1000 Words: Closely “Grounded.”
by Chris Kamalski
Don’t have too much to add in the way of brilliance, particularly at this late hour, nor do I wish to lessen these images with fluffy words. But I have been truly enjoying photography ever since I left the United States, and feel like I am growing in my ability to ‘spot’ a picture each day! I am employing simple rules from way back in High School when Mr. Ron Garcia taught us Black and White Photography with my mom’s old Nikon camera. I remember he’d let me stay late in the Dark Room developing shots because I was always late to 7th period, as Thao La and I were editing the Yearbook, and essentially never finish quickly enough. The freedom to experiment, stay late, and learn from a patient, warm Christian man was priceless.
A new ‘world’ to me in photography is learning to see things from new angles. I am particularly interested in shots low to the ground right now, mainly because the ground is so textured, uneven, and full of color and contrast. Low shots often seem to lend themselves to interesting contrasts, the ability to highlight a portion of the shot while allowing the rest of it to remain in soft-focus light, and providing for richly-colored images. I hope you enjoy these…I sure am!
The yellow and white flower is a Plumeria – used for leis in Hawaii in the 50’s and probably now. Wonderful smell – it grew into a tree over our septic tank in Kailua.
In the burning rubbish – on the brownish paper in the bottom left quarter of the picture – the word ‘rose’…
The blog is sweet bro, and way to go on the photos. I wish you would have left any mention of “Left Behind” out of the beach ball picture(my favorite), but other than that, I love them! Much love, Thrash
thanks brother. that is my favorite recent pic by far. it just feels apocalyptic to me…
agreed though. criticism for anything left behind related is warranted. point taken to the point i am changing the caption! 🙂
Chris – you’re developing into quite the photographer! What camera are you using?
Ry! (It’s you, isn’t it Buya?)
Thanks so much! Photography in so many ways has been some of the greatest ‘coming alive’ moments that I have had since being here these past few months. I feel like a whole dormant side of my heart is coming alive through a simple lens…can’t wait to come home in November and paint with you! Maybe we can collaborate on some sort of project…
…I’m using a fairly straightforward Canon Powershot SD750 digital camera (7.1 megapixels). The color is so vibrant on it, which I love!
Yeah that sense of vitality emerges. Think about a display when you return. There are tons of rotating artist displays in the City, I could see your work being in one of them. Off to Haiti in 2 weeks.
I will. I seriously want to push myself towards those ends (like the freaky nature of displaying my work, actually trying to ‘say something,’ etc)….do you have any contacts as to where to look to do something like that? I’d love help in moving that direction….and it would help from this end in thinking towards that this year.
Are you in the City now? did you and dave move? where?
How can I be praying for you and Haiti…