In my early morning, bleary-eyedness, I realized that my perfume and my watercolors have the same name - Fragonard. The watercolors are "enriched with honey for a sticky texture and to aid dilution with water"; which has nothing to do with the perfume....
or the painter, Jean-Honoré Fragonard - some time before the perfume or the watercolors.
I watched a documentary on photographer Tina Barney today and I was struck by the color and fabric in her photos/portraits. She said she hated the fact that so many people seemed to mention the fabrics in her pictures, but there it is - they are not just incidental, they dominate.
Another thing that I found interesting was the production that it took to get to the final image. The introductions, the phone calls, the pre-shoot meetings, the equipment set up, the wardrobe discussions, the printing, and printing and printing.... And just as Peter Beard also denied that his fashion photos were staged, Ms. Barney also felt that she didn't direct every bit of the scene. She produced beautiful portraits of the wealthy and privileged though!
I've neglected posting my just-3-words for a couple of weeks, not intentional. And it's been an up-and-down week so, choosing just three is not easy. From my personal life, the choices would be "it's not cancer" or "made new friends" or "met old friends" or "thank you Pam!"....
Instead, I think I will take three from my photography week....
The subject/theme for my sofobomo is going to be 'what remains' or leftovers. I think it's a wide enough topic that I can get 35 (I think that's the number) decent photos. If I had been in downtown Atlanta this morning, I would have filled a memory card. Photos of the destruction from last night's tornado present such a confusing/something-is-not-quite-right image. Downtown, high rise hotels, the Georgia Dome... and a tornado? Those are supposed to happen out in the nothingness... not in the middle of March Madness.
I have been thinking lately about artists as photographers, photographers who are also artists and technists - those who use/view photography purely as a means to an end. An artist will use whatever technique, tool or process inspires and moves his creative spirit. A technist will not deviate from the recognized, standard, approved way of creating a photograph. If you subscribe to their narrow view, photography will remain the same forever more. Well, the same as it was 100 years ago. This is one reason wedding and portrait photography have become a big yawn.
Let's look at the photos captured through the Hubble telescope - now that's an impressive lens! But it's new (relatively) and therefore must be a gimmick.... ;)
"Claudia: One part Light Ash Brown [#32], one part Apricot Glaze [#38], one part developer. Thirty minutes. Finally, fabulous. Seriously, she should have gone redder a long time ago, although I suppose she had to wait until Leah went blonde. Everybody's soooo territorial."