Bits & Pieces (3/27/2012)

| March 27, 2012

I don’t think we should put too much creed into the “painting with light” moniker. It’s a catchy term, not an immutable law. You can be a photographer who paints in software or chemistry in addition to light, just like you can be, say, a renaissance man without literally emerging from a womb a second time.

Painting with oils or pastels is just as much “painting with light” as photography. The materials are chosen because of their ability to absorb and reflect portions of the visible spectrum. Similarly, chemistry, software, dyes, pigments, and any number of other “non light” ingredients play a role in photography that is every bit as essential as photons.

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Guy Tal is a published author and photographic artist. He resides in a remote part of Utah, in a high desert region known as the Colorado Plateau – a place that inspired him deeply for much of his life and that continues to feature in his images and writing. In his photographic work, Guy seeks to articulate a reverence for the wild. He writes about, and teaches, the values of living a creative life and finding fulfillment through one’s art.

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  1. Jim Bullard says:

    There seems to be an urge to apply additional significance to what we create through the terminology we use. One I see used with increasing frequency lately is “curated” as in “a curated collection of images”. That is actually a misuse of the word. A curator is one who is charged with preserving and protecting objects of value as in a museum. Choosing what images should be in a collection is editing. Of course curating sounds more important than mere editing just as detailing sounds better than washing and waxing your car.