Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Madonna and Child



I have been thinking about the article that will be (may be) requested this month that I mentioned in the prior post.  After all, they may have room only for half a dozen photos and no text.  That little task would only take me days.  I love all my photo children and how could I choose.  I also realize that you must pick things that go together artistically.  Now most artists have developed a style...not so much me.  My photos are all over the place in subject, mood, realism vs. romance. 

But let us assume they want some text.  Should I explain that in being myself I have spent hours today uploading my photos to Photobucket and backing up again the more precious of these to a separate hard drive?  I use this site because it allows me a full resolution download, makes a good backup site, and for a small fee I have unlimited gigabytes.  It is expensive to print albums of stuff so most of my work is kept digital.  I do not think other photographers want to hear about the time-consuming maintenance tasks of choosing the thousands of photos one wants to save for posterity nor the unique folder names that one creates to help find stuff.  Needles in a field of haystacks is what we have created with digital photography.  Within my software I can add words to an index that tags each photo, but I do not think this data transfers to the internet site.  I am a very organized person so I dread to think of how others are going to lose masses of history with their casual storing of camera and phone captures throughout their young lives.   

Most of my readers suggested I just be myself in writing about my (hobby) artistic endeavors.  Well, I have thought about it and come to some simple out-of-my depth conclusions.  I tend to favor red.  I like nature but on a rare occasion can capture a memorable face.  I cannot divorce the emotion I feel from a photograph I have taken which may leave others cold.  And, of course, I am addicted.

Well, it seems that my upload of 262 sunset photos is finished, and that number is just for 2012!  (As I said I tend to favor red.)   Hubby and I took a hike yesterday as the weather almost reached 70F in mid-February.  (Photos above and below) I always bring a camera and while rounding the path in the late winter afternoon sun a young woman with curly red hair (lots of hair) was holding a young baby in her arms and trying to take a picture of the two of them while she sat on a bench.  The sun caught the golden red halo of her hair and the soft fuzz of the baby's head and I wish I had taken a shot of this amazing silhouette.  But I was polite and instead offered to take photos of Madonna and child with her camera.  She had a small camera so I am not sure how they turned out, but I was really having fun!


16 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

We always remember that amazing shot that got away.

SueAnn Lommler said...

I can lose myself so easily when I pull out my camera! And then give me a photo editing program and oh dear...I am in heaven
Hugs
SueAnn

Friko said...

Pity you were polite.

Re your previous post: I love US programs, particularly those from HBO. Our English ones are frequently unrealistic, particularly the murder mysteries. The really gritty contemporary ones probably don’t get sold for US consumption.

Friko said...

PS: seeing that it’s wine, it’s probably ok to call it culture. After all, wine is spoken of as ‘wine culture’. Now beer would not be suitable at all.

Kerry said...

Well I think you have come around to the point where you will give a terrific representation of yourself.:)

Hattie said...

I've been thinking about photobucket but am lazy about it. So many photos! Maybe some day.

Granny Annie said...

With or without a photo, you still managed to give us a visual image of the mother and child with the use of your descriptive words.

Brian Miller said...

lovely capture of th moss...and yes, just be yourself..it will def be all the more genuine...smiles.

Kat said...

The photo that got away. I hate it when that happens. But this time it was for a good reason. :)

LOVE that last pic. And the first one, actually. Lovely! :)

Mage said...

Yes, you are right. They want to read, very briefly, an artists statement. Usually these consist of a ton of hot air spiced with a bit of reality all written in an undecipherable vocabulary. LOL

Yes, you like reds. Say that. Sunsets. Say that too. See, simple. :)

Hugs and Happy Valentines Day!

One Woman's Journey - a journal being written from Woodhaven - her cottage in the woods. said...

Your older sister
is proud of you :)

Barb said...

The grasses and the moss - different in context but each shows what subject your mind goes to when photographing. I think it's better to hold a scene in your mind's eye sometimes rather than capturing it digitally. Just to look and describe as you have the mother and baby is enough for me.

Dave King said...

Don't worry too much about a style. Most artists do, as you say, develop one. Some say you should and have not "arrived" until you do. You, me and Picasso are three exceptions, maybe!
Perm any three from your great store. They're all beauties, anyway.

colleen said...

I'm glad someone is talking about all the work it takes to be obsessed with picture taking, all the sorting and viewing and cropping and storing and deleting. I have a fear of deleting and after 8 years or so of digital photography and am only now figuring out how to store in a way that works for me. Generally by the month.
They want an article and not a bio. Looks like you have a start here with the part about being drawn to red.

Barbara Shallue said...

There are so many shots I wished later that I had taken! I sympathize and agree with you on the photo organization/needle in a haystack thing. I still haven't figured out a good method. I have tons of folders on my computer, but end up scrolling through Picasa sometimes to find old ones.

Brighid said...

Your photos are great, don't worry, you will be fine, organized or not...