Monday, March 18, 2013

Music | Mondays

Check out Haim! After finding out about them last week I couldn't stop listening to this song. Aren't they the coolest 80's retro vibe but with a modern feel? Love it.

Monday, March 11, 2013

What |makes| great| Art?

I've been pondering the question about photography and art in general the last few days. When I learned about Naked Judging: The 2012 Canteen Awards in Photography
I was immediately drawn to the idea of being be able to see/hear some of the judging process.

As a photographer who has submitted to a handful of photo exhibitions, I've always wondered what goes into the judging process and how the jurors come about their decisions and how/what makes it to the final cut. So, even though I did not enter this particular exhibition (I did not even know about it prior) I was more than intrigued to view the judging experience. (if by chance you did not know about or get to view the judging live, it was also recorded and can be seen here on You Tube). If you did watch, what did you think? Certainly the process is not without flaw, but say what you will it was transparent, and interesting to learn from.

Thus, the eternal question is the one that asks, "What Makes Great Art"? As always, Art is subjective in quality. What one may be enamoured with another may find dull. And it is this very idea that is curious to me. Personally, I am most intrigued with pieces of Art work (be in photography or otherwise) that ask a question, or makes me wonder. For myself, if the image is not making me think in some fashion, or give me a reaction in my soul (even if it is one that offends me), then I'm not sure it is truly a good piece. Part of this being from a social services background and my general favor towards photo journalistic style. But, honestly,  can't just about anyone grab a camera and take a photo of a picturesque lake on a mountain side while the sun rises t and most probably and it will look "pretty"?

That's not what it is all about to me. So, when you ask yourself what kind of art you seek to make- what do you answer? Are you making art with the sole drive that you hope/feel/wish others will like? Or are you making art that you get feel free to make and are happy producing? ( my answer is the latter, and I hope it is safe to assume that all great artists have also done/felt/thought the same). As viewers we want to see photos and art work that come from the heart. As readers we want to read words from the soul. People are not stupid, we can spot fakes a mile away.

So, be true to yourself. Create for yourself, and the vision will unleash itself accordingly. If you are in dire need of getting a congratulatory slap on the back and praise from those whom you look up to, then you may be in the wrong field. But, I absolutely believe if you do work for yourself and that comes from your soulful interest(s), then you will find success.

Those are my feelings on Art (and when I say art it is of many form;s visual, music, writing, etc..) and I could be way off, but it's my opinion. :)

What are your thoughts/feelings on the subject? I'd love to hear!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Box |Squared | Exhibition

A few weeks ago I posted this blog entry about having the honor of one of my works chosen for the Box Squared exhibition at the Center For Fine Arts in Colorado. Although I was sad not to be able to attend the opening reception personally, the assistant programs coordinator at Box Squared forwarded a few images of the exhibition to me which I really appreciated and thought I would share here.


My image , "Headstones" is in the photo below on the very left.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

(Belated ) Musics | Monday

A day late. But good music nonetheless.
Araceli- Nataly Dawn
Wont Let You Leave -Jenny O

Parachute- Ingrid Michaelson
Navy -Kilo Kish

Friday, March 1, 2013

What | Are | You | Complaining | About?

Happy TGIF!

Have you visited "The Happiness Project" yet?

Gretchen Rubin has a great website full of inspiring quotes and questions to get you thinking..

 Gretchen's video story/post that begs to look at why we complain. It really rings true, because in the scope of life, I don't have all THAT much to complain about. I mean if you really think about it. Yes things could always be BETTER but , if we are going to complain well, at least complain about something truly complain worthy, right??

What do you think? Like me, do you find yourself complaining all too often about the simple things? The things that in actuality are part of life's joys? I don't want to go out in the rain and pick up my Kindergartner at the bus stop (yet seeing her smiling face everyday brings me huge joy) .  I don't feel like making dinner for my family. (The very same family that I love and adore and feel grateful for!) Etc..Etc..

Here is the link to Gretchen Rubin's story about complaining-

What do you find yourself complaining about MOST? What do you do to try to curb your negative thoughts and not complain, or do you feel it is better to complain and get it out?