Advice to Young Women Artists

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Photo taken at Guggenheim Museum’s Agnes Martin exhibit.

“The life of an artist is inspired self-sufficient and independent (unrelated to society).

The direction of attention of an artist is toward mind in order to be aware of inspiration.

Following inspiration life unfolds free of any influence.

Finally the artist recognizes himself in the work and is happy.

Nothing else will satisfy an artist.

An artist’s life is an unconventional life. It leads away from the example of the past. It struggles painfully against its own conditioning.

It appears to rebel but in reality it is an inspired way of life.”

(Published [as Advice to Young Artists])

~ Agnes Martin

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Photo Challenge, Week 43: Spooky Halloween Infrared Animated GIF

Okay so this was a great learning opportunity! Actually, everything about photography is a learning experience for me still, but this challenge was intimidating – mostly because it included elements from Week 35: Translucent Outdoor Long Exposures that I didn’t have time to try, plus infrared photography which I was not familiar with. All that said, I think my first attempts with translucent long exposure in infrared came out okay.

What do you think?

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Remembering the Atrocities of Hiroshima

A couple of years ago, I saw Hiroshima, Mon Amour, a 1959 French film set in Hiroshima, Japan following the U.S. bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945. I had learned a very sanitized version of the bombings in school, but I don’t recall ever seeing the effects of the bombing, i.e. the large-scale destruction of life and the desolation of the survivors. Prior to watching Hiroshima, Mon Amour, I had not heard of the bombings in any personalized way. Suffice it to say that the film left an impression.

A couple of months ago, I visited Montreal, Quebec and spent an afternoon at the Botanical Garden. I spent the majority of my time that afternoon in the Japanese Garden. I trailed through the meditation spaces, lingered over the bonsai trees and wept over the Hiroshima memorial of drawings by survivors. I’ve been wanting to share this for a while, but it’s been difficult to revisit my photographs and the personal stories they captured. However, the 70th anniversary of the murder of so many Japanese people seemed to be an appropriate time to share the images.

We should all work to eliminate the idea that we need to destroy others in order for some to live with their own ideas of freedom. Visit the City of Hiroshima web site for current information about the city.

Atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
Part of the Pacific War, World War II
Two aerial photos of atomic bomb mushroom clouds, over two Japanese cities in 1945.
Atomic bomb mushroom clouds over Hiroshima (left) and Nagasaki (right)
Date August 6 and August 9, 1945
Location Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan
Result Allied victory
Belligerents
 United States
 United Kingdom
 Japan
Commanders and leaders
United States William S. Parsons
United States Paul W. Tibbets, Jr.
Empire of Japan Shunroku Hata
Units involved
Manhattan District: 50 U.S., 2 British
509th Composite Group: 1,770 U.S.
Second General Army:
Hiroshima: 40,000
Nagasaki: 9,000
Casualties and losses
20 U.S., Dutch, British prisoners of warkilled Hiroshima:

  • 20,000+ soldiers killed
  • 70,000–146,000 civilians killed

Nagasaki:

  • 39,000–80,000 killed

Total: 129,000–246,000+ killed

from Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atomic_bombings_of_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki

Portrait: Three Great-Aunts in Chicago

Over July Forth weekend, I was able to have a short visit with three of my paternal grandmother’s sisters. Shown in the below photos, left to right, are Aunt Gloria, Aunt Juanita and Aunt Faye. I first connected with each of them at the family memorial gathering for my Grandmother, their sister, Jurl in 2013. I friended them each on Facebook and Aunt Faye has proven to be a prolific Facebook gamer – she’s online a lot. 🙂  Last weekend was my first return since Grandma’s memorial service and I must say, I was quite looking forward to sharing time with my elder ladies.

This weekend I decided to begin Photoshop tutorials so I can become skilled at improving my finished photographic product. My self-learning course consisted of selection tools and background removal in Photoshop and experimenting with Topaz Impressions while using both as plugins to Lightroom CC 2015. The below edits are a combination of the techniques I’ve learned on YouTube and other tutorials as well as through trial and error.

There’s so much life and personality in these shots, it’s been a joy to sit with my lady aunts again as I learned editing techniques.

3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O'Keefe I 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O’Keefe I 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Oil Painting by Jimmy LaSala 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Oil Painting by Jimmy LaSala 100%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O'Keefe I  65%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Georgia O’Keefe I 65%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Water Color IV 72%
3 Great-Aunts by LaShawnda Jones for Spirit Harvest
Edits in LightRoom, PhotoShop and Topaz Impressions/Water Color IV 72%

Portrait: Hidden Light

Self-portrait experiment

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“You are the light that gives light to the world; don’t hide your light under a bowl.” ~ Matthew 5:14-15

Photo Challenge, Week 7: Outdoor – Wind

Week 7’s challenge was “outdoor: wind”. I immediately thought of a smoke stack in Times Square and hoped to avoid flags! Caught the smoke stack but one flag shot won the day. 🙂

Zihir and Friends

Me: Can I get a Buffalo Ranch McChicken, please?
Him: Can you take my picture?
Me: Sure.
Him: Hey, y’all! C’mon!
 

Zihir and Friends Photo by LaShawnda Jones
Zihir and Friends, McDonald’s, Center City, Philadelphia
Photo by LaShawnda Jones (July 4, 2014)