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Then, he said “Ello.” First Impressions.

16 Nov

I’ve stumbled upon Ello, the anti-facebook, as it declares itself. As I am only within my first hour or so of exploration, my interpretation is vague, at best. And, as I try to amp my profile (you know, to be the cool new kid which I am definitely not), I find myself revisiting forgotten pages, such as this blog. Perhaps ‘forgotten’ isn’t as accurate as neglected.

“About me?” Nothing comes to mind. I am a blank space, but not in the Taylor Swift sorta-crazy. How does one create a first impression without ever actually seeing another – hearing the sound of their voice – if they have muddy shoes or need deodorant? Perhaps, I forgot the “cool kids” day at school (wait, wasn’t that every day?) where everyone learned how to hold the interest of another.

What did you write in the “about me” section of your latest social media addition?

Share. Add. Invite. Follow. Connect. Read. Write. Don’t spam.

Can you be summed -up by you social media? What did you learn from mine? Tell me about me. And I shall return the favor and tell you about you.

My new Ello
My Instagram

My Twitter

My G+

I’m sure I am forgetting something….

 

Now, I am off to locate my latest zombie walk photos. I seriously have no idea where I uploaded those! Yes, it has gone that far.

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Maybe If I Had Taken the Blue Pill

4 Jun

Over the past few months, I’ve spent my time trying to regain a little bit fiery passion. I had spent so much time caring about my former position that I had lost sight of the things that drove me. It has definitely been an uphill battle!

As with most of us, life seems to never follow the course we had hoped. It is sometimes stagnant, maybe gloomy. But taking time to discover or rediscover is essential to reestablishing the new course. While I still am a rocky path if there ever were one, I am still here – writing, photographing, riding…..

I made a last minute decision to enter a jurored exhibition. Since my current works haven’t had much direction, I pulled a few of my older pieces. Surprisingly enough, they were accepted, and now I receive the pleasure of writing about two (of five) of the individual pieces selected by the gallery.

I took a leap of faith in hopes to jump start my drive. I don’t like being so depressed and pessimistic! It is a temptation I must learn to resist.

If you are curious, check out Upstream People Gallery

#art #photography #gallery #exhibition #canon

Celebrating the Chinese New Year with Chen Man’s work.

31 Jan

I was hoping to get some stable time in today, and celebrate The Year of the Horse, well, on MY horse. Alas, between the weather and a sick boy, I am going to have to wait another day.

I decided to spend the day celebrating Chen Man‘s contribution to the visual world.

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Arguably, China’s leading fashion photographer, Chen has quickly become one of the world’s leading artists, with more editorials and exhibitions than I can list!

An interview worth reading.

Or this one.

I honestly cannot stop reading nor looking at her work!

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This image, for example, is a marvelous example of Chen’s mastery of combining traditional and modern themes, as well as Eastern and Western cultures. The line composed by the red give way to a conceptual growth and societal change throughout traditional China. The model is dressed modernly, yet acting in respect to her country’s flag (illustrative symbolism).

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While browsing her works, I am impressed at how effortlessly Chen Man is able to switch styles.

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If you are not able to spend the Chinese New Year with your favorite equine, then I suggest doing so with China’s favorite visual artist and fashion photographer!

#Yearofthehorse

The fruits of unemployment

6 Jan

For the past 2yrs, I have photographed every day – for someone else. While I enjoyed my job, it doesn’t change that my own equipment has been collecting dust!

It’s far too cold to go outside, so I seized the opportunity to plug in my umbrellas and engage in the once forgotten “Light Dance.” Today’s subject: My lunch.

 

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Such a mild-mannered grapefruit, waiting so patiently.

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I really enjoyed the texture of the rind. I may dry that out and use it in my next encaustic project. Maybe…

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One of my friends said that he had never been so turned on by grapefruit in his life! *Blushes*

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Now, my question to each of you is, what is your experience with Adobe Creative Cloud? I love my CS, but am thinking I may want to try CC.

In the dawn of 2014

30 Dec

I recently parted ways with my (former) employer. It wasn’t an easy decision, and involved quite  few tears on my part. I loved my job! However, something was rotten in Denmark and I found myself at a crossroad. When my resignation letter had finally reached the masses, I was already long out of town. At that point, the owner’s opinion was really the only one that mattered. When he texted me, I was stopped in my tracks, sat on a stack of 50lb feed bags and cried. I was hoping that he would not ask me to reconsider. Because I would’ve. And I think he knew it, but respected that I was ready to move on. In that frozen, chilly barn, as I sat, watching my phone light up. I was as honest as I could be. I wished him well and encouraged him to resolve whatever it is that is holding his vision down. And, while I am probably – currently – thought of as She Who’s Name Should Not Be Spoken, I valued my time with the company and wish my former staff success.

While I do not like the cold, I love, LOVE the winter skies. They are as clear and crisp as the frozen air that stabs my lungs. It sounds as if the new year maybe bringing me to my family in Denmark. So, I’ve assembled some clear nights over Denmark for you amusement.

