setback only temporary

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vintage camera

Well, if you have been following my blog, you probably noticed that, after I posted that my camera wasn’t working, I posted some rather blurry snapshots of a cute little snail I found. Well, literally the day after my post about my camera not working, it arose from its hibernation and began making me look silly for writing the post in the first place. I don’t know what the dealio with my camera was, but I am glad to have it back. I must confess, however, I haven’t really been taking any photos. : (

Years ago I skimmed a book called Write It Down, Make It Happen. The author of this book theorized that when one writes down a goal, from the very achievable to the seemingly outlandish, that the act of writing down the goal sets the goal into motion; that writing a goal down clarifies it and make it more real, and that from there, the goal setter will more actively work on the goal. To me, this makes perfect sense.

So, my goal is to take more photographs. I want to take photographs outside of pretty things, dilapidated things and anything that strikes my fancy, really. I want to set aside more time to just look for things to photograph, and shoot everywhere I go without hesitation. (<——This is me clarifying my goal)

Now, hopefully, with my goal written and clarified a bit more, this (according to the books theory) should help me get off my lazy butt and go outside for a change, camera in hand. Wish me luck guys!

new artists

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I am adding two artists to my links, Erin Morrison and Sarah Spitler. Both are draftswomen working with a variety of media who are creating quite interesting work.

Morrison’s landscapes focus on nature’s adaptive relationship to the man made inorganic. Morrison pushes her images past realism into abstraction to emphasize nature’s transformation, all the while keeping small remnants of the the familiar, representational aspects of nature and industry to remind the viewer of the reality of the conceptual issue. Morrison aims to reconnect the viewer with the subject on an emotional, empathetic level by referencing photography but eliminating the separative camera lens.

$2300 / 1br 1bath LUXURY, STEAM ROOM, CITY VIEWS!: Brooklyn, NY (2008)

$2300 / 1br 1bath LUXURY, STEAM ROOM, CITY VIEWS!: Brooklyn, NY (2008)

Mixed wet and dry media on Arches Aquarelle

24″ x 32″

Spitler’s work is non-representational. Spitler explores the paint, ink, and other media, layering one on top of the other, and often mixing them, in what she describes as the search for the “emergence of fragments of imagery in relation to a destructive force”. Her work aims to serve as an analogy to the often destructive relationship between the permanent and ephemeral in nature.

Vorticital Obsolescence

Vorticital Obsolescence (2008)

Ink, acrylic, and enamel on Mylar

16″ x 16″

setback

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camera1

So, (sigh) I got my first setback of the summer. As I said in an earlier post, one of my goals right now is to take more photographs. Well, today I discovered that my camera is broken, obviously placing a rather large roadblock in the way of my goal.

I was headed outside to take some photographs of my most recent drawings this afternoon, and my camera, despite freshly charged batteries, just wouldn’t turn on. Now, the last camera I had seemed to go downhill in the same manner as this camera seems to have. That is, it was not accidentally dropped or left out in the sun for long periods of time; nothing happened to it. Simply, after a long period of unuse, it wouldn’t turn on. The same is true for this camera: it wasn’t even touched, and just wouldn’t come on (my previous post is evidence of this fact)!

So, now my goal will have to wait, either until my camera decides to wake up from its inconvenient hibernation, or until I can afford a new camera. I am not anticipating either to happen overnight, although I would take it, without question.

(If any reader could clue me into what might be ailing my poor camera, I would be tremendously grateful.)

photography

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little bird i found

little bird i found

One of my personal goals at the moment is to take more photographs. I often sit back during events, and outings while my friends take photos, and then, afterward, I wonder, “Why didn’t I bring my camera?”. So, my plan this summer is not only to take more photos of fun with friends, but to explore my amateur photography skills and take some more artsy photos, as well.

This is a little evidence of my progress on this goal, as of yet.

artists and blogs

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For this blog, that which inspires me is of utmost importance. The links I have added are the artists and blogs that I depend on to maintain contentment and sanity in this world. The artists are galvanizing; each offering something unique and special. The blogs are all apart of my daily routine, without which, I would lead a very dull life.

So, if you do not know these artists or blogs, please click around. If you do know them, then great. Either way, come back here and tell me what you think of them.

Enjoy!