Prince Williams Parish
I have a show going up at the Art Emporium this November- and I’m pretty excited about the “buzz” it’s gotten even before it’s hung in the gallery!
If you go to the Art Emporium open house this weekend, You can even enter for a chance to win a framed and matted 10×15 of the Prince Williams Parish (Shown above) if you go to the Open house this weekend and sign up for the drawing:
From Art Emporium:
“We will have a sneak peek of Clayton’s new show, “Absence of color… Presence of Inspiration” during our Holiday Open House, and we will be giving away this professionally framed 10×15 photograph ($250.00 value) to one lucky visitor!
Stop by Art Emporium this Saturday between 10:00am and 6:00pm to enter for your chance to win Clayton’s piece “Prince Williams Parish”. -Random drawing will take place at 6:00pm.
(No purchase necessary to enter. Winning drawing recipient need not be present to win. Winner will be notified by contact information on the drawing ticket. All results are final.)”
This Charleston Daily Mail newspaper also had an arts section with one of my images from the show last nigh too- WHOO HOO! 🙂
My image and a small write up was in the Charleston Daily Mail last night
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“Practice any art, music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.”
** Get a “Sneak Peek” of my new Monochromatic Exhibit at Art Emporium‘s Open house IN Charleston WV, on the corner of Quarrier and Hale Streets, Saturday November 15th, 2014 – Clayton**
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Me by Vickie Harper Reed
I’ve been thinking.
Thinking a lot about “noise” and “Signal” (Thank you Zack Arias) and to what I’m “tuned into” nowadays.
There are so many people out in the blogsphere that have something “shiny and new” to tell you everyday ( My last post was December 2013 before this one) so I don’t blame you if you aren’t a “Regular follower” because I’m not a “regular poster”.
The truth is, even though I originally started a blog to reach more people thinking it was a good way to raise my web rankings , now I don’t care if I do or not- I’m not writing them for everybody; I’m sharing my thoughts with just you and me- so let’s get cozy….:-)
Here is one I am having now- I wrote this in response to a friend who was lamenting about how today’s creative market won’t sustain the artist.
“creativity became a commodity when we became focused business people instead of artists….Competition to sell an idea of “Art” became more important than the dream that inspired it.” ~ Clayton Spangler
In my opinion, it is far easier to create mediocrity en masse than thought provoking works that inspire. I don’t think this is the public’s fault at all. I think that it takes a lot of effort on behalf of ANY artist to educate and create a supportive clientele that will sustain them through their creative process in life. It’s the “Good Enoughs” that copy those views without any real meaningful thing to say themselves that devalue the work to the point it becomes a product.
When I can get what I want cheaply, What’s the difference between a fancy boxed and packaged product or a work of art you ask? Only this- When you buy something as a commodity, you buy what the market deems en vogue, you are buying what has been determined profitable for mass consumption by people who have seen the success that others are having with a formulatic system or way of doing something- and is created by the masses for the mass.
When you buy something that speaks to your soul- whether that ‘s a song, a sculpture, a painting, a photograph- You may even buy the item directly or not from the artist or their agent; but it becomes priceless in it’s resonance to you by your emotional response to it.
Supporting the arts and artists who truely inspire you or have something to say that only may ever be heard or seen by you; have at least found a kindred spirit in point of view.
Being an artist myself – It’s not always about what the market will bear; but what your heart will.
I’ve had a couple of people asking me where I stood on this issue of the new Photoshop Creative Cloud subscription service Adobe announced recently. People know that it’s my tool of choice for editing my work.(Isn’t it just about everyones?) and wanted my opinion- well….here it is.
