Essays taken from a weekly newspaper column published in the Washington County News, Washington, Kansas. Look for my book, "Dispatches From Kansas," available from Amazon.com, or from the author.
You're rockin' the textures, my friend. Nice work.
Thanks, Bud. I've always wanted to do this but never had the time or the know-how. Exploring another avenue of photographic vision is exciting. I'm still waiting for a pedant to say "It isn't photography" but I'm sure the time will come. And hey, you big bunny, it's the Year of the Rabbit! Woo-hoo!!!
but are you doing phtography or art? i look at most of your pictures as more art than journalism..
Photography is art! The use of textures, when properly applied, blends photography with painting so that it becomes a little of both. Certainly it isn't journalism, or photojournalism, for in the news industry we rely on basically untouched photos. With "art" (and all that word implies), the skies the limit. I wish I could explain it better but the coffee hasn't kicked in yet.
Of course, even the photojournalist uses his or her "eye" to select a subject, "crop in the camera", adjust the camera settings and so on.There is an art to doing those things, despite the fact that the primary purpose is to record.In the same way, a photographer may choose to use post-processing to diminish the distance between the real-world experience of a subject and what the camera has produced.The implication that photography = journalism and art is something entirely other seems terribly limiting to me. Even the street photographers and other proponents of extreme realism acknowledge the artistic implications of choice of subject, perspective, etc.And by the way - great images!
Gee, Linda, you voiced what I wanted to and could not. Exactly right. Photojournalism at its most fundamental is as much art as Picasso. It's just a different medium. I guess when I think of my own photojournalism the mundane images of mundane events filters through to mask the underlying importance of the images. But sometimes I nail it right, which is always a treat. In art there are no limitations except self-imposed ones.
i was only trying to suggest that by using the texturing and other processes available now that your work is taking on more of a non-photo feel....more "artsy". i was in no way dissing your shooting..if fact i look forward to checking out your site for new stuff..i enjoy your "eye"..
It's only a short stretch to the realm of digital painting, when a photograph is enhanced to resemble a painting. I think the effect is fascinating and as good as any painting through any medium. I've always wanted to paint (using real brushes, oils, a messy palette, etc.) and never found the time to learn.In the computer, using a Wacom tablet, it's becoming within my grasp.So in many ways it does have a completely different look. I'm glad you like it.
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