Beauticians, Beauties, Citizen Photojournalists
My mission is to create
I think that the visual
narrative should not be like a question or hint,
it should be more like information, an answer, or statement;
i.e. it should communicate.
Reaching Up To The Light
What's it all about?
It is not about mediums, cameras, optics, pixels, software, digital image processing, or color management.
And photography is so ubiquitous now, is it really about photography anymore? Ref. John Paul Caponigro interviewing Huntington Witherill;
Q: What’s the worst thing about photography?
Q: What’s the best thing about photography?
So, it is about expressing narratives and feelings through symbolism, metaphor, interpretive perspective, and such, that are meaningful to viewers.
Hence, "Narrative and Interpretive Digital Images".
The challenge is discovering meaning worth saying, worth sharing, that can be conveyed in a visual language. Conveyed through our shared visual literacy.
Ode to Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Give Us One Free Miracle
Reliance on Visual Literacy & Symbolism
The person who creates the image and the person who takes the time to react to the image are in a partnership, in a relationship. A creative relationship based on shared symbolic meaning and significance.
Paraphrasing Arthur Danto:
Our shared visual literacy enables our capability to communicate literal and symbolic meaning; ref. the popular example that we all see the color red and feel the emotions of redness [e.g. here] — even more subtly we see a pathway through and beyond an opening and ponder our transcendence [e.g. here]. We share a universal visual skill-set that photorealism uses to communicate symbolically, and sometimes to share the mysterious and mystical.
I am aligned with Ansel Adams' famous assertion,
And with Rocky Schenck's,
And ultimately, from Minor White,
My event photojournalism services have been shared between commercial clients and volunteering services to worthy causes and organizations. It has certainly created the most shutter releases and hours of editing.
After a few years I ended the commercial services to focus on 'narrative and interpretive digital images' and networking those images.
"Life is Choice" and needs focus and balance: Selectively I still volunteer services to causes that I consider strategic to photography and community, which have included Escondido Arts Partnership, Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside Museum of Art, Muramid Museum, and Exhibition of Photography/San Diego Fair at Del Mar. Such organizations are more than living art — they are strategic for creating a community worth living in.
Here's a project that blurs the lines between it all.
Presence and Gratefulness
My images and projects have been juried and/or invited into a variety of SoCal venues including; Oceanside Museum of Art/Artist Alliance Biennial, Fallbrook Art Center, Front Porch Gallery/Carlsbad, Escondido Arts Partnership/Municipal Gallery, The Art Of Digital Show/Lyceum Gallery, Mission Trails Art Gallery, Exhibition Of Photography/Del Mar, COVA Invitational San Diego Art Institute, Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Ashton Gallery @ Art On 30th.
Although getting published is a secondary consequence, not a deliberate goal, click here for a select list of images that made it into publications.
I'm a member of Escondido Arts Partnership, Fallbrook Art Center, Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) and OMA Artist Alliance, and have served on the OMA-AA Steering Committee. I do event photojournalism for OMA, and photographically document their installations.
On several occasions I have been an invited speaker for Palomar College's photography program. And on multiple occasions I have served as a juror for the Exhibition Of Photography/SD Fair at Del Mar.
For several years I was a docent at the Museum Of Photographic Arts (MOPA) in Balboa Park. An experience I am deeply grateful for.
I have participated in local photography clubs and guilds where I facilitated the interactive workshop Shoot For Story ~ Edit For Perception. I have also led that workshop at the International Exhibition of Photography/SD Fair Del Mar. If you are in education or a non-profit, and interested in the workshop, click here to contact me.
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