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  • Rachel finds inspiration in cooking her family and her dog.
  • Rachel finds inspiration in cooking, her family and her dog.

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I stumbled upon this interesting question while studying for my final exams. Here are some useful links:

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This actually caught my eye recently, and I thought it might be appropriate to revive this artistic blog just a little bit. Have a look at this – an artificial cloud inside a gallery.

Work by Dutch artist Berndnaut Smilde has been described as “turning clear sky cloudy – indoors”.

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See video here.

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Business card as art

We all know what business cards are, right? Whether personal cards or cards for business, these have been around for centuries. We all have probably collected quite a few of different cards ourselves. But it never occurred to me there are actual collectors of business cards.

But of course there are. They even have an association, called International Business Card Collectors. The site seems fairly outdated, though, so not much to see there. But it got me thinking – I should definitely start collecting interesting designs. So I do – this is my take on interesting designs of cards. I hope it will keep growing 🙂

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When asked about my favorite landscape photographer, the name of Ansel Adams always comes on my mind. He is also alphabetically the first one in almost any photography book, so I think he is a good start for my artistic blog.

I’m sure you’ve seen his photographs, although he is not one of those “event photographers” whose pictures are connected with wars, human rights or documentary. And yet he is a great documenter. He documented nature, trying to help to preserve it for next generation through his pictures.

A good photograph is knowing where to stand. (Ansel Adams)

In his photography, we can observe very clear composition and careful exposition. Nothing disturbs the image, the emotion, be it calm, soothing peace or magnificent, somewhat dramatic moment, is always faithfully communicated. I really admire the light, the exposition, carefully thought through to deliver effective contrast between objects and to show the sharp deepness of the perspective. For some pictures, Adams waited for hours, others he claims to have spotted almost randomly.

My favorite ones are those taken at night, for example the last one – Moon and Half Dome – it is example of an excellent lightning, as well as really clear composition. Adams made this photography at 4:14 PM, December 28 of year 1960, it is one of his last works. This photography was kept unseen until 1962, when Adams’ son, Michael, and his bride-to-be, used it for their wedding announcement.

Ansel Adams is a master of light. Photography is the translation of “painting with light” from Greek, so I guess he really captured the core of what “photographer” means. There are no people in nature as Adams sees it. He leaves people to other photographers. His intention was “to present – through the medium of photography – intuitive observations of the natural world which may have meaning to the spectators.” But there is no doubt that, as nature itself, his photography keeps stunning us. He knew his models very well…

A great photograph is one that fully expresses what one feels, in the deepest sense, about what is being photographed. (Ansel Adams)

Rules? What rules?

How do you take a good photography according to Adams? In his own words:

  • Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
  • In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.
  • A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
  • There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.
  • You don’t take a photograph, you make it.
  • There is nothing worse than a sharp image of a fuzzy concept.

I hope this article somehow summarized what I think is interesting and inspiring about Adams. Of course, as any great artist, his life is so full of stories that I can’t even start to tell (because I don’t know them). Still, I often, when taking picture, think of Adam’s advices, about his precision and patience. About meaningful waiting, about beautiful results, about communicating with the viewer. And about humility:

Twelve significant photographs in any one year is a good crop.

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