Friday, October 9, 2015

The Mother And Child In Art

Looking back through the history of art one of the most common themes (in various forms) is the mother and child. The theme being, the all encompassing love a mother feels for her child. This is such a noble subject, such in important story to tell. That is why it is revisited over and over again through the history of art.

I want to concentrate on finding and making an important mother and child photograph, something that will homage to love and motherhood. That search continues this coming photo trip.

Tomoko Uemura In Her Bath, 1971 by W. Eugene Smith
Migrant Mother" Florence Owens Thompson 32, Feb/March 1936 by Dorothea Lange
"The Pieta" sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti sculpture
Mother and child at the Korem camp, Ethiopia 1984 by Sebastiao Salgado
Mother and child with handkerchief by Pablo Picasso 1903
Sien nursing baby by Vincent Van Gogh 1882

Kenro Izu's Bhutan Portraits

Today before work I was studying the beautiful simplicity of Kenro Izu's Bhutan portrait work. There is such beauty in his faces, such humanity, a feeling of peace, dignity and serenity. He communicates so well, the lives and humanity of his subjects. Why I can't I do that using a smaller format camera this trip? If Mr. Izu can manage such stunning work using a very difficult and heavy 14x20, why can I do similar work within the less stringent complications of a 5x7 camera? I plan on looking over his wonderful work many times before I leave. If your going to learn, learn from the best!
Bhutan: Sacred Within By Kenro Izu

Portrait of young Bhutan boy by Kenro Izu

Why Create?

Been thinking a lot lately about the reasons to create. You take something in your mind, in your thoughts and heart, then translate it into a photograph. You communicate your inner feelings and emotions through your subject and record it forever (?) on a piece of photographic film.

Why? What drives you to do that?

In my case why go to dumps an slums or the sex workers of Asia looking for stories to tell. Why would someone do that instead of lying on a beach and boozing it up? Most people I know go to Thai to relax, shop, trek, or ride on elephants.

Why did you go to the dump? I had that question asked of me recently at my Rosebud exhibition artist day. What drives a person to travel half way round the world to tell stories through photography?

I am not sure I can answer those questions. I think it comes down to an inner need to reach beyond yourself, a need to communicate what you feel, a need to try to make a positive difference. In a way it is like you were given a gift (being born into a  middle class western family) and you have a responsibility to meet. In another way there is just the pure high and emotions of the creative process. There is such joy in making a photograph, it is something I have done for almost 40 years now but I never tire of it. The hunger if anything has grown and grown. I feel more desire to create photographs now at 51 years old than any other time in my life. It has become an insatiable thirst I cannot quench.

I know one thing, if I do not do it, I cannot live, it is my reason for being here in this wonderful world.

"Ain't Photography Grand!" :))) Peace Brother!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Quote: There's Much More Truth That Your Blind To

"there's much more truth that your blind to..."

Sometimes things are not what they seem:
Thai Video: "there's much more truth that your blind to

6th Century Madonna

Been studying a wonderful old book of mine "History Of Art" by H.W. Janson. Love this book, it has so many graphic portraits that are rather remarkable. It is amazing how many great works there are, that are a bit forgotten in time.

I came accross this wonderful Madonna detail. I want to try to so something similar with my Rolleiflex and close up lens hand held in the field, this coming trip. Portraits in this style might work best for the "Forgotten Laughter", "Migrant Worker" and "Lost Innocence" photographic projects.

Madonna detail, 6th or 7th century (original in color, Encaustic on wood)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Quote: Sidney Potier

"I'm the me I choose to be."

Exposure Photography Festival 2015 Magazine

Here is a online link to the magazine for the 2015 Exposure Photography Festival. I had a joint  show with Larry Louie at his gallery here in Edmonton for this festival.
Exposure Photography Festival 2015 Magazine

Quotes: From The Michelangelo Film "The Agony And The Ecstasy"

Raphael: For what is an artist in this world but a servant, a lackey for the rich and powerful? Before we even begin to work, to feed this craving of ours, we must find a patron, a rich man of affairs, or a merchant, or a prince or... a Pope. We must bow, fawn, kiss hands to be able to do the things we must do or die [chuckles].
Raphael: We are harlots always peddling beauty at the doorsteps of the mighty.
Michelangelo:  If it comes to that, I won't be an artist.
Raphael: [scoffs] You'll always be an artist. You have no choice.

Quote: Dr. Anthony Saidy (Childhood Friend Of Bobby Fisher)

"The worst thing in the world, the waste of human potential."

Monday, October 5, 2015

Trip Photo Goals

Been thinking over my photo goals for the coming 7 weeks in Thai.

1) 30-40 strong full body/environment vertical portraits made with the 5x7 camera for the dad dedicated "Forgotten Laughter" project.

2) 15-20 strong head only portraits made with the Roleiflex to add to the "Families of the Dump', "Forgotten Laughter", "Klong Toey Slum" and "Muay Thai Slum Boxer" projects.

3) 20 strong 35mm documentary photos made with the Leica's. To add to the "Families of the Dump", "Muay Thai Slum Boxer" projects.

If I accomplish these 3 reasonable goals. I can make 3 more submissions plus to various galleries plus be able to continue submitting work from the "Sex Worker on White" and the "My Fathers Last Days" series. I could hit different galleries with 5 or 6 submission packages at a time.