November 11, 2014
REMEMBRANCE - it's a sobering day, a day we 'honor the fallen' who have fought for us, for our freedom and for our democracy. It's also a day when I remember my own 'fallen souls' - my parents, brother-in-law, family members and friends.
Yesterday, as I was preparing the yard for the coming snow, I walked by the standing remains of a tall lily plant. I was reminded of the beautiful images by Ernst Haas that I had the privilege of seeing for an entire weekend some 30 years ago. I had never before seen the beauty in the decaying but that weekend changed my perspective on so many things. The leaves that so tightly wrapped the thick, slender stem were colorful but subdued. I made a couple of images with my iPhone and, this morning, I combined them into a 'montage', an abstraction that seemed to honor those who came before me.
Gone, not forgotten but remembered!
LIFE is BEAUTIFUL but FRAGILE. Let US also REMEMBER that!
August 30, 2012
My good friend Mufty Mathewson (Edmonton) shared this image of the late Ernst Haas, our friend Coutney Milne (who is also gone) and yours truly taken during a workshop in March of 1981 in Edmonton, Alberta. The photo brought back wonderful memories of an exceptional three days viewing Ernst's images and listening to his thought process. He was considered by many to be the 'father of color photography' and was credited with the first 'motion' images - look for his motion studies of bull fights. His book, 'The Creation', was a wonderful work. The man changed the lives of many photographers over the years, including mine. I'm proud to say that my dye transfer print of 'Aerial Flamingos' is still prominently displayed in my home. You may view a sampling of his images at http://www.ernst-haas.com/
It would be interesting if some of you also have more photos of this event to share with us. I know that Stewart Halperin ( www.halperinphotography.com ), the man who ran Ernst' photo workshops, would also be interested in seeing more photos of this event.
Thanks for sharing Mufty! We sure had a great time with The National Association for Photographic Arts (NAPA) back. Its name was later changed to CAPA - The Canadian Association for Photographic Art ( http://capacanada.ca/ ).