Saturday, June 7, 2014

[ 76 ] D-Day Memorial 2014

Before D-Day | D-Day | After D-Day | 1944 | Normandy, France.

I cannot imagine myself being so brave as those who landed on the beaches that historic day. I was only two years old when this happened. That leaves me only grateful that others came to the rescue in my place. Before the landing, service men shared a religious service together. During the landing, lives were lost, leaving behind living warriors to mourn those more misfortunate ones who gave so much in the battle. One month later, Canadian nursing sisters were still giving comfort and medical help to the wounded, still alive and mending lost limbs and dark memories. I am grateful for the three unknown photographers who left us these images to help us always remember the mess that war leaves in its tracks. Let us all embrace our freedoms. Let us never forget the cost of war.



Friday, May 30, 2014

[ 75 ] Inspired by Ansel Adams - 2 Photographs

Taken around Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods near Pike's Peak.
These photos was taken from a moving tour bus. I was lucky to get such focused images.
I was with a group of Art Quilt Network (Ohio) members on a retreat.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Sunday, April 27, 2014

[ 73 ] Catching Up - Several New Photographs

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Tulip Tree Bloom

Untitled Abstract


Merlin Alert

Merlin Ruminating
Misty Morning, Cedar Lakes, WV

Eden Park Overlook, Cincinnati, OH (left)
Green Man in Springtime (right)
Winter Freeze

Ault Park, Cincinnati, OH
Three Abstracts



Saturday, February 8, 2014

[ 72 ] A Wintery Mix - 8 Photographs

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 without regrets
each tree stands tall
holds tightly to the earth given
poses proudly against skies given
shares sunshine given
dresses for each season given
even endures bad poetry given
expects nothing in return
without regrets

no words spoken
only quiet time together



Spring Grove Lake, Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum
Cincinnati - Eden Park "Cormorant Fisher"
A gift from Cincinnati's Sister City, Gifu, Japan
Cormorant fishing is a traditional fishing method in which fishermen use trained cormorants to fish in rivers. To control the birds, the fishermen tie a snare near the base of the bird's throat. This prevents the birds from swallowing larger fish, which are held in their throat, but the birds can swallow smaller fish. When a cormorant has caught a fish in its throat, the fisherman brings the bird back to the boat and has the bird spit the fish up. Though cormorant fishing once was a successful industry, its primary use today is to serve the tourism industry. (Resource: Wikipedia)
Photography by David Walker © 2014

Monday, January 20, 2014

[ 71 ] From My Journals | Saturday, February, 28, 1998

How does 'inspiration' work

A friend sent me a photograph he took of a pile used tires with a HUGE red bow wrapped around one of them. Immediately the word 'hope' popped into my head. I can't explain why, but it was a sudden idea that refused to be shaken. Photographs have this power to create ideas in our heads, and it doesn't really matter i...n the least bit if their original intent agrees with my assumptions or interpretations. Inspiration works that way in my life---it makes sudden appearances, delivers thoughts or messages, then retreats out of sight without warning. This cycle acts as both absolute elation and absolute frustration for the artist in each of us.

As an artist and workshop presenter, I am often asked where I get my inspiration. It seems like a fair enough question to ask an artist. A simple response to what keeps a car in motion would be the gas. For what keeps our physical bodies alive, we might reply food, water, air---and so on. Most people looking on while an artist works thinks that inspiration constantly flows through us into the work itself, that we are divinely blessed with a endless flow of ideas that help us to complete the work. I have come to the conclusion that if this were true, all artists would succumb from the intensity that would result from having to deal with constant nonstop inspiration. It would simply be too much of a good thing.

The role inspiration exerts in an artist's life is highly overrated. We become so easily defeated when it is not there when we walk into the studio to begin the work. Its absence speaks to us and draws us into moods of depression and ill judgments about our talents and abilities as artists. We start doubting ourselves and our gifts. We struggle for ways to encourage inspiration into our presence, and when nothing seems to be working, matters become even worse.

So this is what I have decided---ARTISTS WHO WAIT FOR INSPIRATION ARE WASTING THEIR TIME. In my experience I have discovered that whenever I give into waiting for inspiration nothing ever happens. For me waiting for inspiration is only another form of procrastination at its simplest level. And what is procrastination---in my opinion, just another four-letter word---FEAR! This vicious circle of negativity leads us nowhere and leaves our creative gas tanks empty.

What works best for me is to start doing something---ANYTHING---picking up the fabric, sewing something together for no reason, writing in my journal, reading anything I can get my hands on, looking at slides of my work, cleaning my Bernina, resuming an old project and seeing if it wants to be resurrected. You are probably thinking that these are just other ways of procrastinating. Well, I haven't worked this our perfectly in my own life, so you can't expect me to have the perfect solution to make it work out in yours. All I know is that whenever I make the effort to do something related to my quilts, something has ALWAYS HAPPENED to get me going again. Could it be the inspiration I had hoped for? You bet!!! Perhaps all along inspiration was waiting for me to make the first move. INSPIRATION KNOWS THAT IT IS POWERLESS IN A VACUUM.

Now my friend's photograph means so much more to me---more now than when I first pulled it out of its envelope. After a few days of looking at it and meditating, it eventually revealed to me just a little bit more about inspiration. This is what I learned---I must not rely on inspiration to be there when I want it to be there. It is more important for me to believe that it will be there when I need it most. It's the old want-need dichotomy!

I have relearned that there's no truth like an old truth.

Two Recent Inspirations

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Early Morning Winter Frost

Merlin Meditating

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

[ 70 ] Leading Lines - 5 Photographs (The Last Class Assignment)

Leading lines in photography help the photographer and the viewer to communicate better visually.  The leading lines in these photographs direct the eyes to travel through the image as the photographer's eye sees it in real time. It is as simple at that.  The eye tends to see and follow strong lines and directions when framing the composition.
The following images were all taken at the Cincinnati Museum Center. The Cincinnati Museum Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-museum complex housed in Union Terminal, a historic Art Deco train station and National Historic Landmark. Cincinnatians are very proud of this facility, its grand history and architectural beauty. It is also a photographer's dream.
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Sunday, December 8, 2013

[ 69 ] Photographing People - 8 Photographs

Photographing people does not come easily to me, and I feel very much out of my comfort zone. However this week's assignment was to do just that. I visited two public places to select my subjects. The first three images were shot at Cincinnati's Museum Center, and the last five were shot in downtown Cincinnati on Fountain Square. Both locations are popular gathering places in the city. During this assignment, I took the journalistic approach of recording what the eye sees with the camera.  Some of these images I consider portraiture of a singular moment while others include added environmental surroundings where people are interacting with family and friends.
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