One Bowl, Two Photographs, Unlimited Possibilities

While leaving a local potter’s studio (after photographing a workshop given by that potter), I looked around, with camera in hand, for some “non-commissioned” photography opportunities. I was inspired by a bowl next to a wall. After musing a bit about what the scene meant to me, I took two similar photographs. Now, at home, that brief interlude has expanded into some interesting musings about options and creativity.

The first image:


The second image:
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Anticipation: About a Week Until the Prints are Hung

I deliver the prints on August 2; they're up for general viewing on August 6, and the official "celebration of the photographs" opening takes place on August 9.

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Three boats, sixteen birds, and all the colours of the rainbow

Some say photography is all about light. Along with that, though, time is critical: light is transient, and the photographer must find the light and subject matter at the right time. The phrase "F/8 and be there!" is usually attributed to Arthur Fellig (better known as Weegee), in his advice to photographers. My camera was set at f/10 rather than f/8 for my Berry Point photograph, but I did manage to "be there". The rainbow did not last, the three boats are no longer there, and it will be a long time before that many birds will fly in front of a rainbow at that location again.

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Painterly Photographs and Photo-Realistic Paintings

The history of photography and painting often includes references to periods when photographers try to create "painterly" images, and periods when painters try to create "photo-realistic" images. Today's musings have been inspired by a photograph that has a close connection to a local artist's painting.

I'm sitting in front of one of my favourite works by one of my favourite local artists: a painting of Mystic Beach. One of the photographic prints I'm offering for sale at my upcoming show is an image of a photo I took at Mystic Beach. I call the print 
Mystic Afternoon. The two works of art are similar, as they depict the same scene. The similarities end there: they differ not only in their details, but also in the process that created each of them.

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Ice Lagoon, and how size can matter (and an apology and correction)

First, a quick apology and correction: somehow my photo of a boat at Orlebar Point has appeared with some of my musings. That photo will not be in my show at the Professional Centre; I apologize for any confusion about that. Read more about another photo, though, and how size can matter, in my musings about "Ice Lagoon"…More details by clicking here...

Degnen Bay, and perspectives and subjectivity

We learn from our parents; we learn from our children. Looking at my "Degnen Bay" print, I am reminded of my father's advice (when I was a child) that "There's no accounting for taste" and my older daughter's words (when she was a child) that "Some do - some don't". As I clearly found when I was looking at that print with Barb (my wife), some will like it, and some won’t.More details by clicking here...

Diamond Beach, and ambiguity and mystery

Looking at this print this morning, I was reminded of a recent facebook post by a friend (thanks, Kendra!), showing the diversity and complexity and mystery that can be found in a single grain of sand. The beaches, too, can be diverse and intricate and mysterious.More details by clicking here...

Gallery Show Preparations

Prints are printed. Dates have been set. Pricing has been established. Much has been done, but there's much more to do.More details by clicking here...

Collaboration and Creation and Communication

Seeing poetry and reading photographs…More details by clicking here...
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