Photo Coleslaw

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Here we go…

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Today is my 30th birthday.  Birthdays are interesting occurrences – they’re almost like New Year’s, but just for you.  A time for reflection and evaluation.  This morning I found myself taking a personal inventory, thinking “I still don’t know how to fold a fitted sheet, but I am getting pretty decent at parallel parking.” By 30 it’s pretty much established whether you squeeze the toothpaste tube from the top or the bottom.  How you feel about meatloaf is finally settled.

The first thirty were about training. Acquiring some experience and establishing some convictions.  The next thirty are for action.  The pieces are set, now its time to play.  Just you, a looming game board and that intimidating figure known as “Your Existence”

Time to start focusing my photography.  Begin trying to tell the stories of our times.  Attempt images that speak to the rational and the irrational; that appeal both to mind and to heart.

I firmly believe in the ability for images to impact change.  Photography is all about creating an emotional reaction in the viewer. Composing highlights, shadows and midtones into a message.  Hopefully a message with an edge.

Lots to do.

But luckily that all starts tomorrow and today is one of good friends and family.  Thanks to everyone who made this day feel incredibly special, it will go down as one of the best birthdays I can remember.


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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”




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?

Written by Spelman

09/13/2009 at 9:24 pm