Motivational Monday

Edward Weston Quote on Composition

This quote by Edward Weston made me think about how I take photographs. I think there is a point in your progression as an artist, when composition… the rule of thirds, golden spiral… all becomes part of how you see and how you frame your work. What do you think? And, where are you on this path?

Ernst Haas

Today is the birthday of Ernst Haas. Haas was a photojournalist who is also considered one of the pioneers of color photography. In fact, in 1953, LIFE magazine published his photo essay which was the first color photo feature for the magazine. But the groundbreaking accomplishments do not end there. It seems a 1962 retrospective of his work was the first color photography exhibition held at the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). So, for all those folks who have told me that photography is not art, please read that last sentence again. I am pretty sure that serves as evidence that photography IS considered art, at least by the good folks at MoMA. Just sayin’

If you are interested in exploring and enjoying the art of Mr. Haas, The Ernst Haas Estate has a website with his work. I have included the link HERE.

For my fellow photographers, I included this quote as something to think about. No judging. There is room for everyone at the photography table. But, it made me consider what type of photographer am I? What type photographer do I want to be? And, does my life reflect the photographer I want to be? (Yes. I am going through a deep-dive phase of exploring the process of creating art.) Do you know which type photographer you are?

 

Motivational Monday: “Sales Don’t Make A Show”

Today is Joan Mitchell’s birthday. Ms. Mitchell was an Abstract Expressionist painter in the 1950’s who was known for her use of bold colors and sweeping brushstrokes to create paintings inspired by nature. So let’s celebrate the day with one of her quotes. If you want to read more quotes, ArtNet NEWS published a series of Mitchell quote on her birthday a few years ago. HERE is the link. (And, yes. I know she did not like white. She probably would not approve this graphic I created. I, however, love white. After all, white is the presence of all colors.)

"Sales Don't Make a Show"

Joan Mitchell Quote

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the United States

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© 2011 SuZan Alexander

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. We celebrate the birth of the Civil Rights Movement leader here in the United States as a holiday. Every year I plan to join a gathering, a walk, celebrate with a day of service to others, something, and yet, the day slips by before I remember that I never scheduled a way of recognizing the day. This year, I planned ahead to join a walk and day of service. However, the  “feels like” temperature outside is predicted to be in the teens… nope… these pictures will have to do.

(In case you are wondering, these images are from a visit to Washington, DC a few years ago, which was the first time I visited since the Memorial was completed.)

Happy Birthday Dr. King!