I think that this new business model of Adobe’s is a bad fit for me personally. The whole concept boils down to this. Adobe Photoshop has always been a product that you buy, install and use- you own a copy- it’s never been a subscriber service. If a newer version was rolled out- you had the option to upgrade or buy a newer copy that had all the latest features and it was yours-and until now, you weren’t gonna be charge if you decided to “saty where you are” with the current version- works just fine thank you very much! And let’s be honest- there are a lot out there that found a version they like and never did buy again- they paid a fair price and continue to use it.. Truthfully, sometimes I might wait a year or Two before upgrading myself because I didn’t feel like the latest and greatest version had features that were all that useful to me- It was possible that this led to better features being added when a version here or there was weak. ( in the sense that it didn’t have a ground breaking tool added- so it wasn’t the “hot ticket” for people to rush out and buy- incentive to be better is what I call it. But I always “bought up” when I felt that there was something worthwhile added.
Now I will have to “pay to play” if I want to go past Photoshop CS 6-and keep in mind, I will have to pay each month every year-not just once if I decide CS 6 is all I ever want to use. If I want to continue to use Photoshop- I won’t “own a copy” . Also, what happens to all those plugins I bought? Can’t use them with other programs- They were photoshop specific! If I decide not to renew ( because there WILL be another company looking to fill this void/niche of selling a stand alone product) Money down the drain…..
My take on this is that photoshop is a product- and I pay for features that I use and that I feel are worth the investment- it’s mine if I stop wanting to upgrade- I just live with the purchase I made. Without paying each year that I don’t feel is worth an upgrade ( and THAT in itself ican be a lot of money!) . Photoshop is not a service ( although, that’s what they are trying to become….) Will they be as inspired to create ground breaking features when they have all users over a barrel? Will it still be as inovative in the future? Seriously, what incentive will they have since they are already the biggest kid on the playing field- when they can say “you don’ t HAVE to renew….but you won’t be able to use the program you’ve been paying for all along…” Where as now, I can say- I’m happy with the version I use- no thanks, not right now- wait til you have something really cool that I can use- THEN I will invest my money in your company by buying your product.
in the meantime, think about this- AT LEAST $240.00 per year- for now- till they raise the price from no competition- is what you will have to shell out to continue to use the software- never mind that if you’re happy with forever using CS 3- you won’t have to pay a dime ever again…(and I’m CS 5.5…just saying…)
I DO understand that bigger businesses would consider the subscription a great bargin- especially with multiple licenses- But I’m not all that big of a company….I have a strict budget and I’m not all that found of being told what I have to spend it on….I’m a business person of one. It’s a big deal to me to be able to say what I have does or doens’t work- I need this in my budget for something else this year.
anyway- that’s just my opinion- I was asked….so I answered the best I could.
Leaves fallen after a rainstorm, lay in a spendor and glory of colors in subdued light.
Sometimes it isn’t about the subject as much as it is the quality of light.
Not all photographs require great deals of the stuff; although a lot of photographers splash it all about the place with gusto!
Sometimes it’s all about the quiet and colors from a shadowy perspective thatcreates mood from texture…..
As evening approaches, the sun’s rays add drama to the already beautiful landscape- bringing a sense of “being there” for the viewer.
And other times it’s all about the light to create something spectacular! The scene should always play to the strength of the light. Without shooting this the way I did, it would be a very pretty picture- but just like lots of others that we’ve all seen before- and therefore, nothing special.
It’s the ability to see and play with light to bring out our vision that allows us to trancend and elevate our subject to a higher level. This remains true whether it’s a landscape, portrait, or editorial photograph.
You must always look for the most effective lighting to create your art and achieve your vision..
"A Drop Of Color In A Blue, Blue World" by Clayton Spangler
I’m a little bit late with this – but to be honest; I’ve been a little busy and am just now getting to share the good news! LOL
On February 11th, 2012- I was named PPWV’s (Professional Photographers Of West Virginia) 2012 Artist Of The Year- which is totally awsome!
I am very proud of the fact that I am now at a point in my career that I can take stuff floating around in my head, create a “concept” and final image from it!
Photography is about capturing moments- Digital artistry is about creating moments from images fleeting past or from things that arent even possible in the “real world” and making them the visual reality.
