Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Art of Photographing People

Even though this is the travel leg of my blog, and has always been more about my artistic perception of the world around me, I have found myself pondering the question lately - is photographing people part of fine art photography? And I think the answer is yes. I used to walk by a wall and a really cool door, stop, turn around, and take the picture. Good stuff. Now I do the same and wish I had someone in the doorway to add character to the image. To add depth to the scene. To add emotion to the moment. People are becoming my art. And I am so totally cool with that.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The Fruition of Creative Collaboration

in follow up to my blog about framing this is the fruition of my artistic leanings of late. This image, Beneath the Smoke, is framed & ready for The View @ Rosewood Gallery (opens June 28th 2-4PM). My thanks to Dave Crowell at Custom Frame Services whose creativity and sage advice narrowed down the frame choices so I could choose this one - the best (and of course most expensive...what can I say, I was raised to have good taste!) frame. So like the chicken and egg question - does the frame finish the photo or does the photo compliment the frame? I insist it's both - a creative collaboration, artist to artist. And yes, it's for sale! : )

Friday, June 19, 2009

Dayton Night Sky

Something about the rain adds an extra-special look to these night shots of downtown Dayton. I would consider this a successful photo shoot despite the weather!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Somewhere in-between - Charleston, SC

Ahhh, Charleston. What a city. What a day. I cannot argue with the feeling that visiting South Carolina feels like coming home - like snuggling into your favorite chair with a cup of coffee and a good book. At once familiar, yet still, as the pages turn, unexpected and surprising. For that reason I love the South. For the memories it brings up. For the new adventures it promises. And for that sticky, hot, humid air, its tendrils creeping upon you, adding volume to your hair and creating sweat trickles in the most bizarre places. Come on - you know exactly what I mean if you've been anywhere south of the Mason Dixon Line in the summer! True story.

My day trip to Charleston last week was exactly what I needed. And I marveled at the fact that one can be so caught in between in a city like this. In between southern charm and back alley sludge. In between fine dining and chains that charge way too much for way too little. In between classic and kitschy. And my own personal dilemma - feeling caught between being a tourist and being a local. Because let's be real - I've been to Charleston so many times that I know where to park for free for the day, where to find the hidden roof top restaurants, where to go to catch the basket weavers weaving baskets not in the market, where to find the best ice cream (I know it's pure opinion), which shops have been there for years, which restaurants live up to the critic's acclaim (and which do not) and which streets to walk down for just the right view of anything. But I don't know it all. I've never lived in Charleston. I've never laid claim to being a true Southerner - merely a transplant. A frequent visitor. A photographer with camera in hand who somehow happens to catch something new every time I visit. Perhaps it's a dilemma not worth solving. I'll just continue to visit as often as I can, try to blend in, disappear, and add that ever so slight drawl to my words.

Rainbow Row

Horse and Carriages everywhere

Doors and windows on the Battery - my personal favorite!

In the market.

Southern Charm

This guy was great - he asked me to take his picture. If you're local, give him a call!

the churches

magnolias - so sweet!

Along the battery

on the dock

streets and alleys oh my

pink bike

people and pets


self portrait!

Icons of the South!

Sullivan's Island

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Coast to Coast

In looking back over my travels for the past month it occurred to me that there are always patterns - patterns that are both interesting and worth noting. One of these patterns is my penchant for photographing common objects in ways that tell a story about the place where they are located at the time of the photo. I have long been a fan of the "Flat Stanley" approach where one takes a household object on a trip and photographs it on the journey. I have seen this done with chairs, sofas, unusual objects. I did this in Las Vegas with a Starbucks cup (and I will share that in a later blog). And I just recently did it with my CVS purchased flip flops - which ironically have traveled coast to coast in under one I show them to you here in my arrangement I fondly call "from Southern California to South Carolina"