So I have this new website for my photomontage artwork: RSMITHINGS.com (Richard + Smith + things = rsmithings). I assign it full blame for the lack of regular postings around here lately. But that’s OK, since I’m my own boss as far as this blog goes. I called a departmental meeting, and we worked it all out.
But seriously, check out my art project. If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen fit to subscribe to this blog for some weird reason, and I truly value your perspective. I produce these artworks in my spare time using images from my everyday surroundings, travels, and specially-commissioned photos.
My Super-official Artist Statement:
My process is like carving a sculpture, with the edges of my fingers forming lines to define shapes and reveal serendipitous relationships — not unlike physically placing individual elements as in a paper collage — except I do this through masking, blending and mimicking established photographic techniques like solarization or vignetting. Each piece is meticulously crafted with these and other ingredients, using direct touch to form a hierarchy of narrative. A final composition is the culmination of fusing disparate elements into a kind of empyrean abstract union.
Wow! Fancy, huh?
The hardest thing to do for the site was to write a decent statement like that. The rest of the content I was able to assemble in my spare time in just a few weeks, populating it with pieces I’ve created over the last couple of years, and I’m still adding to the portfolio.
Some Recent Creations:
It’s been a thrill for me to get all this in one place,
and I do hope you enjoy it.
What do you think? Ever created or been featured on an art website? Are you interested In surrealism? Let us hear from you in the comments.
This is a great introduction to the world of Uelsmann’s photo magic. I saw this book 20 years ago in a creative writing class, of all places, and made the effort some years later (after Amazon.com was invented) to seek it out and am glad I did. Looking back on my career and life since then, I can say unequivocally that it changed my thinking and helped set me on a creative path I’m still having fun exploring.
I copied & pasted this review via Goodreads.com, a site I’m only now getting into, since – although I love good writing – I’m always hard-pressed to find works that I can really sink my teeth into. How fitting that my first review there is for a book of photography… but whatever. It really is a fantastic collection, and if you’re at all interested in perusing some mind-blowing images, I highly recommend it.
What do you think? Are you on Goodreads? How do you find the next book you’d like to read? Let us hear from you in the comments.
Street Guitarist With Aura, Venice Beach, CA. To listen, click below or visit my Soundcloud page. To see more images like this, check out My Creations at Pinterest.
I noticed this gentleman in Venice Beach making sound shapes with his beat up Telecaster, battery-powered amp, effects pedal with a looping drum beat, and a mop of tangled dreadlocks dangling from his hunched frame. It was absolutely compelling. I took a couple of photos and recorded 40 seconds of audio to document the moment, seeking to make something more elemental than just a video. I respect and support street musicians, and this guy sure had some kind of aura happening that day, too. Enjoy.
What do you think? Ever dropped change in an open guitar case? Have you ever performed as a street artist? Do you know anyone who has, or what their experience was like? Let us hear from you in the comments.
My art featured at Xaxor.com. Click to view. See more of my art at 500px.
I happened upon XAXOR.com by way of Pinterest, and enjoy the mountain of interesting visuals there – all neatly arranged in categories. The site describes itself as, “a gallery of the most awesome pictures online. Our frequently updated database contains over 40,000 articles and 1 million photos.” Definitely worth a look if you’re into that kind of thing.
Exploring Instagram for what matches your tastes requires effort, but it’s worth it.
I’ve found some compelling art through Instagram, but it takes an effort to seek it out. I always peruse the galleries of those who like my stuff, and see what else they like, or other sites they’re on, for example. And commenting or interacting with originality also goes a long way. I also freely follow folks but will quickly unfollow if their images don’t hold my interest. So, as in the example of exploring selective hashtags: the reward is there, but you get out of it what you put in.
I wrote the above comments in response to the thoughts of Instagramer, _Deelusions_ over at her post referencing Duchamp, shown here – click through to read the discussion: