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Reliance

Posted in Apple, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Block Island, Computers, Humility, Photography, software with tags , , , , , , , on 08/07/2018 by wooddickinson

In the ParkHistorically I have been an early adopter of new technology. Especially computer and game console technology. I have owned more computers that I care to recount. Almost all of those have gone by the wayside except the Mac and Microsoft driven computers which we used to call IBM clones.

My first Apple computer was an Apple ][plus with 16K of RAM and a cassette recorder for file storage. There were very few programs out for it so we all learned how to write are own. A lot has changed since those days. Now we look at a computer as one more appliance we have to have. Same with smart phones. We have come to depend on these devices, especially our phones. The problem is smart phones aren’t really that smart. I mean they can’t even keep themselves charged.

But the desire to stay connected through social media begs the need for a phone that can take photos, let me post them to Facebook, email and text them and do what ever else I feel I need to do with them. My point is we all have come to depend on these phones which are nothing more than sophisticated computers. When a storm blows through and you lose power in your home panic sets in. How much battery power is left on my phone! We all tweet about the power lose and looming problem of dead phone battery which means disconnection from social media.

I could go on about this for a long time but you get the drill. That’s what I love about Block Island. It is a low tech place with spotty wi-fi and nominal cell service. It is a place where you can reconnect with yourself and someone you love. We all should turn off our phones at least one day a week and allow ourselves to just be.

Back to It

Posted in Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Block Island, Blogroll, Book, Computers, Exhibition, Fine Art Photography, Photography, Robin Randle Stories, Where Madness Dwells, Writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , on 02/22/2016 by wooddickinson

sea grass 128I’m getting back to all of this social media stuff. There are days I feel like throwing the iPhone in the trash and turning off the computer like, forever! I think it’s because of the amount of static or noise that finds its way into my email, Facebook and well, everything else.

That doesn’t mean I’ve stopped paying attention just that the amount of useless information that’s pushed on us is incredible. It’s hard enough to read, learn and understand the important stuff in life that the noise has become impossible to handle. I don’t think I’m alone on this. It is a matter of filtering and getting filters in place is hard with our current technology. Current marketing practices demands you irritate everyone to get your message out. Targeting systems are getting better but the junk email just blows my mind.

I’m working on a few things. First my novel “The Robin Randle Stories” is with my editor now. Hope to see it published soon. I’m starting a new novel, “Mercy Lake – a ghost story.” I’m also working on a photography project called “A Study of Pathways.”

I will have an exhibition next summer for the Block Island Conservancy. I’m very excited about that. It’s wonderful to be involved in such an important effort. Here are some websites of mine if you are interested –

Wood Dickinson – my main portal and links to everything else

The Robin Randle Stories

A Study of Pathways

Mercy Lake 

Photographic Portfolio

I’ll be much more regular about writing. I do have a lot to say!

 

Not Missing or Lost

Posted in Art, Block Island, Clouds, Earth, Path with tags , , , , on 01/28/2015 by wooddickinson

Trail #34

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog. Been busy and holidays etc etc… So here’s what I’m up to. I’m working on a series of images of paths. Mostly dirt foot paths but I am also finding steps and dirt roads that seem to fit to me. I will write soon about my thinking on the subject and the type of treatments I’m using. Peace.

Work in Progress

Posted in Art, Black and White, Block Island, Buildings, Clouds, Color, Earth, Fine Art Photography, HDR, Holga, Photo Editing, Photography, Trees with tags , , , , , , , , on 08/01/2014 by wooddickinson

Back from Block Island with about a million digital negatives that I shot over the nine-day trip. Right out of the gate I find myself in a conundrum. I found this house that was once a church. I mopeded over to photograph it. At the time it seemed to present a fairly straight forward photograph. Planning on it being a Black & White and all that but then I get back here to Kansas City and when I look at the negative I shot it explodes with all kinds of possible stories.

What to do? The trials of an artist. It’s not like there’s one right answer. So I put it to you. I am attaching the original capture and the original corrected capture. The corrected one has been edited to take out the irritating bending the lens adds to the shot. From there I fell down a rabbit hole. Let me know which one (or none) of these versions works for you. I feel I’m far from done exploring this photograph and it’s just the first of around 1300 negatives! Of for the days of film…

Block Island House-10

Original photo #10

Block Island House-3

Corrected version for lens issues – #3

Block Island House #1

#1

Block Island House-2

#2

Block Island House-4

#4

Block Island House-5

#5

Block Island House-6

#6

Block Island House-7

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Block Island House-8

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Block Island House-9

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