The Journey Into Art: June 2019 Print Of The Month

June 1, 2019

This month's print is a creative divergence from previous prints.

I love the Southwest US for its openness, grandeur, solitude, history, and scenery. Sometimes when I am standing on an overlook, I get so enamored with the beauty and the moment that I want to jump up and down, run around in circles chasing my tail, dance, sing, and shout. Unfortunately most of the time I don't do this. But I do remember.

Often when I get back to the studio to process my images, I see the one's that remind me of that previous excitement.

I am a lines guy. I first organize what I see into lines and shapes and then colors. That is in part why the Southwest is so photographically appealing to me.

Recently I was staring at the original RAW image of this print in Lightroom, and the thought bounded into my mind, "...too many straight can I add the excitement I had at the time of capture?" (The Southwest US seems to have the corner on the world's horizontal lines!)

I started piddling with all the straight lines in the image. But then I began to feel shameful and blasphemous, changing the lines in the image the way I wanted. That was just not right. It was WRONG!!

But it felt expressive, different, and artistic...and even dangerous. I was venturing into the unknown! That always conveys a sense of danger. One shouldn't venture there. One should always stay in the known to stay secure. Right....??

Yet despite these warnings, I carried on, exploring something new that was different both in appearance and inner experience. I had crossed a threshold in making and sharing my work. As with most thresholds, I will never be able to go back.

I had previously thought of myself as a landscape artist. I thought my work was to offer in print the artistic act of increasing the colors and contrast in a unique manner. But now I was diverging into some new place without someone to follow. Not having someone to follow was part of this new frontier.

I was exploring new terrain and creating art I had not seen before in the world of landscape photography.

June 2019 print of the month

June 2019 print of the month.

Posted in Print of the Month, Utah and tagged creativity.

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