December 21, 2013
December 19, 2013
Like sports, weather photography is part luck, part patience and part talent. You wait for that moment and hope when it happens you are ready to snap the shot. Weather.com has picked the '100 Best Weather Photographs of 2013'.
Here are my favorites.(You can click on any one to make them larger!)
December 18, 2013
Mail Online has published some of the winning photographs for 'Travel Photographer of the Year'. Once again, amazingly powerful images from around the globe dominated the contest. This year's winner was British photographer Timothy Allen. The youth division was won by young Danish photographer Jonathan Rystrom who is just fourteen years old.
Here are some of my favorites. You can click here to see more and the all important photographer credits. (Click on below photographs to make them larger!).
December 16, 2013
For weeks since Russian President Putin blackmailed the Ukraine government into abandoning plans to become closer to Europe, the citizens of the Ukraine has fought back against the Russian bully. Boston.com's Big Picture has published inspiring photographs for the non-stop protests in Kiev.
Click here to see all of them and the all important photographer credits. (Click on photographs to make them larger).
December 15, 2013
One of the exciting artists working with photography is Julie Blackmon. Her latest, 'Domestic Vacations', is simply extraordinary. Taking everyday life and reminding us of the Dutch Masters in the process makes us want more and more. On her site, she describes the influence of the Dutch on her latest series.
The Dutch proverb “a Jan Steen household” originated in the 17th century and is used today to refer to a home in disarray, full of rowdy children and boisterous family gatherings. The paintings of Steen, along with those of other Dutch and Flemish genre painters, helped inspire this body of work. I am the oldest of nine children and now the mother of three. As Steen’s personal narratives of family life depicted nearly 400 yrs. ago, the conflation of art and life is an area I have explored in photographing the everyday life of my family and the lives of my sisters and their families at home. These images are both fictional and auto-biographical, and reflect not only our lives today and as children growing up in a large family, but also move beyond the documentary to explore the fantastic elements of our everyday lives, both imagined and real.
The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issue that I investigate in this body of work. We live in a culture where we are both “child centered” and “self-obsessed.” The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate. Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves. The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other. These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs. I believe there are moments that can be found throughout any given day that bring sanctuary. It is in finding these moments amidst the stress of the everyday that my life as a mother parallels my work as an artist, and where the dynamics of family life throughout time seem remarkably unchanged. As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos.
Here are some of my favorites from all her work and you can see 'Domestic Vacations' here.
December 14, 2013
December 12, 2013
December 11, 2013
White House Photographer Pete Souza gives us his monthly roundup of photographs from inside the White House. You can see the descriptions here.