, and you’ll find information to contact them. ****

Tip of the Week:

Hope that you read and reread this quotes by environmentalists from the twentieth century who were unquestionable two of America’s greatest advocates for the conservation, preservation and protection of the wild.

John Muir (1838-1914)

“Nature is ever at work building and pulling down, creating and destroying, keeping everything whirling and flowing, allowing no rest but in rhythmical motion, chasing everything in endless song out of one beautiful form into another.” from Our National Parks, (1901)

“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Here grow the wallflower and the violet. The squirrel will come and sit upon your knee, the logcock will wake you in the morning. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. Of all the upness accessible to mortals, there is no upness comparable to the mountains.” from John of the Mountains: The Unpublished Journals of John Muir, 1938

“This grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls.”

Ansel Adams (1902-1984)

“When I’m ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my mind’s eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I’m interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.”

“Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.”

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”

“In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.”

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-mist-and-flowers/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/natural-abstraction/

https://roamingurbangypsy.com/2016/08/01/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-evening-at-the-lake/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/a-change-in-the-weather/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-smart-device-challenge-nature-the-wonders-of-central-mexico/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-proud-to-be-ge-free/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-natures-queen/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/08/01/natural-abstraction/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-lemon-tree-blossoms/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-spider/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/08/02/mobile-photography-challenge-macro-bees/

https://raleighcatdaddy.wordpress.com/2016/08/03/sally-ds-mobile-photo-challenge-nature/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/08/04/nature-of-love-2/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

Posted in Art, Black-and-White Photography, Human Nature, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Traveling and Travels, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 34 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice (Still Life in Nature)

25 July 2016

Lens:

Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr

Forest Primeval Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Ever-Changing Forest, Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

A human trait that keeps us re-imagining and re-inventing ourselves is reflected in self-expression and self- exploration. We search and find, find and search for those bits and pieces of our life’s journey that not only spark our creativity, but also keep us afloat with what we can be and do individually. This short diatribe re-introduces my latest quest to push my own level of possibilities.

Photomontage has taken over my thoughts. It has opened my path to see beyond what I usually see. I began this adventure about a week and a half ago, and have immersed myself in its various dimensions. To still a moment in time and space is to memorialize the visualization and its layers of meaning. A photograph can be seen for the obvious, or can expose its components.

In a photomontage those components multiply and are made of either desperate or inextricably linked images. In my brief jump into this genre (that is, through the digital darkroom), I have blended two images and as many as five. For me it’s not about the number of images, but the re-interpretation of the original. Sometimes my intention is blown away. While at others the completed image fulfills my intent. And sometimes the result moves vastly past my thoughts. One of the most compelling parts of this creative process is the unknowing.

What will transpire in the re-imaging of that framed moment? How do I know when to curtail the process, doing just enough to produce an image that actually is (to me) more powerful or intriguing than the original? Why even make a photomontage? My responses to these queries are being examined as I experiment.

What I can say is that it is a completely energizing experience. It’s as though my inner lens is mining for the visual story that builds the elements of the past into the present. It’s remarkably intriguing.

Photomontage is a continual aesthetic and method class: construction and re-construction and construction anew. The final image is a still (life) image made by the  re-interpretation.

This direction places me on a new trajectory. It lifts me into the world of my inner seeing, building layers within and outside of my visual universe. Regardless, my photographic eye continues to define and refine. As part of this evergreen process, a composite photograph is created using intertwined stories—stories that mirror life’s journey.

In the Lens section is an image that reflects nature as the past and present. The composite image was created with four photographs: each portrays nature. The final photomontage is an ever-changing forest: a reflection of nature and human nature’s tinkering. The original image is part of the entrance to a path that moves along a creek. The area is maintained by the city, and the foreground of my composition is a mowed area, showing human nature’s hand in the natural world.

“We” think that there is a separation between nature and human nature, but humans always have been entwined with Mother Nature. In those seamless times we measure and value all living things as one.

