"Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever...it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything. Aaron Siskind
Not very long ago most of my photography was comprised of my ramblings through forests, along creek beds or deep in the grasses of the prairies. A couple of years ago, at the urging of my observant wife, I began to do more images of the Iowa lakes area, which included scenes like the above of the Arnolds Park amusement park. At some point I realized that this could compliment my other work and also be a little more relevant to the local population.
The major hurdle? Translating the local "vocabulary" of lakes, boats, docks and the like through my creative "vision"....meaning, quality light, early mornings, evening skies, moody clouds, etc. Once I figured this out ( I AM a slow learner) I began to enjoy working among the "visual commotion" that is the lakes area. Since my usual translation of natural areas into photography is done while I'm alone, I still do have a leaning toward avoiding "eyes" while I work, but am dealing with that.
As this new experience has developed I have come to realize that it's actually blended quite well with "the other side" of my photography as a teaching moment. Working in an urban setting has required more diligent searching, mental cropping and interpretation of subjects that I come across as well as searching out various point of views of the same subject. This deeper involvement or previsualization, if you will, has helped to increase my efforts in the "natural" world. All too often I've been guilty of "first shot-itis" as I've arrived on a beautiful scene, rather than taking the time to walk the area looking for points of view that might offer a better look or composition of that the subject.
There should never be a feeling of reaching some sort of pinnacle with any endeavor in life and that includes photography. Learning and improvement will continue to put a smile on my face as does the anticipation of the next shot.
Thank you all for visiting and enjoy the fading summer.
Sic 'em Bears". The Baylor football season is just around the corner!
For more views of my work visit;
Arts On Grand, Spencer, Iowa http://www.artsongrand.org/
Lanesboro Art Center, Lanesboro, Minnesota www.lanesboroarts.org
Summer Wind Gallery, Arnolds Park, Iowa