I had a conversation with a colleague about the obstacles in creating art. He recommended the book War of Art.
“We are buried beneath the weight of information, which is being confused with knowledge; quantity is being confused with abundance and wealth with happiness.
We are monkeys with money and guns.”
― Tom Waits
Guess you weren't in Washington in August of 1814.
Originally Posted by StoneNYC
“Photography is a complex and fluid medium, and its many factors are not applied in simple sequence. Rather, the process may be likened to the art of the juggler in keeping many balls in the air at one time!”
Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2
♪♫ In 1814 we took a little trip
Originally Posted by MattKing
Along with Colonel Jackson down the Mighty Mississip
We took a little bacon and we took a little beans
And we caught the bloody British in the town of N'Orleaans ♫
Last edited by Tom1956; 07-21-2013 at 09:21 PM. Click to view previous post history.
all in fun.
A divorce (3 yrs ago), three 16-yr old sons, and a new girlfriend seem to limit my photography time.
But I took a walk this afternoon in our local city park (acres of redwoods, a pond, etc) and got to thinking that I'll be in Eureka for at least two more years (until the boys grad. from HS) and I have this great park that I have been ignoring -- basically because it is not as 'nice' as the national and state redwoods parks (that are ~50 miles away, north and south). So here is a place I could easily make images in -- capturing its uniquiness as a city park with old-growth redwoods and its heavier mark of man.
A couple minutes from my house by car (to haul the 11x14), I can step out side to check the weather and light and quickly head on over for just a set-up or two. Going to the state and national redwood parks tends to be an all day thing, making the drive (and gas) worthwhile.
I have been using my Rolleiflex a lot, though, on whatever trip I happen to be on. So I have scores of rolls I have not printed and about 10 rolls on hand to develop. I am giving most of them extra development (~100% more) to make little platinum prints with, some I develop to eventually make silver gelatin prints with...yeah, right. If I have time to print, it will most likely be my backlog of 8x10 and 11x14 negs in pt or carbon!
But the boys will be out of the house (in theory only) in two years, I am looking for a place to buy with studio space to make carbons, give workshops, etc. So as I hit my 60's, I hope to be able to reverse my trend of slowing down and instead increase my time spent photographing, developing and printing.
At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.
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As a prominent American journalist Ambrose Bierce once wrote "wars are Gods way of teaching Americans geography"
Originally Posted by StoneNYC
Not shooting as much as I used to, which is a blessing in disguise, because I can actually somewhat keep up with my printing. Instead I am printing like a mad person. Lots and lots of printing, which I love to do. Then I really love to sit down and spot the prints. Those finishing touches have become very enjoyable to me.
It's a matter of trying to build some portfolios of work, and I'm all of a sudden very inspired to do so. In the last couple of months I've gone through two entire gallon kits of LPD, a lot of paper, and a couple of gallons of fixer. This is fairly extreme for me.
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh
This is a very interesting thread, as there are quite a number of factors which influence our photographic "metabolism". I am shooting far less colour film lately, partly because of the rising cost, but also because I am increasingly identifying myself as a black and white photographer. I am also shooting a lot more sheet film, which reduces the overall number of exposures, but generally increases the productivity of my work. Ever mindful of the growing backlog of negatives I have yet to print, I have taken to pausing a second or two before pressing the shutter to ask myself whether the photo I am framing is worth the time in the darkroom to create a final print. On top of these factors is the fact that my darkroom is in a rough cellar which I access through a trap-door in my kitchen, and which is the domain of many sinister spiders in the summertime, who like nothing better than to wait for me to turn off the lights so they can tickle the back of my neck.
Nonetheless, I still shoot some film every day. As I am sure I have said far too often, I started the photo-a-day challenge on January 1, 2010 and have not missed a day yet. I shoot more when I am on a project or am preparing a show... less when I am between.
Tom, on Point Pelee, Canada
Ansel Adams had the Zone System... I'm working on the points
system. First I points it here, and then I points it there...
Re above: And living a block and-a-half from the university, where else would one see, on a warm 21st of July afternoon, an attractive young woman, dressed in an aquamarine blue mermaid suit, being pulled around campus, in a bright red radio flyer wagon, by two individuals, one dressed as Darth Vader, the other as an Imperial storm trooper? A case in point why I always carry a camera and why I carefully monitor the film inventory in my frig (especially the HP5 and, for the time being, the E100G).
Originally Posted by BradleyK
In my neck of the U.K the temperature was 93 F yesterday, I avoided going out with my camera in the middle of the day, and when I did go out I just took a Canon F1N body with the 50 mm F1.4 lens, and even this was too heavy to carry for any length of time, (the F1 isn't a lightweight camera) and even wearing cotton shorts and a T shirt it was still too damned hot.