Tag Archives: Perspectives

The Story: Imagining the Image

Imagining the Image:  What happens when I think before I shoot?  I’ve heard this in workshops;  see the image first.  But usually the workshop leader drifts off into concepts of composition………

And that misses the point.  I have had one particularly good workshop with Cole Thompson, where we discussed seeing what you want the final image to be, and how to capture the image towards that end.  Really Imagining the Image….First!

*(Cole’s discussion of personal vision is also excellent…take a workshop with him if you get the chance.  I don’t endorse many people like this).

Reflecting on some recent photographic success, I found that for ALL of these images, without exception, I SAW the image BEFORE I captured it!  Even without realizing.  I had pre-visualized.  Everything on my “Now Showing Page” and some not there (that I personally consider successful), were all made that way.  So I’m adding some favorites here (some blasts from the early days included), where Pre-visualization really was the key to personal satisfaction for me.  And  the stories behind the image……..

This Kiva I had visited years before.  Taken a few quick tourist images and moved on with my Road trip.  I wanted to revisit those images and they were ‘lost’ in 20+ years of disorganization.  They were also color 35 mm and I was doing B&W now.  So when I had the opportunity to revisit this site, with a photographic concept in mind, this was the result:

Johnson_KE_Illuminate_1

So inspired by Jason Avery’s #filmtober Question #27 “What do you look for when on location for a photo?”  Over the next several months, I will pursue the story behind my images.  These will all be tagged as Intersections and The Story……

The Story Image Collage #1:

 

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:

Totality

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).

Measuring a Real Win

What a moment to be on a ‘Best Of’ list……….Film Photography Blogs that You Should Follow.…..  That’s a Real Win, and non-distracting.  I’m on the list, so I don’t have to keep trying to BE on the list.  And I made the list for Blogging Here, not on someone else’s site.

Entanglements

I’ll take that as a sign that Untangling myself from needless social media distraction is right direction.

The Moab Photo Symposium Book

Here are my submissions for the Moab Photo symposium Wrap-up Book:

 

Counter Clockwise, beginning in the Upper Left:

  1. 2007, Arches National Park
  2. 2011, Cisco Ghost Town (Near Moab)
  3. 2017, Buck Canyon, Canyonlands National Park

And my ‘action’ portrait, From Courthouse Wash, Arches National Park.

Johnson_Moab_2013

I’ll post and update when the book comes out…………..

A Different Perspective on Pinholes

Inspired by an Article “Handheld”  I’ve finally tried out the pinhole in motion technique:

Walking1

Walking2

 

If you look at the ‘Diana Pinhole Box‘ it seems to be suggesting this approach, or at least a less traditional take on pinholes.  So I will continue to experiments………