Jul 232010

The edge of a rooftop against an oncoming storm.

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Recently returned from an introductory workshop in “contemplative photography”, I’m excited about exploring a different approach. It resonates with me strongly at this particular time in my work.

This image seems appropriate for a return to posting. Except for the 95°F heat here in Chicago, I do feel energized. 🙂

Dark blue color swatch.Dark gray color swatch.Beige (Desert Sand) color swatch.

  • Dark blue R:69 G:100 B:124
  • Dark gray R:61 G:58 B:58
  • Beige R:224 G:203 B:186

  10 Responses to “Charged”

  1. April, this lovely abstract is also the prickliest I’ve ever seen! What IS this thing?

    How about telling us about your experiences in that “contemplative workshop”? I’d love to take something like that.

  2. Love the combination of colors, the horizontal composition with straight lines and rectangular shapes opposed to the cylindrical shape in the center of the picture. What is the subject of the picture? I hesitate: is it the white cylinder or the repetitive rectangles?

    This so unadorned picture is a zen one for sure, very contemplative. In a sens, it reminds me those hyperrealist paintings, those who simplify things to show the basic essentials.

    Here, I have the impression to be on a roof that opens indefinitely on the sky.

    April, I truly love this picture. Congratulations! You have discovered a new path. Hope to see some other pictures. Like Flo, I am curious to hear about that contemplative workshop.

  3. Oh April….You have no idea what you have triggered in me. I have visited the Miksang site so many, many times. It resonates so well with me. I want to know more about your experience. Did you go to Boulder for this? How was the workshop. I am seriously considering it…but want to chat with you first. I will try and give you a call
    Thanks so much.
    You image is so nice as well.

  4. LOL, Usha – you and I can always go out and contemplate our navels! [big evil grin]

  5. Thank you each for taking the time to visit and comment, here.

    Flo, I had no idea what this was until John posted a comment about “bird deterrent” over on TME. I suspect that’s it!

    Micheline, your question “What is the subject” took me by surprise…in the same way this scene took me by surprise. 🙂

    Flo, regarding the workshop: no tripods allowed while walking the colorful town of Boulder to complete the exercises. I think you’d like that! Also, roughly 9A-5P sessions; I liked that. 😉

    Usha, I’d been “contemplating” this workshop for quite awhile as well. Things seemed to fall together at just the right time. Please, do call!

    One thing I know: Without Craig’s instruction through his workshops and The Mindful Eye, I would not have been able to receive as much from the Miksang workshop. “The Next Step” especially gave me confidence in handheld street photography, when my background was 100% tripod control. Such freedom!

  6. P.S. to Usha: yes, I took the Level I workshop in Boulder. Class size for our session was 10-12 students.

  7. April, it was not a critique, just a question I asked to myself. I like those images about nothing or almost nothing. Our daily life is made of “little nothings”… All our life is made of “small / little nothings ” sediments. I am working to photography them.

  8. April, this morning all the comments have the first line’s first few words jammed over whatever the “Reply to” words are. So I’ve used 2 line breaks, hit the enter/return key twice, to see if this makes a difference.

    Perhaps this is Apple’s doings, as I’m using a brand new laptop with Safari’s Snow Leopard browser.

    Edit: dang it, made no difference! So perhaps I’ll just have to type the first sentence twice.

  9. Hi Flo,

    Things still look ok on my end—and I haven’t modified the interface recently. Can you try another browser?

    P.S. Congrats on your new laptop! 🙂

  10. Micheline wrote: “Our daily life is made of “little nothings”… All our life is made of “small / little nothings ” sediments. I am working to photography them.”

    This is such an intriguing idea; I would love to see your work on the series.

    The word “sediments” also reminds me of a direction Andreas Manessinger has recently taken, though from his own point of view of course: “Every Picture Tells a Story”.

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