Tip of the Week:

Gary Winogrand (1928-1984) was an American photographer who recorded everyday urban street life from the 1950s through the early 1980s. He also is an icon in the history of documentary photography. During his life he had champions of his images, but his early death occurred before his work was fully appreciated. Read more about Winogrand and view his work here. The following are a few of his quotes that make me think deeper about the photographic moment. Whether you agree with Winogrand or not, each quote does evoke a response.

“There is no special way a photograph should look.”

“You have a lifetime to learn technique. But I can teach you what is more important than technique, how to see; learn that and all you have to do afterwards is press the shutter.”

“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”

“The photograph should be more interesting or more beautiful than what was photographed.”

"John F.Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, Los-Angeles," 1960, Gary Winogrand

“John F.Kennedy, Democratic National Convention, Los-Angeles,” 1960, Gary Winogrand

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-still-life/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/07/25/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/challenges-choice-pop-sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/10646/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/smart-device-photos-from-mexico/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-alone-on-the-road/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/turning-the-lights-on-for-matariki/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

Posted in Art, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 52 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Experiment with Photomontage)

18 July 2016

Lens:

Both photographs were taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.

1. Hydrangea with Beam of Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Hydrangea Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hydrangea with Beam of Light; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Hydrangea Photomontage; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Lately, I’ve had the urge to delve into photomontage, which I enjoyed during the analog days. Whether incorporating two photographs or more, the results (surprisingly) can be rewarding to the image maker and viewer.

My first experience was overlaying one image onto another and creating an intriguing otherworldly scene. The second experiment had five images and became a story of deep personal meaning. A feature of this method is a built-in continuum of possibilities that are difficult to realize with one image. Still, one does not want to make the final photograph too complex.

Questions arise. Will the viewer be able to discern the layers of introspection? Or even see the palette of time included? Why create multiple images that drift across the small frame? Does the final image become more aesthetically pleasing than the originals? Why not make a diptych or triptych? Do this technique make a better image? Does it matter?

I believe a worthy photograph must evoke (on some level) an emotional response: curiosity, joy, sadness, surprise, or…The history of the final image may be illusive, the image itself may be illusive, but the photograph must have an appeal in whatever visual arena it inhabits.

The photomontage acts almost as though it is a visual short story where the narrative skips back and forth across the frame. That energy and movement appeals to my aesthetic, which usually pushes the “simpler-is-better” philosophy.

In the Lens section are two images that are the result of my initial experimentation with this technique. The discovery of the app Pixlr boosted my enthusiasm, and a quick tutorial on YouTube gave me the confidence to dive into its features. Over the last few days I have created photomontages that consist of two to five photographs. Each surprisingly appealing, at least to me.

Photographs in the Lens section are made from two images that were taken months apart, and have no relationship to each other. But now they are inextricably bound together, creating a third narrative. It’s quite intriguing.

A few of the others were made with the sole purpose of combining photographs that had a relationship by subject or theme. The blend of several images build another story that now serves as a gateway for reinterpretation.

These experiments sent me back in time to my basement that served as my first darkroom. That space spirited miracles in small doses. To bring an image alive in the dark is beyond description. In that space time seemed to halt as I discovered a world of black and white–a world that is simulated (not replicated) in today’s digital darkroom.

Still, as an image maker I feel immense joy as I build a photomontage and reach the apex of my intentions or step into serendipity. This experimental phase tests my perceptions and understanding of how I see the world and record it. The experience gives me pause to consider the direction of my photography.

The creative process is a limitless exercise in self-expression, self-directedness, and aesthetics. It has no bounds, only possibilities to re-imagine, re-invent, re-create my individual way of seeing the journey called life.

