So tonight, again, I was reminded how important it is to print some of your images regularly.
Printed pictures are the written words of our mind’s memories (I just made that up, but I’m sure I read something like it somewhere). They jog or nudge our mind to remember an event, a day, a person, even an emotion.
For as long as we have been walking around this earth, we have been drawing, painting, snapping images of moments in time to help retell our stories.
It says we were here, we made a mark, we matter, we lived, we loved and we connected. And, we want to remember and share our memories. Telling stories – painting pictures with words is a gift – adding pictures makes it that much more priceless.
The picture above is a lost moment from years ago. I rediscovered it when I was cleaning out the guest room for my new renter. At first I was struck by memories of my mother – she passed away 4 years ago. Then I thought how lucky I was to have this printed image. A lot of ups and downs in 2015. Rediscovering this print on January 1st, 2016 was like receiving a hug from my mom saying “2016 will be better. Everything is okay.”
Next I started remembering the details of the day the image was taken. I used to travel to Key West monthly with my daughter. Sometimes I’d pick up my mom in Lakeland and we would drive down together. A 7-hour drive usually took about 10 hours with a toddler and 2 shoppers.
On this particular day we decided to take my then 4 year old daughter to the beach for a picnic of raspberries, cookies and a Key West sunset. You can see my daughter’s little green toy sand wagon in the lower corner. I remember bringing my tripod, hoping to get a sunset portrait of all 3 of us. I don’t think my daughter had the same plan. As a matter of fact, I think she was the one taking the picture – thus getting the best smile out of HoneyLoLo (my daughter’s name for my mom – but that’s another story).
So glad I printed this image. Guess I should frame it, but for now I have a story to share with my little girl eight years later.
Keep clickin’ & printin’
Cheers & Happy New Year!
I am so excited to be launching a second art show at our local coffee house, KenapocoMocha. My previous (and first official) art show at the KMocha featured what I call images of found art. Candid situations of flowers, landscapes, sunsets etc. I’ve always been influenced by and in love with “The Decisive Moment” that Henri Cartier-Bresson mastered and shared with the world of photography.
“Photography is not like painting,” Cartier-Bresson told the Washington Post in 1957. “There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative,” he said. “Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”( Bernstein, Adam (August 5, 2004). “The Acknowledged Master of the Moment”. The Washington Post. Retrieved May 4, 2010)
My first most successful “Decisive Moment” was captured in the Chicago Union Station during a very, very bitterly cold winter. It was a class assignment to do street photography. I caught these two strangers sharing a smile and conversation. Once I saw this print come up in the developer in the darkroom, I was hooked on capturing more of those moments.
This new collection focuses more on what photography is to me and how it has evolved for me. A photo rambling from work to travel to personal to digital to iPhone. Photography as a business has been important to me for over 15 years, but it has really always been a part of my life, and I might even guess yours in some way. But it took me quite a while to have the confidence to show my other images. The stuff I shyly call Art. So…Photography is…about Sharing. Learning.Teaching. Inspiring.
My aunt on my father’s side became a studio portrait photographer back in the 1950s. She photographed all of my sisters and me when we were babies. These professional, hand painted wall portraits hung on my parents walls my entire childhood-never changing. Becoming the symbols of our childhood. Dad, being very proud of what his sister accomplished, was more than happy to buy me a 35mm Minolta X-370 camera for my big High School graduation gift. So Photography Is…a Gift. Family. Beginnings.
Another element to this art show is to encourage some interaction between me, the artist, and you the viewer. We’ve created an interactive Thought Share Space where you can post a note about the art or a response to the week’s topic. Photography is one art form that seems to touch almost everyone in our culture in some way. Now with the smart phone technology seemingly at everyone’s fingertips, young and old, we explore what this means to us. Our first topic is Photography Is…(insert your comment here.) I would add…Photography Is…Connections. Constant. Ever-changing.
I hope you have a chance to stop by, enjoy a coffee and view the images. Mark your calendars, we are also planning a fun Introduction to iPhone Photography class March 14th. If you are in the neighborhood, sign up and join us.