My "Third Eye"

Why "third eye views"? I think of my camera as my third eye, capturing images that my 2 eyes frequently miss. I am legally blind in one eye and very limited in the other. I got my first SLR camera when I was 18 years old and have been a hobby shutterbug ever since. I learned to shoot around the blurred vision and blind spots that developed over the next decade or so (meaning I can seldom use manual focus!) When a resulting shot turns out to be "successful", sometimes I am shocked and sometimes see elements in it that I didn't even know were there when I composed it. I hoped to aquire mad skills over the years and have learned a lot by trial and error. It's a great feeling when I carefully set up a shot and it turns out just how I envisioned it but sometimes I have to credit my successes to some intuitiveness on my part (or possibly by sheer accident!) In Eastern medicine, the third eye chakra is associated with inner sight, which surely must at times be kicking in where my literal sight leaves off. Enjoy the pics and know that for every good shot, there are a dozen bad ones and that good or bad, I have enjoyed every single click of the shutter.

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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My 'Vanilla Sky'

Long before there was a Tom Cruise movie by the same name, there was a painting by Monet called "Vanilla Sky". Monet is possibly my favorite artist, maybe because I can sympathize with him, his artistic outlet being such a visual one and struggling with deteriorating eyesight. What a cruel twist of fate, much like Beethoven going deaf. Monet, Renoir, and others are some of the first to use the Impressionistic style of painting, using broken colors and rapid brush strokes, resulting in a "blurry" effect that is way too familiar to me. Maybe that's why I can relate to his work so well.
Although my sky is much more 'vanilla' here than in Monet's painting, I titled it so because of the creamy color that I achieved with cross-processing. Monet's sky was over the Seine River, this photo is of the St. Lawrence River, taken from the parapet of Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands region of upstate New York.

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