Thoughts on Life, Art, Photography, Technology, Teaching and Travel…..
Its been relaxing and rewarding weekend. I was a proud Dad this past Friday night at the reception for the Adopt an Artist exhibit sponsored by the Arts Council. Andei has 3 color “Holga” photographs hanging in the show. It was enjoyable for me to watch her in the limelight and hear all the positive comments about her work. She’s a very creative, motivated and focused 16 year old. Needless to say, Friday night was very special for all of us including her Mom, Step-Dad and Grandmother.
After a busy Saturday cleaning house and taking a van load of clothes and Andei’s old toys to the Salvation Army, I went to visit Shannon in Swansboro and had a great time enjoying a few beers at the Yacht Club and Irish Pub. Afterwards we shared a pizza at a new Italian Bistro that wasn’t all that great, BUT we were hungry and devoured it anyway. It was fun hanging out in Swansboro and sharing some down time with a great friend.
I went to Church with Andei this morning, that special time together in itself means a great deal to me. After watching some football we decided to get on our bikes and go make some photographs. I must admit she’s been the spark rekindling my creative spirit in photography. I’ve not gone out just to take pictures (except when I travel or work with students) in a long time.
Andei has such an good eye for someone who’s never taken a formal course in photography. I bought her some new photography equipment both digital and film – she’s totally immersed herself in the photographic experience. I love to watch her work. We’d ride bikes for a few blocks and then she tells me to stop so she can make some pictures.
As we get older I think we loose that intuitive sense of wonder at the everyday – commonplace things around us. She has NOT lost that fascination and that’s what makes her photographs so fresh and unique. I say to myself…“why is she taking that picture?” and then when I see it printed I smack my head and realize it’s I who’s lost some of my ability to SEE.
Unfortunately I’ve become somewhat desensitized and she has not and that’s what makes her pictures unique to her – she definitely has a personal style developing and in my own small way I’m trying to nurture that in her – sharing what I’ve learned over the years when I feel the moment is right for her to absorb it – Sure, Andei’s learned a great deal from her mother and I, but I will admit…I’m learning from her as well. She brings such a fresh approach to her photography and this is something all artists must strive for.
Captain Bills By Andei
Andei in Late Afternoon Light – Photographing at Graveyard