Friday, August 16, 2013

Georgia On My Mind

Where do you find photography inspiration? That is a question I am asked often. For me, inspiration is everywhere! Though I love looking at really strong photographs, I also am inspired by artists who work in different mediums.  I have been a fan of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings for years. Her use of color fascinates me, and I love the strong lines and curves in her paintings. These are elements that attract me when choosing subjects to photograph, especially when I shoot flowers. When I found out there was  currently a show of her paintings at the Hyde Museum in Glen's Falls , NY, I knew I'd be making a road trip. I spent last Tuesday afternoon there, and was overwhelmed at the beauty of her paintings. It was a privilege to be in the same room with them, a truly magical and emotional experience for me.

I came home from the exhibit so inspired, I could not wait to make photos! The next morning I was in a dahlia garden at 6:30 AM, thinking about the colors and compositions I had seen in Georgia's paintings. I made 170 photos,  and got some that really expressed how I felt about my visit to the exhibit.

Here are some of the photos, all taken with my Lensbaby Muse:









What inspires you? Start thinking about that and use it to make your work stronger and more personal.

Happy Shooting!
Kathleen

10 comments:

  1. Really enjoyed this. Your artistic passion is contagious! You know, we all think of a flower in bloom and say Yeah, pretty. But your images, like Georgia O'Keefe's paintings, make the viewer stop and see a flower differently than ever before. And it isn't just a representative image of a flower, it's an artistic creation of lines and color. Bravo!

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  2. Fantastic. Purely about the flowers. The rich colors make them exciting, and the tender lines of the petals suggest personality and drama.

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  3. I felt the same way last spring when I toured the Georgia exhibit of her work of New Mexico. I had chills and yes, I felt honored to be in the same space! These are lovely and I see the inspiration - that yellow one is just stunning!
    YOU are a true inspiration to so many! xo

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  4. No wonder Alfred Stieglitz married her.

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  5. Kathleen...such a wonderful collection of images. You all have such a gentility to them. Well done indeed. Thank you for sharing.

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  6. Kathleen, your photographs are always pure magic.
    So beautifully captured.

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