I really like the darkness of this Carol! It really speaks the title!
Thanks, Debbie…I’m in a gloomy mood and I had captured some images the past few days as I was going to work (you know, drive by shooting lol!), and I came up with this one today.
What a pleasant way to start the morning, Cookie.(I hope you don’t mind me calling you that on our first meeting). Instead of a walk throughthe local park I thought I’d take a wonder through your blog, since you had taken the time to comment in mine.
What joy, what an adventure, what sites to behold!
I think I gained back a few years from these aged and weiry bones.
How refreshing it is for me to see someone with a young and fresh look at life.
Although my skills are buried deep in the traditional ways of the photographer and find myself with little time left to change (or at least too many things I’d like to change to) I find your work (and the work of many young artists) incredibly stimulating and satisfying in a way an old teacher can only understand. To see someone such as yourself discover ways of expression that go deeper than just holding a camera is leaves me with a feeling of gratitude, knowing that the world is in safe hands.
You have no clue how much this means to me. For someone with your intelligence and experience to even consider taking the time to view my artwork, is quite exciting.
I love traditional photography when I had taken it in college, but I do not have a darkroom now, so digital seems to be the way to go. I adore vintage cameras like the 1947 Kodak Dualfex that I use for my TtV’s. I will not part with my 1967 Polaroid Land as long as Fuji makes compatible film for my image tranfers. And I am up for learning anything new. I do not own the fancy smancy Photoshop, just some free software programs I play with.
I am estatic to know that you think my work is stimulating and satisfying. Thank you for taking the time to view my work and for making me feel I may be on to something good. 🙂
I was born the same year Kodak bought out the Dualflex. My preference was for Rollieflex and Mamiya C330. These days its all digital. I wouldn’t go back but its good to have had the experience and the memories of smelling like a chemists toilet most days.
I mguess I may have had a bit of experience over the past 45 years of working and teaching as a photographer (among other things) but don’t go overboard on the intelligence thing. I’m a very hands on practical bloke who takes great pleasure in watching my students grow and understand themselves as they learn the trade.
I’ve now retired (sort of) and spend my time doing what I have always wanted to; take photos for myself and write about photography. I still have a few students who feel the brunt of my fairly rough and pointed teaching style.
I also find more time to look around at what others such as yourself are doing. Every now and again I see something that catches my eye and I think ‘This is worth watching’. I’m not suggesting you will become rich and famous, although that would be nice. Its just the idea that you are using your chosen medium to express yourself and doing it well. That will be your reward in the end. Making a buck in the art world is tough. Keep plugging at that but find another value in your work. A personal one. The one that enriches your life and the life of others such as a tired old fart in Australia.
Maybe we can share some ideas along the way.
Tom believe me…when I create my art, my main focus is not how much money can I make from this. I feel like I have something to say at times. I have this strange need to have something to leave behind, something tangible, to say I was here. I seem to think about creating art all the time. When I am working my regular job, I am thinking about making art. When I am at home, I am making art. The more I create, the more I want to create. I do it because it excites me from the very beginning of the process all the way to the end. It always makes me cringe when people ask, “Did you get paid?” Or when they say, “You’re going to be rich”…when in fact I am already rich. I have a husband of 25 years that loves and supports me unconditionally, my family that loves me that live close by, and a roof over my head. Being able to have this “need” to create art, no matter who sees it, is icing on the cake. I do get extremely excited when my work is recognized, or when someone buys one of my books, not because I want to show off or because I may make a buck, but the fact, my work is being appreciated, and my book is in someone else’s hands, in another part of the world. Maybe it will inspire someone. Maybe a child will grow up and say this has been my favorite book since I could remember, and they may be inspired to finish school, go to college, and create art of their own. If one of my works challenges people’s thoughts and it is aesthetically pleasing, I know I am working in the right direction. I want to add my book link, just in case you get really, really bored, and have nothing else you must do, maybe you can take a peek at it. http://www.blurb.com/books/2680588
Gee, Cookie. I think I put my foot in it somewhere. I was under the impression you were a young person, not a ‘younger’ person. I guess it was the ‘student’ thing that confused me. Sorry about that.
It was the ‘husband of 25 years’ that gave it away.
Enjoyed the book by the way. One day you can explain the full significance of the birds. I’m sure its an interesting tale.
I’ll pass on your link to my students so they can be inspired as well. They are all adults at the moment (I’m over kids for a while) and they should appreciate your work immensely.
Tom you make me laugh 🙂 I wasn’t fortunate enough to go to college until later in life, and did not get to completely finish because of the economy. It is never too late to get a good education or to learn new things.
Thank you for taking the time to peek at my book. I appreciate it. The birds symbolize the people/society in my art. I do not take photographs of people unless they are snapshots of family. I’m not sure why. So the birds represent all the souls. That is exciting to know others may take some time to look at my book. It is an ongoing series that I am currently creating mixed media paintings, in hopes to bring both photography and painting together.
Thanks again for all your kindness and don’t worry about the ‘younger’ thing…I am still ‘young’ 🙂 at heart.
This is beautifully dark Cookie, I love it!!
Thank you, Lynda!
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