This is the first set of photos I took exploring the theme of gesture and color in portraits, something I talked about more in my blog post A Study in Color and Intensity . It was interesting to experiment with different movements and points of view, something I would definitely like to explore further, though hopefully next time with an actual model.
I’m always looking to get better at learning how to use my camera, and while I think i’ve gotten better than I was before at shooting landscapes and architecture, I’m pretty terrible when it comes to taking photos of people. The gestures, the variations in the color of eyes and the tint in hair, I used to focus on these things when I would draw portraits (as it was my favorite thing in the world to draw, people and gestures) but since I took a break from drawing people to focus on mountains and expressive objects, I think i’ve forgotten how to focus my eyes on these points.
So, for the next couple of posts i’m going to be exploring color, gestures, movement and intensity, and how I can capture those things once again, behind a camera this time. This is also going to end up being a series of self portraits as i’ve yet to be able to convince my friends to step in front of my lens. Maybe I should start bribing them with baked goods?
I’ve been a bit lax when it comes to working on my art journal. Its not supposed to be “work”, which I think is part of the problem, that i’ve been tackling my journal like a school project, something to be completed and graded, when truly its the opposite of that. This is something I started doing because I wanted to have somewhere that I could let my imagination run away, let odd creative urges lead me where ever they wanted. And yet. I’ve been treating it like, “right, so today, lets get 2 pages done at least.” which is the worst possible way to treat this sort of creative endeavor.
And so, i’ve stepped back. And after floating around tumblr a bit, working on other journals (what can I say, i’m addicted to buying journals!) as well as checking out some fantastic projects that fellow bloggers have been working on ( like this project by blogger Ethereal Solitude ) I came back to it with fresher eyes and more motivation to make this into something that I truly love and enjoy.
These pages are ones i’ve done recently, reflections on other projects i’m working on as well as stress relief from some rather tumultuous friendships i’ve been on fence about continuing and in general it’s been a great way to clear my head a bit and think about what direction I’d like to go in when it comes to my art. And that’s what it’s supposed to be about, at least for me. A place to experiment, let out stress and throw buttons around every once in a while.
A lovely little town called Seasport in Maine that me and Kat went exploring around at before we headed to Belfast. It was a Sunday when we were there so most everything was closed and that coupled with the cloudy grey skies, made all the colors and details stand out in relief to the fog.
The cafe we stopped in at was warm and deserted at that time of the morning so we had it to ourselves to wake up and plan the rest of our day in calm. It was a very different kind of morning, waking up to foggy windows at the cottage we stayed at, no people on the streets and the idea of being able to explore wherever and have the area to ourselves. I would love to come back at a more busy time of the year and see this place light up, but this by itself was a loveliness of it’s own kind.