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The Mobile Phone in the Hands of the Nepalise People: A Humanistic Perspective of Technology (master thesis, Merilin Piipuu, pdf)
The Art of Making Photos: Some Phenomenological Reflections (Thomas S. Eberle, pdf)
Women on the move: the mobile phone as a gender technology (Carla Ganito, pdf)
via Newsweek: Post-mankind Vision of Photographer Lori Nix
6. In your opinion, what are the most important things (whether bad or good) that photography should offer/convey to viewers?
Photography is very subjective and every person will come away with something different from the same picture. My personal opinion is that photography should elicit some form of emotion in the viewer, be it awe, anger, or humor. Photography should also introduce the viewer to a new perspective. (Lori Nix Q&A)
Ms. Purcell doesn’t count as an influence on my own art, although we work in related veins. I’m a naive artist after all! But, I’m relieved one of the world’s finest photographers never became animated by mirror symmetries! Many of her photographs possess qualities worthy of their being cut and re-coalesced.
Still, as it is with most (of us) artists working with photographic set-ups, Purcell is famously a scavenger and collector.
Collectors of our sort do end up with their own cabinet of curiosities.
from the article An Eye For Anomaly,
The rotted book, along with the other objects she has amassed in her studio, reflects her fascination with “things that are transitional — between natural and artificial,” as she puts it, and with decomposition’s way of forming strange and symbolic juxtapositions.
Yes. Same rotted page.
Note her comment during this Q&A about randomness. This would be the subject I would engage her on if I ever had the chance. I couldn’t make out the question about kitsch, also a concerning subject.
She’s not in the collection of the CMA. (Shakes head)
No (!) Wikipedia – her books:
Egg & Nest (Harvard, 2008)
Owls Head: On the Nature of Lost Things (Quantuck Lane, 2007)
Bookworm (Quantuck Lane, 2006)
Ricky Jay: Dice: Deception, Fate and Rotten Luck (Quantuck Lane, 2002)
Deborah Felmeth married a Syrian man and lived a life with one foot in Vermont and another foot in Damascus, Syria. She taught music and movement and yoga in both places. Then, all hell broke loose. I don’t know the status of her husband’s family in Damascus three years into the terrible civil war.
A gifted photographer, she took pictures over the twenty or so years she lived in Syria half of every year. Her documentation provides an affirming gift of spirit amidst the tragedy of pride-induced violence, criminality, and nihilism.
November 4, 2015 interview iTunes with Mike Smith (Vt. WDEV)
Today, I grabbed by DSLR and took some photos of the early spring ground at locations where ‘complexity’ of the certain sort my symmetry-based photographic art is founded upon could be found and captured. The above image is a quickee.
I updated my Artist’s Statement at My Naive Art online gallery site.
Here it is, although I hope you’ll follow the link and check out my gallery.
Creating visual pieces is a musical process. My guiding intentions are to learn by doing experiments, discover unique territories by implicating factors of serendipity and novelty, and, enjoy my adventurous creative process.
My art’s goal is to first grip the viewer, and next draw he or she into exploration and into surprising experience. This comes to a fine confrontation between apprehensive sensibility and artwork in my recent symmetry pieces. These have been described as approximating the effect of a Rorsach pattern. Yes!
Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data.
It is by my artistic intention that I aim to evoke a moment of psychological discovery to be waged in the representational folds of the symmetry pieces. So it is: I hope for the viewer to inhabit an evocative experience of Pareidolia.
Echoing both my research interest in serendipity in adult development and my musical aesthetic as an improvising composer, the raw exploration involved in seeking out a compelling artistic production is deeply woven betwixt intentional technique and generative/stochastic procedures. The aim is to capture an opportunity for myself and viewers of pure experience.
As pianist Paul Bley aptly said of jazz, ‘it is composing in real time.’ In my visual realm, I compose in serendipitous time.
Stephen, March 2015
Each posit being a plant.
Tending my very own garden for the very first time was a learning experience. My prior learning and experience helped, but next year will demonstrate a great deal of learning from mistakes.
There were three focal points: first is the gardening set-up left to us by the previous owner; second was a small plot of vegetables and berries I planted; third was a lot of potted flowers we bought or I planted. The first garden–what was already here on the lot of our new house–came in surprising and delightful waves, starting with the five rose plants and right now building to a culmination out of black eyed susans and plants I do not know the names of.
The big successes in a vegetable garden, that turned out in June and July to be a grocery store for squirrels and rabbits, were cherry tomatoes, blackberries, green peppers and salad greens. The potted flowers for the most part did well, although a great deal of newly gained experience will come into play next year as I better tune the potted flowers to the changing rhythm of sunlight.
I took a lot of photos with secondary goals in mind. Photos of flowers lend themselves to being used to create color maps, masks, and I’ll use photos as source material for visual experiments.
Hydrangea; photo repurposed using CIF/FX in OSX.
Model ship set in garden in April and photographed and then photo-manipulated.
These pieces are experiments drawn from photographs taken deep in a friend’s backyard, where an old truck was abandoned and left behind with its load of framed windows still on it.
As always, new additions to the archive of My Naive Art are presented one at a time in the order of posting in the gallery.
Desert Discussion, 2012, S.Calhoun
‘Recycling’ 2012, S.Calhoun
all the above from 2012 – not all have been posted in the gallery
I’m posting new arrivals and archival restorations, as always, at My Naive Art. (Incidentally, one alternative way to navigate the gallery is to click on the year in the list of tags on the main page. Each piece is best viewed on its individual page.)
Dogwood; photographic series, 2012, S.Calhoun – large version
Driveway Abstract #2; photographic series, 2012, S.Calhoun – large version
Driveway Abstract #3; photographic series, 2012, S.Calhoun – large version
Hibiscus Petals #3; photographic series, 2012, S.Calhoun – large version
Continuing apace with casual photographs taken on the iPhone and in these instances manipulated through Google editing FX and Photoshop. My G+ account is set-up to automatically upload my iPhone photos into a private album. From this album I can initiate an actual work flow in the cloud. I suppose this could be done with Facebook’s tools too, except I have gravitated toward and resonated much more strongly with the community of photographers and visual artists on Google+. This community is much more accessible on G+.