My busy week in Penticton continues with two days of teaching “Twisting the Landscape” and an evening lecture tomorrow night. That means I will delve into the list of questions provided by several readers at the end of March.
Bonnie C. commented: I enjoy your photos and would like to see how you use them in your work.
Thank you, Bonnie. I wish I could just send you (and the other readers with the same question) to one section on my website gallery to show you how I use the photos in the art I create. In the past I have drawn from my photographic images to create landscape based work. “Compelled” had primarily realistic landscape works based on our trip across Canada. You can find images here as you scroll to the lower half of the 2009 Gallery. In 2012 I created another complete body of work (23 pieces) titled “Polar Embrace.”
Both of these collections are more or less realistic reproductions of what I captured with the help of the sensor in my camera. You will most likely say, “What about all the other images, the countless flowers, plants, the wildlife and architectural photos?” My answer is not as black and white when it comes to the rest of the images I have accumulated. My camera is a tool, it helps me gain distance and perspective when it comes to capturing color, the interplay of light and shadow, textures, line and shapes. I enjoy and embrace the moment when I use the camera – I NEVER project into the future what might become of the image I am composing through the viewfinder. In a way I am using photography as a way to meditate.
I am sure many of you will agree that when you explore nature, surround yourself with birdsong, wind rustling through the grass and trees you are able to forget the pressures of every day life and work. My photographic excursions are a balancing act to help me cope with the ongoing demands of creating, exhibiting, and teaching.
Time to turn it over to the readers: Do you use your camera to collect visual information for your art practice? How to you incorporate this practice? Are you working from photos, do you print them on fabric? Share and leave a comment below!