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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Photography as Art

Today I had another photo published on the front page of the local newspaper. It doesn't pay, but the exposure & appreciation's pretty cool. NOTE; The image shown here is not the one that was published (which is linked up above for your perusal.) This is a strip mall parking lot at sunset. We were out for dinner & I just happened to have my camera on me. Normally neither strip malls nor parking lots are part of my normal photographic millieu.
Partly because of my recent successes with the local newspaper, I've been considering doing more with my photography in an "art" sense. That is, perhaps getting some prints done, matting &/or framing them nicely & entering them into local contests, events & markets. I hate to say it'd be easier than painting, but that's probably because the truth hurts.
That's not to say I'd be giving painting up, however. I still enjoy that very much. As with everything, there are benefits & drawbacks to both media. My paintings are largely a reflection of things you won't see in the natural world (even my nature scenes are portrayed in unnatural ways.) My photographs capture what I have seen in the natural world. I think the two would probably balance one another nicely (not to mention that the two, combined, would virtually double my recent, available works overnight, allowing for more flexibility, overall.)
Okay. I've just talked myself into it. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

36 comments:

Marvin said...

The best strip mall parking lot shot I've ever seen. :-)

Best of luck on your new endeavor.

Miladysa said...

Lana "Sunset on the Swamp" is absolutely fabulous!! I am not surprised that it was published by your local paper.

I have yet to see a poor photograph taken by you. I think you have a natural talent there and that your work will sell well. Good luck with it.

BTW, I was really shocked to see that your local paper had actually printed a photograph of a man who had been arrested and given so many details about the as yet 'unproven crime' in their article. It was a real culture shock.

WAHM Tara said...

What an amazing photo! If I could only take pics half way as good as you, I would be on a roll! I have a nice camera, but for some reason just can never get beautiful pictures like this.

JR's Thumbprints said...

I have Adobe Photoshop & Adobe Image Ready 7.0. I still don't know how to use everything on these programs. I believe the true art form of picture taking, isn't always "capturing the moment." Nowadays, it's "tweaking the moment."

Charles Gramlich said...

I think both your painting and photography are expressions of your inner artistic bent. That's a great photo on the Newspaper front page. I'm so proud of you, and lucky to have such a creative wonderful person by my side.

Sure am glad to be home with you.

laughingwolf said...

lana, you definitely should pursue photography, as well as your painting [thought you already were], cuz both pics today are ab fab!

both are creative endeavors and not that big of a stretch apart....

Nature Nut /JJ Loch said...

Lana, what a lovely photo!!! Love the moody colors and bright golden sun streak.


I can see you selling your photos in a gallery along with your artwork. :D

Hugs, JJ

Lana Gramlich said...

marvin; Thank you. :)

miladysa; Thanks. The thing about that newspaper story is that the guy's as guilty as the day is long. I don't know how much detail this paper gave, but the other, main, New Orleans paper published a big article about this & the guy's clearly guilty.
Besides, here in Amerika it's more about sensationalism than news, unfortunately.

wahm tara; Thank you! I think I'm just fortunate to be surrounded by so much natural beauty, y'know? These days I use a Canon PowerShot A570 IS (my first digital.) It took some getting used to (& that process is still ongoing,) but I really love it.

jr; *LOL* Yes, tweaking the moment in some instances. I don't like to tweak much, though. I prefer the image speak for itself. I do sometimes crop without hesitation, though. I don't have Photoshop. I probably should...

charles; I'm so glad you're home, too. I'm also very proud of your own accomplishments & creative bent. I think we compliment one another well. :)

laughingwolf; Thanks. Photography's been mostly a hobby for me up until now. I think it's worth a shot (pardon the pun.)

jj; Thank you! We'll see how it goes. ;)

Michelle's Spell said...

Hey Lana,

Love the two shots, especially the strip mall. What can I say? I'm always for the unexpected juxaposition which you do beautifully here. Love both your painting and photographs!

Dave Coulter said...

It's great that you're getting more exposure! Pardon the pun? ;)

Travis said...

Your artist's eye and sensibility serves you well as a photographer.

Steve Malley said...

You've got the eye. Go for it!

Sidney said...

That's a great photo that was published. It's one of those that could be used as a jumping off point for a story. One day soon I have to teach a creative writing class and I may be a great assignment.

"Look at this photo and write a story!"

Donnetta Lee said...

