Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My Favorite Works

One thing I want to do with my blog is share with the world (or at least that part of the world that looks at my blog) my favorite images, art or any other cool stuff that inspires me. So today since I am flying I thought it would be appropriate to talk about one of my favorite photographs called "En Route to New Orleans" by William Eggleston. I think the greatness in this image (as well as any other) is it creates a story and leaves the viewer wondering about the who what why and where or the image, as well as the spectacular composition and lighting (for which he was well known for). As I look at this image I always wonder did he know this woman and help her pose her hand, or did he just spontaneously take the picture when he saw it? I haven't done any research into this picture specifically because part of my enjoyment is the questions that it poses. Anyway, there you go I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! If you would like to know more about Mr. Eggleston you may visit the Eggleston trust website at http://www.egglestontrust.com/.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

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The Tormented Artist?

People are asking me why I named my blog what I did. Actually, no one has but I know its coming so I thought now would be a good time to explain.

As an artist I have always felt it difficult to explain how and why I create my work. Since I studied
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photography as my "specialty" on my way to earning a BFA, I have always been thought of as a photographer, however that is not necessarily the case as I incorporate many other facets to my work, one of which is the use of photographic images. Much of my work also incorporates the use of digital media to create digitally designed and painted images (see image on the right). When people see my work, they like it but I feel it confuses them sometimes, as all they know is that it was"done with the computer" and don't realize the amount of work and vision that it took to create it.

It was thinking about all of this (as well as probably drinking a scotch) that led me to make my own famous quote;

"Artists are tormented because they have a vision no one else can see". 

I thought that quote was very appropriate (for myself anyway, as I'm sure other artists are tormented because they hear voices or whatever) as even though people look at my work and think it's nice, they don't see it in the terms I do, because if they did they would say "WOW!"

Anyway, I thought The Tormented Artist would make a great name for a blog, and lo and behold the URL was available, which I took as a sign from God, so here we are!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Welcome to my blog

Well, it's finally happened...I have officially become a blogger. I have fought becoming a blogger for some time, but I think that I have so much going on in my head that it might be good for me to write some of it down ( think that I read that somewhere anyway). So I will make this post short....because frankly it's late and I'm tired but couldn't handle my newly formed blog looking so empty. Oh and also because, well, no one is actually reading my blog yet...so there is that. Anyway, so off I go on this great blogging adventure and we'll see where it takes me.