A great photograph has the quiet fortitude to move mountains in our minds, for years! My portrait of author John Ramsey Miller calls to me, from my subconscious, during the change in seasons.
“A SOLITARY HAWK SHIFTED ITS WINGS AGAINST INVISIBLE CURRENTS AND traced lazy circles in a blue ocean of sky.” The first sentence in John’s first work of fiction titled “The Last Family”.
Hurricane Hugo passed over our house at dawn on September 22nd, 1989 with winds still gusting at 100 MPH. A row of 70 foot White Oaks flanked our home to the North & East. All four trees survived the high winds and pelting rain, until last week, when Jonathan was called on to remove our 98 year ringed triple-trunked wonder.
Jonathan Piscitelli creates a lot of sound, such as splashing water. And yet, I’ve never seen him swim a lap? That’s because the sound he’s making is verbal. Jonathan is a swim master, coaching swimmers at 6 AM three days a week, at public pools around Charlotte, before starting work as a writer, video & audio content producer & then moonlights as a DJ. I’m sure his ability to be heard underwater has contributed to that booming baritone he creates broadcast magic with. It’s Jonathan’s ability to find and reflect the best in the people he works with, which is the key to his success, Jonathan cares, and this gift extends their reach. His vocal connection helps those who depend on his talents to strive for more, to reach beyond their physical and emotional limits. It worked for me, just watching & listening to him work!
Carol lives a charmed life, a life she created and renews each day. To witness this “gift” to one’s self is a powerful reason for me to share it here.
I truly believe Carol lives by the mantra: Seize The Day (Carpe Diem). She makes everyday her own, creates the air of possibility, of accomplishment, of joy in all of her activities.
It is the life lesson promoting positivity, which I admire most about her. A gifted lover of life, given all that has preceded this day, in her life. I can only imagine her acquisition of the wisdom of the ages is fused with the notion of having loved and lost her Shelton. It is not possible, but to wonder, what kind if strength such a loss creates…!
And now, it’s the simple joys of family and friends and a world filled with the positive energy of art which nurtures ten fold her beautiful being!
It was because of my life-sized photograph of Ce Scott, which I exhibited with a soundtrack of her voice, which he helped to Master, which then became an on going presentation in the studio, which we shared for 2 years, which he had to admire daily, which eventually led to them meeting for a first date on the very spot I created this portrait of Rick, on his wedding day…to Ce Scott!!!!
Who would have guessed this was going to happen, besides Steve Nelson…
Congratulations Ce & Rick!
Charles has chosen to dedicate this time in his life to facing his childhood fear of almost drowning in the ocean, twice…
Working with oil paint and a #2 brush Charles has visually addressed the mechanics of his fear in a series of 6 by 8 foot canvas’ of night time ocean waves which represent those which put his young life in jeopardy, in order to create a highly compelling fearless solution, relatable to most of humanity.
Richard Rawlings, people want to know how I revealed “Your” one of a kind presence, in the moment? The only way I know how…, very carefully!
Beginning with the internal question, which “one of a kind” are you?
And how do I fit into your view of the world you live in?
I only ever find it in the energy we exchange which is the substance and the visual meaningfulness of a great portrait.
How connected am I allowed to get to my subject: physically being 10 feet, 5 feet, even 2 feet away?
What matters most is building the strength of our emotional connection eye to eye : mind to mind : heart to heart, not necessarily agreeing with, more importantly engaging in a high level of cerebral exchange.
Thoughtfulness is the key to a lasting moment. A moment that lives on in the mind and heart of the viewer, whoever they are…!
Which leads me to the all important questions. Do photographs truly bridge the limits of languages, and are the meanings of their expressions transmitted accurately across the globe?
All Richard wanted to know was. Are we done yet…, GREAT!!