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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of the surrounding world.

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”  Vincent Van Gogh

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art  ~ Joy of collages

Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages

Van Gogh’s quote made me stop and think… Why do we always allow others to negate our efforts? Why do we allow ourselves to succumb to subjective criticisms that discourage us from pursuing our craft? The difference between us and the masters we revere is that they stayed the course and worked on honing their innate talent till it stood out and captivated the observer. Some of the artists we admire today were poor and died miserably. Many years later, their work sells for hundreds of millions of dollars. Create your art and believe in its merit.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

In confined spaces, everything  becomes pronounced, re-framed in a constrained, yet focused way.  For this photo project, I decided to let the photos speak to you before I add my interpretations of what they represent. What do you see inside each shot? Where are they located?

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” Carl Jung

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

What do these shots tell you? Do you recognize their location? When you think of inside shots what ideal image comes to mind? Tell me about your photo vision of inside?  Come back later for my story.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” Robert Morgan

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Kwoma Ceiling, New Guinea

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Cloisters, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – The Cloisters Garden, New York

After spending the month of February contemplating the word – Perspective – for NaBloPoMo, I was nicely surprised to see it as the chosen word for this week’s photo challenge. One thing I know for sure is that 10 people can look at a painting or photograph and come away with different opinions about what they saw. I’ve always found this important point fascinating. Think about it. Even with the Weekly Photo Challenge, participants submit blog posts with a wide range of interpretations on each given theme.

Why does this happen? Does it have something to do with the breath of our life experiences? The wiring of our brains? our vision? How can we look at the same thing or hear the same music and react/respond differently to it? It’s called Perspective and it is something we can create in photography. I’ve tried to create varying perspectives in the photos shared. Let me know what you think of them? How would you frame them differently?

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Marcus Aurelius

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Empire State Building, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – Empire State Building, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective - Old New Yorker Hotel, New York

Weekly Photo Challenge: Perspective – New Yorker Hotel, New York

Perspective: a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective.
A picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house.
A visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate.
The state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective.
The state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.
The faculty of seeing all the relevant data in a meaningful relationship: Your data is admirably detailed but it lacks perspective.
A mental view or prospect: the dismal perspective of terminally ill patients.

To make more sense of the word, I reached for a dictionary definition and the interpretations were excellent.  If you read the examples from Dictionary Reference above, you’d find enough explanations to help create photo groups that showcase the term Perspective well. The quote by Marcus Aurelius gives us another way to think about the word too. I suppose this is why eye witness testimony is often challenged in a Court of Law.

Eye-Witnesses are asked certain questions again and again until they stumble: What did you really see? Are you sure it wasn’t invented? Rehashed memory?  We can say that the same reaction applies to  photo-shopped pictures. Can we look at a Photoshopped picture and recognize that what we see might not be the whole story?  In the photos I shared above and below, I used the same premise to create varying perspectives. What did you see that you might not have considered?

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