One of the most amazing parts of the 57th Carnegie International Exhibition is The Neon Ghost House developed by Alex Da Cortes.The Neon house is amazing enough but inside is a small screening room. Running for over three hours there are 57 videos an homage not only to the anniversary but also to Pittsburgh’s famous 57 varieties.
Some of the videos are short and some longer and the artist performs in all of them. We saw him play Fred Rodgers and a strange version of Bugs Bunny singing Moon River.
Unfortunately we did not make it to the museum to see the 57th Carnegie International Exhibit until yesterday. It really needs to be seen more than once.
The use of video and music in this exhibition is truly amazing. There is one 8 minute video in which each scene was painted by hand. And another that has videos of varying lengths for over three hours. Just a few days left so go if you are able it will not be disappointing. It’s at the Carnegie Museum of Art in Oakland.
Years ago I learned the basics of blur motion photography. Placing the camera on a tripod and using a slow shutter speed allows you to create blurred motion on a still background. If you pan with the movement you will create another type of blur effect like this one entitled Running Deer. I have often thought of this process as creating ghosts.
While relaxing in Köln on the waterfront I decided to try to make some “ghosts” using a monopod. A lot of my attempts didn’t work. A monopod is not as good as a tripod but I still managed to capture a couple of ghosts.
I am not a big fan of the military and soliders. I appreciate the sacrifices they make but I am not very knowledgable or interested in military things. That said I love the pomp and circumstance of the changing of the guard. I have seen it at the Tomb of The Unknown Solider and more recently at Prague Castle.
Prague Castle is the current seat of government for the Czech Republic and has been the seat of emperors and kings dating back to 9th century. The ceremony is therefore guarded by active soliders in addition to the ceremonial guard.
In the 1970s I was a member of The Associated Artists of Pittsburgh. It is the oldest, continuously-exhibiting, visual arts organization in the country. Founded in 1910, AAP has spent over 100 years as a driving force in Pittsburgh’s dynamic cultural life.
I had been thinking about rejoining and when I called them they gave me a couple of choices. I could pay my back dues since I left (over $3000) or join again through the new member screening process. Guess which I chose. I am allowed to submit up to 5 pieces of work to the screening. I am having trouble picking the fifth piece so I am asking for your help in deciding.
Keep in mind my artists statement when choosing and kindly answer my poll.Thanks for your help!
My artistic vision however has always been to capture the perfect moment. Henri Cartier-Bresson states there is a decisive moment for each image. This is true for every image. Even a sunrise has that perfect moment. However in my opinion it is especially true for photojournalism. The moment before lips touch, right before the dog catches the Frisbee and right before the bat strikes the ball. The focus of my artistic photography is to catch a moment that would make Henri Cartier-Bresson nod in appreciation.