I didn’t have approved eye protection to view the solar eclipse here in the US today. So, I let the “eclipse mania” inspire my post- processing of a macro image of an agave plant-abstracted. I just wanted to share the fun with an “Agave Eclipse”. Happy viewing!
As we begin the last full week of July… five more months in 2017. How are you doing on your yearly goals my friends? I hope today’s motivational quote inspires you to renew your interest in those goals you set oh so many months ago. Happy Monday!
Russell Lee was an American photographer/photojournalist who, like Dorothea Lange, was best known for the images he captured during his time with the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Although Lee received a degree in engineering, he was dissatisfied with his career as a chemical engineer. He ultimately gave up his engineering career and began painting. It was during this time that he began using a camera as a tool to assist with his paintings. The rest, as they say, is history. I, for one, am so glad he made his way to photography. His images are among my favorites.
I was fortunate to see the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum exhibit of Lee’s images. This particular exhibit included images Lee captured in the 1940s of Pie Town, New Mexico and its residents. I remember being so taken with his images that I went through the exhibit more than once. Although most of his images are beautiful black and white, this exhibit included a selection of images captured in color. Oh, and what colors they hold. Just look at this little beauty below.
Happy birthday Mr. Lee!
Here is a little Emily Dickenson to start your week on the right foot. Dwell in possibility my friends. You’ve got this!
I have been working through some tutorials lately, and while I never managed to achieve the same results, I took things in a new direction and created a watermark stamp for summer photos. (It’s all an exercise in learning my friends…no failures, just opportunities to learn.)
I tested the summer “watermark” on one of my images that didn’t make it past quality control. But, I love these tulips and their lovely design patterns, so I was happy to put them to use. If you are interested in applying this watermark to some of your summer memories, HERE is the link to the png file.
I could not agree more. Happy birthday Mr. Hockney!
The subject of one of my college research papers was the German-born painter, printmaker, and sculptor, Käthe Kollwitz. Do not worry. I will not post the paper in its entirety. I will just give you the abbreviated version; not because it is undeserving, but because I want you to learn more about her and her work on your own. It is pretty powerful to see the work and relate it to what was happening in the world, and in her own life, at the time she created the work.
The brief background is that Kollwitz’s reoccurring themes of the human condition categorized her art as part of the German Expressionism movement. Her work was a vehicle that confronted current world affairs. But, her compassionate depiction of these themes is what most defines her art. She articulated these themes in a powerful, yet poignant, style. However, her works did not escape controversy during World War II. Much of Kollwitz’s works, which were considered social statements, were banned due to its anti-war content. Although her work was banned, it has withstood the test of time, politics, censorship, all the things that set us apart, and focuses on what we have in common. Her work has spanned geographic borders, generations, and continues to be popular today.
I do hope you will look at some of her work and read a little about her.