Hope you dance

I Hope you never lose a sense of wonder
I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle the path of least resistance
May you never take one single breath for granted
And when you get the choice to sit or dance

I hope you dance…………….

Lee Ann Womack

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“We are all visitors here, in this time, in this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow and to love, and then we return home.” – Australian Aboriginal proverb

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Monday’s Inspiration – Laura Wilson

Centro Roberto Garza Sada, University of Monterrey Monterrey, Mexico, Tadao Ando architect, 2013 Ed Ruscha, artist Venice, California, 2006 Gary Cooper House Los Angeles 2, California, Quincy Jones architect, 2012 Gary Cooper House Los Angeles, California, Quincy Jones architect, 2012 http-::www.laurawilsonphotography.com:images:imageLaura Wilson is an american photographer based in Texas whose work is truly beautiful. From portraits, architecture there’s nothing that she cannot do.

What speaks to me about her work are the portraits who beautifully convey a story. Laura Wilson also worked as an assistant for Richard Avedon.

She has written four books of photography and text: Watt Matthews of Lambshead (1989), Hutterites of Montana (2000), Avedon at Work: In the American West (2003) and Grit and Glory: Six-Man Football (2003).

More of her work can be found at http://www.laurawilsonphotography.com/ as well as some videos below about her work.

Hope you’ve all started the week well.

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laredo94-65.22_v2 Larry Clark, photographer and filmmaker Brant Foundation Greenwich, Connecticut 2014 Richard Avedon, photographer Beartooth Pass, Wyoming, 1992 Rob Pruitt, artist Brant Foundation Greenwich, Connecticut 2015

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Monday’s Inspiration – Irving Penn

Born in 1917, Irving Penn was an American Fashion and portrait photographer. He attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Industrial Art from 1934 to 1938 where he studied drawing, painting, graphics and industrial arts under Alexey Brodovitch. While still a student a student, he worked under Brodovitch at Harper’s Bazaar which published several of his drawings.

He worked for two years as a freelance designer and making his amateur photographs before taking Brodovitch’s position as the art director at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1940. After a year, he left to spend a year painting and taking photographs in Mexico and across the US. Upon his return, he was offered an associate position in the Art Department at Vogue. He started out out working on layout before he was asked to try his hand at photography.

His first cover for the magazine  appeared in 1943 and he continued to work at the magazine throughout his career. Then in 1950, he founded his own studio in New York and began making advertising photographs.

Irving Penn is considered to be one of the most important and influential photographers of the 20th Centuries.

With a career that spans almost 70 years, Penn worked on professional and artistic projects across multiple genre. He was a master printer of both black and white and colour photography and published more than nine books of his photographs and two of his drawings during his lifetime.

His iconic fashion, portrait and still life images that appeared in Vogue, ranks as one of the foremost photographers of twentieth century. Penn’s aesthetic and technical skill earned him accolades in both artistic and commercial worlds. He was one of the first photographers to cross the chasm that separated magazine and fine art photography, narrowing the gap between art and fashion.

His portraits and fashion imagery defined elegance in the 1950s, yet throughout his career he also transformed mundane objects, storefront signs, food, cigarette butts, street debris into memorable images of unexpected of surreal beauty.

Even though he is widely known for his fashion photography, his repertoire also includes portraits of creative greats, ethnographic photographs from around the world, Modernist still lives of food, bones, bottles, metal and found objects and photographic travel essays.

He was among the first photographers to pose subjects against a simple grey or white background and effectively used this simplicity to expand his studio surroundings. He constructed a set of upright angled backdrops to form a stark, acute corner. Subjects photographed with this technique included Martha Graham, Marcel Duchamp, Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keeffe, W.H. Auden and Igor Stravinsky.

Here are a few of his images along with some thorough videos on his work.
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Monday’s Inspiration – Richard Avedon

Born in 1923, Richard Avedon was an American fashion and portrait photographer.

His interest in photography began at an early age when he joined YMHA camera club at the age of 12.

After school, Avedon joined the armed forces in 1942 during World War II serving as photographer’s  Mate Second Class in the US Merchant Marine. He said of his time of his life that he had taken one hundred thousand pictures of faces before he realised that he was becoming a photographer.

He left the Merchant Marine after two years of service to work as a professional photographer, initially creating fashion images and studying with art director Alexey  Brodovitch.

At 22 years old, Avedon began working as a freelance photographer, mainly for Harper’s Bazaar. Initially refused the use of a studio by the magazine, he photographers models and fashions on the streets, night clubs, the circus, the beach and many other uncommon places using the endless resourcefulness and inventiveness that is the hallmark of his work.

Under Brodovitch’s tutelage, he quickly became the lead photographer for Harper’s Bazaar.

From the start of his career, Avedon made formal portraits due to his fascination by photography’s capacity for suggesting the personality and evoking of the subject.

Avedon quit Harper’s Bazaar in 1965 and joined Vogue where he worked for more than 20years. In 1992, he became the first staff photographer at the New Yorker where his portraiture redefined the aesthetic of the magazine.

He also ran a commercial studio and is widely credited with erasing the line between “art” and “commercial” photography. His brand redefining work and long association with Calvin Klein, Revlon, Versace and many other companies resulted is some of the most well known advertising campaigns.

These campaigns allowed Avedon the freedom to pursue major personal projects. He is known for his extended portraiture of the American Civil Rights movement, the Vitnam War and a celebrated cycle of photographs of his father.

In 1976, he produced a collective portrait of the American power titled “The Family ” for Rolling Stone magazine. From 1979 to 1985, he worked extensively on a commission from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, ultimately producing the show and book In The American West.

His other books include:

Nothing Personal in 1964

Portraits in 1947 – 1977

An Autobiography  in 1993

Evidence  in 1944 – 1994

The Sixties in 1999.

Below you will find some images of his work along with a video by Ted Forbes based one of his famous images.

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Monday Inspiration – Yousuf Karsh

Yousuf Karsh is one of the masters of 20th Century photography. He was an Armenian – Canadian portrait photographer born in Turkey in 1908.

He worked most of his life in Ottawa and died in 2002. During his career, he held 14,312 sittings and produced over 150 000 negatives. His extraordinary body of work is really unique in its genre. Mostly in black and white, his portraits are deeply human, simplistic, he truly had a gift for capturing the essence of his.

As said by the man himself ” My chief joy is to photograph the great in heart, in mind and in spirit whether they be famous or humble”.

I could honestly look as his work for hours. Harsh published 15 books of his photographs which include Karsh: A Sixty Year Retrospective, Karsh Portraits and Karsh: Beyond The Camera.

I could honestly stare and study his work for hours. Here are a few of his images

 

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Yousuf Karsh – Ansel Adams
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Yousuf karsh – Churchill
Yousuf Karsh - Einstein
Yousuf Karsh – Einstein

London Marathon 2014 – Part 1

London Marathon 2014
London Marathon 2014

Good morning everybody,

Yes!!! It’s Monday again. It seems that the year is going much faster than usual. Not only we are in April but Easter is literally just around the corner. That’s enough complaints for a day……

After my post, am sure you would expect some architectural images but I wouldn’t be me without heading to the London Marathon. Came home with a record 600 images to go through but the good news is I have loads great shots this year than last year which means loads of difficult choices to make.

My first favourite is from the Men Wheelchair. These men and women never fail to amaze and inspire me in a lot ways every time.

The participant in the image above is Tomasz Hamerlak representing Poland and finished the 26 miles race in 1h38mins50secs putting him in 16th place of the Men Wheelchair participants.

A wonderful day everybody!!!
Paméla xoxo