David Behar Photography: Blog http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) David Behar Photography dabphoto47@gmail.com (David Behar Photography) Tue, 27 Mar 2018 01:57:00 GMT Tue, 27 Mar 2018 01:57:00 GMT http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u815261517-o509372133-50.jpg David Behar Photography: Blog http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 90 120 Where did the time go? - Nearly three years on the Colorado Plateau. http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/where-did-the-time-go-nearly-three-years-on-the-colorado-plateau Whew!  That was one heck of a dry spell.  It is good to be making images again.

dabphoto47@gmail.com (David Behar Photography) b&w digital landscapes photography scenic x pro-1 http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/3/where-did-the-time-go-nearly-three-years-on-the-colorado-plateau Tue, 27 Mar 2018 01:25:16 GMT
Looking Back - The First Year http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/9/looking-back---the-first-year I'm in my website today uploading a small handful of new images, the first new images in several months.  How could that be?  I'm supposed to be burning with this unquenchable desire to make images, to record moments in time, to inscribe a life moment in silver particles or binary code.  Not only has several months passed but an entire year.  A lot has happened and much of it good.  But somehow, it is not enough, and it is not good enough.

We survived and thrived.  Some false starts but some early successes too.  I managed to write some proposals for photography classes with the local community college, taught two of them and met some wonderful new friends.  We call ourselves, 'The Photogers', a small group of dedicated artists pursuing our passion.  My soul mate in this life found her dream of being a teacher with little children after multiple rejections back home, our old home, our original home.

A new art organization had formed in Flagstaff, Art35North, and I was able to become a member and show my work in two wonderful exhibits this summer.  I created three new proposals for photography workshops at the Petrified Forest National Park.  Didn't teach a single one of them.  It's the centennial year for the U.S. National Park Service, but other than the daily visitors to the park, there was little interest in the excellent array of workshops both scientific and art themed.  Starting over with your life is still living life.  You win some and you lose a few.

Our family is back there out west.  Offspring, grand-offspring, missing them.  This distance seems artificial, imposed by some impersonal unfeeling power.  Yet, here we are, living life again and pursuing beauty and meaning.  Plenty of distractions, cares and deep concerns and yet, that burning desire to capture that one moment is still there.  There are so many directions to explore up here in order to find that one singular moment.  Where will the day take me?

Get up early, stay out till dark.  Screw it.  You get there when you get there.  There are too many clouds.  Damn!  Not enough clouds.  What is it you seek?  There is something about that place, that high country.  I've climbed the Sierra Nevada and driven through the Rockies, yet this is different.  The feeling is different here and many people feel it.  I can see it too, a vast alpine park fashioned millions of years ago.  Random?  No.  Deliberate?  Meant to be found, seen, and sensed.  Time will tell.

I see something.  No.  I feel something.  I raise the camera up to my eye.  I adjust the focal length, check the exposure, focus.  There it is.  I can see it and I can sense it.  I press the shutter and feel its mechanism move to capture image and emotion.  Now it's gone.  The search continues.

Looking forward now . . . to the coming year.

David Behar

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Arizona: A Disproportionate State of Being http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/10/arizona-a-disproportionate-state-of-being Our relocation to Arizona is now complete.  My wife has found a wonderful job working with children which fulfills her lifelong dream of becoming a teacher.  I'm teaching a class in scenic photography at a local community college, and I'm finally beginning to build a collection of images from the area and post them here on my website; a sure sign to me that we have 'settled in.'  Now, what do I mean about Arizona being disproportionate, and in what way?

Well, for starters we all know about the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, Monument Valley, and the other myriad national monuments too numerous to mention, including the ones made by nature and the ones made by human beings.  The fact is, Arizona has a disproportionate number of visually stunning landmarks that can take your breath away or leave you with your jaw hovering somewhere near the top of your shoes, a bit of an exaggeration but after all, I was raised with the benefit of many hours in front of the T.V. watching Looney Tunes, hence my vivid imagination.

