From the Theresa Mine, Victor, Colorado.
(And a Window Too!)
And also another Thursday Door……..
Lent Begins Today…….40 Days of Reflection. I received Ashes, but they were very ‘photogenic’. So I will Share with you the Alter at my Church, St Mary Magdalene:
Eventhough this was taken with my Android Phone, I’m going to cheat and place it in my “Faith on Film” Images
I gave myself an assignment for this first month. Using the SRT-202 with Ilford HP5, AND choosing to use the Zenitar Fisheye Lens as shown below:.
Here is my single posted best image. The image breaks all of the rules for……Composition.
And the Box on my Street that inspired the Project. Needs a bit of painting:
This one also nearby, will look better in color. So there may be a future redux:
Eventually my post will be listed on the Frugal Film Project. So check it out when you can.
Below some other favorites from the Little Free Library Story:
I’m more of a Window person, but this unusual elevator door in Long Beach caught my attention:
See more of last year’s trip to Long Beach and the Queen Mary here.
Cisco Ghost Town, Near Moab, UT:
Bruce Hucko was the Founder of the Moab Photography Symposium, which ran for 15 years and had its last meeting in 2018. The results was a wrap up Book containing images from Participants:
The Featured Image above is one of my book prints. The others are here below:
But more importantly, Bruce worked on local Preservation and Conservation Issues, contributing Photographs and field experiences that were instrumental in the protection of the Bears Ears National Monument, Utah. This region and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Park are now under threat from Fracking and Mining interests. This prompted a recent Visit to the Grand Staircase and Capitol Reef Parks this past Fall. We wanted to see them before they were gone……..We start with some scenes from Ruins of the Ancient Ones in New Mexico and Arizona.
Aztec Ruins, NM:
Pecos Pueblo, NM:
Casa Rinconada at Chaco Canyon:
Sears-Kay Ruins, AZ:
And a view from the Cathedral Trail at Capitol Reef:
Please Remember the Absolute Necessity of Preserving our Natural Environment. Give it Some Love!
Happy Valentine’s Day
I’ve done a couple of night time workshops with Christopher James in Downtown Denver. But I think what I have learned the most about myself from working with him is an appreciation of Interior Spaces:
As I mentioned in My Inner Monet at the start of the year, I’d been aiming at those grand sweeping landscapes and missing the point………My talents were leading me elsewhere. More towards interiors and intimate landscapes.
So here is a summary of some interior spaces at Christopher’s Old studio (unfortunately now a gentrified condo) and one from the Byers-Evans House:
And what about that space ship in the Denver Library:
Christopher has been busy lately with the care of his elderly parents. But I hope to see him back at the Colorado Photographic Arts Center offering Workshops Again……..
This image was shown in another post, but I wanted to Feature it here as a part of my exploration of Interior Spaces for My Inner Monet:
From the Como-Boreas Pass Festival. Follow the link to see more.
” The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the Source of my Inspiration” – Claude Monet
Nature and the Outdoors has always been my inspiration. My appreciation of the Natural World started with my childhood Family Road Trips, continued through my Geological Work, and finds me now photographing my leisure travels (but always with a purpose in mind). But I was still relentless in my pursuit of that “Classic Landscape”:
Above: Landscape Panorama Photo Merge in Photoshop (with Tripod).
Above: “Classic Landscape” from a Tripod.
Fuzzy Landscape………Hand Held, but very attractive. So much so that I published an article about it.
Now I am finding myself a bit burned out on the classic perfectly focussed landscape. No, I will not be giving up my Mamiya-7’s. I’ll have it with me so I won’t miss that classic landscape and later regret it. But as above with my hand-held ‘Impressionistic’ 35 mm image, I will be exploring the ‘less well focussed’ with more pinhole photography using both my RSS 6X6F and RSS 6X9F, and my Diana and Holga Pinholes.
So has my Personal Vision Changed? No, I just need a stylistic change to regain my motivation and inspiration. I was very engaged by the recent Monet Exhibit at the Denver Museum of Art:
It reminded me of my love of Impressionistic Abstraction. And how appropriate is “The Truth of Nature”? So in 2020 I intend to bring more of that Abstraction to my Personal Vision while seeking that Truth. Of particular interest to me were The Late Years, the source of his Water Lilies:
Before we move on, What IS Impressionism?
Definition: a style or movement in painting originating in France in the 1860s, characterized by a concern with depicting the visual impression of the moment, especially in terms of the shifting effect of light and color.
And so I will be thinking more about Light (and Color when applicable); taking in the Impression of the Moment……..
I also intend to explore more architecture with my Fisheye lenses:
And do a bit more with Interior Spaces:
So in Summary 2020 will bring more adventure to my work…….This will inevitably spill over into my Frugal Film Project work. With the Rule Change, I can do more with the camera options I’ve decided to work with. And indulge my new found ‘love of the grain’ in Ilford HP5.