November 30, 2022
Pics from my backyard
All these photos were taken by me.
The brown stone fence that creates a barrier between me and the park. Rusted benches placed strategically along the sidewalk. There’s a performing area for the summer concerts. There’s baseball fields and soccer fields. There’s secret paths that lead to different parts of the park. There’s even a boathouse. Prospect park a beautiful place to go anytime in the year. In the summer children and adults let the dogs off leash for a decent amount of time. Kids running and shouting after each other. Stopping for a refreshing drink. Adults sitting on picnic blankets basking in the summer sun. Then fall comes along kids still go outside and enjoy the crisp air. The leaves turning from green to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow. Then winter comes along and rips the leaves away from the trees. Winter’s snow comes and covers the park in a white blanket. Children come during snow days to go sledding or build snowmen or have snowball fights. Parents stand and freeze while their children have fun. Then there’s Spring when the snow melts and rain comes. After the rain the flowers start to grow, trees get their leaves and more people are in the park. While the seasons may change the park doesn’t.
Prospect Park in the Rain
The Fine Art Photographer
My Burning Question:
What does it mean to be a fine art photographer?
I know that when I retire, I will get re-involved in photography. Although I have spent a previous career in the photography field it has never been as an actual photographer.
What I know is that I enjoy taking photos and thinking creatively about the photos I take. I know that I have some skills in that area and that I can do this with the simplest of cameras including the camera on my phone. I know my images are not considered “documentary photography” or “stree photography” but they are something else. The term “fine art photography” feels right but I am not sure why.
I also know that as an “artist” I will need to stay focused on my craft and engage in it every day. Artists talk about “passion” and I know I will need to identify my own and pursue it diligently.
What I want to know is how to be sure I keep to this even once I am no longer working full time. Do I make a schedule for myself, partition the chores or other distractions so they do not detract from my pursuit of the passion? How how much is needed and how much is over-thinking it? What I want to know is how to organize my images on the computer so I know where they are and I can find them. I also want to know how to produce professional quality prints of my images. I also want to know what else I can do to stay connected to the photography field such as work in a gallery or book store or give photography classes.
This is are some interesting explanation of fine art photography:
“Fine art photography, on the other hand, is first and foremost about the artist. It is not about capturing what the camera sees; it is about capturing what the artist sees. In fine art photography, therefore, the artist uses the camera as one more tool to create a work of art. The camera is used to make an art piece that reveals the vision of the artist and makes a statement of that vision rather than documenting the subject before the lens.”
Here’s a photographer’s explanation and some advice on how to proceed:
A Thousand Word Face
She is beauty. She is grace. However, she will actually punch you in the face. Beneath this gorgeous exterior is a feisty, free spirit that’s not afraid to make herself know. Her name is Samantha, and she is a coffee fiend, amazing photographer, and fierce friend.
Before I really knew her, she approached me one day after crew practice. “Hi, I’m Samantha,” she said. “And you have really nice legs.” Our friendship has grown ever since. We were in many of the same boats together and became close, like sisters. Her bad days were my sad days. And vice versa. We care for and try our hardest to lift each other up. We drink copious amounts of coffee together, go to the gym and squat together, take pictures of each other…I mean, even our dogs go on dates together.
Sam is one of the most kind hearted, caring, and fiercest people I know. She is, if you couldn’t tell by the photo, one of the most beautiful people I know as well. Her soul is truly reflected in her beauty. I couldn’t ask for a better friend.
I hope every one of you has someone like this in your life. Someone who you can call and cry to on a Tuesday evening, someone who makes you experimental lattes, who pushes you to be the best person you can be. Never let that person go.
Youth Photography in NYC
In New York City, teenagers and new adults, as young as 12, and as old as 25, roam the streets and alleyways of this vast city looking for a new spot. A new spot to take pictures, or as some call “flicks”. Photography in this city is a rite of passage. Taking pictures, capturing moments, with high-tech cameras is nothing new. Kids trespass into abandoned railroads in Queens, go to Photoville in Brooklyn, head to SoHo or the rooftops of skyscrapers in Manhattan, and explore the suburbs in Staten Island. Exploration. It is all about exploration, and then capturing your findings, a piece of evidence that you have been somewhere.
“Lets go to the abandoned railroad on Metro,” my friend would tell me. He would need something “cool” to post on Instagram. Searching up NYC on instagram will find you a ton of City Kids and outrageous pictures on their accounts. A familiar friend stands on the roof of a skyscraper, literally on the edge. The blur in the background of the city lights and the darkness, you can only get these kinds of pictures in Manhattan. Going to Forest Hills, out in Queens, people trespass onto abandoned railroads in search for a good picture, making them seem adventurous, but risking getting arrested.
Living in such a big city gives ids many opportunities starting at a young age. Roaming NYC is a great experience to do on your own routes, because finding hidden streets and places is the key to making this your city. What better way to prove it yours, make this your city, and share it with the world, than to take a picture of it. Friends take pictures of each other, as well as strangers do for others, as NYC photography is a small community in a colossal city.