 

FC Nikon via Flickr Night in Copenhagen

From the Flickr page of FC Nikon, Night in Copenhagen.

 

From Sail Training International

 

From the Sail Training International website, Aalborg, Denmark

James Neeley via Raymond Larose

James Neeley, via Flickr.

 

Viktor Dobai Aalborg

Viktor Dobai, Aalborg, Denmark.

 

Hold dig varm, og Godt Nytår!

 

 

 

Turning the World into Art: Myoung Ho Lee

4 Dec

Not many things floating around on Facebook catch my eyes quite like this series by Myoung Ho Lee.

Lee’s series illustrates what it means to separate the subject from it’s environment. By placing a canvas behind each tree, Lee brings the subject forward into the viewer’s perception, while creating distance with the subject’s environment. This process gives way to the ambiguity of the surroundings to the subject.

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To see more, visit Yossi Milo Gallery.

Fall into New Orleans

5 Nov

We went to New Orleans, and rural Louisiana, to see my husband’s family. Fall really is a great time to see the city. The summers are hot. The winters are rainy. If it is your first time in the Big Easy, I recommend fall or spring. If you’ve never been, you’re truly missing out! I could talk endlessly about this beautiful city! It is more my home than Omaha. Take some time, and book your flight! Mardi Gras is in early March, 2014. ;).

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Chicago: It was all a blur

28 Jul

A couple of weeks ago, I found myself on the L, headed downtown Chicago. I thought I would play around with a filter I had recently purchased – a hi-def for my wide angle.

Much to my surprise, quite the blur was created – and I am not speaking in reference to the whirlwind of people trying to cram themselves into the Taste (proudly, I was not one – though the family did convince me that I HAD TO try Pizano’s, which they were correct).

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I actually enjoy the above. I feel like spectator, looking through old glass.

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We also made a visit to Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, while staying with my aunt and uncle. Although this image strays away from my typical (in that I am not really keen on pretty garden scenes), there is something about this blurred greenland that I keep coming back to.

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Gregory Colbert and the Empathy Effect

2 Jul

Today, I found myself questioning whether or not my sense of empathy is a positive or a negative. I am not an emotional person, however I have always prided myself in being able to understand the view points of others. Today, work tested my empathetical advantage, leaving me angry that I cannot always communicate in such a cut and dry manner.

Nothing a cookie shouldn’t be able to fix, I suppose. Or a game of chess. Or an evening with my horse. Or an evening with a heavy bag? Oh, the options.

But, if cookies, or horses, or kickboxing or board games aren’t your cup of tea, try Gregory Colbert’s approach (all of the following from Ashes and Snow):

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Scientific methodologies say that we should not ascribe human emotions to animals. Looking through Colbert’s works, it is impossible to understand how anyone could even suggest that an animal other than ourselves is not able to communicate emotions that are equal to our own.

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And, perhaps, our empathy for one another isn’t as powerful as we would like to think. But, can you say the same about human empathy toward animals? How would your reaction differ if someone kicked your friend compared to if they kicked your dog?

My response to what I would do if someone kicked my faithful Doberman: Do you have bail money?

And my friend? After she dusted herself off, my reaction would be the least of the responsible party’s problems.

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As for my topsy-turvy work induced empathy? They know I have their backs.

Go check-out Colbert’s works. I’m particularly interested in his use of encoustics and plan on approaching this subject at a later time. Perhaps it isn’t chess nor kickboxing that I need, but rather some alone time with my rosin, wax and mortar!

The art of not caring, but really caring

19 Jun

We’ve all reached our limits. Some of us have been at that point more than once. Some of us have taken up residence and insist on being neurotically stressed about every thing all of the times.

I am crossing the threshold between caring and outwardly not caring. What I mean is that I do care, and will continue to. However, I am at the point of breakage where I feel that I am damned if I do, damned if I don’t.

One photographer who mastered the art of appearing to not care – the nonchalant approach – is also one of my favourites: Garry Winogrand.

List of some intriguing Winogrand quotes. Get inside the mind of ambivalent perfection.

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World’s Fair, New York City. 1964. Garry Winogrand.

“No one moment is most important. Any moment can be something.”

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From Animals. Garry Winogrand.

“You see something happening and you bang away at it. Either you get what you saw or you get something else–and whichever is better you print.”

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Los Angeles. 1966. Garry Winogrand.

“The primary problem is to learn to be your own toughest critic. You have to pay attention to intelligent work, and to work at the same time. You see. I mean, you’ve got to bounce off better work. It’s matter of working.”

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From the Estate of Garry Winogrand.

“Photos have no narrative content. They only describe light on surface.”

 

There you have it. A man who seemed to work tirelessly, leaving thousands upon thousands of photos behind, actually had a plan all along. Take comfort in this, my friends. I know I will.

“Great photography is always on the edge of failure.”