07 April 2013
My “blogging” journey has been stacked with self-discovery. Another meaningful result of this adventure is the ability of cyberspace to bring together multiples of others who are on similar or divergent creative paths.
For me this confluence of photographers and writers has opened the universe in ways that cannot be achieved through traditional channels. It has brought people into my daily life from far corners of the globe, and it is a bountiful experience.
On April 01 the digital publication Junsjazz, Imagination & Inspiration (#7) was posted. This issue focuses on these themes: Simplicity, Going Minimalist, The Negative, Nature, and Objects. J.J., who is the editor, also includes guest photographers. I was one of eight photographers that are featured in the publication.
I wanted to show my appreciation through the introduction of J.J. who is a one-person band producing the online magazine. He also showcases his own work as a photographer and jazz aficionado in three blogs (JunsJazz Images & Inspiration, JunsJazz Art & Vision, and JunsJazz Cool & Smooth).
I was asked to write a short piece that explained my photographic philosophy. Here is an excerpt:
Photography offers a vantage point to seize the small, unnoticed and unseen:
•How to exhibit the unusual in the ordinary;
•How to show another side of beauty;
•How to discover my individual voice.
For the full text and photo spread, please visit this relatively new (2012) and well-executed digital magazine. Click here to view Issue 7, pages 18-19 are the layout of my work.
To pay tribute to J.J.’s efforts I have posted some images from my Cloudscape Series. I felt that were apt as a tip of my hat to his online life that floats into our lives from space.
What pulls me into clouds are their complexity, opacity, simplicity, and versatility. Each gaze offers new color, lighting, shadows, structure, textures, and much more. They evolve as I witness their malleability, which fills me with hope for the next subtle or piercing punch of their asymmetry or symmetry. They are so changeable as to mimic time’s slow and fast journey.
Clouds bring mystery and splendor into my day, and they do it with ease that is camouflaged by the science of it all. Their drama is palpable, and their blissful shapes are eager to please. They also are indicators and predictors, soothsayers and magicians. Mostly, I celebrate nature’s ability to woo me through these moments.
Thanks again to J.J. for the opportunity to be a guest photographer in Issue 7 of his online publication. Hope that you’ll visit his various blogs, and stroll through the digital magazine.
Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.