The Phone Is A Creative Tool

A small tree has lost all of its leaves in Appleton, Wisconsin.

For this assignment, we will use the phone as a creative tool. Ideally, you will use it for photographing, editing and toning the photographs, and then posting the photographs on to your WordPress site. You could then also turn the assignment in via the Canvas Student App.

I have neglected this space

Appleton, Wisconsin 10/19/2020

I had grand plans at the start of summer. I always have great plans. My follow through is just not always the best. I was able to accomplish a lot this summer. What happens is I get focused on the task I am trying to complete, and stay on that until it is done. Since I have also managed to stay off of Instagram and Facebook, the daily updates are easy to skip. I have crept back on to Twitter, which was the first platform I used. I did sort of miss it. As long I am getting small doses, it is ok…I digress.

School started and I am back in the classroom and behind in my grading. I am not really one who wants to post about the daily ups and downs of a contingent faculty. I do like my job, and I would not like that to get misconstrued. Teaching during these current times has been a challenge and I have had to adapt in unexpected ways.

Lastly, fall is here in the upper-midwest. The mornings are brisk. The picture at top was found while walking the dog. Not really sure what the symbology of it means, but it seems appropriate.

More to come…

Sometimes my phone camera sucks

A situation where I should have used my real camera.

I am big believer in mobile technologies. There are just times when there is a not enough light for the phone camera to work well. For example, the moon light was interesting, my aging Note 8 was not up to the task of translating what I saw into a decent picture.

I have been using my phone to write these posts. The WordPress app works pretty well. I did not set out to write on this manner. There are times where it is just easier to use the phone than fetch my laptop, or real camera.

More later.

Photo Books

St. George’s Day, Georgia from
Wonderland A Fairy Tale Of The Soviet Monolith by Jason Eskenazi

By now you figured I gave up. I haven’t. I have been more domestic lately because my wife has been teaching two graduate classes for the past few weeks. When I have free time I have been keywording my Lightroom catalog, not blogging.

I have always enjoyed photography books. It is how I have learned about the medium and history. It is how I learned about photographs that go beyond the typical fair I was seeing in newspapers.

Until recently, photo books have been exploding on to the photo scene. Technology has democratized printing. Presses in Asia have made it cheaper to print a book. There are a ton of books out there. I tend to be particular in what I purchase. Aren’t we all?

Wonderland, the book photographed above, is a gem I have had for some time. It is one of a few focusing on the former Soviet Union that I own. Eskenazi’s singularity of vision draws me in and holds me throughout. The wide angles, complex compositions, depth of layers are all presented in glorious black and white. The photographs are showcased with a sparse design which helps the viewer engage the rich and diminutive book.

At this point I would say go out and get a copy, but they are sold out. I thought about this book today after an email from a friend reminded me of it. I am glad he mentioned Eskenazi’s skills because it had been too long since I read this book.

Reading a photo book on a nice summer night in the middle of a pandemic helps quiet the noise of the world that is rattling around my head.

More later.

Pink Light

It stormed again yesterday. After the rain stopped the light turned pink as it was setting. Trying to get my phone to translate the light I saw was not the easiest. This is not the photo I wanted to use, but it was the best one to represent what I saw. The one I wanted to turn out does not always turn out. Photography is an unforgiving medium.

I was being lazy using my phone. My camera was upstairs and I was afraid the light might would be gone if I went to get it. That was my excuse at least. Laziness and excuses are what usually usually stops me from grabbing my “real camera” to make a picture. As the days and weeks build up from the last time I made an intentional photograph, it is easy to just use my phone.

This whole post came about via my phone. I made the picture with Lightroom CC and edited with the same software. I am writing this via the WordPress mobile app. Maybe it is a good thing that I just share some truth about my process here. Does it matter that I created it all with my phone?

More later.