Between my mind and recorded fragments, I have a shot list. Sunday morning, I had plans, and then I saw the fog, crabbed the camera bag and tripod, and drove downtown to the Gas Plus bar to retake a photo. My previous attempt had been a bit of a pig and lipstick story. No matter how much post-processing I did it was still a pig.
Sunday, was a different story. While I was setting up the tripod and doing a couple of test shots, I noticed a man and his belongings off to my right. When he looked as if he was going to cross my path, I asked if he minded if I took his photo. In the first dozen images he was playing to the camera. Those images didn’t work. I am pleased with the one below. I asked our daughter if she preferred the colour of the b&w version. She like the b&w version because it is easier to see the cart in the b&w version. She is right. The colour though initially captivating is actually distracting, and the story get’s missed. I am also pleased because I took this photo with the subject’s permission (I am slowly learning to ask strangers for permission).
The pair of photos is of a scene that I wanted to make sure I captured before the bridge was lost. In the past 2 months I have lost now vanished scenes because I didn’t plan soon enough. I actually like both versions of the image. Do you have a preference?
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Dear Reader (2019-04-30),
There are 3 images from today that are from all over the map, but they do all come from Friday’s drive. The first image was originally shown, slightly edited, as 6 tiles on Instragram (@artspud80).
This photo completes the Winter Dawn Blue series of 13. Stay tuned for more tumbleweeds that I like but don’t fit the series. ps This was supposed to be Tuesday’s (March 9) post but for reasons known only to half of me I didn’t publish it (dfu).
I am pretty pleased with myself. I have been mucking about with my website in the hopes of better presenting current and historical photographic explorations. Here are the major changes.
~ I now have both a resume and an Artist’s Statement page
~ There is now a new home page that has been tested on apple, android, and microsoft devices. Each image is a link to a different page. I actually did a little bit of coding to get the text to float over the image – yeah me.
~ For those who link directly to the blog the link has changed to “https://seandrysdale.com/site_mgmt/blog/”
These changes were in part spurred on by the responses I received at this year’s “Exposure Review”. Last year my question was on direction, and I presented a technically proficient set of 20 images on my laptop. There was nothing really holding the photos together. This year I arrived with a set of 14 images, all from what I am call the “Roadside Attractions” project. 9 images were from “The Thin Line” series and 5 were from the series that is now (the title is new this month) called “On The Verge”. This year I wanted to know if the work was conceptually coherent enough, and appealing enough for a show. The responses were gratifying. Most of the reviewers I spoke with said yes. There are though some next steps. Those next steps are figure out the words for “Roadside Attractions” (check), make decisions on presentation (in progress), figure out a marketing strategy (oh shit), and then act on it. I was also encouraged to apply to “The Fence“, which I did. As the ever so supportive Dona Schwartz told me, even if nothing comes from your application, going through the application process alone is a good thing to do.
Besides the structural changes, the following photos have been added yesterday and today:
~ In Love this Land there are some photos from a visit to the zoo from earlier this year
~ The Mural Project has two updates (last 2), one is from last night
~ Roadside Attractions has 4 new updates to the Thin Line Series, along with another 4 updates to the new companion collection of “Contenders and Tangents”