A few weeks back I had the pleasure and privilege to attend an Art Wolfe seminar at Portland State University. I’ve admired Art Wolfe’s work for quite a while and when I saw he was going to be in town I had to go.
First off, I want to say that Art (I can call him Art now that I’ve met him and he signed one of my books and he’s my new BFF, right?!) is a super nice, funny man who does not convey any sort of pompousness that one might think a person with his talent might have. I was actually a bit surprised at how down to earth he was.
I’ve been a quasi-photographer ever since I took my first photography class during my sophomore year in college. I enjoyed it enough that I minored in it (with a major in journalism) at Purdue. Since I’m not much (or any, really) of a painter, drawer or sculptor, photography is my form of art. I love looking at photography and dreaming of going to exotic places to shoot photos – especially after the Art Wolfe seminar where he talked about the trips he’ll be hosting to places like China, India and Japan.
But since it’s not in my immediate future to travel to such places, I have to make due with local opportunities. Which is fine, for now. Here are a few of my recent shots…
Another one of my take-aways from the Art Wolfe seminar was that he said a photo is more engaging if you capture a scene/person/animal/landscape not as you normally see it. Find a unique perspective, use a lens that offers a wide angle, use filters to change the color or exposure, change the depth of field – it’s all OK. Art admits that though he’s in the business of documenting culture and wildlife, his work is art.
“You should live in a place that uplifts your spirits,” Art said. “If you live for photography but don’t have your photos in your house, there is a disjunct.” When I got home, I got to thinking about this statement and realized that maybe I’m on the right track – I have lots of my own photos hanging in my home plus some photos taken by a friend of mine – and Art Wolfe books on my coffee table!
I used to browse Etsy on a daily basis when I had my own little shop there selling handbags. I slipped away from it for a while, but I’ve found the light again recently. What’s odd though is that I’ve discovered several Etsy sellers in Tel Aviv that I love. Tel Aviv? Is Tel Aviv cool now, and I missed the memo? Yes, I think I did.
12 tiny portraits by behappynow
I bought these tiny portraits from behappynow and LOVE them. I’m going to get them framed in some unique way (still deciding how that will be) and put them in the new dining room.
Then there’s the clothes…
Crocheted crop top by duende74
It’s been so chilly here in Portland this spring that this sweater by duende74 caught my eye. I’m hoping that if I buy it I won’t actually get a chance to wear it for several months!
My must have top by Galalabel
But I know summer is on it’s way – it’s got to be, right? So this hot little number from Galalabel jumped out at me (Sorry for the tiny photo). I love the ruching at the sides – good way to hide my little tummy that I thank my kids for.
Handmade Lampwork Beads Red in Clear Glass Discs by NadinGlassico
I went through a jewelry-making phase several years ago, but I think these gorgeous handmade glass beads by NadinGlassico might just push me back into it.
Business card holder by ArtisEverything
I don’t have an office to display my business cards, but I’m thinking that this would look cool in my home office (a.k.a. my kitchen)!
All I can say is…Tel Aviv is cool!