August 23, 2013

1000 Words

Filed under: Uncategorized,Visual Literacy — mas @ 12:40 pm
Minneapolis, 2013

Minneapolis, 2013

There seems to be some confusion about the phrase, “A picture’s worth a thousand words.” What does it mean? It means you can use a picture instead of a lot of words. What it doesn’t mean is that a picture requires a lot of words for people to understand it. Unless the photo is being used as illustration, it doesn’t matter where or when the picture was taken or what the photographer was thinking or how the photographer was feeling when he took the photo. The point is, it’s a photograph. The photographer looked at the contact sheet and responded to the photo, so he shared it with the world.

What should you do when you look at the photo? First, feel. Then ask yourself why you feel. The answer may be in the photo, or it may be in your experience. This is, of course, simplified. If you have something to add or ask, please do.

August 14, 2013

Emotional Appeal

Filed under: Visual Literacy — mas @ 8:29 pm


Do you like this photo? Why? (or why not)
This puppy is abandoned.
He is abandoned because the little boy who owned him got hit by a car.
He got hit by a car right after he was pronounced totally recovered from brain tumor surgery.
The puppy was abandoned, not only because the boy was dead but also because the medical bills made the parents lose their house.
The family originally found this dog at a rescue shelter when their son first got sick. He was their only child.
Do you like this photo? Why (or why not)

October 30, 2012

Long Range

Filed under: exhibits — mas @ 6:49 pm

I will be exhibiting work at The Phipps in just a little over 2 years from now. I’ll keep you updated.

October 25, 2012

New Work: Flags

Filed under: Americana,Collector Prints,Flags,Work in Progress — mas @ 1:48 pm

Here is a new piece from a very old project. Flags started in the Fall of 2001 when I noticed all the additional US flags flying on and stuck to everything. With new perspective, I am revisiting that project.

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Catalog #120907205

August 28, 2012

Upcoming Book

Filed under: publishing — mas @ 10:18 pm

This is the first photo in my new book, edited by Marianne Fulton and designed by Betsy Dollar. In addition, author, Janet Burroway, has offered to write an essay on cities for the book. The book will have 49 black and white photos We’re still working on a name, but, so far, we’re looking at Urban Seen and City Seen.

August 23, 2012

Time Off:Gasworks

Filed under: Collector Prints,Time Off — mas @ 1:09 am


Catalog No. 120805177

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August 13, 2012

Time Off: The Kite II

Filed under: Collector Prints,Time Off,Work in Progress — mas @ 6:25 pm

Catalog #120803094

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August 9, 2012

Time Off: The Kite I

Filed under: Time Off,Work in Progress — mas @ 3:24 pm

Catalog No. 120803065

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July 27, 2012

Time Off: Lady in Stripes

Filed under: Collector Prints,Time Off,Work in Progress — mas @ 7:48 pm

Catalog No. 120721004

Does it make a difference if I made this photo especially to fit into “Time Off,” or if I just saw something I thought would make an interesting photo? You decide. Comment below.

July 20, 2012

Time Off: Hey Big Boy

Filed under: Americana,Collector Prints,Time Off,Work in Progress — mas @ 5:27 pm

Catalog No. 120528024

Minneapolis, 2012

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