photography and the landscape

Saturday, May 28, 2011


When I first became interested in the visual arts, there were a small handful of artists I admired. Chagall, Vermeer, Goya, Rouault , Pinkham Ryder and  Joseph Williamm Mallord Turner to name a few. This image, in a series of spliced photos, pays a tribute to Mr. Turner.  It is said that he had himself tied to the mast of a ship caught up in stormy seas so that he could see for himself the atmospheric affects of the wind, rain and tumultuous water. It is a great story and worthy of homage.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

alien invaders

Teasel is an invasive species that was once used by  industry for its combs, the dried out husks were good for gathering cotton -I guess.  This, like many other species, have been common sites for all my life.  They do not look like what I imagine an invasive species to be, but  what does?  Gray squirrels displaced red & black ones, house sparrows displaced bluebirds. The country, even the world is a story of migration of one manner or another.  Seeds, people and animals travel, it is a plain truth.  Japanese knot weed fields were plentiful when I was a kid and still are.  We called it bamboo , and it made an excelent playground.  Getting back to the teasel, I photograph it alot.  After some thought, I decided it's  because its appearance reminds me of my city.  Slightly dangerous with spikes and thorns, rusty,  as well as somewhat spiritual with its leaves lifted upward in a kind of prayer.