Observations


Many blogs function as online diaries, while others provide commentary or news on a particular subject. It is my intention here to provide less about my daily personal life and more about my own work and the work of others. Photos and links to other photographers - those that I feel to be interesting enough to pass along - will at times appear as part of this section.

You will also find here a link that I refer to as my "sketch" pad. It is a small selection of current work, presented in a few galleries, that will provide for the viewer a glimpse of my ideas and works in progress. At times I will offer a very brief commentary while at other times I might include a quote or phrase that may relate to the presented images. My intention here is to pass along ideas that others may find useful.

 
http://web.mac.com/phil651

17 July '11

photobetty 

Throughout the history of photography there have been many outstanding women who have demonstrated amazing talent and vision.
Some, like Margaret Bourke-White, Berenice Abbott. and Julia Margaret Cameron are more universally recognized while others; Anna Atkins, Anya Teixeira, or Maine's Chansonetta Stanley Emmons are lesser known. Each, through her own unique vision produced astounding evocative images.

A wonderful visual experience is provided for those who venture onto the photobetty web sight. The women featured are remarkable in their commitment and passion to their work which can be readily seen when observing the quality of the powerful images. It's a nice forum for contemporary Women Photographers to showcase their work. Take a look . . .

www.photobetty.com/

29 July '11

If I should find myself suddenly caught up in a mental block I will invariably turn to my favorite photographer,  muse, inspiration, and spiritual mentor, Henry Wessel Jr. Through his own photography, philosophy, and writings, I have come to appreciate the receptive process of photography whereby anything that catches my eye I will photograph. What may seem to be serendipitous or random is, rather, a conscious effort to respond to anything that I find interesting . . . anything. Sometimes it works in a photograph. More often it doesn’t. But through careful editing and sorting out, a common thread emerges that becomes a body of work and a photographic statement and philosophy.


See this short commentary by Wessel:
 
www.youtube.com/watch

13 October '11
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