|Weather Beaten - 1894|
Of course, after 35 years of teaching art I was well aware of Homers work but it was gratifying to see his Maine canvases together in one exhibit. I sat in the galleries and made sketches of compositions...I especially liked his use of strong diagonals. I also liked his use of long horizontal formats; this is something I've experimented with in my camera work before and I think I will continue with this idea. But the most interesting part of the exhibit for me was his last canvases. Many of them explored the idea of mortality. He was nearing the end of his life and it is not surprising his thoughts turned toward the subject of death.
|The Seagulls Message - 2005|
I think there are many ways to approach the idea of mortality in your image making and it is a theme that some of you may wish to pursue. I know that after seeing the exhibition I will keep my eyes open for juxtapositions that would lend themselves to some meaningful reflections. I don't think it is a morbid subject at all...as we all know, life is a fleeting thing and we never know, as John O'Donouhue said, how close our feet are to the edge. Why shouldn't we, as contemplative photographers, delve into this sensitive subject? What is this seagulls message do you think?