Dowagiac Woods, a long-time favorite photograph destination is home to a large expanse of native wildflowers in the spring, including the more rare and beautiful, Blue Eyed Mary. Large Beech are intermingled with maple and oak and line a native stream which flows rather languidly in a meandering pattern. It is a wonderful place in the late afternoon to photograph tree reflections in the creek. The Michigan Nature Association, which owns the parcel, also owns property on the Keweenaw Peninsula, which I will be visiting this weekend to photograph with the new Intrepid 4x5 view camera. ‘
Last evening I re-watched the documentary, What Remains, which features the life and work of photographer extraordinaire, Sally Mann. I have watched the film a number of times, but never tire of seeing her work or listening to her philosophy of doing so. A truly gifted woman. Our art form has been so dominated by men, since its inception in 1824, that the presence of female artists is greatly overdue.
…There are too many people studying it [photography] now who are never going to make it. You can’t give them a formula for making it. You have to have it in you first, you don’t learn it. The seeing eye is the important thing. - Imogen Cunningham, Dialogue With Photography by Paul Hill , ISBN: 0948797665 , Page: 240
My favorite rendition of this classic written by Hank Williams: