Time well spent

I didn’t get much time to walk around on my own with my camera over the holidays. I did double duty between my camera and iPhone.

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I really enjoyed being around succulents, and I’m always attracted to the shape of these bike racks. The vibrant blue color seduced me even more.
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My brother-in-law has this plastic antelope head mounted on his wall as a tribute to the Antelope Valley. We gave it a touch of Christmas spirit with the red yarn nose.
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Bus stop chairs have arm/cup rests. How California!
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A gentleman rests his elbows on the concrete rail to look out on a stormy Santa Monica sky.
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I had fun making these corn husks look artsy.
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This urban park was home to this fig tree. I enjoyed the layered textures.
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You can’t not have a tall palm tree in a photo from Southern California.
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Happy little girls.

 

Developing identity

As I work toward creating a name for myself in artistic photography, I’ve been thinking about photographers that have inspired me, “wowed” me to be better, or whose work resonated with my own. One of them is Gordon Lewis, who takes beauties like this photo. Another is Cubie King, who captures magical moments like this.

As I prepare and package photos to sell at an upcoming Martial Arts & Crafts Bazaar, I stumbled upon this image that I took on the side of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art building (if I remember correctly).

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Approaching. San Francisco 2012.

When I rediscovered this photo I almost asked myself “Is this mine?” because it has so many elements that remind me of photographers I admire. As much as I want to stand out, I found that comparing my photography to others in this way is uplifting and reassuring somehow.

In the creative world, generally speaking, I think we all want to be unique. It can be easy to compare yourself to others and see it as a threat to your creativity. The “They’re better than I am” syndrome can leave one paralyzed as they’re finding their way through the art world. And I’m bit by this bug every once in a while. But through time and exposure to other artists – talking with them, meeting them, learning about their process – I’ve come to take advantage of these moments and use them for inspiration and learning, as opposed to ranking myself to them.

So, as I continue on this journey of self discovery and identity through art, I want to keep in mind that being like others is okay. We’ll never be exactly the same, anyway. All I can do is be inspired and see myself as an artist with my own unique voice. My continuing goal will be to have more moments like this when I ask myself “Is this mine?”.

 

 

 

To Be Outside

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Printer paper, Nook, iPhone

Statement about this piece: This image, split into four parts, imitate a window frame looking out at an every day scene:  shower curtain lifted by the wind, yet held in place by laundry pins. The windows above it look out onto the ocean, an endless expanse of beautiful uncertainty. The intent of this piece is to evoke a feeling of isolation. Even with big dreams, freedom, support, and gratitude, we still can somehow find the negative energy to trap ourselves in our own minds and keep ourselves from moving outside of our comfort zones.