Tip of the Week: The master photographer Robert Frank (b. 1924) is immortalized in a recently-released video called “Don’t Blink–Robert Frank” (runs an hour and 22 minutes). I’ve written about Frank’s contribution to the oeuvre of photographic history, and this post re-emphasizes how important his body of work continues to be. Frank has influenced and inspired scores of artists and non-artists. Now in his 90s he especially is known for his ground-breaking documentation of Americans–people who can be described as everyday folk. That was the 1950s, and the result was The Americans (1958). This book changed the trajectory of modern photography. That work continues and became his signature. He also developed a keen sense of the landscape that he first discovered driving across the United States, and visiting small and larger towns to record the nuances of American life that are found in The Americans. Later in his career he became know for his avant-garde films. To read a review about the video, click here. The film was released in theaters on 13 July 2016.

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-casting-a-long-shadow/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-b-w-bells/

https://inthezone2001.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/details-summer216-a-to-z-letters-i-j-k/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/smart-device-black-and-white-challenge-summer-grasses/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-impressions/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-on-the-road/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white/

https://lumar1298.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-and-white-sand-dunes/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/07/19/mobile-photography-bnw-and-iphone-fun-facts/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/07/21/days-of-daisy/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/bw-rural-living-scenery/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

Posted in Art, Black-and-White Photography, Inspiration, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 46 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Macro (with Gerber Daisy)

11 July 2016

Lens:

I. Taken in Camera+

1. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Polamatic

2. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. White Gerber Daisy; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Ode to the Unseen:

I.

Courting adventure.                                                                                                                         Courting endurance.                                                                                                                    Conspiring as though easily fulfilled.

Craving narratives that reveal the everyday through                                                                          Wings and wishes colliding,                                                                                                                 Surrendering in plain sight.

Bearing witness to a fashionable facade.                                                                                       And offering sacrifice and deception.

Then discovering Mother Nature’s beckoning.                                                                                 Imprinting floating teardrops, amplified and rendered with floral patterns                                of transcendence.

Unveiling hidden talents of a singular daisy,                                                                          nature fulfilling the heart’s crisis.                                                                                                 Easing a gentle march toward the known.

II.

Droplets slide over cantilevered petals.                                                                                      Slightly bold, yet deliberately demur.

Glancing into lives,                                                                                                                    Aesthetics reign, complex and simple.

Lines converge,                                                                                                                           Visualizing moods that shed pretense.

Irony of illusion and reality blend and intertwine,                                                                         A singular daisy with architectural overtones.

Designing small memories,                                                                                                             Light revises sensibilities, instigating voyeurism.

From absurdity to the daylight and nightlight,                                                                            Clarity’s luxurious eloquence dwells in truth.

Tip of the Week: This week I want to introduce you to a TED Talk. In November 2010 British architect Michael Pawlyn’s spoke about “Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture.” His talk focused on how nature’s intricate designs are models for architectural environments. In 2007 he established a firm that specializes in biomimicry, which turns to nature to solve human problems.

From the TED website here is a description: “How can architects build a new world of sustainable beauty? By learning from nature. At TEDSalon in London, Michael Pawlyn describes three habits of nature that could transform architecture and society: radical resource efficiency, closed loops, and drawing energy from the sun.” Pawlyn explains science in a way that pulls us into nature’s teeny tiny world of structures and explains how ideas from biology can be used to create sustainable designs. One example is the model of a termite mound that was used to build the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. This project by Mike Pearce made comfortable living conditions in a tropical environment without air conditioning. To see the entire video (runs 13;46), click here.

"Using Nature's Genius in Architecture;" TED Talks, 2010

“Using Nature’s Genius in Architecture;” TED Talks, 2010

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro-butterfly-on-lavender/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-where-the-bees-go/

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-macro/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/07/12/sally-ds-mobile-photography-macro-art/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/07/11/macro-challenge-sunflowers/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/07/13/on-little-changes-and-the-slow-grasp-of-icy-fingers/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/07/14/macro/

https://christinejrandall.wordpress.com/2016/07/17/macro-barbed-wire-snags/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

Posted in Architecture, Art, Design, Inspiration, Macro Photography, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Poetry, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 58 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Nature (and my Obsession with Geraniums)

04 July 2016

Lens:

1. Geranium Florets, Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Geranium Florets, Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Geranium Florets; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Geranium Florets; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

I admit my obsession with geraniums and their sumptuous florets. From afar the flower head appears as one large come-and-see-me blossom. But a close-up view reveals a cluster of florets that defy the initial gaze.

