Sometimes Good Experiences Can Be Painful

I was extremely fortunate to just complete a week long workshop with Arthur Meyerson, a master photographer who is in a category reserved for very few.  If you’re not familiar with his name, you are likely familiar with some of his work.   It was his finger on the shutter release behind some of the iconic commercial images for Coca-Cola and Puma for almost 20 years.  He has just released a book of images that he took for pleasure called “The Color of Light.”  He walks with giants such as Ernst Haas, Jay Maisel and Sam Abel.

The workshop was a master class on light, color and gesture.  He challenged us each day to come up with images we could hang on the wall embracing each of these characteristics.  It was tough.  It’s hard enough to come up with one or two images a month or even a year, never mind in a matter of hours.  We worked hard to see light where there was none, to see color in a monochromatic landscape and to find gesture where there were no people.  Coupeville was a ghost town.

But sometime during the bitching, angst and frustration, creativity emerged.  A spark was ignited and the spirit was rejuvenated.  It’s not often you’re in the presence of a master like Arthur and you want, no yearn, to rise to the occasion and produce something worthy.  By the end of the week, tension was still high and we were struggling with each press of the shutter, but we were getting it.  We found inspiration where earlier in the week, we only found self-pity.  We embraced the challenge and decided to make lemonade out of lemons.  And in the process, we came up with some pretty good images.

The point of all this is that creativity can be a progression of thoughts, mistakes, missteps and successes.  Give yourself a chance to let the creative juices flow and to allow circumstance, serendipity and, even failure, to move you closer to achieving your vision.  It will come.  It’s not called a body of work for nothing.

Gallery Show

Please join me for the opening of my gallery show at Vino at the Landing, a wine bar and art space.  This is my third year showing my work at Vino.  This year, I’m joined by my good friends Chris Grady and Gretchen Taylor who are showing their work in the Barrel Room.

The opening is on August 27th from 7:00pm to 9:00.  Light bites will be provided and, of course, wine and beer is available for purchase.  Please come by to say hello as this is also a meet and great for the Seattle Photography Club.

Vino is located at The Landing off Sunset Blvd in Renton.  Hope to see you there.

Creative Photo Viewing

We are all creative.  You wouldn’t be reading my blog if you weren’t interested in the creative art of photography.  But, we live in a sound byte world where 10 seconds of airtime is devoted to a history changing event.  Where, on Facebook, out entire emotive response is to hit the LIKE button.   I do it, you do it, we all do.  But, isn’t photography supposed to be different?

Isn’t our goal as a visual artist to keep the viewer’s eye, to force it to wonder within the frame of our image, to ponder and, most importantly, to require that the view ask questions?  It doesn’t matter what the questions are, but questions non the same.  Why?  Why did he take this picture?  What does it remind me of?  Why do I hate it?  Why do I love it?  What?  Where? How?

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Moving images in Lightroom

There have been a number of times when I get panicky calls from Lightroom users because all their images are missing and/or have question marks on them meaning that Lightroom can’t find the original photo.  My first question is always, “Did you move the pictures or folders while outside of Lightroom”?  The answer is usually yes.

Do not move your images around using Explorer or Finder.  If you do this, the Lightroom database will have no idea where those images are.  Always move your images from within the Lightroom Folders panel inside the Library Module.

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Showing My Work

I’m excited to announce a several month returning show of my work at Vino at the Landing located at 800 North 10th Place in Renton, WA.  Vino at the Landing is an excellent wine bar and art space and this is the third year that they’ve hosted a show of my work.  On display is over 18 pieces of mine.  Also on display in the Barrel Room are 20 photographs by my good friends, Chris Grady and Gretchen Taylor.  Please stop by and take a look if you’re in the area.

Vino at the Landing