Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stuart

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This is Stuart, the neighborhood cat. He technically lives (i.e. gets food) a couple of houses down, but really, he lives where he, himself, lives; does his thing where he gets it done; and sleeps where he sleeps – in this case, my porch, which happens to be in his territorial patrol. He always has a friendly word and is amenable to a quick head scratching. And then he’s on his way again – sometimes back on patrol, sometimes to cat dream land.


I think he sets a good example: do your own thing, in harmony with your environment and community, in a non-overbearing way that’s confident and content yet friendly. That’s something we all can aspire toward.


What do you think? Ever learned or observed a broader concept from an animal or pet of your own? Let us hear from you in the comments.


Sunday, May 11, 2014

Rob Zombie – The National – Richmond, VA

I recently had the pleasure of enjoying a performance by Mr. Rob Zombie and band at The National in Richmond, Virginia. I would describe it as a solid metal show: much headbanging, heavy grooves, loudness, and general badassery. Here are some photos and a crude video I shot about three rows back from the stage.



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What do you think? Have you attended any good concerts lately? Are there any music acts you’ve been into for years but only seen recently? Let us hear from you in the comments.




Saturday, February 8, 2014

Photo Synthesis – Jerry Uelsmann Review

Jerry Uelsmann: Photo Synthesis Photo Synthesis by Jerry Uelsmann


This is a great introduction to the world of Uelsmann’s photo magic. I saw this book 20 years ago in a creative writing class, of all places, and made the effort some years later (after Amazon.com was invented) to seek it out and am glad I did. Looking back on my career and life since then, I can say unequivocally that it changed my thinking and helped set me on a creative path I’m still having fun exploring.


I copied & pasted this review via Goodreads.com, a site I’m only now getting into, since – although I love good writing – I’m always hard-pressed to find works that I can really sink my teeth into. How fitting that my first review there is for a book of photography… but whatever. It really is a fantastic collection, and if you’re at all interested in perusing some mind-blowing images, I highly recommend it.


What do you think? Are you on Goodreads? How do you find the next book you’d like to read? Let us hear from you in the comments.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Immaterial Angel

My Latest Surrealist Photomontage:


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“Immaterial Angel”

See full size and source files at Flickr.



Views of fire-scarred trees from Yellowstone, an aerial shot of the Potomac river, and a stylized angle of local sculpture from my city (details forthcoming) blend together in this surrealist photomontage. I chose the title to combine the multiple interpretations of “immaterial” meaning “spiritual, rather than physical,” or “unimportant or irrelevant under certain circumstances.” I like the notion that an angelic form can encapsulate these concepts and at the same time the viewer can take in the sky-bound point of view that an angel might have, with all of this framed among remnants of trees and new growth spawning from a forest fire — even such devastation can be immaterial in that it is required for new growth. Check out more of my photomontage art at rsmithings.com.


What do you think? Ever created a piece of art blending unrelated elements to achieve a unified message? Does this kind of art resonate with you? What is your interpretation at first glance? Let us hear from you in the comments.