So, here we are in the White Mountains of east central Arizona.  The White what?  Yeah, bet some of you never heard of the place.  We only learned about it approximately ten years ago, after spending many wonderful vacations visiting Sedona, Jerome, Prescott, Flagstaff and even spending a few days snowed in at Second Mesa on the Hopi reservation one year.  We've traveled back and forth on the I-40 from Los Angeles to Santa Fe, Taos, and even as far north as Fort Collins in northern Colorado without ever being aware of what was down south of the highway exit in that old Route 66 town of Holbrook.  And now we live here and love it.

The White Mountains were once the bottom of a shallow sea somewhere down near the border with Mexico.  Continental shifting and volcanic activity pushed the sea bottom north and uplifted it to form the vast Colorado Plateau.  This was way before my time so forgive me if I leave out the details.  The Rim country as it's called is also known as the Mogollon Rim.  Try pronouncing it, "Muggy-own."  The area has been home to indigenous peoples for a long, long time.  I can see why they like so much.  They have a good eye for real estate.

Imagine the largest continuous stand of Ponderosa pine forest in the world.  Yes, I did say pine forest and yes, in the entire world; a land of rich red volcanic soil, lakes and streams, and a vast array of wildlife.  It's clear to the naked eye that this range is volcanic in nature with conical mountain peaks, cinder cone fields that stretch far to the east, all the way to the state line with New Mexico.  In between the high mountains are softly undulating valleys covered in high grass that are the color of autumn wheat this time of year, interrupted by stands of Ponderosas and Aspens.  I can honestly say that I have explored much larger and much higher mountains in these United States but the White Mountains have scenery that is second to none.

For many years I would daydream about a life in some cool green mountain range, never thinking it would be possible or where it might be and under what circumstances it could happen.  And now, we are here.  A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I embarked on one of our 'big drives' and explored a good deal of the range east and south of where we live.  We saw it with fresh 'first time' eyes and yet, I began to feel as if we were finally home.  Imagine that.

Now where is that camera!


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Focus, Focus, Focus. http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/12/focus-focus-focus Focus, focus, focus.  These are gradually becoming the three most important things in my journey as a photographer.  What?  Wait a minute. How can I say that the same word repeated three times would mean three separate things?  Shouldn't they be 'Composition, Exposure, and then Focus'?  Well, yes.  That makes sense but by now these three distinctly separate things should be a given, something permanently secured in the back of one's mind when preparing to capture an image.

If the word 'focus' repeated three times pertained to taking very sharp photographs time after time, then I would have made the title of this post, 'Diopter, Diopter, Diopter,' as my well-used middle-aged eyes require that I use a diopter adjustment on almost all of my cameras in order to make a well-focused sharp image, but this is not the intent here either.

Back in my university days, I had the good fortune of taking a few classes at U.C. Irvine with an art professor by the name of Ed Bereal. The way his last name is spelled is a clue here to where I'm headed with this; 'Be-real.'  Get it?  No matter what class he taught and no matter what kind of wacky creations we students brought into his classroom, he would defer to his default question during the critique time which was what he would ask over and over until our fragile little egos had cracked apart and he was able to reach into our heads, pull out the essence of what the heck we were trying to say with our art, and present it to . . . ourselves: "Yes, but what is it?"

Oh!  That's what we intended to convey to the art-viewing audience.  Either there was something there or there was nothing, in case we were not 'being real.'  Well, I certainly intended for my photography to be real.

After acquiring some photo gear, I ran out and photographed just about everything, especially landscapes.  However, after attending meetings at a handful of art/photo associations, I discovered that everyone with some disposable income had run out, bought either a Canon or Nikon and was busy running around photographing . . . landscapes!  They shot other subject matter but it was mostly landscapes.  "Too easy," I thought to myself.

I struggled to find what other photographers had not found.  What I did find was that just about everything under the sun had already been photographed, both by professionals and by amatuer hobbyists alike.  I fled from the quiet peaceful world of landscape photography and dived into the urban environment which around here means L.A.  I found compelling architecture and structural design, people, animals, gritty things and scenes that sometimes made for a good image and sometimes were just so-so.  What I found in abundance was heavy traffic, scarce parking, made even scarcer by parking meters that only take ATMs or credit cards, and security guards reciting some obscure and questionable regulations about not being allowed to photograph the exterior of a building seen by all in public.  !!!!!  Whaaat?

