July 10, 2012

Time Off: Art Fun

Filed under: Time Off,Work in Progress — mas @ 2:51 pm

Springfield Art Association, Springfield, Illinois 2012

Catalog No. 120616075
Collect Photography

Whose Responsibility?

Filed under: Visual Literacy,Work in Progress — mas @ 2:30 pm

Another Visual Literacy Post:

My brother-in-law, Doug Plummer, is giving workshops for people wanting to photograph dancers. Many of his students are beginning photographers, so much of Doug’s instruction is on the basics, including one basic that I have espoused over and over, that photography is about seeing. Coupled with that is the rule, “don’t let the content overwhelm the form.” I want to remember to come back to that at a later time. Suffice it to say for now, that this is a concept that everyone needs to understand.

-which brings us to the point of this post-

My original idea was to teach visual literacy to viewers, just as we teach everyone to read. Doug is teaching the same material to practitioners. This is certainly not a new idea, but is has proven to have merit. Think about the required studio art course in many college core curricula. These courses are not designed to produce artists; they seemingly magically turn students into art appreciators who are literate in looking at visual art. In other words, they learn to see. Perhaps we need to approach visual literacy from both sides of the problem.

“Photography is simple. It’s about seeing and about translating what we see into pictures. For me, the challenge is in acknowledging the documentary properties of each photograph while maintaining its presence foremost as an aesthetic study. My reason for living is to make the next photograph better than the last.” Michael A Shapiro

July 8, 2012

Visual Literacy

Filed under: Visual Literacy,Work in Progress — mas @ 1:05 pm

I’m formulating a plan to generate public interest and increase the skill level in visual literacy, reading photographs. For now, I’m going to use this blog space to collect ideas. As I search through my notes and talk with other artists and educators, I’ll post the pieces here. If you’re interested in following this process, it would be easiest if you subscribe to this blog. Just click the little orange thing. If you have ideas, please contact me by email or through comments after the posts. Email: michael at photonphotos.com

Entry One, found on my hard drive:

“Photography as art.

The best we can do is to photograph what we see in the hopes of making an aesthetically satisfying combination of geometry and light. If that combination doesn’t exist, the photograph is a failure. If, on the other hand, the viewer fails to detect the interplay of lines and shapes that actually exists, perhaps it is not the photo that is at fault.

I believe that we are experiencing a decline in the quality of viewership in the world of photography. People are spoiled by the photojournalistic presence in art. They want that immediate attention-grabbing gimmick. I do not. People believe that photography must somehow morph into a never-before-seen genre. I do not, anymore than I think poets should stop writing sonnets or sestinas, because those forms have already been used.”

June 27, 2012

Let’s Not Forget the Foreclosed

Filed under: Foreclosure,Work in Progress — mas @ 7:16 pm

Leslie, Foreclosed

Collector Information: Catalog No. 120627004
More Foreclosure Photos

June 22, 2012

Time Off: Ferris Wheel

Filed under: Collector Prints,Time Off,Uncategorized — mas @ 1:40 pm

Time Off is the new name of the original Leisure Time series.

2012, Springfield, Illinois

Collection Information: Contact michael@photonphotos.com regarding catalog no.120617174

June 3, 2012

Time Off: The Liquor Store

Filed under: Time Off,Work in Progress — mas @ 2:36 pm

Catalog No. 120602018

May 29, 2012

Time Off: Segway

Filed under: Collector Prints,Time Off,Work in Progress — mas @ 5:38 pm

I’m starting to assemble photographs for a new series.

Catalog No. 120528042

Walker Community Church

Filed under: Uncategorized — mas @ 12:05 am

The Walker Community Church in Minneapolis was struck by lightning last night.

Catalog No. 120528014

May 18, 2012

Two Times Two

Filed under: Collector Prints,Work in Progress — mas @ 6:21 pm

Catalog No. 120515006

May 13, 2012

I Make Portraits

Filed under: Uncategorized — mas @ 8:39 pm

Jenn Western, May, 2012 Studio


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