January

January 17, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

How the first 2 weeks of January feel.

 

 

 


New Fine Art Site

January 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I have been working hard on a new fine art site and if you enjoy following my work, please feel free to take a look. It is a work in progress. 

http://melissalazukaphotographs.com/


From the Masters William Eggleston

November 23, 2015  •  3 Comments

 

This past month, our "From the Masters" group studied William Eggleston. To be honest, I did not know who he was. When I looked up his name I was immediately struck by his use of color. It was used in such a painterly, rich, intuitive way, so that every day boring scenes, ones you and I walk by every single day, came to life. I was particularly inspired because I took the wonderful color theory class by my friend Roxanne Bryant this past spring and I could actually see how Eggleston used a warm and cool palette, and how the colors worked so perfectly together. The thing is, Eggleston makes it look easy. In actuality, when I tried to go around and find everyday, very boring, and truly ugly surroundings and make them look like a painting, it was quite hard. Normally I am shooting landscapes and my children.  For these I took my camera into our town and even tried a few different ugly settings such as my garage (gasp). It was challenging. My favorite part of this month was working on my color and seeing how different colors worked together and then attempting to look at my surroundings with a painterly eye. I love rich colors so I bumped up my saturation and even changed the colors in some of these images to work well together.  

 

Now please follow the circle around and check out my lovely friend Antonieta's post this month! 

 

 


Freelensing Circle October

October 29, 2015  •  4 Comments

the day the leaves fell like a song

and I could barely catch you 

in the blur of burnt orange crimson red

yellow

I told you every now and then

there is a day that 

glimpses heaven

and you laughed running 

ahead 

your small self passing through the crunching leaves

as they came down to the notes 

of Autumn

hardly believing this song would 

change so soon

hushed by white silence

Now please follow the circle around to my friend Heather. So much beauty in her post this month ♥


From the Masters; Harry Callahan

October 20, 2015  •  4 Comments

I was so thankful to be asked to participate as a guest photographer in this month's "From the Masters" circle. Each month this group of ladies studies a master of photography and gains inspiration to shoot and see in a way that is new to them. This month we studied Harry Callahan. I found his life so interesting and there were certain elements of his style that fascinated me; his use of light and dark, the way he saw lines and form, how he was known for both his color and black and white work which is unusual for that time period, and his experimentation with double exposure. Reading about his life, I especially loved reading that he looked at his photography as a "life's work" and that making art is almost a spiritual experience. This resonated with me. Sometimes I am in such a hurry to think that a project should be finished at some point, or have an ending and yet, to look at it as a life's work can give us peace of mind. The thought that we are always learning, creating, looking deeper, seeing in new ways. It is never ending and will last our lifetime. It made me realize that this is only the beginning of my project. What will next year bring? in 10 years? At the end of my life? I love that. He wrote:

My project could only be to photograph as I felt and desired; to regulate a pleasant form of living: to get up in the morning—free, to feel the trees, the grass, the water, sky or buildings, people—everything that affect us. This, I know, is not a definite project because life itself is not definite, but it could be the part of a lifetime project.

He was very inspired by Walt Whitman who wrote  "Leaves of Grass", which was his life work. I love what Walt Whitman says here. It really is how I hope someone will feel when they look at one of my images, like they are looking in the mirror by my side, seeing how I see and feel. I think it is what every artist hopes. 

"What I tell I tell for precisely what it is. What I experience or portray shall go from my composition. You shall stand by my side and look in the mirror with me.

Now please follow the circle around to my good friend Antonieta Esis here. I love how she experimented with double exposure this week. So wonderful.