So, I focused, focused, and focused again until I became real with myself.  I will be heading back to the natural world photographing landscapes.  I'm an outdoor guy.  I love the quiet, the freedom to capture images of most anything I point my camera at and the lack of traffic and parking meters.  Unh uh, no way am I putting my plastic into a parking meter!

My work with landscapes will probably be less prolific than in the past but hopefully more selective and more relevant . . . at least to me and perhaps you as well.  Sit back, relax, be patient and when the time comes, enjoy.

- David Behar

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Skyder Webs, or Capturing Controversy http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/4/skyder-webs-or-capturing-controversy Skyder Webs, or as some would refer to them, "Chemtrails," have been appearing in our skies for many years now, along with rather unusual looking clouds.  I've been aware of them ever since someone pointed them out to me back in 1999.  Until then, for me, they went unnoticed.  Actually, I've seen them all over the world without ever having to leave my home.  You see, people from all over capture images of them either deliberately or inadvertently, unaware that they have captured a 'controversy.'

I've seen photos from Spain, Italy, Russia, Asia, from all over that contain these unusual looking contrails and their ever present companions, those wispy lace like clouds.  Oddly enough, I've spoken to many who have never noticed them before and cannot see anything strange and unusual about them.  There are some who become rather agitated at the thought that these contrails and clouds could be anything other than a perfectly normal variation of a typical jet contrail at high altitude and the lacey misty clouds that sometimes appear with them.  "It's awfully cold up there and very high," they will say.  "Don't be a conspiracy kook," they will tell people.

I cannot figure out why some folks would get so upset.  Maybe it has to do with politics or religion.  Those are two topics that can really get the fur to fly.

There are many explanations on the internet as to what they are, why they are up there, and what they are made of.  I cannot prove or disprove any of those claims.  I was made aware of them after never noticing anything odd in the sky.  I see them now on a fairly regular basis and sometimes I think they are rather beautiful.  So, I thought I'd photograph them and present them to you for your consideration.  Now you can decide for yourselves what you think they are and what they are not.  One thing is certain.  They make rather striking images, don't they?

- David Behar

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Simply Remarkable http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/9/simply-remarkable On my ‘About Page’, I  had once mentioned a book entitled Boundless Potential, by Mark S. Walton.  In it, he talks about people who for whatever the reason, have come to the end of a job or a career.  However, it turns out these individuals are not done with their lives.  They need to continue working in order to feed and house themselves and their families or they simply have so much to offer their communities that they must keep building, creating, and doing well into their eighties and even beyond.
I’m one of those individuals working on this process of reinvention.  For myself, my efforts at reinvention have always involved the visual arts.  I’ve gone from traditional painting and drawing to computer graphics, from 2D to 3D, from static images to animation.  I now work towards establishing a good reputation as a competent and talented photographer.
There is a man I know of who seemingly has not had to reinvent himself.  He is still doing at age 78 what he did as a young man.  He is a contemporary of Elvis, James Brown, Johnny Cash, Little Richard, Ricky Nelson, etc.  Yet few people remember him or have even heard of him.  His name is Jimmy Angel.
As a young man, Jimmy’s striking resemblance to Elvis and Ricky Nelson got him the attention of record producers, financial backers, etc.  He had what looked to be a promising career, but then life as it so often does stepped in and derailed that trajectory to stardom.  Jimmy had to leave the country and take up residence in a foreign land where his looks and blossoming talent as a musical performer were greatly appreciated.  After more than thirty years, he’s back and still performing, now at small local venues in Southern California.  To hear him say it, “I’m just an old Rocker trying to survive.”
My wife and I have seen Jimmy perform twice now at the historic Smoke House restaurant just across the street from Warner Bros. Studios.  He’s 18 years my senior and I find him to be an inspiration for me, and I’ll bet for others as well.  His voice and stage presence belie his age.  Like the electrifying performance by Little Richard that we saw quite a few years ago at the Universal Amphitheater, Jimmy Angel could carry that venue with ease.  His performances are simply remarkable.
I wish him all the best, good health, a lucky break or two, and a decent living.  When you see the response of the audience to this man, you know he deserves no less.
- David Behar 
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The Grass is Always Greener . . . http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/the-grass-is-always-greener Recently, I posted a blog about my gripe with Southern California and about how difficult it had become to find really good photo opportunities for picture taking.  Well, bit by bit, little by little I am beginning to prove myself wrong . . . at least some of the time.

