Posts Tagged ‘Art’
I wrote this at the moment on my iPhone so bear with me here. I’m a little pissed at the moment.
On my soapbox….. I just left a local government office where, in the lobby, was some young lady displaying her “art” photographs.
Some of her enlargements were priced at $1100. The cheapest was $25. Some looked pretty nice, but none were what I would call art.
If I can reproduce what you did with my home computer and Photoshop it ain’t art. Yea, I know that I complain a lot about people who go around calling themselves photographers and pass their computer enhanced snapshots off as art.
Now it might be a form of art to take a basic crappy snapshot and use Photoshop to turn it into something beautiful and exciting, but please don’t try and convince me that you are a great photographer. YOU ARE NOT! You’re just great at using your computer to FIX your otherwise crappy original image.
Show me what you can do without your computer. Show me your natural talent by displaying your photographs that you shot without the added junk and digital manipulations.
No, I am not a great photographer and I certainly don’t try to pass myself off as one, but I spent enough time in the film processing business to know a true photographer when I see one.
Here’s an idea, show me what you can do with a film camera and no Photoshop. Of course if you even know how to operate one. Show me how you can shoot a photo, develop the negs, color or b&w, enlarge and print, then develop and enlarge your print by yourself. Can you do that? Those are simple basics that anyone who hints at calling themselves a photographer should be able to accomplish without instruction or a computer. By the way, the answer is yes, I can do that.
Thanks to the digital world, and DSLR cameras, photography as an art form is fading away fast. The days of simple dodging, and burning are long gone. What a shame.
I know some of you are going to be offended, I don’t really care. I don’t care how big your camera is or how many megapixels it has or even how much money you make…. You’re not a true photographer, you’re a photoshopographer. Big, big difference.
By the way, lots of megapixels might cost more but it does nothing to enhance your abilities. No more than a guy bragging about the size of his penis. -JRoycroft
- “The Forgotten Man” by Jon McNaughton, Controversial? (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)
- “The Forgotten Man” By Jon McNaughton (thepalinexpress.wordpress.com)
- Drudge, Tea Party Impressionism and the “Fine Art” of Obama Bashing (bagnewsnotes.com)
- Artist Depicts Obama Trampling The Constitution (tarpon.wordpress.com)
- Controversial Painting Depicts Obama “Trampling” on Constitution as Madison Begs Him to Stop (middleagedhousewife.wordpress.com)
- Controversial Artist Depicts Obama Trampling The Constitution (gunnyg.wordpress.com)
- WAKE UP AMERICA: A Painting is Worth a Thousand Words…..and more (votingamerican.wordpress.com)
- [pic] Artist depicts President Obama stepping on Constitution in Controversial Painting (streetknowledge.wordpress.com)
February 4, 2012 - Athens Georgia is in the news with some of it’s residents up in arms over the proposed new 94,000 sq ft Walmart to be developed in downtown Athens. This will be the third Walmart in Athens all within about a 4 mile radius of downtown, not counting the old abandoned Walmart.
Athens is the home of the University of Georgia Bulldogs and home to the first and most famous college music scene in the country, beginning in the 1970s.The formation of local bands like the B-52s, Ravenstone, Azure Ray, Pylon, Dreams So Real, Drive-by Truckers, Widespread Panic, Indigo Girls, Love Tractor, the Georgia Satellites, and R.E.M. had brought Athens rock to national attention by 1980.
Read the full story Here
A passionate song by Patterson Hood that captures the spirit and concerns of Athens residents. Hear the song, watch the video, and spread the word.
- Patterson Hood, Mike Mills, J. Bell, More Fight Walmart for Athens GA (jambase.com)
- Patterson Hood’s Downtown 13 Fights Proposed Athens Walmart (stereogum.com)
- Proposed Development in Downtown Athens Inspires Protest Song (929dave.radio.com)
January 27, 2012 - I want to share with you Emma’s latest creation using Crayola finger paints with a brush. She was very deliberate in the placement of each color.
Some of you may remember Emma’s very first drawing in this post from Feb 15, 2011
December 8, 2011 – While on my daily adventures driving through south Georgia I stopped by Starrs Mill to take this photograph.
Some of you movie goers may recognize this old mill from the movie, “Sweet Home Alabama,” which starred Reese Witherspoon as Melanie Carmichael and Josh Lucas as Jake Perry. Inside the mill is where the glass lightening sculptures were displayed by Jake Perry.
The old mill is located just a few miles north of Senoia Georgia on state highway 85. It’s been photographed by nearly everyone with a camera around here and then some.
As you can see from the before and after photographs, the new coat of very bright red and white paint sets the old mill off like a beacon under the bright sunlight.
Here is a local story highlighting the old mill. Starrs Mill
During my drives taking service calls, I often find myself traveling through rural Georgia. For the past several years I’ve taken Hwy 16 west headed for Griffin. There is a tree that sits alone way out in a pasture. I believe it to be an oak tree.
That tree for some reason has always caught my eye when passing, and I keep telling myself to bring my camera. I’ve told myself that for the past 5 years, but never seem to have it on the right day.
Well a couple of days ago, camera ready, I again headed down Hwy 16, except that day was very rainy and a bit foggy. My hopes of getting a good photograph were very low. The tree is in a very rural area in a small town named Hollowville. There is no place to park anywhere, so I knew that when I arrived I would have to be ready for a quick shot as I passed.
As I got closer my hopes were growing dim with the weather being so poor. Lighting was not adequate for a passing shot without stopping. That stretch of Hwy 16 is a very dangerous two lane highway with lots of traffic so when I stopped it would have to be quick.
Arriving to the stretch of road that passes in front of the pasture where the tree sits, I was in luck. No cars coming either way, so I pulled my 4Runner off to the road side and quickly prepped my camera with my 200mm lens. The rain was coming down and a bit of fog still in the air. In my rear view mirror I could see traffic approaching about half a mile away. Setting my NIKON at – 1/60 sec F/5.6 , I fired away. Pulling back onto the road not sure if the shot was good or not. Arriving at my service call in Griffin I reviewed my photo and to my surprise it was great. It was a successful drive by shooting.
Lindsay and I will take off into the mountains of north Georgia or just head somewhere with no destination in mind with the hopes of getting a good drive by photograph. That rain and fog added something to my tree photo that would probably otherwise be just a picture of an old tree in a field with no character.
The weather and lighting all play into your scenic photographs. Don’t let a rainy day stop you. Nature will help paint your picture. Natural lighting is a beautiful thing.