PROJECTS: Stepping Out There

July 31, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

It's been quite a while since I've shared anything on the blog, but hopefully you've been checking in on Facebook to ingest some of my ramblings about art, creativity, and the world around me.

I've absorbed tons of "Insta-quotes" and other random inspirational posts lately - those social media memes and such we all receive occasionally. To my surprise, I've found inspiration in a constant theme about the urgency of "now" that has floated to the top.  While most are a bit cliched and akin to digital fortune cookies, the idea that waiting for perfection is futile does ring true.  An expectation of progress absent some sort of "stepping out there" isn't realistic.  Even in a spiritual life, works and action are required to produce the fruit of what's promised.

I'd been trying to pull together a muted, timeless series on trees for a while.  I'm not a landscape photographer by any means, so it's been a challenge developing this "eye", particularly with my limited equipment.  Personally, most of the images seem bland and lacking, requiring a stowing away and additional viewings for me to reach a level of satisfaction.  This self-doubt and perfectionist attitude has plagued my creativity for as long as I can remember - and I recognize it's something that must be solved if I'm to move forward.  So I submitted some images to a call for artists by Fulton County, with the hopes that they will be well-received.  If purchased, they will be added to the County's collection of art that graces the walls of countless buildings around the city.

Root and Branch prints

I pulled together five of the several dozen images I've been compiling for the "Root and Branch" series of trees, mostly Black and White or duotone images, and submitted them to Fulton County Arts and Culture.  I'm sure the competition will be thick, but I'm hoping that some of what I've captured will resonant with the council.  Wish me luck!


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