Sam The Tree, Leaning In (Color) by T Paige Dalporto

Sam The Tree, Leaning In (Color)

Sam The Tree, Leaning In (Color) by T Paige Dalporto

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Photography: C-type, Digital and Color
Leaning in... A few moments ago, I was taking pictures of a telephone pole. I can imagine what I looked like to the people of Montgomery passing by. Here I was with my camera pressed up against the pole snapping away. During this time a passage from the book, "Mr. God, This Is Anna", flashed through my mind. Don't know if you've read the book, but it's about a 5 year old girl who see things differently. The book meant a lot to me during a very desolate time in my life. Without much fanfare I realized my new photography should named for her, The Anna Photographs. Let's see if it sticks. I've gone through a bunch of titles, but this one really tops the rest. I am quite pleased with this photograph that I took a while back and forgot about, but now I really like. I did hardly anything to it. The auto correct on my photoshop program just brought out all the wrong things. It tends to make things too contrasty. The blacks go utterly black. I like to keep the chalky, airy look of the original if at all possible. I bump up the saturation just a little. I may tone it down in places later. In the far right corner top you can barely see a large looks like a sycamore or beech tree, some light skinned tree, right where it's supposed to be. And again this is a full frame shot. NO cropping. This one will blow up real big. It could cover a wall, no problem. Sometimes I'm not quite sure how I got the image. Looks like I started out horizontal and ended up sometime during the long exposure, vertical. Or vice versa. I'm still learning about this new way in photography. I know that for every photography taken the 'old' way, that is, basically where your body is the tripod and you beg everyone and everything to hold still, there is the same photograph that can be taken just like this one, using my new method of free floating, tripod free photography. I have concentrated on nature, just because it presents itself so frequently in my daily life, here in the hills of WV. But I have also taken pictures of bridges, for example. By nature, and in the interests of order, people want things to hold still. They want their meals separated into groups on a plate, for example. If you translate this idea to photography, you get your photograph served to you in the proper order. In art, however, with someone like Salvador Dali, for example, you would have your head served to you sliding off a silver platter, along with the clock on the wall. It's in our nature to transgress. I don't know why photography has been a little slow on the uptake, but I think it's because it's a newer art form. And the fact that traditional photography has given us so many wonderful images. Ansel Adams, Lee Freidlander, Photojournalists like Frank Capa, Diane Arbus, Weegee, Henri Cartier- Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Elliot Erwitt, Builder Levy, and now Vivian Somebody, to name a few, for example. And there are so many more to come. But you sense people itching for change. You get some really stupid stuff. They call it ironic. I call it stupid. Devoid of creativity, a big fat fuck you. Then you'll have our very own version of Duchamps toilet bowl, Cindy Sherman. What happened to the excitement of say, Monet? To be bored with your art, it's nature's way of telling you to take up another line of work, instead of leaving your bootprints all over the ass of the art world, which may or may not deserve a boot print, but at any rate...it's not art. Why throw the baby out with the toilet bowl? Enter Window to My World, Tree Within a Tree, The Anna Effect Photographs. And all these amazing things that light is doing with its dance when it's allowed to. I still love traditional photography, or maybe I should just say, Photography. It's just gotten a lot bigger.
Keywords: tree, wolves, appalachia, howl, nature