iamom: (suntrees)
This is the first page in a series of gorgeous images of ANWR. Apparently these photos formed part of an exhibit at the Smithsonian which was subsequently removed for political reasons, but I don't know that whole back story. The photos are excellent, though. It's so beautiful up north.

FYI, [livejournal.com profile] edbook has been posting some fantastic winter shots lately, too.

Incidentally, I just read a quote that relates to environmentalism that I liked:
The earth has enough for the needs of all, but not the greed of a few.

-- Mahatma Gandhi
iamom: (max)
With the arrival of our new son Max and continued frustration at the lack of focusing power and poor depth of field displayed by our current, non D-SLR camera (a Fuji S5200), I've been thinking a lot more seriously about buying ourselves a proper D-SLR rig, most likely either a Nikon D50 or a digital Canon EOS Rebel. Some of the following quotations from Gloria Lee's Issue #2647 of the Nondual Highlights gave me pause for thought, though. Made me think that maybe I just need to start taking better pictures, instead of getting a better camera.

I'll probably still get us a better camera, though. :) God knows, we take enough pictures to justify it.
Everything has it's beauty, but not everyone sees it.
- Confucius

What makes photography a strange invention is that its primary raw materials are light and time.
- John Berger

A photograph is usually looked at, but seldom looked into.
- Ansel Adams

It takes a lot of imagination to be a good photographer. You need less imagination to be a painter, because you can invent things. But in photography everything is so ordinary; it takes a lot of looking before you learn to see the ordinary.
- David Bailey

In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary.
- Aaron Rose

A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you the less you know.
- Diane Arbus

I have often thought that if photography were difficult in the true sense of the term -- meaning that the creation of a simple photograph would entail as much time and effort as the production of a good watercolor or etching -- there would be a vast improvement in total output. The sheer ease with which we can produce a superficial image often leads to creative disaster.
- Ansel Adams

Photography is not about cameras, gadgets and gismos. Photography is about photographers. A camera didn't make a great picture any more than a typewriter wrote a great novel.
- Peter Adams, Sydney 1978

The virtue of the camera is not the power it has to transform the photographer into an artist, but the impulse it gives him to keep on looking.
- Brooks Atkinson

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
- Dorothea Lange

You know you are seeing such a photograph if you say to yourself, "I could have taken that picture. I've seen such a scene before, but never like that." It is the kind of photography that relies for its strengths not on special equipment or effects but on the intensity of the photographer's seeing. It is the kind of photography in which the raw materials--light, space, and shape--are arranged in a meaningful and even universal way that gives grace to ordinary objects.
-Sam Abell, "Seeing and Shooting Straight"

I'm not responsible for my photographs. Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience. It's drowning yourself, dissolving yourself, and then sniff, sniff, sniff – being sensitive to coincidence. You can't go looking for it; you can't want it, or you won't get it. First you must lose your self. Then it happens.
- Henri Cartier-Bresson

When I'm ready to make a photograph, I think I quite obviously see in my minds eye something that is not literally there in the true meaning of the word. I'm interested in something which is built up from within, rather than just extracted from without.
- Ansel Adams

When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs. When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
- Ansel Adams
iamom: (suntrees)
I'd like to acknowledge the photography, art and music of young Tamara Laporte, who represents here on LJ as [livejournal.com profile] willowing and whose home page and portfolio is here. From what little I've come to learn of her through LJ, she's a deeply spiritual person, an old soul, and an all-around hottie. The following few links are specific pieces of hers I'd like to draw attention to.

First Impressions -- Columbo
A journalistic series of vivid and expressive photos depicting life in Columbo, Sri Lanka. Many of these images remind me of my own minor travels in India, which were far too long ago now and remind me that I should go back again sometime soon. Some of my favourite shots from this roll include this one, this one, this one and this one.

September 2005 (Photography)
Her birds in the sky shots, along with her macro nature imagery and her inventive, vibrant, and colourful mandalas are all worth seeing here.

Illustration
Various of Tamara's paintings and illustrations here are worth looking at and enjoying, particularly her more recent pieces and some abstractions like this, this, and this. Her colours can be oddly bright and dark at the same time.

Music
The girl also sings... My favourite tracks on this page include her rendition of Joni Mitchell's haunting The Fiddle And The Drum, along with a touching rendition of The Beatles' Across The Universe, made all the more ethereal by the vibraphone-like accompaniment. Great sound production quality on these recordings, too. Her take on Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah is also quite good and worth a listen.

My thanks to Tamara for the heads-up on her music -- I found the rest of her stuff through my own digging. :)
iamom: (suntrees)
I just stumbled upon a website for something called The Pictorial Portrait Project of the Dalai Lama. I'm not linking to this site purely for its subject matter, though: I think the portraits themselves are unique. For someone as widely photographed as the Dalai Lama, these candid images are a fresh change.


The Pictorial Portrait Project of the 14th Dalai Lama



(x-posted to [livejournal.com profile] photographia)

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