I haven’t done the big reveal yet, but it is coming. This photo and the last are both clipped from a larger photograph that will be posted later this week. Both plus the original are good compositions. The image above was the intended focal point of the original and it still is. By cropping this image, I am drilling down to its essence.
Over the last few days, I have considered this whole idea about of impressionism and its relationship to my photographs and work, my art, and my place in the art world. No conclusions reached, but I have to admit I do get discouraged at times. I’m not as good as I want to be, not noticed for my efforts as I wish to be, and can’t stop working and creating new pieces. Maybe it is grandiosity and I should be happy that I have the tools at my disposal to create as I wish and be absorbed in the work when I chose to photograph and create my digital images. Perhaps, maybe I am too distracted by work and family. Perhaps, one day after I retire, I will be able to laser focus, but until then I will continue to play, get lost in my artwork as I blend, crop, alter, shift color, and try to speak to what I see and feel.
Learning is a lifetime endeavor. At least that is what I figured out years ago and the other day I really learned something that is very important to me and that is how to describe my artwork… And that is Impressionistic photography.
A couple of days ago, I found a term that describes my work well… Impressionism… And this quote by Matisse pretty much wraps it up for me. The term has been around for some time and I discovered it on a blog that I found just the other day. Art Lark.org — An Alternative Cultural Daybook explores many topics with an ease that I normally do not find amongst art educators or critics. The work that the authors have put into this blog is amazing.
So briefly, how does the term fit my work?
For those that have followed my work and my writings you have seen I love to play with the images I take, primarily to show the world in other ways rather stark reality and we all know reality is fleeting. My reality is not yours. Yours is not mine. The fact is your and my reality is a function of our life experiences and physiology. Impressionism has been just that… In its simplest term, it is one’s own impression of the world. It is the artist’s reality, that is being shared with the world.
So thank you, Art Lark for teaching me something new this week and Matisse for sharing a thought that I will live with for some time.
Art is the ultimate exploration and discovery… Helps define what lies between the pixels and the brush strokes.” ~ Bill Hendricks (Shadowmason)
Ultimately, the artist will never know but what art provides a compelling way to look at the world. My art and my statements may never leave this blog, but it’s the self-examination and broader perspective of the world that I seek.
There are still so many places on our planet that remain unexplored. I’d love to one day peel back the mystery and understand them.” ~ Annie Leibovitz (source)
There are multiple reasons I seek abandoned structures and apply HDR techniques to them. First, I guess, as I have made it clear in this blog is that I am fascinated by exploring what our senses are incapable of picking up. Not that these photos are reality either, but it makes clear that there are realities that are beyond our senses that our brain filters out so we may make sense of this world.
Secondly, truth continues to change as does the world around us. Over the last century, truth has changed more than we could ever imagine. Just as these old structures will soon be replaced by new ideals, so too will our perceptions and beliefs. We have seen this occur just in the last couple of years. Just one example, the shift in attitudes of same sex marriage.
Of course, this makes sense in light of the reality we live in today, one sculpted by the media, politicians, religious leaders, educators, advertisers, and marketers. I think, it is our duty as global citizens to push the boundaries of our perceptions of the world and delve deeper into our psyche to seek a more universal truth. This blog and these photos are my effort to do just that. This blog is my attempt to change just one life through art… Mine.