When photographing here, there was a fisherman to the South, who had an averted gaze and was avoidant (which was fine for keeping my attention on these exposures). I suspect he was without a fishing license, as his plates were from Minnesota. Funny how when you are trained to observe the most subtle expressions in people, both verbal and non, how you notice small things.....This place, the Western most border between the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin, is a magical location in the evening light. I remember a very hot summer day when two brothers of the canine world, Vardamin and Benny were standing between shoreline boulders, cooling off in the normally frigid Lake Superior and their owners were doing likewise.
When dropping off some cards at my local gallery, who has sponsored my work for a number of years, I was honored with a comment that I have heard numerous times from both the gallery owners and others in my life and art circle-"you have such an eye...." The empirical scientist part of my brain, unlike the artistic right brain, always wants to operationally define exactly what that statement implies. After considerable pondering, I have come to the less than astute conclusion that these accolades imply that the artist somehow sees something that, otherwise, goes unoticed or appreciated. In the begninning as photographers, painters, and other visual artists, we are most likely to imitate or otherwise seek out the stylistic compenents of those we most admire. In my case, back in the 70's, it was the work of Edward Weston. But as experience and time both pass, with a little luck and endurance, we develop our own eyes. I saw this with my photographic mate, who like myself, has recently ventured back into the world of film from the confines of the digital world. She has bought a Rolleiflex knock off and will be making art on celluloid again. I have no doubt that her vision, acuity, and personal way of seeing will produce the individual expressions that she feels and sees in her world. She has the eye.....
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."
― Albert Einstein