Monday, September 2, 2013
"Photography is All Right"

I'd just finiahed reading an interesting article on the Muriqui monkeys and next saw this intriguing headline,
"Photography is all right," and thought, "Yes, that's what I'll go do, I'll find something interesting to photograph!"

So I found something, my Naga Kanya statue which was looking pretty good this afternoon since I'd just given her area a good dusting:

I photographed her from one direction...

...and then the other direction.

To show that there is some artistic skills going on in the photo editing, I created 'before' and 'after' photos:

View One Before

View One After

View Two Before

View Two After

After getting the photos up on the website, I searched for the article with this quote. I thought "Photography is all right" should take me right to it. It appears the artist who uttered this is quite famous for having uttered it, and this and other quotes by David Hockney came up easily.

It appears his declaration isn't in favor of photography, for the entire quote is, "photography is all right if you don’t mind looking at the world from the point of view of a paralyzed cyclops—for a split second." !

Well! Hockney also said, " I believe that the very process of looking can make a thing beautiful." Perhaps he needs to look longer at good photos!

Meanwhile, when I'm happily editing a photo, I look at it and edit it, thereby enhancing the beauty of the capture. Mere 'hobby' or more, I enjoy the process and its end result, and that is enough for me.

Saturday, September 14, 2013
"A Few Old Memories"

Looking in a drawer of photos and remembrances, I pulled up a few things from the past. I don't remember having had this photo taken when I was a baby:

One of my mother's Siamese cats decided to join in...

When I went back to Joliet for my mother's funeral, I could have rescued this painting. I don't know why I didn't.
So hopefully, it's still out there. I only signed it "JOAN", perhaps its current owner will search the net?
Fortunately, I at least have a photo of it...

I took a scan of Laura's signature, enlarging it greatly to illustrate Laura's graceful athleticism as revealed in her signature.

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