Jim Friesen - Photography


 

As a boy I remember being excited by the energy that was evident in the  paintings of Jackson Pollock. Much later, after looking at the world through a viewfinder, I realized they were, for me at least, an echo of nature's forms and rhythms. 

 

I took this photo at Centennial Beach and was reminded of Pollock and his work.








 

A couple of different shots with my new Sony Point & Shoot. One is of the trees and bench at Jericho Beach, where I walk Dusty a lot. It became an infrared black & white shot as I worked on it. The other is a panorama of the river (I'm not sure if it's the Fraser or Coquihalla) at Hope, B.C., using 5 or 6 shots that I stitched together in Photoshop. 

 

I think I like this little camera. That's my in depth review. Contact me if you want details.












Thanks to Karen J. for alerting me to the Seine and its many wonders, to Cathie T. for joining me for a walk after dinner along its paths and, finally, to my brother Roger for once again joining me on a photo safari.





     


     I saw a movie the other day that was made by a personal hero of mine, Wim Wenders, about a photographer that he must consider a hero of his, Sebastiao Salgado

     Wim Wenders makes terrific movies but is also a still photographer of great ability, taking pictures as he roams the world making his films. He discovered Salgado, after buying a print of his from a dealer, and then started an exploration of his life that culminated in "Salt Of The Earth", which he made in colaboration with Salgado's son, Juliano.

     The movie he made about Sebastiao Salgado should ensure that Salgado is recognized as one of the most dedicated, courageous and talented photographers of his generation. His images are the result of a natural talent combined with an unnatural dedication, not only to his craft but to the plight of humankind and the world itself. His photos reflect his compassion and his love for the earth and its inhabitants. They also display a keen eye and a sensitivity both to the subject and the viewer. This sensitivity allows him to display his work almost as if he is taking you gently by the arm and saying, "Look at this ... look at how terrible and beautiful the world is, in equal measures."

     If you have an opportunity to see this film, I would highly recommend that you take it.

 

The Photograph above is one of my recent dogwalk snapshots and is simply meant to attract attention to this page, which is meant to attract attention to the the artists and work I have mentioned above.






Once an image is made, if it attains a certain level of personality, I have to let it into the world. It may not be what I expected or what I thought I was trying to create, but it has forced its way into the world as if by its own will and, sometimes, against my better judgement.

 






The solitude of a photoshoot in nature is wonderful but it is at least as pleasant to share the experience. You also get the gift of occasionally being able to put a human body in the picture to add a layer of interest and give the landscape scale. 

The top photo is at Iona Beach with Ed Peck of Sassamatt Images. The bottom photo is with my brother Roger in Manitoba.




The photos that mean the most to me are the ones that are alive with potential meaning. Each person's interpreatation may vary but there is a possible narrative or implied symbolism that will inspire further observation and consideration. In photojournalism you want the story told in pictures. In art photography the story or meaning may not be quite so clear.

But there has to be content, composition, light and line that welcomes the eye and imagination again and again. These are my criteria anyway.

Sometimes I know I have something. But often, as in the case of, "Dog On Beach", this recent photo, I'm left wondering, "Is it just me?".


These photos and the three from the previous blog were all taken on the same morning in or near the same location. It is dizzying to think how many aspects of reality there are to choose from at any given moment. 

 

I alter every photo, to some degree or other, in Photoshop. It is one of my tools. Just as there are endless possible pictures to take at any given time, there are endless possible alterations that can be done. The last photo - Pond Life - is an extreme example. Others, like images 5 & 6, emulating old fashioned hand coloured photos (and 8 with it's sepia toning) are a little more subtle. Other than being outside and taking the photos (despite the wet feet and cold fingers) making alteration choices is my favorite part of photography.

 

 





























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