Don’t get me wrong.  I still find it to be a daunting and challenging task that usually involves a great deal of driving before parking your vehicle and getting out, and actually walking around with camera in hand.  It’s just that I have been finding interesting things to photograph and by posting them on my Facebook page, I’m finding that my Facebook friends from around the world are enjoying my photographs of my little spot on this earth . . . Southern California.

Lately, I have been making Facebook friends from Norway, The Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Japan, India, Germany, and more.  They are friendly creative people who love to share their photography with me as I do with them.  Their work is so appealing, green forested lands, centuries old city and town scenes, people who do not wear exactly the same type of clothes as we do here in So. Cal., especially during this very hot summer.

I envy them for the environments that they live in and the ones that they are able to visit nearby with what seems to be relative ease.  The images that they post are exotic, romantic, and beautiful in a way that fills me with envy.  What a surprise I had when they expressed their feelings about what I was photographing, a small stretch of beach near Malibu, the Malibu Lagoon, chaparral covered hills near my home, a rare and dramatic cloud filled evening in the Antelope Valley, an old power plant in Pasadena.  To my Facebook friends these were exotic, romantic and fascinating images.  Who knew?

Some day I hope to visit their countries, connect with them and get together for a meal, maybe even take a walk with our cameras and make photographs.  And I hope that someday they can come to my little neck of the woods, connect with me, break some bread together and make photographs here.

- David

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The Pull of the Past http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/the-pull-of-the-past After about one year of immersion into serious digital photography and having developed a pretty good ability to pull high quality inkjet prints out of my printer, I went out and acquired two developing trays, some small darkroom accessories, and some print making chemistry.  I still need a few more items.

I do not have a darkroom or any space or funds to build one.  Today, I am delving into what is referred to as the 'Alternative Photographic Processes.'  It's actually a selection of print making processes that do not require a darkroom.  These are historical processes that pre-date darkroom printing.

Currently lacking the ability to produce large enough negatives for these processes, I intend to utilize my computer, Photoshop, and my inkjet printer to produce negatives large enough to make prints using the contact printing method.  The negative, whether printed onto clear acetate film or regular paper, will be laid on top of fine-art print making paper that has been sensitized with various solutions, some resulting in a blue hued print, some brown, and others in a warm or cool gray tone.

With the ease of digital this and digital that, why do something like this?  Perhaps it was the fact that my entry into photography began in 1974, a time devoid of personal computers, Photoshop, and Giclee prints.  My camera was a Nikkormat FTN, all metal, heavy, extremely well made.  You could hammer nails with it and still shoot.  The lens, a Nikor 50mm f/2, razor sharp.  I dropped that camera more than once, carried it up into the high country in the Sierra Nevada on more than one occasion.  I practiced some black and white print making at home and at school.  Over time I lost interest and bit by bit, the cameras, lenses, and other related goodies were sold off.

Today, I carry a camera with me most of the time, digital and film.  I really like both cameras, but in two or three years the digital camera will be obsolete.  As long as film is still being made, the film camera will never become obsolete.

So now I begin to step back in time.  Along with my purely digital images, scanned 35mm images and inkjet prints, I will move ahead in my journey of re-invention back into the past, when paper was prepared to take a sensitizing solution, placed onto another sheet of paper, and exposed in the sun.  It's a growing movement, the desire, the need to preserve the historical printing methods.  Here goes.



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The Right Stuff: A Brief Story of Accumulation http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/the-right-stuff-a-brief-story-of-accumulation On Easter Sunday, my wife and I visited the Getty Center museum.  It was a cool, misty and overcast day, a perfect day for a museum visit.  Besides enjoying a bit of lunch up there, we viewed a new photography exhibit entitled ‘Japan's Modern Divide:
The Photographs of Hiroshi Hamaya and Kansuke Yamamoto.
’  Mr. Hamaya’s work was that of a traditional documentarian while Mr. Yamamoto sought a more avant-garde expression.  The images were mostly black and white and beautifully matted and framed.  We enjoyed the exhibit thoroughly.

