3 Lessons From The Imagination Paradigm

Art & Life: Married in Imagination

Creative photo processing isn’t for sissies. Especially if you share images publicly. There’s always bound to be someone who says something like… “Oh Karen” (fill in your own name for full effect)… “you’re so beautiful, your photos are so beautiful, but you do too much. You should try to be more natural. Also, try cropping to the golden third, it would be better balanced” (fill in many other trivial, uninvited bits of advice here for full effect.) Whatever. You know.

This is alot like walking down the street in a big city, with your tough girl face on (I always think of it as “my neutral face”… but have been informed it’s actually kinda scary. Which is OK with me, when strolling in an unfamiliar big city with expensive camera gear in my hands)… and having some dude slow down and leeringly say “Hey sweetheart, why the big frown? C’mon, lemme see you smile. Hey baby… ” as they sort of lunge toward you.

Ugh.

In my superhero imagination, this doesn’t end well for the poor sod. A few cool, swishy sound effects, punches and grunts, action too quick to catch on-camera and the poor sod is lying there unconscious with little cartoon tweety birds chirping over his head. My inner superhero is striding down the street, dusting off her hands, smiling that she was able to save the day. Yet again.

But I digress.
Or… did I?

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Thomas Cook “Explore the Elements” Winner: Air

Winning Air

If I was going to win one division of Thomas Cook’s “Explore the Elements” photography/blogger contest… I would vote “Air”.

Not that got a vote.
Nor did I have an expectation about the outcome.
So, DANG I was surprised when that’s exactly what happened!

I entered the Thomas Cook “Explore the Elements” contest because I thought it was smart. I don’t mean smart to enter it… I mean the contest itself was smart. It required good photographs, good thoughts, good writing… an entire package. Y’know, smart. Plus who doesn’t love the 4 elements?

We had to write a blog post to enter… mine was here.

This was the breath of Air that sang the winning tune…
I always feel like I’m on vacation when I look at it. 😉

Perhaps it was the dance training,but everyone always commented that she moved as if she were underwater... yet in the air. It simply defied logic.
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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 4 – Putting It Together

4th installment in a 4-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

Putting It All Together

You’ve got your photos selected. Check.
Print lab chosen. Check
Print materials and images matched up. Check and check.

Now you just wait for it all to show up and away you go, right? Ummmmm… not quite.

My show included this group of images, which range in size from 6′ across to 30″ across. It’s not huge: only 13 prints:

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 3 – The Selections

3rd installment in a 4-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

Photo Selections… The Mannequins

So, in yesterday’s post I mentioned that the owner of  Coffeebar had some pretty clear ideas about this photo show of mine. He didn’t want to have final say about ALL of the images… but did point to a few in particular that he liked. There were the mannequins… which I’d taken some years ago, just a bit of whimsy that amused me:

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Anatomy of a Photography Show, Part 1 – The Concept

1st installment in a 3-part series of  “Living Your Dreams… Lessons Shared”, featuring much of what I learned and experienced whilst putting on my first photography show in Truckee, California…

 

Ever Wonder What It Takes To Do An Photography Show?

I sure did!
I’ll admit it – nothing makes me purr like the vision of my work on wall. Seeing, feeling, experiencing my soul’s vision taking physical form as a show is a dream. Of course, in said dream, the show is big… so are the prints. Gallery? Maybe. From my vision, I can’t tell what the venue is. My dream currently seems to include only the look of the thing – and the impact it has. It makes me smile really big whenever I visit it.

But while my work has been featured in a show, I’ve never done an official one of my own. Would I like it, I wondered? Would it be fun, or a big pain in the ass?
I might want to find out before fully committing to the BIG picture, y’know?

Enter Coffeebar Truckee

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From iPhone to Aha!

The Painful Realization

This photo was taken with an iPhone. Why? Because that’s all I had on hand! ARGH! I’m grateful that I was able to capture it somehow, BUT…
I also started kicking myself over the obvious… never leave home without your camera! The full frame one.

Hey, I’m human. Prone to mistakes, big and small. It bites sometimes, I’ll admit it.
Situation: I’m out of town. Where I’m staying I can’t see the sky, unlike home where I can see for miles and am always in touch with what’s going on in the natural world around me. Right now,  I’m cranking out content for a deadline, facing the baleful monitor screen of my laptop, all. Dang. Day.

Late in the day, the hubs and I decide to go out for a walk and get some air. About 20 minutes, out, I realize what’s happening in the sky. The makings of an EPIC sunset. And we’re on the coast, near beaches. Oy. Not enough time to go back and grab my DSLR. Well, at least we can go enjoy the moment. Breeeeathe.

Within a half hour… the sky lit up and I nearly wept. Still… thank god for iPhones!
I was almost in physical pain for a bit, until I managed to turn it around. And I did…

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