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March 2006 - Vol 1, Issue 4
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Dear PixiPort,

Our weekly gallery has Dubi Roman's sunflowers. What a perfect way to start spring! Beautiful image Dubi!!
As always please let our artists hear from you. A brief email could inspire a great creation today.

Hi!! I have been gone from here for a while. In the meantime, I have had the chance to try out several of the new pocket sized digital cameras to determine what to carry for Street Photography. For Street Photographers, digital cameras, with their miniaturization, higher ISO’s and “image stabilization” are really raising interest. The prosumer camera that has the feature set that most suits my needs is the Olympus Digital Stylus 810.

Since my last article, I have been using the Fuji 10 I wrote about. Its successor, the much anticipated Fuji E900, was a dud, at least for the short duration of my testing. The camera was exceedingly slow in the RAW mode and oversized to boot. That was the end of that camera.

It is possible to radically alter the appearance of an image with the click of a mouse. Some are calling this phenomenon "pushbutton" art. And there are those who say it isn't art at all. To me, this is like saying that because it used to take days to make a pair of shoes that can now be made in minutes, they aren't really shoes at all.

Filters and plug-ins are marvelous tools, but that’s all they are. The fact that they work instantly and globally does not diminish their status as tools; tools have always made things easier and faster. In a few years, we will be able to accurately emulate all styles of art, and have many new styles at our fingertips. We will also invent our own. It will indeed be pushbutton art, but there will be thousands of pushbuttons, and they will have endless variations. These tools will enable us to create a tremendous variety of images and some of them will amaze us.

I am not a purist. If I can find a pushbutton that will create the effect that I want, I will use it. I am not talking about photojournalism where accuracy is imperative. I am talking about art where anything goes. I am amused by those who disdain the use of computer programs to modify their images as if they would be violating some rule. I am reminded of my Dad’s camera club where I heard photographers proclaiming that Ansel Adams would never make it as a photographer because his photographs never had a clear center of interest.

Digital painting and digital photography are so powerful, they will dramatically change the world of art and photography. Many will resist, but it will happen. So, is it art? Of course it is. It will just take some artists and some viewers time to adjust to these new and powerful tools.

I grew up in a small town on the short grass prarie in far southwest Oklahoma and had a Tom Sawyer childhood. I spent four years at Oklahoma State University but never declared a major. My academic pursuit was eclectic and I was a couple of courses away from a degree in four subjects. I graduated from the Univeristy of Oklahoma School of Medicine in 1971 and moved to Los Angeles and completed a residency in General Surgery in 1975. I was a trauma surgeon in downtown Los Angeles and Beverly Hills for several years before burning out and returing to Oklahoma where I live in the woods in far northeast OKC.

My artistic life has been devoted to wood working...from furniture to an addition on the second floor of my house that took almost seven years. I dabbled in architecture, engineering, artistic design and decorating to complete the project, vowing, thereafter, never to make anything I could not carry. I also am an amateur poet and writer of short stories and am trying my hand at writing a novel.

I never had any particular interest in photography and still struggle with the settings on a camera. Three years ago I bought some cheap blue halogen bulb lights and a three mega pixil camera and took a few photos now and again of girlfriends and family members. In the fall of 2004 I met a woman who was dissatisfied with her local photographer and I boldly told her I could shoot a portfolio she could use in her quest to be a model. I upgraded my camera and we did two shoots in January and February, 2005. Those photos are of the woman in the fur and large hat on this site.

Since then photography was been somewhat of an obcession. I finally discovered strobe lights, hair lights, rim lights, barn doors grids, gels etc. in September of last year and just this week got a soft box and a beauty dish. All of my other photos on this site were created after September, 2005.

My passion in photography is light and shadow. I have been inspired by the words of James Lee Burke from one of his novels. "Shadow gives ambiguity a legitimacy that light cannot."


I began taking photographs in college after my father handed down his manual Nikon camera and ancient darkroom enlarger. Since then I have focused on black and white photography and feel that the simplicity of the medium can often say much more about the image than the image itself. I try to make photographs that encompass an eclectic range of subject matter, from street photography and abstract, to landscape and scenic images. Regardless of the subject, I strive to capture a unique moment in time with each image, with the hope that the viewer will be struck as if by a recent memory or fading dream.
Imagery has, for me, always been central to communicating. As a film editor I have sequenced, bent, and even created images from visions. As a cinematographer and videographer I have, guided by vision, corralled images. As a producer, I have branded and sold images. Throughout all of this, as a photographer I have collected images from the spaces between visions.

My most recent body of work continues a journey begun almost forty years ago - then abandoned. Now revisited, the journey continues into those moments where objects lose their names, where the observed is also heard, and where the formality of visual-haiku opens doors to the infinite.
Stan Friedman Photo Gallery

Enjoy the Journey

Sincerely,


Helyn Davenport
Pixiport Fine Art Photography



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