About 3:30 a.m. this morning, I awoke with a thought in my mind about ‘stuff,’ in particular, the stuff we saw at the Getty on Sunday.  In recent years, in Western culture, there has been a movement to be satisfied with less stuff.  George Carlin, the comedian even did a great routine about ‘stuff.’  He started by saying something like, “A house is a place where you keep your stuff.”  If you moved somewhere else, you got rid of some stuff, and then accumulated more stuff to fill your new place.  It was a funny shtick and it got people to think about all the ‘stuff’ they had and how attached they were to it.

“A museum is a place filled with stuff.”  My quote here.  The photographs we viewed are someone’s ‘stuff.‘  People come from all over to look at all of that stuff.  If all that stuff is a reflection of an empty materialism as some would say, then why are we so attached to our stuff?

The thought occurred to me that if our ancestors had not made and held onto their stuff, archeologists would have nothing to dig up; anthropologists would have nothing that would describe to them our ancient past.  Stuff fuels our economy.  The stuff we viewed the other day told a story about two photographers and about the people and things appearing in their photographs.

‘Stuff’ tells stories.  Our stuff tells ‘our story.’  It makes me think about the ‘stuff’ my wife and I had accumulated over the years and how most of it is currently packed away in cardboard boxes and plastic containers, out of sight.  When we surround ourselves with our stuff, in essence, we surround ourselves with our personal story, reminders of who we are.

I believe that’s important.  In our society today where we are bombarded with so much information, I think we have a deep need to remind ourselves of who we are in all of that noise.  We do that by adorning our personal space with ‘our stuff’, the right stuff.


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The Challenge of Photography in Southern California http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/the-challenge-of-photography-in-southern-california On March 1st, I read a post by Daniel Milnor on his blog site, ‘SMOGRANCH.’  Mr. Milnor is ‘Photographer at Large’ for Blurb Inc., a creative publishing and marketing firm that allows artists and photographers the ability to easily create and print their own books, a ‘print on demand’ type of service which has revolutionized the industry and allowed people the opportunity to share with the world their personal vision. He also works on long term thematic projects that he then turns into books. He has worked as a photo journalist and commercial photographer, conducts traveling workshops to distant countries and has taught photography at Art Center in Pasadena, CA.  He is an interesting guy, and I enjoy following his posts and looking at his work.  Daniel Milnor's work in documentary photography is a far more intensely focused endeavor than what I do, which is basically photograph most everything, and I have no doubt that his documentary work presents many more challenges.

This particular post was entitled, “Trying to find Southern California.”  Mr. Milnor expressed his frustration at trying to photograph in Southern California.  In it, he described So. Cal. as “just too normal, too sterile, and organized.”  I have to agree with him.  After living in Southern California my entire life, I too find it difficult to find new subject matter for my photography. There are days when I cannot make a decision on where to go because I think I’ve seen it all.

It is a fact that many communities that once contained historical town centers, architecturally significant structures and atmosphere, have simply been mowed down and replaced with strip malls, massive apartment/condo blocks, and cookie cutter suburban housing developments that march endlessly up and down the foothills.  A friend of mine once commented about traveling around So. Cal.  He said: “Wherever you go, you could be anywhere.”  Simply stated, it was all looking the same, everywhere, and rather bland too.

I spend many hours in my truck looking for that special combination of place, light, and time.  Sometimes my camera never leaves the bag. It can be very frustrating. It really helps to get yourself out of your vehicle and get moving on your feet.  Walking changes your perspective, allows you to really connect with your surroundings that a car tends to insulate you from.  Ironically, we need those vehicles in Southern California in order to seek out those places that may revitalize our vision.

I recently picked up the photo book, ‘Provence:  Lasting Impressions’ by Joel Myerowitz.  The land is very beautiful and the photographs by Mr. Myerowitz are stunning.  For me, it’s a rare glimpse at a place that echoes what we may have once had here in Southern California.  At least that’s the conclusion I arrive at when I come across photos of Southern California from the late 19th and early 20th century.  I cannot afford an extended journey to Provence or any other place like it at this time.  For those of you who are like me, I believe we are tasked to try and find Provence right here in our own backyard.

