29 August 2016
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28 August 2016
Meticulously, each season unfolds into the “heart” lands. Pumping with a gentle energy that courses through the soul. Teaming with a determination to push through the earth’s layers.
Spirit, ego, disposition, behavior. Spring, summer, autumn, winter.
Each a harvest of the “heart”lands. Each a remnant of the past in the present.
A petal, a flower, a place, a time, Spatial planes reveal everything and nothing.
Questions arise, continuing, Never fully answered.
Simply inciting and instigating. ~~ Sally W. Donatello
In the Lens section is my latest experimentation with photomontage. “Heart Lands” combines spring and summer floral beauties. They become a landscape of the heart—my heart. But they also are forms and lines and symbols of the seasons–seasons whose rhythms chart our lives through the earth’s bounty.
Tip of the Week:
“I wish to blur the firm boundaries which we self-certain people tend to delineate around all we can achieve.” ~~ Hannah Höch
“[She] rejected adult-world conformity in favor of youthful nonsense (which) offered a means of circumventing the strict and serious rules that govern thought, language, and meaning.”
Nicole Rudick (managing editor of The Paris Review) on Hannah Höch
German-born Hannah Höch (1889-1978) was a photographer, specializing in photomontage. She studied art in Berlin, and later joined the Dadaists. Höch’s work was deeply embedded in the technique of photomontage, which she refined through a cut-and-paste approach. Pablo Picasso’s Cubist artwork was an influence. Mostly, it was her passion for photomontage that allowed her to speak about her ideology, both politically and socially, especially her criticism of the Weimar German Government. Her signature series was the Dadaist dolls, which echoed her views about gender roles. In many ways she was a pioneer in the early feminist movement.
The Art Story, which is a website about modern art and its style and philosophy from 1860s to the 1970s, has the following to say about the early modernist Hannah Höch:
“Höch was a key progenitor of the self-conscious practice of collaging diverse photographic elements from different sources to make art. This strategy of combining formerly unrelated images to make sometimes startling, sometimes insightful connections was one that came to be adopted by many Dada and Surrealist artists of her era, and also by later generations of ‘post-modern’ conceptual artists in other media, including sculptural installations, mixed media and moving images, as well as in still photography. Höch also helped expand the notion of what could be considered art by incorporating found elements of popular culture into “higher” art. She was one of many Dadaists to take advantage of such means, but she was both among the first, and one of the most self-consciously explicit in describing the goals and effects of doing so.” I hope that you are inspired by her philosophy and photography.
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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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.