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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Fishbowl

Fishbowl
"I always feel like somebody's watching me" - Rockwell

What is a fishbowl? It's a clear container that you put water in for fish to live. Since its clear you can watch them. Watch them eat, watch them swim, watch them play. Watch them anytime you want.

But what if the fish don't want to be watched?

Life can be like that. People watching us. Watching our every move. Waiting to see what we do. But do we want that? Maybe instead we would want to hide. Keep some mystery. Cover ourselves. Cover our pain or sorrow. Cover our mistakes. Make choices without the world watching. But can we fully hide? Even if we hide a portion of ourselves, we are still visible. We are still seen. We are still being watched.

In the end we are all just fish in a bowl being watched.




Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Drowning in Fire

Drowning in Fire
"How can we extinguish a fire if we don't first cut off the fuel that ignites the inferno?" - Arun Manilal Gandhi

I get my inspiration from many different places. Many of my images have come from my feelings, a prop I really wanted to use,  a location that looked really fun or cool, or a theme prompt. This photo started when I found this globe at an antique store a few weeks ago, but I had no idea what I wanted to do with it. I have a method of sparking some creativity by using a random generator to spit back to me my own ideas to see things in a different way. And that's how this image came about. It spit back to me three words: Globe, water, fire. That was all I needed. It sparked my imagination on what to do with this globe.

I loved the idea that the fire was not getting extinguished by being underwater. That the underlying cause of the fire would need to be extinguished.

This is one of those pieces that I love to create as an artist. Because I love that surrealism allows me to create something that a viewer can come to their own thoughts and conclusions on what a piece means to you.

Maybe you see it as the woman is drowning, or that the world is drowning, or that the world is on fire, or that the woman is saving the world. Anyway you see it is correct and that's what I love about creating art :-)

Enjoy!



Sunday, January 7, 2018

2018 Self Portrait

I joined a group that was doing a photo a week for 2018. Figured I could use it as inspiration to create more this year. Although I have an entire binder full of ideas, I usually slack and never get them done.

The first week was "Self Portrait". A little easier for me since I shoot mostly self portraits. So I thought I would have it be more of what my passion is and what would represent me and then go from there. Of course that would be a camera. Since I already did a photo last year where the camera on a tripod and me merged to make one, I thought I would just do something simple. Just me sitting on my camera on a shelf.

Sit and Shoot
"Self Portraits are a way of revealing something about oneself" - Eric Kandel

So what will I reveal in 2018! Stay Tuned!




Saturday, October 1, 2016

Pumpkin Family

Pumpkin Family

Happy October everyone!


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Wallflower

Wallflower
"You see things. You keep quiet about them. And you understand." - The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Some of you reading this will say that this photo is perfect for me. The wallflower/shy one who stands by the back wall and just takes everything in while not needing to speak. Others will be shocked that I could even identify with this type of image at all. I've always been both types. I can be the life of the party and very outgoing when it's a setting I am comfortable in or know everyone. But put me in a place with all new people and it takes some time for me to warm up (and others to warm up to me).

I don't make friends easy. I can be really shy in person and it can come across as rude or standoffish. I don't want to talk to everyone at the store. I don't want to make phone calls. I'm not as comfortable around strangers. Very introvertish. But once you get to know me, I can be funny and crazy. Especially if we meet or group up at some sort of activity that I am very passionate about. I am very comfortable in photography settings. I use to have a blast at scrapbook conventions. I can start a photography conversation with anyone. I can jump right in with any person because I know and love the topic.

In general many of my self portraits show my more outgoing, crazy, silly, fun side. I wanted to do one that showed the other side of me as well. The person that has many times blended into the wall and was the person that someone might say "was Angela here tonight?".

This is that portrait :)



Friday, September 23, 2016

Still Life

Still Life

"Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes radiance." - Morgan Freeman

I've had the idea to do a lamp on my head for a few months but never got around to shooting it. I just didn't quite know how I wanted it to work and then it hit me that I could be the lamp on a table.


Monday, September 19, 2016

Recharge

Recharge
verb re·charge \(ˌ)rē-ˈchärj\
to regain your energy and strength

A fun easy one that I'm sure everyone can relate to. There are times when we just all need a moment to recharge ourselves :)

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