lunedì 24 aprile 2017


I have a horrible habit of wasting so much of my present moment time constantly thinking about everything and everyone!  If you are like me, it can be so difficult to focus on what I’m doing right now at this exact moment (just caught myself thinking about something I need to do as I write this article).  I’m constantly distracted by thoughts and most of the time these distractions running through my head are about what has already happened or what may happen in the future.
So, what does this have to do with photography? Everything!
Clear those distracting thoughts 
Try to lose yourself in the present moment by focusing and concentrating  on what you  are doing at that moment as you engage your subject.  Being completely present will allow you to be fully engaged and to see your subject with a new and exciting perspective.  How do you do this?  It takes constant practice, but it can be done!  You must first be aware of all those distractions in your head.  Importantly, try not to stop those thoughts from flowing, just be aware of them and notice them and as you watch them, they will simply fade.  With practice, it does work!  The key is to be aware that you are distracted and that you are not focused.
Don’t over think or try not to think at all 
I admit this was difficult for me to understand at first.  We have a greater intelligence than all those thoughts racing through our head.  For example, have you ever encountered a situation where you just reacted in the moment, you knew what to do without obsessively thinking about your next move?  Well, imagine yourself in front of a subject (I know this requires thinking : ), your head is clear, no distracting thoughts, you are fully engaged and you know it’s the right opportunity to capture or you instinctively adapt to what you know will be a better opportunity.  We are more than our thoughts and those distracting ones get in our way and fog our ability to see clearly.
It’s not necessarily about the product 
I think it’s important to clarify my philosophy on photography.  For me, it is a life experience and it’s not necessarily about the final outcome although I certainly enjoy sharing and viewing the work of so many wonderful artists.  Our goal as artists should be to get lost in the process of creating, not worrying about making money or whether our art will fit a certain mold or get a certain number of comments.  These thoughts are distractions and keep us from our full potential.   I have not mastered what is written in this article, but I practice as much as possible and I do think it has made a difference in my personal style and I hope you will find this article of value.  
Jason Lowry is from Eastern North Carolina and is obsessed with moody and dramatic black and white art.  Jason Lowry   digital-photography-school

All images © Jason Lowry photographer


domenica 23 aprile 2017


Jeanne Lorioz was born in France in 1954 and studied at the ‘Ecole Superieurs des Arts Appliques’ in Paris.
In these delightful works, the artist seems to frankly laugh at the notion of magazine beauty, capturing her magnificently over-exaggerated female figures in moments of supremely feminine contemplation, dressing or lounging or dancing; alone, in groups or accompanied by their pets, and occasionally by somewhat diminuitive male companions. While much of her work is playful, many pieces also have a gently nostalgic feeling that borders on melancholy. 


giovedì 20 aprile 2017


Nuria López Torres (Barcelona, 1968) es una fotógrafa documentalista que centra sus trabajos en temáticas relacionadas con la mujer, el género, las identidades, las violencias y las sexualidades. Su serie Muxes es un magnífico análisis antropológico, a modo de ensayo fotográfico, que pone en evidencia la influencia de la cultura y de la sociedad en la identidad sexual.
En el istmo de Tehuantepec, al sur de México, y en pleno corazón de la cultura zapoteca, se encuentran los "muxes", considerados como un tercer género dentro de la sociedad.
Los "muxes" están integrados en la organización genérica de la comunidad y desarrollan funciones socialmente reconocidas, tanto en la organización socio-cultural como dentro de la familia. Existe una actitud peculiarmente permisiva ante la homosexualidad, el afeminamiento y el travestismo en esta parte del estado de Oaxaca. Algunas madres educan a uno de sus hijos varones en los roles tradicionales femeninos, para que hagan la función de hija soltera que mantiene y cuida de los progenitores en la vejez.
El "muxe" tiene un rol significativo en la construcción de la sexualidad masculina, ya que los hombres jóvenes no tienen acceso a las mujeres, que suelen reservar su virginidad para el matrimonio, por lo que es habitual que un varón heterosexual se inicie en sus primeras relaciones sexuales con un "muxe". Estas relaciones no están vistas como prácticas homosexuales, siempre que sea el hombre la parte activa de la relación.
El peso del universo femenino dentro de la cultura zapoteca y su fuerte identidad étnica legitima a los "muxes" y su figura dentro de la sociedad, sin embargo, el choque entre la tradición y la rápida modernidad que permeabiliza la sociedad del istmo, está dando lugar a la penetración de la marginalidad y la violencia, fenómenos desconocidos hasta la fecha; poniendo en peligro el modelo tradicional.  Nuria López Torres

All images © Nuria López Torres 



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