I have always liked taking pictures as a hobby– first as a child with a little Kodak Brownie camera, moving on to my Dad’s hand-me-down Minolta SLR, going digital with my beloved Cannon Powershot in recent years.
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And although I enjoy shooting, photography never interested me much on gallery walls; at least it never did until I shared studio space for a couple of years with a class-A photographer friend, Brenda Kleinfelder. We were lucky enough to travel to Manhattan years ago, where we spent many memorable hours museum-hopping together. There she introduced me to the likes of Weegee, Sally Mann, and Diane Arbus to name just a few.
One thing that attracted me to the idea of blogging was the excuse it provided to take lots and lots of photographs. As you have probably noted, this blog is (usually) heavy on images, light on text. A picture is truly worth a thousand words as I see it. Just have a look at Denis Shelby’s outstanding street photography, or the work of Rick White in Japan, Christi on Lopez... the list goes on and on!
Annton’s recent post about her love affair with Instagram resonated with me. I picked up the habit a little over a year ago, posting photos taken on my phone-camera and following a variety of other Instagramers. My little Iphone camera actually takes better pix than my Cannon.
During these stressed out days of packing up both house and studio, photography (plus drawing of course) is an effective way to maintain my visual acuity until I can get back to my dyes and brushes again."The thing that's important to know is that you never know. You're always sort of feeling your way". -Diane Arbus