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    ADK PLACES TO SIT / LIFE WITHOUT THE APA / RAIN / THE FORKS / EARLY WORK / TANGLES

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In Situ ~ la, la, how the life goes onLife without the APADoorsKitchen SinkRain2014 • Year in ReviewPlace To SitART ~ conveys / transports / reflectsDecay & DisgustSingle WomenPicture WindowsTangles ~ fields of visual energy (10 picture preview) • The Light + BW mini-galleryKitchen Life (gallery) • The Forks ~ there's no place like home (gallery)


Thursday
May192016

civilized ku # 4000 / ku # 1375 ~ Ireland / 2 views + Instagram update

Jaci and Robert ~ Port, Ireland • click to embiggen

view between artist's home and gallery ~ Ardara, Ireland • click to embiggen

No surprise that Ireland is a rich picture making location. I'm trying to avoid making the Irish cliche picture and having some success at it.

FYI, I am updating my hobsonspictures Instagram page daily.
Tuesday
May172016

fyi ~ Ireland Instagram updates

Plenty of pictures of Irish referents can be viewed on my hobsonspictures Instagram page. Instagram has been easy to use and I will be updating it daily.

Friday
May132016

civilized ku # 3099 ~ pictures from Ireland and Scotland

washline ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK click to embiggen

Leaving the Forks in 2 hours to catch our flight to Dublin from Montreal. As previously mentioned, I will be posting from Ireland and Scotland but not on Squarespace. So, if you want to view the posts, they can be viewed at markhobsonblog.wordpress.com and / or Instagram at hobsonspictures.

 

The wife has decided to take the laptop along so I might post a thing or 2 here on Squarespace. However, since I really don't want to deal with the aggravation using Squarespace posting workarounds while on my trip, Instagram and Wordpress will be my go-to posting place of choice.
Thursday
May122016

civilized ku # 3098 ~ it's all about the little things

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window / Sunrise Cafe ~ South Bend, Indiana • click to embiggen

watering bucket reflection ~ Manhattan / NYC, NY • click to embiggen

I'm wrapped up in preparations for our departure tomorrow to Ireland and Scotland.

Looking forward to making lots of pictures which I will be posting on my Wordpress and Instagram sites. Tomorrow's entry will have links to both.
Wednesday
May112016

civilized ku # 3096-97 + an oldie ~ color and composition

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old wall advertisement ~ Whitehall, NY - just outside the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen
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stuff on top of bookcase ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK • click to embiggen

green door, flood waters and sandbags ~ Au Sable Forks, NY - in the Adirondack PARK click to embiggen

Yet another one of pictures has been pulled from obscurity in the bowels of my picture library to be featured in an article in Adirondack Life magazine. And much like my previous pictures featured in the magazine - including this International Regional Magazine Awards winning one - this picture (green door, flood waters and sandbags is not a typical Adirondack Pretty Picture.

I am especially pleased with a comment from the magazine's Art Director who wrote, "I like the color and composition" because, whatever else my pictures might be 'about', I always try to make pictures which are also 'about' color and composition.
Tuesday
May102016

civilized ku # 3090-95 ~ immitation / flattery

looking like Leiter ~MAnhattan / NYC click to embiggen

During my recent 2 visits to NYC - after acquiring a Saul Leiter book during my first visit - I turned my eye and sensibilities (and camera) to making Leiter-style pictures. Pictures in which the referents and the look paid a certain amount of homage to Leiter's picture making sensibilities. For the record, I was not attempting to emulate precisely Leiter's work but to make pictures - with my unique vision - which would not be mistaken for Leiter's pictures but rather with a resemblance thereto.

But here's the interesting thing - I based my idea on the look of Leiter's work from the reproduction of his work in his Early Color book. After acquiring the 2nd Leiter book (during my 2nd recent visit), Colors, I was rather surprised to discover a significant difference in color and tonal values, re: pictures printed in both books, from one book to the other.

So, the question arose, which reproduction constituted the most accurate representation of the original pictures? Not having had the experience of viewing any of his original prints, I have no frame of reference to make a judgement regarding which book is most accurate.

If I had to make an educated guess, my money's on the Colors book. The color and tonal values in that book are much 'cleaner'. More along the lines of what I would expect from pictures from the era in which they were made. In addition to the cleaner look, there is decidedly more detail in the deep shadow areas of the pictures which leads me to believe that the first book got it wrong.

All of that written, I nevertheless believe that many of my Leiter-like pictures are a reasonable homage to man and his work.
Thursday
May052016

civilized ku # 3089 ~ touchdown Jesus

Hugo / Touchdown Jesus - iPhone picture ~ UND / South Bend, Ind. • click to embiggen

Over the years I have attended many football games (American-style) at the U of Notre Dame so I am well aware that, if you sit high-ish up in or near the south end of the stadium, so-called Touchdown Jesus projects a commanding visual presence looming over the top of the north end of the stadium.

The picture in this entry of Hugo and TD Jesus represents 4 generations of Hobson visits to UND - my father took me to many games, I took my son (aka: The Cinemascapist) to UND to play hockey and now I and my son are at UND - where he was selected to participate in an elite hockey training and competition camp with Hugo.

Apparently visiting UND has become a family tradition.
Wednesday
May042016

civilized ku # 3088 ~ all I want ...

all I want ~ East Village/ Manhattan, NYC click to embiggen

All the little sweetie pie in the wall art wants is everything. That's also what I want - all I want is everything to work as it is supposed to work, re; making entries here on Squarespace.

As it currently stands, SS has provided me with yet another workaround, albeit rather clunky as opposed to the former 1 click and done method. However, this new method - supposedly temporary - does not open the enlarged image in a separate window /tab and consequently, I am not able to set the window dimensions (with scrollbars) to match that of the enlarged image.

iMo, this results in a very inelegant presentation. Unfortunately, it will have to do until SS fixes the problem or I get my WordPress site set up the way I want it to be.

So, click to embiggen is back although it requires the use of the back button to return to the page from which it came.
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