Thursday, September 13, 2012

How I See Is What I See

 I went to Europe for ten days at the end of August; the instigating purpose of the trip was personal, not vacation exactly, although pleasures were had. I had been enjoying work in the studio and it was hard to tear myself away! I use my camera as an alternate way to explore the patterns that I so enjoy making in my drawings and paintings. Strange reflected lights, bent shadows, signage, and accidental juxtapositions are always in my collection of images from which I select things to apply in my abstract compositions.


(My camera is a small, automatic Fuji Finepix F200 EXR which I bought in 2010 -- nothing fancy, but light and always at hand, in bag or pocket.)


  1. Love these. You take travel photos like I do: no people!

    1. ha, thanks, Kim -- it's true. Once in a while I'll catch someone in a photo, but usually it kind of wrecks my intentions! I have to say, sometimes I would like to take a photo of someone or a few, but that's something different, very specific; and I am too respectful of other people's privacy and autonomy to shoot photos of strangers.

  2. Ravenna, this is actually pretty brilliant: "how I see is what I see" is really such an accurate way to convey the sensibility- yours and perhaps it has farther-reaching significance. I so often find myself wanting to stop in the middle of the street or mid-sentence or looking at something because of what I see and how I see. An occupational hazard, perhaps, but your photos do feel like collages.


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