Category Archives: Catherine Anderson’s class


Creative Photography #3

By on January 11th, 2014

Session 3:  ”Photographer Dorothea Lange commented: ‘In a sense, your photographs are your autobiography.’ I believe Dorothea was referring to the fact that the photographs you make express who you are and what is important to you. If you had to choose a word or a phrase to reflect how you would like your life to look in the upcoming year, what would those words be? Perhaps one of the following words resonates with you? What would your life look like if you lived this photo prayer daily for the next year?  One of the disadvantages of the digital age is that we print out fewer photographs than we did in the past. They remain on our computers until we have time to go through them, time that often doesn’t come. I think of the boxes of photographs I inherited from my grandmother, and know that unless I make an effort to choose my favorite photographs each year and print them out or share them on a blog or on a card, my photographs will disappear with me.”Catherine Anderson.

Words I chose for 2014:

Peace, Joy, Spirit, Light, Prayer

Words that chose me:

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“In order to be a successful photographer,

you must possess both Vision and Focus

neither of which have anything to do with your eyes.”

Kevin Russo

Creative Photography #2

By on January 9th, 2014

January 8th 2014
Finally time to focus on my photography class. Homework: take 100 pictures of something that you are drawn to. What am I drawn to about photographs? What speaks to my soul? I am finding that I am also drawn by people’s faces, expressions and the eyes in particular. Eyes are the gateway to the soul. They can reflect joy, pain, sorrow, jubilation… you can fake a smile, but you can’t fake the emotions your eyes show. Perspective! Perspective can change everything. Perspective through a camera changes the light, the mood, the color and the emotions the picture conveys.  Taking 100 pictures of something really helps you to see this. It also makes me paying attention to details such a background color; here two dark, one busy and two light neutrals and a blue background. They reflect completely different moods as well as stages of the flowers life.

 

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Creative Photography #1

By on January 1st, 2014

Drawing with Light
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Catherine Anderson is one of my favorite artists. I was introduced to her by my best friend and creative encourager Tracy. This new year of 2014, Catherine Anderson is offering an on-line class full of inspiration that I wanted to blog about. Her classes are not merely ones that you take and move on to the next thing. Catherine makes you sit and contemplate who you are as an artist and what you want out of your life as a creative being. Her words really touched my heart and encouraged me for this upcoming new year. “ I want you to make time to take your camera on play dates. I want you to remember the joy you feel when you are in the process of creating an image. . . I want you to photograph simply for the happiness it gives you.” What joy photography gives me! Why don’t I do it more often? Why is it so hard for me to set aside time for my creative passion? It seems so easy to get into the route of life, taking care of family, kids, homework, cleaning, cooking…I seem to get lost in the shuffle. I am the only one who can set aside this time for myself. Why is it so hard? I try not to use it as an excuse, but being raised in the south we are taught to serve and to put others needs ahead our ourselves. After being diagnosed with an Auto Immune Disease, I can’t do that anymore. So, Life now is learning to adjust to changes, learning to be in tune to and listen to my body and not worrying about what others say or think. It is hard to make life changes. With CFS the two most important things I have learned is first, to take care of my physical needs of walking daily and resting and second feeding my spirit. Photography gives my spirit joy and makes me take quiet time to sit in God’s creation to look and listen.

“The word “photography” means “drawing with light”. We photographers communicate in the language of light.” Catherine Anderson. Webster defines photography as “ the art or process of producing images by the action of radiant energy and especially light.” This is new information for me and it is somewhat comical because I have always had God as my light, energy and inspiration, so when I discovered that photography means ‘drawing with light” I just had to smile. God uses all of our being to bring His light and love into the world. How is He going to use this? It will be fun to see.We will begin this creative journey this new year together.