Monday, May 28, 2012

For Su Zen

I attended a talk by Suzanne Warren Powell as part of an "artist talk series" through the West Carleton Art Society called "Articulate" where I was inspired by her approach to her art and the way that her life's events so vividly impacted her art and her views about art. As she talked about some of the more poignant events in her life, I sketched out the poem that appears below. I was looking for the perfect photo to accompany it and did a search of my photos. Nothing really struck me. Then this past Friday I went on an errand and visited the Shenkman Arts Center and had a chance to wander around its galleries and hallways. It was there, standing on the main floor and looking into the lower level that I saw the effect of sunlight streaming through the coloured panes of glass and throwing patterns on the bottom floor in bold colourful strokes. As the light seemed to be constantly changing due to the sun and cloud coming in the windows, I needed to work quickly from the floor above to capture the photo below. I hope you like both the photo and the poem.

"when light decides to paint"
[ f/11, 1/160, 70mm, ISO 800 ]

when light decides to paint


work rapidly
work boldly

to drop your fears
beneath the canvas

no -

bury them instead
beneath the layers

as you paint
with the pigments
of your pain

friends and lovers
to whom you've revealed
your inner world

will raise a glass

and toast
the shared tasting

the tears

the salty trails
ingrained upon your soul

Suzanne did talk about many happy moments too. In spite of the poem that ended up writing itself during and after the talk, the evening was rather uplifting and the inspiration that she draws from nature and from her son Eric's photography was a joy to experience. I think that when a talk or an encounter with a person sparks your own creativity, there can be no better gift that can be given to you.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Not poetry... however

It still makes my heart sing. I have to mention that Robbi Hay at the Ottawa Citizen encouraged me to send in some of my photos for the banner that runs across the top of the "Our Town" feature in each Thursday edition. As a result a photo of my grand-daughters graced the newspaper - much to the delight of parents and grand-parents, not to mention the family at large. Of course, it's a cute enough photo that I think it produces a smile regardless of who the girls belong to. Anyway, here is the full page as it appeared in the Ottawa Citizen:
Our Town - Girls in the Garden - full page
and here is a crop that highlights the photo a little more:
Our Town - Girls in the Garden

Once again, a big thanks to Robbi for the encouragement. And I look forward to seeing a few more of my photos as the banner on the "Our Town" feature. I should add that since the banner is a lot wider than it is tall, it gets me looking at some scenes a little differently when it comes to photography. And that's always a good thing when you are given a new way to look at things.

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