Feelings   Leave a comment

DSCN9379-upload“Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man.” – Edward Steichen.

“Feelings, nothing more than feelings…” – Barbra Streisand.

Last night (4/10/2014) we had a great choir rehearsal for the two songs we are doing on Palm Sunday. Everyone had left and I stayed awhile longer to finish up some notes for the Tech Team so they would know when to turn microphones on & off during the performance. It must have been about 8:20 when I locked up the church and went out to the parking lot. The sun had just sunk below the horizon and what was left was the beautiful afterglow of sunset. I had my old Nikon 5700 CoolPix in the car so I took a number of photographs of the cross atop the bell against the wonderful display of color. One of those I will post next week at Easter as to me it gives a feeling of that sunrise the first Easter morning.

Driving home I watched the display as it changed and was overcome with the beauty of the color. After a few miles I pulled over and took some more shots to the West facing the display then looked over to the south and saw this display, the afterglow reflected in the low clouds, the bare trees silloutted against the sky and the moon looking over the whole scene.

When I got home and loaded the photographs into Lightroom I was struck by this image. For some reason I get the feeling of sunset in the west, somewhere on the prairie. Hearing the howling of the coyotes, the soft sounds of the cattle, the crackling of burning wood on a campfire, the smell of bacon, the taste of bitter coffee, the feel of the bedroll with a saddle for a pillow, a feeling of the west.

And, to me, that is what the art of photography is all about, creating an image that provokes a feeling. A photograph that speaks to the heart of the viewer and causes a reaction. In a sense it doesn’t make a lot of difference if the feeling is negative or positive, if people can hear it speak then the artist has done his or her job. There is nothing worse than a bland image that causes no reaction from the viewer. Even God has a problem with mediocrity. Revelation 3:15-16 ” “I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth!” – Rev 3:15-16 (NLT).

Passion – Feeling – Purpose. Make your art say something. Share what you feel through each image. Send your world a message of how you see life. The joys. The happiness. The sorrow. The pain. The bold. The subtle. The colors. The monochrome. Somehow find a way to make a way for your two dimensional image speak with the force of all the dimensions of life. Your life!

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Posted April 11, 2014 by hwilliam in Photography

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