Art du Jour

I take a lot of photos.

Because I’m always looking at things in a photographic way.

Its hard for me NOT to take photos.

And a scene doesn’t always have to look photo-worthy to be photo-worthy; in fact, the majority of the things I photograph fall into that category.

I get a lot of strange looks when I’m shooting.

Here are a couple of examples.

These were taken while driving through a car wash.  As you can see – they’re not necessarily anything exceptional but I thought they had potential.

And by potential – I mean – there’s a possibility they could be manipulated into something else.

Something completely else.

windshieldlandscapewindshieldlandscapeopwindshieldaquariumwindshieldaquariumopThese images were taken with my cell phone; a tweak to the basic workflow in Raw and run through the oil painting filter (new to CS6).  It took all of about 5 minutes.

And since I’ve been playing around with acrylics lately, I couldn’t help but be inspired by the abstract quality of the manipulated images.

A photo opportunity doesn’t necessarily have to end as a photograph.  It can be inspiration for so many other things…

It can simply be the jumping off point.

What I was born for.

Every day

I see or I hear


that more or less

kills me

with delight,

that leaves me

like a needle

in the haystack

of light.

It is what I was born for – –

to look, to listen,

to lose myself

inside this soft world – –

to instruct myself

over and over

in joy,

and acclamation.

Nor am I talking

about the exceptional,

the fearful, the dreadful,

the very extravagant – –

but the ordinary,

the common, the very drab,

the daily presentations.

Oh, good scholar,

I say to myself,

how can you help

but grow wise

with such teachings

as these – –

the untrimmable light

of the world,

the ocean’s shine,

the prayers that are made

out of grass?

(“Mindful” Poem by Mary Oliver)

(“Through the Windshield” Image made while driving through Rocky Mountain National Park)