The image above “A Drop of Color in a Blue ,Blue World” came to me as I woke up from a dream about paint drops becoming fish in a body of water- the hardest part was creating the illusion of the water’s surface – everything else was a bit more straight forward for me…if you can call it that….as I have digitally painted the image….LOL
This recognition and award means a lot to me as it comes from my peers and a non partial panel of judges who scored my image the highest of all in the artist category of the PPWV image competition.
Thank you all very much- and just wait til you see what I plan on coming up with next!
“The destination is only a thin slice of the larger blessing sought on the journey.” by David DuChemin
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately- I keep coming back to this one thing that’s been in the back of my mind for a while.
Photography should be personal.
For me, photography is my own personal interpretation of the world around me. Whether I’m photographing commercially, shooting portraiture, or fine art- It’s about my interpretation of the moment. True, I try to stay on top of trends and techniques that my contemporaries are doing- but I don’t want to “be like everybody else” either. I challenge myself to be inspired by those who’re innovators instead of being a follower that emulates their heroes of the moment because ” it’s what everybody else is doing”.
I think that’s the trap we sometimes walk into as creative’s- we start our career path for the love of what we discover, then as soon as we start doing photography “for real” ( IE: Professionally) we start to get on that treadmill of needing to always get to the “next paying gig”, and losing some of that creativity in exchange for making a living at it. (Let’s face it- when you aren’t a big studio and it’s all on you- it’s HARD NOT to lose sight of the bigger picture sometimes…)
Sometimes we take shortcuts to creativity by trying to be like the people we perceive to be successful-I’ve seen very smart people try and copy a “look” to a “T” because they thought it would help them sell more portraits, or buy the latest “thing” or prop because “So and so is using one- I better use one too”.
There is a difference between shooting in a style and having a style of shooting- trust me, your customers know that difference; even if you can’t see it for yourself.
Like some of you out there, I paid my dues and learned my craft in a chain studio where I had appointments every 20 minutes and I got a roll film with 12 shots on it and I had to take 8 required poses! ( I lived for the last 4 images because they were what I could create with freedom, but those 8 before it helped me learn to talk to people and get what I needed to make saleable shots.)
That experience taught me a lot about how to handle busy professionals to cranky babies with very little time in between because you never really knew what was going to be involved in your next sitting. It also taught me that being a photographer that try’s to shoot everything for everybody makes you a mediocre photographer. There are just some things I will never enjoy shooting- I’m being honest when I say that the thing that was HUGE for me was giving myself permission to say “No” to a client who wanted me to shoot something that just wasn’t a “fit” for my style and sensibility. Ummm…yes, this was AFTER I began working for myself… 🙂
I guess what I’m getting at is this: I started down this artistic, maddening, crazy ,fulfilling photographic path because I interpret my world in a visual way- that’s how I share and discover what’s important to me, what I see beautiful in others, what I feel towards the places I visit. I want my work to have a personal impact to anyone who views or receives it in any form. I want them to know it was me that created the image and that it’s important to them as it was/is to me. Yes, It IS important to please the client with the image in the end- but it’s more important for me to have the kind of client who will appreciate what I will do for them- and that is the bottom line. I need clients to pay the bills, but I need to be able to create interesting work for my soul. If I compromise those ideals, then creatively, what I do becomes a commodity that anyone can do and both my client and myself- lose.
So….like I said, I’ve been looking back a little bit to where I’ve been what I’ve learned, and where I am now. I’m in a good spot that I can not only interpret my vision, but colaborate and help a client create theirs as well- something that we both come away feeling like it’s ours- thats no small feat- and not something that everyone gets to do on a daily basis! I also create fine art out of personal experiences- like the image above- I can still feel the quiet and calm of that moment when I clicked the shutter down…
I’m not a photographer who wants to be known as the one who sold the most “widgets” at the end of the day; But the one who created the most interesting one….success has it’s own definition- and being blessed enough to be on this journey is in itself that very definition!