The middle fellow is questioning a point made by the young lady. He does this surreptitiously to his friend as the woman looks away. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
The shingles in disarray caught my attention. The spikey trees in the background couldn’t be cropped away. But including them adds a needed visual element and a narrative.
Today I tried to combine story telling with iconography, as the Bauhaus Master, Paul Klee did. However, as I understand the art of Klee, he had very few preconceptions of the final outcome of his painting. He would take his pencil point ‘for a walk’ and let his creativity guide him. His astute design sense […]
Over a period of about 10 years or so, I must have taken 300 rolls of film of my brother Mike. I combined these photos with old family snapshots, my journal entries and information garnered from my parents, to create a photographic memoir. It is a safe bet to say Mike didn’t know that I […]
Some times a single image is not enough. During the past few days I have been focused on distilling an image into its visual essence. My goal was to convey the significance of the image with just the right amount of detail, no more, no less. Today’s experiment is a bit different. I unearthed a roll of […]
For the past several posts I have been revisiting my enjoyment of Joan Miró. I do this with an ulterior motive: to explore his means of creation and apply them to my own ideas. Lately I am particularly intrigued by The Beautiful Bird Revealing the Unknown to a Pair of Lovers, one of his ‘Constellation’ series. I […]
I’ve always thought that to ‘abstract’ something, one condenses it into its essence. Caricaturists do this all the time when they present recognizable portraits of their subjects with prominent features exaggerated. Most artists try to tell the truth as they see it. Visual artists do so by using color and form that represent the essence of scenes or […]
Yesterday, I presented the ‘mountain view’ from the hotel room in which we are staying. I’m sure the staff member who told us about the spectacular view was sincere. Being the curious type, I took the glass-encased elevator to the top, to see what was beyond the garage wall that was our view from the 6th […]
I was always fascinated by the work of the master photographers who worked in the 1930s forward, but I was very a very shy person. I came upon the scene below in February of 1991. I couldn’t resist. I used a tripod and a camera with a very short lens, so the lady in the picture did not […]
I do believe that a self portrait, in addition to being a representation of one’s likeness, contains a visual narrative about one’s relationship with one’s self. It is a time capsule that says captures the person’s identity. As with family snapshots, it is worthwhile now and then to revisit one’s self portraits. Below is a favorite of mine. […]