Photographic art, like other art mediums, is a form of communication. It is like a second language with different cultural and regional/global dialects expressed in capturing tones, shapes, textures, lines, and subject matter choices. The richness of this ‘language’ comes through in the ‘play of light’. Each photograph is captured and developed to speak of the essence felt from each subject. A photographer's palette mentioned above, along with paper choices and printing inks, are all incorporated into the message.
Photographic arts background When I was 11 years old my Great Aunt Ellen asked me to help her adjust the settings on her Kodak pocket camera. And even though I had not seen up close any camera, that I can remember, I went ahead anyway demonstrating all about it...or so I thought! It seems like I am still figuring out new settings!
Image making and presentations were made and used by me in the classroom as a teacher, in the field as a consultant, globally as a videographer and researcher, and most enjoyably as a photographic arts coach and instructor.
Though mostly self-taught, I do owe much to three gifted photographers, Joyce Tenneson, George DeWolfe, and Deanna Fitzmaurice, having taken workshops from them via Santa Fe Workshops in Santa Fe. It was Joyce saying that my images were good, but she had seen them all before! George linked me to my contemplative artist within, and it was Deanna encouraging an inner courage to be first your own audience.
Lately, I have been focused on the classic philosophical themes of the Taoist worldview. It can mean living a life of simplicity, naturalness, compassion, and with no willful striving nor manipulation. Tao also involves the acceptance of the deep rhythms of nature and the "way of all things.” The goal was to explore how this philosophy might affect a photographer’s approach and way of seeing.