Walking into Revelator coffee, I was struck with how cold-toned industrial hipster it was. Which was suprising because most hipster coffee shops are warm toned with bricks and wood and warm colors (red, orange, yellow). However, this place had cool tones (blue and grey) with clean concrete and light wood. So it was cold… but still very inviting. Wow, this place is hard to describe with words. Just look out the photos instead.
As an artist, art appreciator, and generally a person, life is better when you can enjoy simple things. One simple thing that I’ve noticed and begun to enjoy is the combination of trees and streetlights at night.
The design qualities of a dark background, light foreground, prominent diagonal lines, repetition, dramatic light and shadows with a simple color palate.
The symbolic qualities are also fun to contemplate. The trees represent nature, and stability. The streetlights represent technology, electricity, light, and city life. The tree and streetlight together seem to represent a harmony between nature and city life.
So in addition to the design elements, I enjoy how they resemble a harmony between my enjoyment of an active city life and the solitude of nature. However, different things can be read into this combination. How do these images reside with you? What do they remind you of and how do you appreciate the design or symbolism? Or do you dislike how the images or objects come together and why?
Oh, and many thanks to my husband/bodyguard who went out with me on this could-be romantic walk that I interrupted with the camera. Daniel has played the very important role of making me feel safe so that I can concentrate, knowing that he won't let me stand in the middle of the street if a car is coming... Thanks Dan!
Labor Day 2015, Daniel and I went to Monte Santo State Part in Huntsville to camp. I really enjoy taking low-light images with slow shutter speed, so I couldn't help pulling out my gorilla pod and snapping some shots.
I've also been working on my photo-narritive skills. Does anyone have a formula for getting a good narrative of a trip?
See night images from the snow days at MSU. Feel free to comment and ask questions about how to take night images.
I’ve always wondered how documentary photographers and photojournalists are able to capture scenes of war, depression, and hunger because they are so depressing. Yesterday, I got a small taste of capturing and experiencing a depressing scene. It was very different than I initially thought.
A few weeks ago I took a day trip to memphis with some friends, we stopped by the garden where they also have an exhibit featuring Rhodin.
Here are some fun portraits that we took, the camera was passed around between Daniel, Nandita and I. I enjoyed teaching my friends how to use the camera. Here are some images that I helped Nantia take.
This is the journal entry that I wrote on Rhodin’s exhibit. I would have taken photographs but they weren’t allowed.
Here's my take from a spur of the moment project with a glass, light, and plain background. As well as a never before seen selfie...
Chattanooga TN has a great little corner of art of the river. Daniel (the boyfriend) and I arrived at 9 am in the springily cool air and bright sun to explore the outdoor sculpture garden.
It was great to see the alien-looking things frozen in a garden, the unfamiliar mixed with the familiar. The two contrast each other beautifully, emphasizing the differences which gives each its identity. I wonder how differently the sculptures would be perceived if they were in a different location.
I noticed that artists create things about what they find interesting or important. Displayed beside each other were two artists, Jeffery Morton was interested in kudzoo while Jan Chenowith explored what it meant to be foreign and how cultures influence each other artistically.
I got to sketch a bit before we had to leave for lunch, I wish I had more time but this is what I could come up with in 5 minutes. It was so very refreshing to exercise my drawing muscle.
One of my idols, Ansel Adams, was displayed in the museum, he has four awesome photographs there. They are simple, extremely well exposed and printed shots of nature, yet to me they were so much more than that. Ansel Adams is so admired because while the whole world was focused on the use of photography for documenting and sharing important events around the world, he was taking pictures of nature. Something which doesn't tell of all the horrors of war, and something that will probably still be there tomorrow. I think that he is so well known today because he reminded the world of something peaceful and rich which belonged to everyone in a time of depression and war.
Another artist that I recognized was Willem de Kooning. I blogged about him in my "Project: de Kooning - Part One" post. I don't really understand this piece, but I do appreciate it. Most of his paintings were of women, and I think that some shapes and contours in this painting show it. I don't really get this piece, but it is expressive, implicative, and quite interesting. It calls you to look at it, think, and feel.
Contemporary art, the art of today, focuses on using a mix of different medias to challenge the the rules and ideals of society.
I was taken back at how well I fit into this genra. It really made me wonder whether I'm just a product of society and the art movement or if I was just born into the right time. Would I still have this mindset/theme if I wasn't born into this specific time? I am tempted to reject the contemporary theme so that I'm not just another product of society, but that would still mean that society is affecting me. So whatever I do, I'm still a product of the world around me. Therefore, I won't run towards it or away from it, but rather continue to carefully make my own path. As one of my friends likes to say, it's better I travel well than to arrive.