There is something so beautiful about the Hibiscus drying bloom. The textures and tones that happen as the bloom darkens. Capturing the motion of time as each bloom (typically) stands for one-day.
In this blog post, I am exploring how two is represented through photography in English and Japanese.
Many people have different ways of representing the number two. In English, we use a “2” with a line for each leg and in Japanese they use two horizontal lines.
In Japanese, the kanji for “two” has three strokes: one vertical line on top of another horizontal stroke, then an arc-like curve at the bottom that looks like wings with their tips turned in (or out). I think it is interesting that two in English also has three characters.
I’ve just been using Duolingo every day and despite liking what exercises they offer there doesn’t seem to be any improvement in retention when removed from their platform – gotta mix things up a little bit!
I am drawn to the Japanese language and culture because of a fascination I have with their unique alphabet. As someone who is trained in typography, calligraphy, and branding – these symbols are visually interesting to me in that they slow me down when creating them as there is a precision required which requires focus on my part.
It’s really amusing to see how Google Translate interprets my handwriting. The gibberish is fun to read! Here are two examples of the same passage that I wrote in my notebook and it turns out that while there are a lot of errors, you can still make sense of what was written at times. And how quickly it can be wrong.
I do tend to learn more from my mistakes – first off I learn what the correct symbol is for a word. And, I also learn a new symbol for what my mistake is. Comparing the two can sometimes help me recognize the difference.
Ireland in Japanese
The rooster’s beauty is no less than that of a peacock, but sadly he doesn’t get the same appreciation.For The Farm-to-Table Series I wanted to show a different perspective by showcasing the subject using texture, color, value, and form. Exhibiting the essence and cleverness of my favorite animal, the rooster.
I See You
You Nailed It
Using the captions to guide the narrative was interesting. The idea of the captions forming into a short poem felt important. The images should be a process. Of seeing something from a different point of view. The staircase structure of the typography leads to this ideas that change is a process, and an upward process – like climbing a staircase.
Reflective Light – There is something some special about his photo. Using my camera to creative art has always been very important to me. Recently, I have started to focus on shape images, subject, photo methods. This photo reminds me how much I love making abstract art with my camera.
With a double exposure and high contrast the reflections from the overhead lighting hit the metal walls of a small elevator. Somehow, the light rods present much more than nothing. They are not the light that was installed. They are the second thought the reflection of the light fixture – in certain high-contrast.
Photography by Gary Crossey
THE KITE FLYER – is one of my favorite photos. Everything about this photo feels good to me. If I were to have planned this photograph, I could not have staged it any better.
The yellow shorts against the dark sky is so prefect.
Similar. But, Not the Same
I loved creating this image.
There is something simple and innocent about the subject. It’s uncomplicated. A few rows of circles that appear to be in harmony with one another.
I like the absence of complexity. At first it seems to just be the same thing repeated. And, that is what the image is.
With a little observation each sphere becomes more interesting. Each sphere has it’s own personality. Each sphere has a slightly different swirl, color, or highlight.
I find it interesting how each sphere interacts with the background. The background is slightly enlarged, flipped up-side-down, and made spherical (I love the magic of glass).
NEW EQUIPMENT – Round Lights
Yes, I got to play with my new round lights.
With the round light I was able to create circle highlights around each sphere. Encapsulating the essential features.
That effect just isn’t possible with a regular light kit.
I Was Sphere!
Be sure click on the image to enlarge.
There are so many little worlds to explore.
Working the deep blue that appears on some of the spheres really adds to how different each sphere each.
Story: Rule of Thirds
ASSIGNMENT: The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn, but most don’t know why they learn it. The rule of thirds is fantastic for telling a story. Tell a story using the rule of thirds.
PHOTO: The beginning of the year has begun with thick mountain fogs. Most of the animals are staying close to the house. The Rooster got my attention – then his buddies showed up.
I make handmade cookies. And, have quite a collection of candy/cookie making baking tools. Unlike, other kitchen tools, the cookie/candy tools are unique.
Each mold or cutter has a story. Or a special event that they play a role.
Photography used on a commercial website banner. The image was to support the website message of Creativity.
The surreal scene was set up in Atlanta GA. I used fishing wire to hang the windows and chairs from tall trees.
The photography hand study was created using a scanner. The hand was positioned in the scanner and held still while capturing. During the process, the model had to hold her hand completely still. The process created a visual tension that I was after. I experimented with a similar process using a camera and sheet of glass – None of the pressure appeared when the hand was held for a few seconds as it did when held for a few minutes. The effect of the glass against the fingertips really reinforces that sense of pressure and force pushing down. To the effect to almost remove the imprint of the fingerprint.
CD Cover – Brave Hands
Photographer: Gary Crossey
The futuristic reflections of the lights and grass against a sphere installation.
I am building a theme in the simple to follow naming of this collection of photography. With Checkered Floor, I photographed a public building in the center of Belfast. As a child, I stood outside this building a million times. Embarking on a bus to any direction of Belfast.
As an adult, I entered the building and discover Checkered Floors. After talking with my family and friends – none of them had ever gone inside the building. But, in their mind, they all had an idea of what they expected to see. It was not checkered floors. I then made “Checker” with fragments of different photos – each representing might think of the ground when they know it is just a checkered floor.
Every Day Art
Red with patterns – hard for me to resist photographing.
Straight lines are everywhere.
Here are a few of my line photos.
Animation of Lines.