TRYING NEW THINGS
FEBRUARY 2016

What's Next?
OK - so we know that, if you're not a winter warrior, photography in wintertime can be challenging. Without working the subject to death I want to share a few thoughts on an image I made during the last few months - the one above. 

Seeing the work of Eddie Soloway last Fall in a National Geographic seminar gave me the motivation to photograph the natural world using the approach used in the image above. For lots of reasons, using this style comes under the category of 'things that I would never try' - however, after playing with it and giving myself permission to make lots of 'mistakes', it felt like a door had been opened to a new form of expression for me. Thank you Eddie! 

I've often found that what I feel in a forest rarely comes through in my photos. The movement in this photo comes closer to expressing the power and connectedness that I feel in Nature. Maybe it's because this image is so abstract that I don't feel separated from the subject like I do in some of my pictures of the natural world. For me there's a sense of merging with Nature through this image that comes close to how I felt while working on my Meditations portfolio. This technique, and way of seeing, will now go into my tool box for further exploration in the future.  This is but one example of the importance of play in creativity.

Email me some pictures, if you have anything 'new' you'd like to share, something that was a departure from your usual way of doing things, that somehow opened a new door for you. We'll have a chat about it.

Websites etc.

The website project is moving along at a glacial pace, as it seems like everything in the entire universe gets dug up along with each decision that has to be made. The up side is that it's forcing me to become reacquainted with all the 'new technology' available - and what's out there is awesome really. 

For instance SquareSpace is a designer's dream. The SS templates are visually sophisticated compared to Photoshelter, and I love them, however, Squarespace is not strong in the area of functionality in the area of features made to help photographers; at least not this photographer. Their sites are great for showcasing your portfolios and the connectivity of these sites is phenomenal. 

Photoshelter on the other hand, offers website templates loaded with features made for photographers who need to work with clients , and also opens the doors to the Photoshelter community with all it's perks and advantages. To see the recent free download of their Inspiration Handbook click here .

Right now, it looks like I will explore a Wordpress/Photoshelter integration. This option, while presenting a steep learning curve, will give me all the power of PS combined with the versatility and blogging power of Wordpress. More on this later...


For Book Lovers

Anytime is a good time to buy fabulous books on photography. So get out that credit card and read on! To see the New York Times article 'The Best Photobooks of 2015' click here - from their list you might want to check out the immensely talented and prolific photographer Dayanita Singh



photo: Kenro Izu
Mexico 13, 1987
platinum paladium print
Artist of Note
Kenro Izu 
b.1949 -

Considered one of the greatest living platinum printers, Kenro Izu was born in Osaka, Japan in 1949. Early in his career he moved to New York where he now resides. While working as a commercial photographer, Izu somehow carved out the time to explore the world with his enormous custom made Deardorf 14"x20" view camera. While t raveling the planet to capture the sacred ancient stone monuments in their natural settings, he worked and documented sites in, to name a few, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, England, Mexico, France, Bhutan, Tibet, India and Easter Island. Then he came home to make sublime platinum prints of his work. He graciously gave me permission to use his photograph with this article. I love the following quote.

" Kenro Izu's work is a testament to his mastery of stillness, the darkest black and the mysteries of the platinum printing process. The stillness of ancient ruins waiting. The blackness of deep platinum jungles. The alchemical mysteries of printing dreams on paper. Skin, flowers, ruins, waiting, resting. Made slowly, simply. Dark and still. Shape and platinum. Form, flowers, skin, ruins. Waiting, slowly, slowly. Where the mind reflects on itself. Resting, make slowly, now."
-Richard Gere


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