Congratulations on the published picture! Keep up the good work--but forms.
Donnetta

kaushal said...

congrats!
u got pic published in newspaper!!
i love photography

Lana Gramlich said...

michelle, travis, steve & donnetta; Thanks. :)

dave; Hardy har har! ;) (Yes, everything helps, y'know?)

sidney; The creative writing idea's really cool.

kaushal; Thank you. :) This is actually the 3rd one in 2 months, which is partially why I think it'd be worth pursuing farther. If they're good enough for the front page of the paper, surely they're good enough for the locals, too.

david mcmahon said...

Lana, that's wonderful news. I know that the papr is going to publish more of your photos.

Carry that camera everywhere!

Lana Gramlich said...

david; Yes. Good advice. I used to carry my old camera everywhere, but it was stolen along w/my car one day. At least my digital fits in my pocket!

Larry said...

Wow lana-that is a beauty!I can imagine listening to a CCR song while working my way down the water in an old-fashioned canoe.

laughingwolf said...

always worth a shot, lana... and you're good at it!

Lana Gramlich said...

larry; Thanks! Careful of the alligators in your little canoe. ;) I think that might be a bit too close for comfort for me!

laughingwolf; Thanks, again. So supportive, my blog friends! :)

Nomad Flavor said...

Wonderful coloring on this shot. I'm partial to these types of pictures (Sunrises, and SunSets). There's a certain warmth in this one. You have the touch My friend!

Sphinx Ink said...

Great pix. You have such an eye. True artistry. Go for it!

Lana Gramlich said...

nomad & sphinx ink; Thank you. :)

Merisi said...

Congratulations! :-)
I will have to come back, though, to admire your published photo, this little thing I am on right now will not cooperate. ;-)

I do believe in photography as art, it's your eye that "sees" and the camera your paint brush, which you use according to your skills and imagination. As an artist you are highly trained, and a lens is just another medium, after all.

JafaBrit's Art said...

congrats on your photo being published, very cool :)

I agree with the others, photography is just another tool for an artist to express their feelings, opinions, etc.

photonz said...

The swamp image is a wonderful piece. Maybe you feel photography is easier because you understand it better visually than others. You may find that the control you get in painting is something you undervalued? To be able to do both would be very interesting as when you get an idea, you can then choose which medium works best for you. Hey and stop giving your work away - make them pay you! I'll be interested to hear how things are going.

Paul

Lana Gramlich said...

merisi & jafabrit; True...

photonz; Years ago I gave up painting for photography, actually. Sometimes I'd look at a sunset or whatnot & wonder, "Why go through all of that work (painting) for what's going to be an ineffective knock off when I have this camera here?" Comparing a sunset to a photo of it is also an ineffective knock off, though. Perhaps more accurate, yes, but still not wholly representative of the true majesty of the sky. Ultimately I guess I should never give up one for the other, but rather find a balance between the two.
As for giving it away (to the newspaper,) they solicit local photos to fill extra front page space, so if it's not me (for free,) it'll be someone else. There are tons of free or cheap marketing outlets for my photos & paintings here (my area is particularly "artsy-fartsy.") So in this case, I'll take the (fairly extensive) exposure for free. Besides, it looks good on my art resume. ;)

Cheri said...

Congrats! Expose is the key in the lock to open that door of opportunity. I hope it goes well. =D

Louise said...

Published is "published." Money or not. I like working in different mediums. I'm not artist by ANY stretch of the imagination, but I can't put all my creative juices in one basket.

Fun post!

Lana Gramlich said...

cheri; Thanks for the well wishes. :)

louise; Good point (about the basket) & thank you!

eric1313 said...

That's the beauty of any art form, you can pursue as many as your imagination can handle.

And I love sunsets, they feature prominently in my own "work".

Thanks for dropping by my blog. It's awesome to see everyone again. This time, I won't be such a stranger.

Bird said...

Hello Lana! I've noticed that many people have started to sell their photographs - and why not? A photo is as beautiful an artwork as any other, it takes your talented eye to spot the scene and capture it, I believe there is no difference between photography and art. I've considered doing this myself, so good luck with it, I hope it goes well :)

Lana Gramlich said...

eric; Sunsets rock. Glad to see you back & know that all is well. :)

Bird; Good points. Thanks for the support. :)

Natural said...

cool..congrats on getting your photo published. you are the reason why i started carrying my camera with me again. thanks for the inspiration to find those great shots.

Lana Gramlich said...

NW; Thank you & wow...I'm flattered! Hope you find as much success as I have. :)

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