Oh man, I've been up to my eyeballs in lists these last few weeks. All those things I've been putting off for years, like setting up to sell prints, eek!... stay tuned for that later this spring.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children has been on my book list for a couple years. It's use of creepy vintage photographs caught my attention, but it's book trailer pushed me to reserve it at my library today. Also watch the making of the book trailer. Really neat stuff. In fact, I think Tim Burton is making a movie about it, set to release in 2016.
I love book trailers, how they present words in pictures. But presenting pictures in words? It's really hard for me. And I know I'm not the only photographer who struggles with this. For a recent project statement I was working on I used the guidelines from This I Believe to get my juices flowing. I was writing about heavy subject matter but these guidelines kept it constructive and positive. I want to become a better about communicating and connecting with my art.
I also enjoyed reading Linchpin recently. I'll share a few quotes about art and connection.
"Consumers say they all want cheap commodities. Given the choice, though, most of us, most of the time, seek out art. We seek out experiences and products that deliver more value, more connection, more experience, and change us for the better."
"Art is about intent and communication, not substances"
"Art is a product of emotional labor."
Proof is in the pudding. If You Want to Raise Prices, Tell a Better Story. "In a world of abundance, what your product does for your customers is important, but not nearly as important as what your product means to them."
I haven't shot a lot of photos lately but the few I have shot are based loosely on "my dreams are full of windows" series that may or may not become an acutal series. The mirrors in the above shot were found at Hobby Lobby. I'm in love with them and think they have huge potential. I frantically emailed my husband at work as soon as I found them. "What if I stripped you down, lay you in the grass, placed circle mirrors all over, then climbed up in a tree and shot down with the branches reflecting?" It turns crazy fast around here. I'll attach a shot of my photo journal that day. My poor sketch man looks like he has broken legs.
I've also been thinking about Imogen Cunningham's Hands and Aloe Print for inspiration. We had a hard time with the below shot getting my younger son's hands placed in the frame. I think if I switch the boys, so the taller one has his hands reflecting, then we can work something more creative out. The sun was going down fast and the pavement was cold I'll have to find a more comfortable situation for my mirror fun. Maybe throw a few more circles too.
I'm indoors for a few days while the flu runs through my household. So time for a new link list.
Photo book I'm dying to own: Genesis
Must share photo series: The Weight of Being Human
Paintings that inspire grand scales and epic proportions: Alan Lee in particular, The Mountains
I love the rules of this photo contest: 100 Mile Radius
This article: The Best Thing you can do for Yourself and all the Women Around You
Working my way through this book: A Year in a Vegetarian Kitchen
To make at home: Superfood Lattes
Ted Talks: The Dangers of Willful Blindness and Photographs of Secret Sites
The coast that shaped me (ignore the cheesy music): The Oregon Coast - A Winter Odyssey
This one has better clips of Oregon's forests and fog: The Coast
And my short take on Orion Magazine's site: Places Where You Live