My wife and I took a drive last night after she returned home from work.  We drove north on the I-5 to Tejon Ranch, Gorman, and the west end of the Antelope Valley just looking for some nice landscapes, a no brainer, something simple.  Hey, guess I was lucky this time.  You can see them in my 'Scenic' gallery.


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The Brick http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/the-brick I was out on the first day of shooting with my X Pro-1, and I came across this curious little camera in the storefront window of an antique store. I’ve seen these cameras over the years here and there in the ‘used camera’ section of various local camera stores. It was while taking this image that I once again became nostalgic for film cameras.

The camera in the image is an ‘Argus C3’, a low-priced and rugged little ‘brick’ that was made from 1939 to 1966. I understand that it was a very popular camera that helped make the 35mm format popular. It had what is called a ‘Diaphragm Shutter’ that was simpler to manufacture than a focal plane shutter. The plethora of knobs and gears on the outer body of the camera made for a rather unique appearance and gave the camera a somewhat industrial appeal.

There is something about a vintage style camera that really draws me to them. Years ago I owned a couple of wonderful Nikons, the Nikkormat FTN, circa 1974 and the original version of Nikon’s first compact 35mm SLR, the Nikon FM in a black body. I really enjoyed those cameras and miss them. I sold them back in 2008 thinking that film was dead. I was wrong about film, thankfully so.

My choice in digital and 35mm is now a classic rangefinder style camera. They look very similar in appearance but function in ways that are worlds apart. Although I can ‘make’ my digital captures have the look of my 35mm rangefinder, it is definitely not the same. The simplicity of the film camera gives it a unique quality that I feel some aficionados of the pixel world may be missing. Then again, I could be way off base. Either way, it’s what makes you feel good when you hold it in your hands, and whether it works for you and your style of snapping that shutter.

The Argus C3 was discontinued in 1966, having become outdated after a run of nearly 70 years. Not too bad for an old brick.


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Architecture as Art http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/architecture-as-art This is my first post here on my website.  As I was musing about what to talk about, I looked over my galleries and the one in particular that I chose for the first slideshow on my homepage.  I chose 'Architecture.'  It seems that when I'm out and about with a camera, I tend to gravitate towards buildings, old, new, and in between.  There is something about the lines and curves in architecture that become more like abstract geometric design when isolated by the focal length of a camera lens.  Shooting in black & white mode or with black & white film seem to enhance this effect.

This might have something to do with my art education.  I studied painting and drawing in college, and when freed from the first two years of required fundamental courses, I found myself in a very open and experimental environment at U.C. Irvine.  It was the mid 1970s and the fine arts college at U.C.I. was host to some of the most well known artists involved in the west coast contemporary art scene.

Craig Kauffman, Tony Delap, John Paul Jones taught there.  Ed Bereal was another instructor at U.C.I. who had a major impact on me.  Although his work was couched in assemblage and steeped in politics and social commentary, he instilled in me a very good lesson.  He would keep asking away at us students one question over and over again during the critiquing of our work.  He would ask, "What is it?"  Again and again, "But, what is it?"  This caused some students to really stumble about for an explanation of what they were trying to convey.  It took awhile but I eventually figured out what he was doing.

At the time I had begun a series of paintings on raw Belgian linen using 'trunk' paints from spray cans.  I was going around the campus and creating highly stylized drawings of the buildings on campus, very linear, very modern, employing exaggerated perspective.  They were very simple in design and execution, and my motivation was rather simple.  They made interesting, eye-catching designs.  Bam!  Plain and simple.  The essence.  That's what Ed was trying to draw out of us.

That's what they were, nothing more.  Now I use a camera to do basically the same thing.  I hope you enjoy them.


dabphoto47@gmail.com (David Behar Photography) 35mm abstract architecture b&w design digital geometric getty center photography richard meier u.c. irvine zeiss ikon http://davidbeharphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/architecture-as-art Mon, 11 Mar 2013 18:55:55 GMT