In reviewing my 2016 images, it became obvious that nature, places and space catch my heart and my eye. These photographs reminded me of the places I've been, the things I found and the stillness and peace that feeds my soul. A couple of years ago my word for the year was spaciousness. I see it as the breathing space echoed in my landscapes and my body reacts by taking in a deep satisfying breath. In these photographs, I see my insides expressing on the outside.
Thoughts on Photography
In California we don't get much rain, or, at least, up until now. This January has been the wettest January in a long time. I think that's a good omen for 2017. Rainy days give me an excuse to sit at my computer and reflect on what I created last year. When it's sunny out, I think I better get out and do something. I've realized that reflecting IS doing something. It's rewarding my creative soul with a pat on the back. It's an opportunity to process and assess all I created for myself and my clients. In my reflection, I found three areas of interest my photography took in 2016: portraits, personal lifestyle and a sprinkling of landscapes and still life photos.
Below are my favorite portraits of 2016.
Art is subjective.
The pleasure of defining what is beautiful, and therefore art, belongs to each individual.
As I view and comment on the photographs my Emerging Photographer students are submitting for the 12 Days of Holidays project, I find myself looking for the deeper story within their photographs and commenting with care, because it's their art and art is subjective. Who am I to say what's good or not? Yes, I can comment on proper exposure or elements of composition, but really, the photograph they produce is their own business and as long as they love it then it's perfect.
Terry Col-Whittaker made famous the saying, "What you think of me is none of my business." She believes that because we cannot control the thoughts of others, then why bother worrying about it. I might suggest adapting it to say, "What you think of my art is none of my business."
Up until recently, I found myself worrying about what photographs I posted on social media. Taking something created from the heart and putting it out for public consumption feels overwhelming at times. "Will 'they' like it?" Now, I think the more important question I could have floating around in my brain might be, "Do I like it?" Or better yet, "Do I love it?" And, if I love it who really cares if others like it.
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