Each time one of my geraniums blooms, I am nonplussed by its singular charm–charm that is alarmingly seductive. And each time one of my geraniums blooms, I react as if it is my first sighting. That’s the magic of these annuals, a magic that continues in my eyes to reinvent itself.

As humans we cannot always explain our reaction, our unconditional devotion, our abiding focus, our unique predilections, our stubborn amplitude, our keen observations. Sometimes there is a person, a work of art, a slice of nature, a sentence in a story, a sudden realization, a perfect or imperfect moment that urges us to act–all in the service of our individual journey with its lessons and tribulations.

Why that object, why that scene, why that slice of the mundane? Why freeze frame that moment? And because it incites my inner lens does not assure that anyone else sees my images as a variant of my perceptions.

Yes, I admit my intense foothold in philosophy and even psychology, but I accept these parameters of my behavior and personality. It explains much of my steadfast directive as an introvert, which also acts as a force to understand the world through visual interpretation.

My belaboring the wondrous single floret with its back-up chorus has me in silent investigation of its unique character. For explainable and unexplainable reasons its oneness in a sea of other geraniums florets (scattered worldwide and not at all interested in each other) has me gobsmacked. I surrendered to its beckoning.

Still, my internal drive to appreciate these tiny beings is not that strange. Nature has always played with my attention, and I inevitably succumb with ease. And during a discovery my conscious state is overtaken by senses and sensibilities. I am helpless to do anything but graze upon the moment and the aftermath.

In the Lens section is the sighting of the florets that donned a geranium from 2015 gardening season, and blossomed in my kitchen last week. Its presence seemed to scold the budding geraniums in their sight that were sunning in the outside garden. It was a clever point in this year’s flowering season. I was enchanted.

The two images are only slightly different, but enough that I felt each has its merits. The floret in the foreground has a playfulness and a lightness of being that I could not resist. It seemed to want to float across time and space with assurance and whimsy, catching the light and my attention.

Tip of the Week:

When I am composing a post for a challenge, I continually check the internet to verify facts or search for answers to questions to use in the body of my “Pens” section. Or to include in the Tip of the Week. One of the ways that I can assist myself is searching a few apps that respond to queries about nature, specifically plant and tree identification. Here are two that you might investigate:

  1. Leafsnap

Price: Free

From their website: “A joint project by Columbia University, University of Maryland and Smithsonian Institution is helping people identify plants with a photo. Leafsnap uses facial recognition software for trees–all you need is a leaf and a white background and this application should be able to help you. The app currently covers trees of the Northeast and Washington, DC.”

2. TreeBook

Price: Free

From their website: TreeBook has 100 of the most common trees in North America as a helpful resource guide.”

Even if you are not in North America, you can search for your region of the world, and find similar apps. They are enormously helpful as sources to take on nature walks and to identify leaves, plants and trees. Hope that you find them useful, or discover your own to have ready for your next outing.

Leafsnap.com

Leafsnap.com

Other entries into this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-daisy-daisy/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/happy-fourth-and-mobile-photo-challenge-nature/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/07/04/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/sally-ds-mobile-device-nature-photography-challenge/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-sunrises-in-the-hawkes-bay/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature

https://nowathome.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/

https://patchworkponderings.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-hidden-treasure/

https://amaltaas.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-nature-6/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/07/07/returned-to-nature/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

Posted in Art, Design, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , | 42 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenge’s Choice (The Architecture of Nature-A Rarity where Sunset Coincides with Strawberry Moon)

27 June 2016

Lens:

I. Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Hipstamatic

2. Cloudscapes at Sunset, Reservoir Hipstamatic; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved.

1. Cloudscapes at Sunset (8:24 p.m.), Reservoir; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

II. Taken in Camera+ and Edited in Snapseed

1. Cloudscapes at Sunset, Reservoir; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Cloudscapes at Sunset (8:44 p.m.), Reservoir; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Cloudscapes were complicit. Hues danced in cooperation. Droves of people congregated. My grandson and I spent the first hour entertained by the sunset—a sunset that would be (at its finale) simultaneous with a strawberry moon. This solstice moon last occurred in 1967 (known as the “summer of love”), and fulfilled its destiny by appearing close to the horizon. It cannot be missed with its cloak of pinkish reds or reddish pinks or orangey pinks. The next showing will be 2062. Hum, glad that I saw this one.

