Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Capitalizing on one's strengths

When it comes to photography, since I've been doing it for so long, I pretty much know my strengths and my weaknesses. And my temperament.

My technical side is sufficient to get me by, and I continue to learn.

What I'm particularly good at is seeing. I can find cool stuff in the weirdest places and can create something I think is artistically satisfying.

So wandering around in a boatyard a few days ago (giddy as an eight-year-old visiting Disneyland for the first time), I found a few bits of rusty, scratched, weathered, sanded, abraded, painted, and faded boat hulls, railings, doors,  and dumpsters to zoom in on.

I hereby inflict my bizarre proclivities upon you.

"Blue Boulders, Red Sea" is something I found on a railing. I don't know what made the rounded forms, but mine is not to question why . . . All I knew was that it was colorful, weird, and that I should keep my horizon line low.

And then I especially liked the rakish angle of the gouged metal in "Sail on a Rusty Sea." Again, low horizon line, very strong diagonality going on, and the look and feel of a sailboat heeling over.

Texture as metaphor. Texture that perhaps looks like something else. That conjures up images that are one thing, yet maybe another. Just another way of seeing. And thinking.

 ©Carol Leigh
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  1. Beautiful work Carol. I know that I rarely comment but just wanted you to know that you continue to inspire me. One of my promises to myself is to do more personal work. I've been doing so many weddings and portraits that I haven't been doing any other photography. And I miss it. So thanks for being there, for continuing to pursue your passion and for inspiring me to recapture mine.

  2. Ditto on the inspiration, Carol. Every trip over here is like a shot in the arm, creatively speaking.
    I must admit, though, that I completely missed the heeled sailboat. I was too busy looking at the sexily closed left eye of the geisha, her lower face strategically hidden behind a copper-colored fan.

  3. That means a lot, John. You have no idea. Just when I'm thinking there are maybe only seven people left reading my blog, you show up and brighten my day! So happy to hear how busy you are with your photo business. May you continue to be as busy as you wish AND pursue your own personal work. I look forward to seeing some of it! Thanks again.

  4. And Rick G., yeah, I know what you mean about the geisha. I didn't want to say anything for fear of being booted off Facebook and Blogger for publishing pornography. But you know, and I know you know, lascivious work when you see it, no matter how cleverly concealed and presented as a listing sailboat. A pleasure hearing from you!

  5. Texture as metaphor. What a great description of your work. I love both these images. Particularly the sailboat...geisha eye...wait, sailboat. I'm going with sailboat.

  6. I look at all your postings. They are refreshing. Love your style. Keep posting.

  7. Thanks, Sarah, for stopping by. You live a most peripatetic life right now (and I don't even know what "peripatetic" means) that taking the time to comment is significant to me. Thanks again.

  8. Anita, thank you, too, for being a presence felt but not seen. I'm truly grateful you're around. Wishing you well.


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