July 8th, 2014
Michelangelo says "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it." I try to think of his work when I go out to shoot.
Not to compare my work to his, but to remind myself to find a different way of looking at my subjects. An angle that is different and unusual, to show my viewers a new way of looking at things. I try to show them something that they might not have seen had they viewed the subject on their own.
Is this image of the barn or the trees? Which is more important or do they take and equal share? Compliment each other perhaps?
I Would love to have you leave a comment on this image if you like.
July 8th, 2014
Vincent Willem van Gogh was a well known painter who's work was an expression of rough beauty, he showed emotional honesty in his work and opted for the use of bold colors. I enjoy his work, especially his human subjects. The expression and emotion he is able to show the viewer is truly a work of art. Art for me is not just the colors, lighting and depth. For me it's all about the emotion the artist is able to generate in you, the viewer.
I try to express emotion through the images in my camera view finder. With little editing I try to simply capture the scene as viewed through the lens and bring to my followers a new perspective on old subjects.
I chased the sunset on this old gal for weeks trying to find that perfect moment in time, the perfect sky, the perfect perspective of her stature as the sun was setting. She is one of my favorite images, strong and proud, confident and beautiful, like so many of the women in my life.
July 3rd, 2014
A picture is worth a thousand words. This phrase became popular in the USA early in the 20th Century when Frederick Barnard used it commenting on the effectiveness of graphics in advertising.
Sunset Silence is not an advertising piece, it's a photographic image taken in rural Nebraska where I live.
Contrasting, yet complementing colors backdrop each image in this scene.
This piece speaks volumes to me, about the acceptance of ourselves and each other. Two very different images here, sharing the same space as the sun is setting around them. If only the human race could find a way to more readily accept each other and our differences.
I face mounted this piece on acrylic and it hangs over my bed, reminding me to accept others but also accept myself.
June 27th, 2014
I participate in several art websites to post my pictures. Several people commenting on my work have called me a minimalist. I was taken aback and thought it a negative comment. So, I tried some editing of my photos, I tried tweaking them. I tried changing them in photoshop this way and that. I tried abstract. Guess what I found out? I'm a minimalist.
I love the challenge of finding that really cool shot, not MAKING it with photoshop. I love the hunt of the perfect lighting, the perfect scene, the perfect sunset.
Sure I clean them up a little from time to time, I straighten a bit of a crooked shot but, all in all my photos are pretty much straight out of the camera.
I hope you enjoy them.
June 25th, 2014
This shot is so very different and I just love that. It is not edited to look like water color. Other than a little crop it is SOC.
So many of the barns in my rural area are disappearing and being replaced by center pivots to raise corn.
Our farmers are feeding the world and that is of course a wonderful thing.
I still love traveling the countryside looking for those old barns that are still standing and capturing the scene before they are all taken down.
June 23rd, 2014
Most of my best memories come from an old dirt road.
I was born and raised on the farm and this image reminds me of the old dirt road we lived off of as children.
Farm life was very different then, we raised most of our own food, canned and froze for our winter food needs. There was a home on nearly every quarter with a wonderful barn and hay mounts to play in.
We had four families on our "party line" and always had time to visit with our neighbors. A quieter time for sure.
Most of my images are rural in nature, reminding me of this very precious time in my life.
June 23rd, 2014
This wild daisy was captured in a Wisconsin meadow. All to often we forget to take the time to absorb the beauty around us.
May this be a reminder that beauty is everywhere for us to enjoy. Stop and smell the roses, or view the daisies.
June 23rd, 2014
From Bassett, NE. This image was taken on the east side of town, sitting silently and welcoming you into this quiet, rural community. Bassett sits in the "sandhills" of Nebraska and windmills are a very common scene in that beautiful area. This is a ranching area, in the grazing season livestock roams the ranch lands and their water source is provided by the many windmills.