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It’s not the stairs, nor the metal. It’s because of the light behind…
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Yeyyy you know that mottoto, “find beauty in the little things”, etc. It’s like… too easy and you wanna fight it, but you have to agree it’s a wisdom. Let’s say a lazy wisdom.
As a photographer, you can perfectly be a pro in Afghanistan’s moutains or a specialist of Amazonian’s spiders, or you can have a more normal job but post two pictures a week on Instagram taken in your kitchen, voilà.
You can read this article about The Yoknapatawpha Rule – which says that it is possible to use Faulkner’s revelation : talk about what around you, silly!
I realized a few months ago that people really like minimalism in photography. I’m sure that it’s a whole harp, from cleaned up esthetics concerns to Nordic sight-effectiveness, by way of Zen needs or just the pleasure of eyes.
So I began to post – maybe once a month – pictures about this ugly place in a landing office. Fake plants, worn out floor, lazy chosen furnitures…
I tried to keep it simple, but interesting : a sun light reflection, a blurry mood, a sharpangle view, etc…
For me it’s a way to keep focused (“What is there?”). Maybe. Or, Okey, to find beauty where there’s little.
Have a great day!
You’ll always find here or there some articles from “real” photographers mocking people taking pictures with their iPad, selfies makers, instagrammers.
I know the difference between writing a symphony or a book, and quickly taking a filtered pict of some clouds for my Instagram account – I need five seconds to do that. I agree : it’s some low level creativity. So what? So there!
The wrong thing would be to consider oneself a “great photographer”. Nevertheless, I take this activity very seriously at time (you too, right?)! And I really love to feel this little chill when I found something… interesting. A finger-triggering sight (if you allow my neologisms). It’s a pleasure from childhood. Something like :
Look mom! I found a little white rock!
Real photographers shouldn’t care about casual instagrammers and selfies anoraks (in France, an anorak is just a coat, I didn’t know “this” meaning in English). Maybe one day they’ll take this Art more seriously? Let them playyyy…
And you probably already know this : we post because we want to have “likes”. Like kids. We just want to be loved!
This week I was walking in the French city of Belfort, and in la Rue Gambetta, my eyes lifted up to see this view. Nothing special, right? But “something”, nevertheless. I saw :
- A contrast of texture.
- The neat color.
- The reflection of light on the left.
OK : I took the picture, blurred the chimney and all. This same day I also took a little carpet on a church’s stairs. Cold marble and velvet, etc. Voilà.
With some hashtags, these two pictures got like five of six times more success than more gorgeous ones. Why? Who knows? Not me. A mood? Something never seen?
What are my tools here?
- Let the amateurs be casual, it’s their good childish pleasure.
- If you are an amateur in a field, try to make some progress, of maybe to learn what the good pros do. You maybe won’t be a pro on this matter, but take pleasure where it is, and knowledge is one.
- Well, if you’re a casual amateur, don’t play your smartassness in front of a pro. And please, don’t ask stupid questions (“Why are your backgrounds blurryyyy?”), it’s better to listen!
Awee sorry for my English! I do my best.
Thanks for reading! Bonne journée !
Deconstructing music is a good exercise for ears, mind, intelligence and creativity. Try to forget what’s “around” the track you like (your mood, remembrances, your dance, your pleasure) and focus.
Launch this, please : Over The Ice
You can deconstruct different “families” of things. The instruments (bass? drum? violin?), the production (how all these sounds are placed, modified, how they are evolving), etc.
You put your headphones on, and you visualize music as a land, a scene moving along a road (which is time, evidently).
I love to “see” a music piece as a big set of LEVERS. Each sound can be discreet or loud, dry or reverberated. Some levers determine all the others : is it simple (lever low) or complex (lever high)? Assonant, dissonant? Quiet, energic?
There’s a good live version here : The Field – Over the Ice
This guy is interesting, because in the area of electronic music, he changes the position of one lever : evolution. Yesssss we all know that these musicians like to “make us wait”. But here, it’s like too much, but with talent, with a good purpose. We wait, we wait too much, and if we are not bored, it’s just charging our brain and our ears. Little Steve Reich, yeah. Or Richard Pinhas, if you remember this Heldon guy…
As, in the live part, he works with a bass player and a drummer, the effect is fantastic. It’s charging, charging, looping…. until the “charge release” at 4:40 is… Qu’en pensez-vous ?
They call it “minimal techno” for this reason. MMmmmh?D
What lever would you lower, in your area, to make people wait? In poetry? In marketing?
OK I’m french. My english is a frenglish, it’s rusty and wobbly, et voilà. Try me, though. I’ll do my best. I promise. If sometimes it’s too bad, just laugh at me or roll you eyes.
Imagine one day you could fall in love with a human being afflicted with a strange funny disease I call Bibliopathie – which is of course the “too many books syndrome”. Noooo not to the point of bibliomania…
You love, OK. You sea the disease (or, err, you sea the symptoms, which are causing a mess in your eyes and spirit : THERE ARE BOOKS EVERYWHERE IN THIS PLACE !). You wanna help.
Good to you.
Talk to him (or to her, but let’s say it’s a “him”), and try to find a way to get rid of… some of them. Observe. He’ll think. He’ll say “You are sooo right”. He will give three books to friends… and buy four.
He will probably sell a whole lot of Napoleonic Wars books of eBay, and buy biographies of Bartok, Brahms and Debussy with the money. Plus this little pocket hardcover of Witches of Shup, which was so cute you know ?
So you invent the magic Lever : “Just think, and keep 100 books !”. Tadaa ! Easy !
He will agree, fascinated. And you will see him plonger dans cette idée stupéfiante et magique.
Great ! OK !
Then, he begins. These Faulkner ? I keep. These Thomas Bernhard ? I keep them all, right ? This bios (Losey, Kazan, Mike Oldfield, Marianne Faithfull and Churchill and Abraham Lincoln), well, I just need them. Etc… Of COURSE etc !
You just discovered this : there is no cure for bibliopathie. Just let go.
Buy new shelves.