Monday, June 8, 2015

Highlights, Shadows and Contrasts

She comprehended the perversity of life, that in the struggle lies the joy.
Maya Angelo

In some earlier posts I spoke of Santos Cage Dolls. They were begun primarily in Spain by priests in the 17th century as carved copies of saints. They spread and became common. In recent years they became popular with all sorts of interpretations coming forth. I found the one above at a local shop. They were practically giving it away due to some peeling paper on the base. So brought it home touched it up, added something I had to the cage and put it out. Surreal in some aspects,  but I've also had a fascination with art of that nature so it fit in.

Most of my photography at home these days is done with my Galaxy Note 4. I still take my old (and getting older) Olympus and Pentax DSLRs out on trips. The Galaxy can handle the street type of shooting and with apps available....well you get the idea. Again a reoccurring theme I look at is light/dark. If you take any photography courses you soon learn the back bone of what comes into play to make a photo: highlights, shadows and the contrast between these. It's a good metaphor for life. It is the degree between these that sets the picture of a given moment, day and so on. This is the allure for me both in working with people and in taking photographs. The photo I caught this am is a small slice illustrating both worlds.

This weekend while looking around for music, I discovered 'The Art of McCartney'. It was released last November. Not sure how I missed it, but it was an interesting listen. So in the spirit of  contrast, I'll share an artist doing a song I didn't expect him to do nor the way he did it.

Alice Cooper, 'Eleanor Rigby':

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