Color, depth of field, Everyday Life, Photography, Portrait, things seen, vacation

Every Day In Every Way…

The French psychologist Émile Coué developed the Coué Method,  a tactic of self-suggestion characterized by a mantra, “Every day in every way, I’m getting better and better.”, to be repeated daily multiple times as a means to self-improvement.

Taking some inspiration from the idea without commentary on the efficacy of the method I would like to suggest that something similar can be attempted with photography. Personally, I try to apply my full powers to all my photography. I don’t differentiate between professional work and personal artistic work, or snapshots with my loved ones on vacation.

To my mind photography is something I do, every time I have the camera in my hand I should be trying to achieve the best image. My goal is to always be working with the ease that comes with long practice, applying what I have learned about photography almost subconsciously. Eventually, if I work at it long enough craft and art will become the same thing whether I’m following a client’s directive, or photographing my niece’s birthday party.

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There is no shame in making every moment a moment of artistry. There is no shame in finding the exceptional in the most commonplace moments and things. An overwhelming part of leading an enjoyable life is the vantage point you observe from. I choose to opt for a life that finds the art in the everyday.

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Black and White, Color, Editorial, Everyday Life, Photography, Street Photography

Kailua-Kona: Long Days, Pleasant Nights

I am in love with the big island. These days and nights of relaxation and pleasant idleness have made an indelible impression on me. If you, dear reader, have ever had the notion of visiting I urge you to act on it.

Of course I’m keeping pleasant company which makes a massive additional pleasure (Natasha, my love you increase my joy ten-fold).

Now I’m off to find new diversions, Aloha!

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Color, Everyday Life, Photography, things seen, Urban Landscape

The Method (Waterfront Park, Seattle)

I’m no different from most people in that I involve myself with creative pursuits (photography, writing) in order to satisfy a personal need. The need can vary from person to person; a desire to observe and catalog, an attempt to preserve fleeting moments, to make buckets of money, and so on in as many varied forms as there are people on the planet.

For me the appeal of photography comes from the necessity in some types of photography to take a considered view of everyday surroundings. My photography enables me to capture, and share, the things that catch my eye and give me pause. Sometimes it can be deliberate and I intentionally set out to find something to fill the need. Most times it is just in the course of going about my daily life that I am struck and have to take a moment to make a few images. The method that applies is to remain receptive but not always focused. I walk and take in everything, raising the camera when something catches the eye and the imagination. I don’t suggest it for everyone but I am more happy than not with the results. Though I believe that practice of an art goes a longer way than any gimmick method. It has to be something you do as easily as getting up in the morning and breathing. You make art; write, photograph, paint, sing, dance. You produce because that is your nature.

Long ago I realized that I am drawn to geometrical arrangements, how everyday scenes and items create patterns. I have to acknowledge that this is largely due to many of my photographic influences like Henri Cartier-Bresson and Ralph Gibson. Despite recently shooting more color images I still consider myself essentially a black and white photographer.

I hope that now and again someone seeing my photographs connects with them in some way. That’s the purpose of the blog and the sharing, and that is separate from making images.

 

 

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Artsy, Black and White, Color, Everyday Life, Mundane Objects, Photography, Portrait, Project 365, Still Life

Photo: “Unironed Shirt”, “Peeker”

Unironed Shirt - January 2015
Unironed Shirt – January 2015
Peeker - January 2015
Peeker – January 2015

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Suppose I had decided on a project. Suppose this project involved my predisposition to consider the mundane as worth of artistic attention as faraway landscapes. Suppose this project would involve the photographing of mundane activities as fine art subjects. Suppose this would be a thing.

Also, a self-portrait. Which is either me asserting my sense of self coming into the new year or narcissism.

Artsy, Black and White, Color, Everyday Life, Flowers, Food, Glorious Food, Mundane Objects, Photography, Project 365

Photo: “A Look Back: October/November/December”

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The last post of 2014. A year, any year, comes with highs and lows. There will be triumphs and there will be defeats. At it’s close when the past twelves months give way to 365 days of untold possibilities we hope that we can tally joys as being in greater abundance than our sorrows.

I can happily say that as far as my photography is concerned the year was a very good one. I was prolific. My skills, even after the years I’ve been involved with photography increased in appreciable ways that made me very happy. Finally, I was able to give back to the open source photography community with several video tutorials.

Heading into 2015 it is my hope that things will continue positively. I have big plans.

Nothing is too high for the daring of mortals: we storm heaven itself in our folly.

-Horace