Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Overcast and silent morning here at the World headquarters of Today's Image. With a mix of rain, snow and sleet, along with freezing temperatures, not much in the outside world is moving. Fine time to be inside with Scout along with the warmth of a wood fire. Good time to relax and reflect.
As a good friend once advised me: "It all comes down to how you want to spent time". Been thinking off and on about that this week.
Several folks have contacted me and asked why are you traveling around in order to photograph a bunch of old, and for the most part unused buildings? What is it about showing all these "run down parts" of towns/communities/cities? Can't you photograph a few newer and occupied locations?
Good questions. No easy answers. Will offer a few responses.
First a back story. Growing up often heard the phrase: "There's a right way, a wrong way, and the Navy way to do things". The correct way was always the right way - nothing else would do.
Early on - under the guidance of a grandfather - careful craft was expected. Whether you were cutting grass, washing dishes, working with metal/wood or playing sports, attention to detail was expected and demanded.
These lessons have been carried over to photography. Whatever the subject, images should exhibit a controlled technique. No surprises. This implies a sequence of steps have been considered and carefully followed. This is called pre-visualization. Before releasing the the shutter, the final result is fixed in your mind - careful craft.
The old adage - your job is not to photograph the "beautiful," but rather make "beautiful" photographs - is always foremost in my mind. Yes, could go to glorious locations, such as national parks, and return with fine images. Been there and done that. Studied with a master -Ansel Adams - and learned the necessary skills.
I still go to glorious locations, not national parks but places with names like Elwood, Centerville and Rushville. Quiet places which, for me, have an understated beauty. Towns, communities and cities, while undergoing changing times, that are interesting and beautiful.
While the images depict old and for the most part unused buildings, I am attracted to the craft required to construct these structures. Brickwork done the right way and attention to detail are truly first rate. These buildings illustrate how workers carefully spent their time.
"It all comes down to how you want to spent time."
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
Last refers to what comes as an ending. That which is last comes or stands after all others in a stated series or succession; Last may refer to objects or activities.
Last refers to holding up over time.
Much of my time, in the Last couple of weeks has been spent going over the analog and digital photography tools used to produce Today’s Image. Starting with the analog darkroom and then moving to the digital lightroom discovered that I own my Last photographic tools.
What has happened is that I am on my Last update cycle. Photographically I am in semi-retirement with limited funds to stay on the update track. Also, I have noticed that the same amount of money doesn't purchase as much visible gain as it once did. The tools that I have are well made, provide the basics and will Last.
Rather than replacing older tools with newer ones, resources are better spent understanding the present tools. How they are controlled and what they are capable of, so that the results are the best that the tools can really achieve.
Finally, it’s time to relax, enjoy what I’ve got and get to work. I already own my Last.
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Friday, February 01, 2013
Now there is time to review and reflect on the past week. What worked and why. What didn't and why not. These are immediate tasks and are usually quickly accomplished.
This is also the time to begin thinking/planning for the coming week. Time to decide about continuing previous projects and/or beginning new directions. These are not always so quickly accomplished. Indeed, sometimes these decisions are left open to be resolved later. Closure is not always the "best" way of working. Unknown events/ happenings have a way of providing direction.
Then, there are the constant questions of importance. Where to spend limited photography time? What are the strongest ways of working?
Finally, after reviewing the past weeks posts, deciding on a direction for the coming week - partly open and party closed - have reaffirmed my commitment to subject matter and of my conviction that useful pictures don't start from ideas. They start from seeing.
Enjoy your weekend and join us here for Monday Morning Coffee.