The snow has barely started melting and the temperature is well below zero but this week we finally started seeing more of these little guys. I’m going to take that as a sign of good things to come but I’ll … Continue reading
The Weekly Photo Challenge this week is: Abandoned….many photographers favourite subject I would think. This is an abandoned motel and diner that once sat beside a busy highway. It’s been torn down now but in it’s day I’ll bet this was one … Continue reading
I couldn’t resist posting this one given how much snow everyone has had this winter….
This week the Weekly Photo Challenge is the Selfie, something I’ve done way too many times I think. In fact I even wrote about the art of the selfie here on the blog a few years ago….I’ll repost that article at the end of this post just in case you’re interested.
Why have I taken so many selfies? Well, it’s not because I enjoy editing pictures of myself that’s for sure. But, I’ve spent so much time experimenting with lighting that I’ve seem to have run out of subjects who are willing to sit for me for any length of time. Even the cats give me a dirty look when I pull out my camera. So I’m left with only one willing (kind of) and cooperative subject….
The Art of the Self Portrait
from Oct 2011
Most artists leave a self-portrait or two behind. Call it a visual autobiography if you will. In fact Van Gogh painted himself 37 times, Albrecht Durer 12 times and Rembrandt over 60 times. Is it arrogance or simply the availability of a willing subject that attracts us to ourselves as subjects?
Self-portraits can take many forms:
- Rembrandt’s multitude of self portraits act as a chronicle of his life, beginning in his early experimental years and continuing throughout his career they provide an interesting view into how he saw himself at various stages in his life.
- Van Gogh painted the majority of his self-portraits between 1886 and 1890. They show his struggle leading up to his suicide in 1890. He even painted himself shortly after cutting off a portion of his ear in ‘Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear’
- Raphael’s ‘School of Athens’ is thought to be a who’s who of the ancient world. Raphael cast himself in the role of Apelles and can be seen in the bottom right hand corner looking out at the viewer, a different kind of signature to be sure.
- Perhaps the most arrogant of self-portraits belongs to Albrecht Durer. Untitled, it states boldly on the painting itself:
Despite the arrogance the painting is still considered one of the most stunning of its time.
Today we have automatic cameras, cell phone cameras, remote releases, self-timers, interval timers or an outstretched hand to help us with our own self-portraits. Add a dash of internet, Facebook and other photo sharing sites and you have the ‘selfie’ and the flood of self-portraits available today.
So what’s your take on ‘selfies’?
Are we chronicling our lives, gaining self-knowledge or revealing more of ourselves than we realize?
Do we compare well with the masters or has Facebook killed the self-portrait?
Do you ever wonder what’s going on around you while you focus on making that shot? Take a step or two back sometime you may be surprised…or concerned. This week’s photo challenge: Juxtaposition. In this case, what the photographer sees … Continue reading
Can you guess what this week’s Photo Challenge is? Yep, it’s Family. Love ‘em or hate ‘em we all have one of one kind or another. And of course every family must have a ham……us lucky ones have a few … Continue reading
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge… Window. Water always makes for a fascinating view don’t you think?
Just in time for the new year this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is Beginning. Here’s a beginning that I can’t wait for….
Only three more sleeps everyone! I hope you’ve finished your Christmas shopping or are close to it. Unless you’re one of those people who love to leave your shopping to the last minute that is Have a Merry Christmas everyone!
This week’s Weekly Photo Challenge is community. I’m pretty sure they weren’t expecting this kind of community when they made that challenge but here it is. It seems all creatures create their own community doesn’t it? These little guys didn’t do … Continue reading
What could be more grand than a view of the wide open water? Except being out there on that boat that is.
Happy Thanksgiving to all you southern folk! I had my fill of turkey last month so I’ve already moved on and begun thinking about Christmas…..and all that food So much food….so little time. Have a good week everyone and enjoy … Continue reading
Who knew that a short walk in the park during my Project 365 would lead to this shot? I guess it just shows what funny and sometimes amazing things are happening all around us every day without us noticing. If … Continue reading
A quite moment after work sitting out on the patio with my good friend ‘Americano’. Not a bad habit to get into I think. Although with winter approaching I will have to move indoors soon.
You know fall has really arrived when you get to Thanksgiving weekend…..sorry America, you still have another month and a half before you get your turkey on. Me? I’m going to put on my ‘big’ pants and head on up … Continue reading
No weekly challenge for me this week instead a shot from the waterfront in Salem MA. Nikon D300 w/ 18-200 VRI
What is there for a photographer to do late at night except grab a tripod and soak up the available light? Nikon D300 w/ 18-200
Look up….wayyyy up and see what’s inside.
Nikon D300 w/ Nikon 18-200 VRI and a little b+w solarization in post.
Spent a few hours in Rockport, MA during our visit to Boston a while back. This is one little town with an awesome view as you can see. Nikon D300 w/ Sigma 10-20 f 4-5.6