May 23, 2015 § Leave a comment
This blog is now 5 years old…. it doesn’t feel like it. Today I am feeling somewhat introspective….
I am not my parents…
I am not my ancestors…
I am not a representation of one particular political party or the other, of one race or the other, of one ideology or the other…
I am the debris upon our coast, that which is a product of the actions of others, whether deliberate or accidental.
I have been cast upon the shore, faithfully placed or carelessly thrown.
I have been left on my own, to survive or perish.
I may be strong or I may be weak, but mother nature will still prevail.
I may be solitary, or in the company of others…
I am the debris upon our coast.
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April 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
Psychologists and psychiatrists make big deals out of “association”…
I saw this scene and thought to myself that the reflective safety vests reminded me of the song YMCA by the Village People, then that led me to thinking about Men at Work, the band that sang “Land Down Under”… do you think the pipes being put “under the ground” is an inference as well?
Don’t know what psychologists or psychiatrists would make of me, but for now I’ll avoid seeing any. and I should probably avoid the Canje area for a little while too :D
This isn’t a great photo, but ever since I took it I’ve been thinking that I still like it for some reason… so I finished the processing and uploaded.
Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 17-50mm | Uncomposed moving shot.
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April 17, 2015 § 2 Comments
Each week it is hard to make a choice of a photo for the Deck Project, mostly because its hard to separate the emotion involved with the image at the time of it’s being taken and the merits of the image itself, but for Week 8 of 2015, I think it’s mostly because I think to myself that I came away from that week, which was mostly Mashramani images, with what I thought of as very uninspiring and “average” images.
Seven weeks later and I was finally able to look at them and chose one that I felt was different, or maybe just not the “usual” of the crop.
Am I happy with it? Yes. There are quite a few that I’m happy with, but it seems to me that I now want a little “more” from my images than just the “pretty picture”. I’m not there yet, but I’ll keep trying.
Context: this reveler was very close up behind the truck, it was 3 in the afternoon, although the sky was partially overcast, the sun was shining nicely down on the parade at this point.
Canon EOS 60D, Canon EF24-105mm f/4L
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April 14, 2015 § 4 Comments
…for Joan and Jerry; Jewel, Jade and Gem
One little angel, said “goodbye” to the two,
“I’m returning to heaven, I won’t make it through”
“Stay with us, we’re three” said they to her,
“Wait let us touch, our mother, our father”
Outside, a Guardian Angel said “It’s time, let her go,
It will soon be your time, your parent’s touch to know”
The little one left for the heavenly gates,
Her sisters embraced, together faced their fate.
Their time had come, outside they came,
their father and mother, crying their names;
Loving hands upon their skins, tears from their parents eyes;
but our Father called to them, back through the skies.
The Guardian Angel said unto the little ones;
“Go back to the Father, with your mother I must stay,
the Father needs you, the world has need of her,
return unto Heaven, and for her, you should pray”
The two then returned from whence they had come,
to be reunited with the other little one;
The mother and father wept, three little ones had died,
In Heaven, three angels embraced, and the Angels cried.
March 3, 2015 § 2 Comments
2012 | At Rest | © Michael C. Lam
It’s not a local issue, but it’s one that many artists have to face in the developing world more than their contemporaries in the “first world” (not saying that they don’t face it too, just to a lesser degree) – “We want to use your work for free, you’ll get exposure”.
Every artist at some time thinks about “Fame”, we’d like to get our work out there, for one piece to cross that invisible line that separates the millions of works of art that go relatively unnoticed and the few that make it to the galleries, the collectors’ circles and the list of “masterpieces”, one that becomes instantly recognisable upon sight throughout the art-world.
Most artists will strive to get there, but few ever attain it, this often has little to do with skill or artistic expression, and it also has little to do with the “exposure” that the hungry marketers want us to believe will catapult us to fame.
2012 | Last Stand | © Michael C. Lam
Each famous artist’s path to glory is different, and we as artists have to “work” at it, not expect it to be handed to us or to become a household name by having our work used by marketers for “exposure”, those marketers are making something out of it, the artist is not, and I’ve yet to hear of artists who got the call shortly after one of these “events” for a commission or for one of their pieces to be bought.
A photographer’s photo in your magazine will make the reading experience of your clientele a bit more enjoyable, but no one will read the fine print to find out who the photographer is so that they can “buy” any of their pieces,
A sculptor’s work that took several months to complete may look nice in your hotel lobby, but none of your guests will enquire who the sculptor is to commission a piece for themselves.
A painting in your foyer will make it more welcoming, but no one stops to ask who the painter is that they may acquire a piece just as beautiful.
2011 | dry docked? | © Michael C. Lam
We are artists, our work is a product of our intellect, our imagination, our skill, our craft… it is not yours to use for your own benefit while we receive promises of exposure, such promises are meaningless and degrading to the artist.
If you want that sculpture in the lobby, buy it, it is a product of blood, sweat and tears, not an idea brought to life on a whim in mere hours… If you want that sketch of a building that caught your eye, buy it, don’t promise the artist that you’ll hang it prominently in your boardroom for “important” people to see it… if you want my photograph for your publication that IS paying everyone else concerned with its production, then pay me, I invested in gear, I invested my time, I invested my skill, imagination and artistic vision in it.
I may never be famous, but it is folly to believe that I do not deserve to be paid for what is rightfully mine.
2011 | Shooting the breeze | © Michael C. Lam
If you’ve reached this far down, thanks for reading my rant :-)
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February 21, 2015 § Leave a comment
Taking time away from the images can be a good thing… but it’s important to actually go back to them, because if you don’t, it becomes a matter of “out of sight, out of mind”…
I was looking for a certain Mashramani photo this morning in my 2010 photo library… and I stumbled across this image…
This day was a good one, I really have to sort out a few more images from it :-)
2010 | Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 18-270mm
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February 20, 2015 § 2 Comments
I was going through a few photos from last year, and I can across a set that I had not processed, and I thought “no one wants to see another Jhandi flag photo”… but I couldn’t resist it, I just had to choose one of the set and process it.
There’s just something about a flag fluttering in the wind that draws the attention… who am I fooling? Even when it’s hung limp with the wind abated I’d probably still take a photo.
This one appealed to me because of the contrast that the rich red flag had against the sky, the line of the seawall and it’s curve towards the koker made it a better composition than just a plain flag :-)
OK, yes… I did seriously think about doing it in BW (still pondering it) but I rather like this version :-)
2014 | Canon EOS 60D, Sigma 10-20mm | Ogle, East Coast Demerara, Guyana
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