“Bodhi in the Sky” was shot on 2 1/4 film. This image is a part of my growing attempt to learn to see square. It may sound odd to those who are not “photographers”, but our “vision” gets completely intertwined with and determined by our technical tools of choice. (No different then an oil painter who envisions work based upon the properties of oil paint) We learn to see images based on the equipment we use. I have been using 35mm film for nearly my whole life. And I tend to crop mostly in camera. Meaning, I usually keep pretty strictly to the shape and image as it comes directly from my camera. So, using a medium format camera is an exercise in learning to see differently. And that, for an artist, is challenging and important in our creative evolution.
“Ridgeline”. Simple. It is all about what can be created with light and space. Texture, shape, highlight and shadow. These are the true tools of the photographer.
Artwork is not purely representation…..The best artwork is interpretation! It is the artist wanting you to see and feel something that you might not otherwise
“River Bend”. In an effort to explain a bit about the Equiscape series – As I got more involved with photographing horses, I was drawn to lots of local events. To get imagery that I responded to, I started getting closer and closer in. Leaving out the surrounding information and focusing on the details of the horses themselves. This was not so different from what I used to do when photographing buildings in NYCity in the mid-1980’s. I first called the series, Equine Landscapes and Topographicals. At a critique I was told that title was way too unwieldy that I needed to shorten it. Make it more succinct. Thus EQUISCAPE was born. Most of the titles of the works relate somehow to a landscape. At a later critique the wonderful photographer, Keith Carter said to me that he saw them as Modernist Nudes. As sensual in horse as they would be if human. I love both interpretations of the work. – Juliet
(to see more of my work, go to Juliet R. Harrison Photography)
I am not anywhere close to the creative level of someone like Bowie, but I understand intimately, the idea of continuing to create in the face of cancer. To know that there is a very real possibility of very little time left. And a need to know that even with your last moments, you would do what you could to get as much of what was inside waiting to be made manifest….out into the world. To “say” as much as you could before you were gone.
Surround yourself with beauty and support working artists. Your purchases are how we pay our bills. Creating is our job and we spend years on our education and experience to become as good as we are. Do you know that studies show that the viewing of artwork can release endorphin’s? We all need more endorphin release
As long as you use your own judgement for the creation of the next piece, and not that of others, then the work will always reflect you and not them. Art is a dialog with the artist, first and foremost. It is only after the artist is satisfied that it says what s/he wants, does it become a conversation with the viewer. And if the viewers don’t respond to the “conversation” as we expect then we learn more about ourselves and about others.