The sky was saturated with cloud formations that stunned. They seem to be celebrating this occasion. Our town’s reservoir is an optimum setting for sunrises and sunsets, and on this particular evening the sky performed with a staggering kaleidoscopic palette.

This curious event peaked our photographic penchant. The confluence of events allowed us to hold onto each moment with quiet admiration. Waiting and watching, being mindful to everything and everyone surrounding us, especially the sky from East to West and West to East. The myriad of cloudscapes kept altering, and the soft and then vibrant colors were on their own kind of adventures.

Color memory is ambiguous, unreliable about the original encounter. An epiphanous moment will shine in the memory’s recall, but details are often illusive. Pick a hue for an occasion, and try to replicate it without a sample. The results are usually laughable.

When I try to remember the feeling that wells during a particular sunset, I am relieved that I can return to my photographs. Even so I find that nothing can replace a face-to-face experience with Mother Nature. No matter how much effort I mobilize to envision the combination of colors with their subtleties and strengths, it never matches the encounter. I believe that is exactly the way it ought to be.

In the Lens section are two images from this year’s summer solstice. Image one was taken twenty minutes before the second one. The combinations of hues reminded me of a Pantone chart that has each color systematically presented in a range of choices. The spectrum of cloud formations enchanted and spun my thoughts. Still it was a quietude of the best sort where nature’s creativity inspired and tranquilized.

As we marveled at the sunset, we walked to view the Eastern sky and their before us was the strawberry moon with a haze of orange-red clouds, encircled by a ring of strawberry red. It was cause for momentary celebration.

The architecture of Mother Nature is constantly changing and reaffirming, altering and redefining. But its ability to engage is always certain. To be sure the solstice sunset and strawberry moon could be witnessed through a panoramic swath of nature’s ability to stun our senses and spark our awe.

****Oh, you were wondering where is my photograph of the moon. The Smartphone is notorious for its inability to capture low-light images. The strawberry moon appeared to us at 8:55 p.m., and continued until it was hiding behind clouds and trees. Here is my best capture, which was done with my DSLR Nikon.

Strawberry Moon at the Reservoir; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Strawberry Moon at the Reservoir; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-challengers-choice-finally-that-frog/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/in-n-out-burger/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/06/27/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/smart-device-photography-of-art-and-architecture/

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/06/27/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-on-the-street-at-sundown/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/06/28/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-hastings-by-night/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/death-over-a-drink/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-slightly-abstracted-architecture/

Tip of the Week: While reading one of my nighttime lullabies on Flipboard, an article suggested the app, Slow Shutter. Since its long exposures make it a bonus for low light, I must try it for night shots. Maybe if I had it on the evening of the summer solstice, I would have been able to get better results on my iPhone capturing the strawberry moon. Here is the link in the iTunes App Store. It’s $1.99, and can be used on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

Slow Shutter Cam

Slow Shutter Cam

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

****If you would like to buy a print of any of my photographs or have any questions, please view the Contact Information found on the masthead. Thank you.

If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

Posted in Architecture, Art, Design, Inspiration, Mobile Photography, Nature, Nature Photography, Photography, Writing | Tagged , , , , , , , | 26 Comments

Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Black and White (Street Art, Art for the Masses)

20 June 2016

Lens:

1. Mural by Girl Mobb, Mission District, San Francisco, California; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

1. Mural by Girl Mobb, Mission District, San Francisco, California; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Mural, Richmond, California; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

2. Mural, Richmond, California; Copyright © 2016 Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved

Let me know which you prefer. Click on image to enlarge, which takes you to another page. If you decide to leave a comment, please return to this page.

