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Out – the eBook of 100 in 365

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Book, Color, Fine Art Photography, HDR, Photography, Trains with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/12/2013 by wooddickinson

100 in 365 version 2.0

100 in 365 version 2.0 – Limited Edition

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Book, Color, Fine Art Photography, HDR, Holga, Photography, Trains, Trees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 11/27/2013 by wooddickinson

100 in 365 version 2.0The Limited Edition is now out.

To buy one click HERE.

Only 99 copies available so don’t wait too long. Each copy is signed and numbered.

100 in 365 Version 2.0

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Buildings, Color, Fine Art Photography, Holga, Photography, Trains, Trees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/29/2012 by wooddickinson

Today the draft of 100 photos in 365 days is done. As with all things, there is some editing I want to do before I call it and start on the book. Go take a look by clicking HERE.

‘Big Tex’

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Fine Art Photography, Holga, Patti Dickinson, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on 10/20/2012 by wooddickinson

Shocked to pick up on a story that ‘Big Tex‘ burned down today. I check the Internet and sure enough it had burn. I remember well the year Patti and I went to the Texas State Fair and like most tourist I had to snap a picture of ‘Big Tex.’ This goes back to my days of shooting film while in college. Probably 1973. When I heard the news I resurrected the negative and brought it into the digital world where I could make a piece of art from a tourist shot. Don’t know what they’ll do about ‘Big Tex’ but here he is preserved forever.

Big Brutus

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Color, family, Fine Art Photography, Photography, Road Trip, Tractor with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on 10/18/2012 by wooddickinson

I took this photo several years ago while on a road trip with two of my girls. I’d always wanted to see this monster but not something you do with the wife and kids in the car. Big Brutus. Once a force of nature clawing coal from the south-eastern Kansas land, until 1974 when we learned even something as mighty as this machine can come to an end. I understand that there was another earth mover even bigger called “Big Muskie” in Ohio but it’s gone now. Another piece of our history blown away with the dust and dead leaves.

You know the road trips I use to take with my kids are some of the most precious memories I have. I have eight children so to spend three or four days with just one or two was a wonderful way to connect. We’d listen to old-time radio programs (Superman/Shadow) while driving and eat at McDonald’s a lot. The great thing about little kids is their main attraction is the swimming pool and a movie. Easy to please they put up with all my wandering to places no one would ever really just plan to go to. We’ve seen everything from Amelia Earhart’s childhood home to the Seneca Spooklight also known as the Hornet Spooklight. A place I wanted to go to since I heard kids talking about it at lunch while in the sixth grade.

I recently came across this photograph and for the first time saw the elements of the what and why that brought me to that place. I took the originally ordinary travel photo and attempted to use it as the foundation to create a feeling of nostalgia mixed with faded uselessness and times passed. Maybe better. Maybe not. This machine seems out-of-place in a world filled with Facebook, Twitter and texting. That was part of what impressed me when I saw the negative.  When I shot this picture Twitter wasn’t born yet.

Assignment for the week: locate machinery not in use (of any kind) and create a piece that gives off the “feeling” of the machine in space and time. Post them here. I’ll comment.

Remember – Not all who wander are lost.

100 in 365

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Book, Eugenics, Faith, Fear, Fine Art Photography, God, Hitler, Hope, Monsters, Nazi, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 05/01/2012 by wooddickinson

Slowly I’m working toward my goal. This is difficult this year with film projects moving and finishing up my book. I also have other writing to do and lots of reading. Of course there are other secret projects in the works. I hope you understand. When you are a one man shop a lot falls on your shoulders until funding is in place and a team can be constructed.

Amerikan Inspired Eugenics

A lot of what I’m researching now is the impact of cell phones (texting), Facebook, twitter et. al.  (and company for the non latin speakers.  There is so little work done in this area but the need to understand the impact is great. Also propaganda is exploding in this country at a rate I never believed I see. Fact check EVERYTHING. I will continue to cover the art of propaganda.

I had a caught ask me how the Nazi’s controlled the German people. Good question. I explained there was a minister of propaganda to start with. Follow that with Gestapo enforcement, a level of fear was maintained. Kids enrolled in the Hitler Youth Movement and indoctrination was in place. Eugenics was unpopular so Hitler moved the clinic out into the country and they became the basis for the death camp. Seems Jews and some Gypsies and Catholics among others comprised the people Hitler felt were inferior. The scary part is Eugenics was born here in the USA and practiced for a limited time. Hitler made sure the US program would never get off the ground. Thanks God.

Here I go off topic. This photo is of an abandoned farm-house I stopped at on one of my many country drives. I shot these two years ago and I’m just now working with the images. More to come.

100 in 365 Update

Posted in 100 in 365, Art, • Wood Dickinson Sites, Black and White, Color, Fear, Fine Art Photography, Photography, Trees with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 02/08/2012 by wooddickinson

I have been able to work on several photos. Most are shot with the iPhone and others are finished with software either on the iPhone or iPad. Where accurate straightening was needed I used Lightroom.

Here is my statement:

“The main force that drives my photography is my desire to see things as they truly are and not through the metaphor of language.  I feel language takes away our ability to see the uniqueness of the people and things that surround us every day.

I subscribe to Jacques Lacan’s notion of the Real.  Lacan argues inThe Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis that we must usethe Symbolic and the Imaginary to connect to the world around us and the primary tool is linguistics.  The Real is not the same thing as reality because our reality is composed of both the Imaginary and the Symbolic.  The Real is opposed to the Imaginary and stands outside the Symbolic.  In Lacan’s book, The Seminar of Jacques Lacan: Book II: The Ego in Freud’s Theory and in the Technique of Psychoanalysis 1954–1955 (W. W. Norton & Company, 1991) Lacan makes it clear that “there is no absence in the Real.”  To see the Real is to experience a thing for the first time.

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To me this says what constitutes the Real is something observed in total.  No filters blocking the view or imaginary ideas polluting the observation.  In Lacan’s Seminar XI he defines the Real as “the impossible because it is impossible to imagine, impossible to integrate into the Symbolic, and impossible to obtain.”

I strongly feel it is the job of the artist to reach past the obstacles and capture an image as close to the state of the Real as we can.  We bring it back and by showing it to others we give people the opportunity to encounter the Real even though it is shown through the interpretation of the artist.”

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