If I could just have a series of blooming trees, you know I would. An entire body of work would be ideal. Ethereal images are some of my favorites and I wish to see more of them in my art. For now.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
These images were from a recent morning, one which was blessed with an abundance of fog. I can't always be out in the morning photographing, or tear myself out of bed on the days I'm free, but I need to learn to because there's nothing like the atmosphere of foggy mornings. The first two images I'm really proud of and happy with. I kinda threw the third one into this post for its boldness. When I happened upon the scenes of the first two photos, I had this feeling or awareness that they would be successful photographs. What I was seeing was there in plain sight, with no pretense. So all I had to do was record it. Plus I love gates or fences. On a recent evening I made several photographs of a magnificent wooden fence. As of yet, I've not scanned the film. Maybe I'll do that now.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
I saw this family on the front steps of their home while driving around the other day. They were enjoying popsicles and the nice weather. They didn't speak much English, but I was able to communicate that I wanted to take a picture of them. This elicited laughter and self-consciousness from all, save the little girl. So I was able to photograph her. One woman even ran into the home to hide from the camera. I wanted to ease them with my charming and calm manner, but it was hard to do when they were inside and not present. However, I was happy enough to make several photos of this child.
As I continued my drive, I saw so many intriguing, incongruent events; such as a child's sandbox bucket on top of a car in which a rather stern and serious woman was sitting. It struck me as odd how the bucket was out of reach for a child to even obtain, as if taunting some passing-by toddler with its promise of fun and sand. I saw a cat chasing and hunting a rather stressed squirrel. I saw a "No Trespassing" sign next to a "Welcome" sign, which definitely sent a mixed message and confused me endlessly. I saw fences, lawn gnomes, cars, signs, appliances, cats (lots of cats), multiple strollers on a porch, multiple bikes on a porch (as in too many, way to many bikes for that porch), a plethora of children's toys (many for transportation and mobility)such as tricycles and pedal cars, which makes me think,"Where are all these children off to? Do they have jobs to go to? And where in fact are they, because I only see evidence of their having been here. I saw all of this and more than I can say.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I'm drawn to the quality of light and hues that the spring weather is offering. Rather than the cold, austerity of winter, spring offers renewal, growth, mystery, scents and moods that are invigorating, whimsical and timeless. The images I'm making seek to reflect those qualities.
Saturday, March 10, 2012
I will be presenting my work at Penland School of Crafts on Wednesday, April 11th at 7PM. Come out to see presentations by Brie Castell, Erin Brethauer, Steve Mann, Eric Tomberlin, Clarissa Sligh, Ralph Burns and special guest artist Gay Block.