Pens:

Art helps us view our life’s journey through the mirror of time; it acts as a reflection of the past, present and the unknown. Humans have always had a relationship with creativity. And the creative process is a profound link to the development of civilizations.

Urban art can be discovered in the most familiar and unfamiliar places. It is embedded in the popular culture, arising after art slid from museum walls and moved to the floor–inside and out. Then image makers found space on the outer walls of buildings, where blank canvases beckoned.

After visual art moved to the streets, the public’s response wavered, but today it continues to be a viable expressive platform. Still as the street art movement grows, it can be staggered by gentrification.

As city life blends the cultural, social and political, street art heals and provokes, revitalizes and soothes, connects and disconnects. Its additional dimension is a source of kinetic energy and vitality, and also a source of query about the place of visual art in everyday life.

Art collects time and distributes it. Each genre takes responsibility to add to the canon. Photography has documented city life since the nineteenth century, which makes the street photographer complicit (in a positive way) in the history of the urban landscape. Pedestrian life (events, the hustle and bustle of the sidewalks, performances…) offers a vast array of experiences and a rich bounty of treasures to discover and observe.

Graffiti and murals are the most prevalent forms of street art; each can be long-lasting or ephemeral or permanent. Their presence tells tales of the image maker’s view of society on a stage that brings art to the masses. They inspire and stir the viewer. Some artworks are front and center, while others play hide and seek.

Urban art’s popularity wavers. But as a genre in today’s contemporary art, it continues to be an agent of change for the artist and viewer. Each work either creates its own culture, or comments on it.

San Francisco is a prime cityscape for the artist who seeks outdoor canvases. Walls of alleyways and buildings are targets for street artists, and the muralists of this city are renowned for their skills and talents.

One of the difficulties and pleasures of studying murals in narrow area of alleyways is that their larger-than-life work is larger-than-life. It can be hard to sustain a perspective. BUT you do get to see the work up close, to see the personal vision of the individuals who create a visual dialogue with passengers and pedestrians.

In the Lens section are two examples of street murals. The first was found on my meanderings in the Mission District. In this section of San Francisco there are a few streets with alleyways that are noted for these giant cultural artifacts. The second image was seen driving through the Richmond area.

Street art provides a public forum for the examined and unexamined. The variety of subjects surprise, and that’s the joy and wonder of these artworks. This urban experience is a street event not to be missed.

Tip of the Week: There are several cities known for their street art. Examples include: New York City (United States), San Francisco (United States), Berlin (Germany), London (United Kingdom), Mexico City (Mexico), and Bristol (United Kingdom). One way to visit this genre is through books and film. When I discovered Cheryl Dunn’s documentary, “Everybody Street (2013),” on Netflix,  I wanted to share it with you. Director Dunn introduces the audience to 13 street photographers from New York City. The film runs an hour and 25 minutes. It records imagery of noted photographers such as Joel Meyerowitz, Mary Ellen Mark, Bruce Davidson, and Jamel Shabazz. It’s worth the perusal.

"Everybody Street," (2013) by Cheryl Dunn

“Everybody Street,” (2013) by Cheryl Dunn

View other entries for this week’s challenge:

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-windy-city-monochrome

https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challengeblack-and-white-moon-solstice/

https://decocraftsdigicrafts.wordpress.com/2016/06/21/sally-ds-mobile-photography-challenge-black-white-abstract-still-life/

https://piecesofstarlight.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/community-art-documented-with-smart-phone/

https://ohmsweetohm.me/2016/06/21/

https://shareandconnect.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/mobile-photo-challenge-bnw-and-flower-of-the-day/

https://zimmerbitch.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/the-point-of-string/

https://chasinglifeandfindingdreams.wordpress.com/2016/06/23/finding-the-glory-of-ordinary/

Note:

As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog. My photographs for the mobile photography challenge are taken with an iPhone 6.

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If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:

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.

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