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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Taking notes

some notes of the week.

I take a lot of notes with my camera. I don't really think about it, I do it all the time. I transfer the content of the memory card on the computer almost every night. I keep them uncategorized (until I am about to use them), the order is chronological.

I never know what I will do with them, but I use some of them in every painting I make.

Sometimes it can take years. Like the photo I am using now to make a portrait of a gardener who came to take care of the backyard of the house we rent. He was from Mexico and he barely spoke English, but we talked anyway. One day, when he was working here, I asked him if I could take some pictures of him - some portraits. He agreed. Shortly after that period, he did not come back.

When I go through the pictures I took, looking for something, I copy some of them in folders like: elements, plants, desert, border, landscapes, people, portraits, houses...
I also have some folders containing pictures that I found on the internet: war, soldiers, Marcos, Rigoberta Menchu, Virginia Tech, news, Obama, global warming, space....
From there I start mixing and layering.

1 comment:

Eric Meyer said...

J'aime assez l'idée d'appeler tes photos des notes, je trouve cela assez juste... Je procède d'ailleurs un peu comme toi, à la différence que je n'utilise pas forcément ces images dans mes peintures en tout cas pas pour ce qu'elles représentent, mais plutôt pour ce qu'elles m'ont suggérées et continue à me suggérer émotionnellement. Je me rends compte que de plus en plus la photographie, parce que le numérique nous offre la possibilité d'aller vite et de prendre beaucoup d'images à un moindre coût, prend une place importante et dans notre travail et dans nos vies.
La photo avec les palmiers et le soleil qui brille... ça fait rêver vu d'ici...!! Bises