Photo Coleslaw

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Back in the day, artists striving for viability went out and purchased black.  Buttondowns, turtlenecks, t-shirts.  A little black = decent art.  A lot of black and edgy glasses = stellar art.

Seems in this day the new black is actually a blog.

So here we go….  it’s called Photo Coleslaw.  It’s my shared attempts at finding the perfect recipe.  Some people like carrot, others only use red cabbage and a few really avant gardes go for pineapple.  The same is true for photography – gotta get the mixture just right.   So as I try out new equipment, work on my creative vision, and basically have those elusive a-ha moments, I’ll share them.

To start, a topic I hold close – self-portraits.  Pretty much falls into the territory of wearing black.  All artists have a go with them.  They have the benefit of a model who will work for free, has infinite patience and is vested in the process as much as you are.  Can’t argue with that.

Besides, how much more narcissistic can you get than to publish 3 pictures of yourself on your very first post?

Start making them for long enough and they become like a Rorsch ink-blot test.  You can peruse back over them and see exactly where you were at any given point in your life.   They force an honesty out of you.  Somehow its really hard to lie to a camera that no one is on the other side of.  It boils down to what you have to say.

Squeezed in one last camping trip last week.  Was trying out a Nikon tilt-shift lens, gives you depth of field control not just front to back, but pretty much any way you please.  Only so much landscape I can shoot.  Pretty soon a pile of wood has turned tripod and I am scrambling to get myself into the frame in a way that doesn’t yell “she’s camping and two days past a shower”

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Thanks for stopping by.  Come back next week for…..  your guess is as good as mine.   Could be a guest photographer, might be a guide for Lightroom workflow or my grandmother’s absolutely secret ‘slaw recipe.  Kind of exciting, eh?

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Written by Spelman

09/13/2009 at 9:24 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Jennifer,

    Great first entry! Eagerly awaiting what recipe your mind cooks up next.

    Timothy Wells

    Timothy Wells

    09/15/2009 at 5:35 pm

  2. jennifer,
    I like your work and plan to follow your career.
    Gary Sparks

    gary sparks

    10/11/2009 at 10:44 pm

  3. jennifer,

    i could not agree with the comment from gary above more. only i would say “love your work” instead of just “like”.

    such energy and artistry in your photos! beautiful work! i just happened upon your blog via a design site… the “creative freelance conference” blog, specifically the post on successful photography blog posts. so glad i found your blog as a result! i plan to visit often, and very much admire your work. i strongly desire to get into photography, and very much want to do something different than the norm. i often find myself not doing what i want, because i think it would be unacceptable in comparison to “normal” photography. that is what i love about yours and am drawn to… it is different, but still wonderfully artistic. i hope to learn a lot from your site.

    ~georgia

    georgia

    06/20/2010 at 3:54 pm

    • Georgia, Thanks for your kind comments…. I always love hearing from people who are on the same path as I am – one of trying to photograph from the heart. Wish you good luck on your journey – keep in touch!

      Spelman

      06/20/2010 at 7:20 pm


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