Category Archives: Social Commentary

Let’s Take A Break………

Let’s take a break from all of the Artistic Seriousness.  Sometimes photography should just be FUN!  So I’ll share with you A tasty morsel from our Team Building Garden at work: Courtesy of Team Plantform….

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And it was VERY YUMMY!

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I’ve also tagged this as an ‘Intersection’, because Gardening is its own Art Form……

Intersections of Life and Art

I’m going to be posting more in depth commentaries on specific issues that affect my Perspective on Life, and therefore my pursuit of the Arts.

Annoyingly, I want to post these as Pages…so they aren’t hard to find.  But WordPress does not post updates for page changes.  Boooooooo!

So I’ll have to post separate notifications.    These post will always be identified by the Eclipse as the featured photo:

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My First Intersection was prompted by the dismissive attitudes of Tennis Pundits that I reached out to on Twitter, following the U.S. Open Women’s Final.  To see how I make this Intersection, Read On!  (Warning, might not be much fun, but it’s greatly watered down from my original essay).

Alternate 5-Frames: Walker Ranch

So here we go.  I’ve decided to re-publish my Emulsive Articles here, after my submission that will post for Halloween disappeared into the ether of the internet.  I explained my position and recommendations on the subject here. All re-publishings will be marked as “Alternate”.

5 Frames of T-Max 400, Exposed @ ISO 200 (6X7 120 Format) by Kathleen Johnson

Last July I spent an afternoon at a special Photographer’s Open House at the Walker Ranch Homestead, a part of the Boulder County Parks and Open Spaces. Located in the Front Range Foothills above Boulder, Colorado, it is a popular hiking area, but the Homestead site is only open to the public a few times per year.

I took my favorite Mamiya 7 with the Mamiya f/4.5 43 mm lens. Some of these images have been cropped. I exposed the film @ ISO 200 with additional compensation for my yellow filter.

An overcast and windy day, so the outdoors photos were so-so. But I fell in love with the Homestead Attic living space. So I present the exterior and we move upstairs.

 

The view through the window was exposed @ f/8 1/60s; Cradle exposed @ f/4.5 4s; Nightstand exposed @ f/4.5 2s; Bed and Chairs with window exposed @ f/8 1s. Of course, all using a tripod and cable release. One neat feature of the Mamiya 7 is that you have a maximum timed exposure up to 4 seconds before you have to use the Bulb setting and time it yourself.

Thoughts on Personal Vision

 

Above, three recent but very different images that I had submitted to an online Gallery.  Two are very recent, but the Apache Plume is from about 12+ years ago. So what does that say about my photography skills, style and personal vision.  Keeping in mind that vision and style are not synonymous.  These represent different styles, but I think a similar vision in regards to how I see the light and what attracts my eye.

All of these images received a similar ranking (details here).  That soul destroying ‘Special Merit” category that keeps you wanting more.  So what does “special merit” mean anyway?  Have I not progressed at all in 12 years?  Or are my interests and vision not the current hip and trendy thing? (I think the latter)  So I’ll get recognition, but never actually win a contest?  (One of my recent submissions is going to be published in a book this year.  But that’s another story……..).  And what is winning?

My middling success for a while sent me down “The Rabbit Hole”  as I discussed recently on my photo diary.  So I’m reflecting, reorganizing and redirecting my energies.  At a recent Personal Vision Workshop with Cole Thompson, we discussed how winning can actually be a setback to the progress towards understanding our personal vision; leading us to pursue the WIN rather than the VISION.  Small rewards can seriously sidetrack real goals and personal accomplishments.

Who are you making photographs for?  Yourself or the win?

 

 

7 Day Challenge From Twitter

I was recently Challenged by  to post 7 images, B&W, No explanations and no people.  Similar to the 7 Day Challenge on Facebook in January.  Try Challenging Your Photo Friends…

 

Mine have a common theme, although that is not required.  Can You Guess the Theme?

My 4th of July

With all the turmoil on the Border.  I’m not feeling much like waving a big flag, my usual post for American Holidays on my Photo Diary.  So I’m going Dark over there and posting a reminder about Internment Here:

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Revisit an History of American Internment at Amache, Heart Mountain and Manzanar.

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Sometimes the Mind is imprisoned, even though we the Body is Free….. Is Your mind Open and Free?  Or imprisoned somewhere?

Happy New Year!

Wishing Us All a Better 2018.  And Starting off the Year with Dignity:

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Dignity of the Earth and Sky overlooks the Missouri River at Chamberlain, South Dakota.  A Tribute to Native America Plains Culture.  She has a FaceBook Page.  And More about the Sculpture here for those not on Facebook.  AND more of my photos (All Film of course) HERE.

Iconic Structures

A few more….iconic Structures from Heart Mountain:

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Above: The Incinerator (original structure); Below: a reconstructed guard tower.

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Heart Mountain Relocation Center

In a world gone Crazy it felt good to post this week on my photo diary on a subject of social injustice…….

Here just a few of my Best/Favorites:HM_MountainCrop

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See More Here.