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Art?   Leave a comment

P1180023-edit1-paint-upload“Art is not so much a matter of methods and processes as it is an affair of temperament, of taste and of sentiment… In the hands of the artist, the photograph becomes a work of art… In a word, photography is what the photographer makes it – an art or a trade.” – William Howe Downess – Photo Era, March 1900, World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum , ISBN: 0789209462 , Page: 296

“The eyes sink to the heart to make the art.” – Melanie Einzig

“Art helps us see with new eyes what we knew was there but never really recognized. I photograph not to record or document—but rather, to capture and hold, just for a moment, the essence of what exists beyond the scene.” – Robert Hall

I like that last quote a lot, “I photograph not to record or document-but rather, to capture and hold, just for a moment, the essence of what exists beyond the scene.” If you visit my website (http://www.naturephotographybyhwillam.com ) you will find these words: “Photographs on this site are not meant to be exact representations of an actual scene as recorded by the camera. As a visual artist rather than a documentary photographer, I reserve the right to alter each image to represent my impression of the scene……..Because of this possible manipulation of the image, the image is not to be considered as a documentary representation of the scene as it existed.”

There is nothing wrong with presenting an image as close to reality as is possible. It takes a great deal of talent both in capturing the image and getting it ready to be viewed. Clyde Butcher ( http://www.clydebutcher.com ) is one of my favorite photographers of this era and while he does dodging and burning his images are as close to reality as possible. He has spent years documenting the Florida Everglades and other locations and I consider him a documentary photographic artist.

On the other hand, more and more, I am seeing my world in a different way. Sometimes in what I would call abstract and other times in a way I would like to paint it, if I had the talent to wield a paint brush. The attached image is an attempt to add a “painterly” feeling to this photo of leaves. I would be interested in knowing if you feel I have done that. Your objective comments are appreciated.

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Posted January 28, 2015 by hwilliam in Photography

Lonesome Pine   Leave a comment

Lonesome Pine-upload“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ― John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” [Meditations Divine and Moral]” ― Anne Bradstreet, The Works of Anne Bradstreet

In 70 days it will be April 1st and unless the weather plays an April Fool’s joke on us it will be warmer, the snow will be gone, the grass will turn green, the early spring flowers will open their blooms to the world and I won’t have to wear my boots when I go outside with the doggies.

Winter is more of a stay-at-home time for me now. Not complaining, not lonesome, just a fact. Heavy boots at my age don’t make for long walks in the snow-covered woods. So, I sit here at the computer and work on seeing what kind of art I can create from photos previously taken. This is one of them.

Not sure when I took this shot, probably 2005 or 2006. I know it was taken with my HP 945 point and shoot camera but so far I can’t find the original image on one of my backup drives. it might be on one of my DVDs I haven’t gone through for a long time. I entered it in a Better Photo contest and was given an “Editor’s Pic” award. My fist “like” for a digital image. (http://www.betterphoto.com/gallery/free/gallery.asp?mem=96923 ).

Posted January 21, 2015 by hwilliam in Photography