Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Margaret Bourke-White 1904-1971

Self Portrait
"I feel that utter truth is essential,and to get that truth may take a lot of searching and long hours."
Margaret Bourke-White

One of the Great American Women Photographers.
Her work is an inspiration to me.
I look at it and think how the world is lacking in such great imagery being done now today.
The use of large formats and the great magazines of the yesterday.
Now its like homogenized digital capture unless your on a personal art project.
It makes my head spin that I've had so much life full of real film and now you can hardly get a magazine to invest in making great film images for the use of mostly 35mm capture has made film and prints an art form in a market of less sales and less commissions for an over populated market now exists with everybody and their mother being a "PHOTOGRAPHER" it is a tragic step forward and I can only hope that some of the great shooters will remain rather than getting swept under the rug of digital capture.
I find it disconcerting that the copy cats and newbies of the photography world, not just shooters but editors have little history in mind of photography and art.  This is where the now photography wants so very much to stir it all into one pot.
I can only hope in my years to come that the cream will not be diluted but rather come to the top for many I still see as masters in photography. 

photograph by Margaret Bourke-White

This image hangs in my home.  
It's one that reminds me daily to be a better person.
To honor truth and to spin NO TALES.
Support peaceful living and thinking.
Think BIG, Global, Ecology and Humanity.
By example we can make change.
No magical thinking, just make a difference the best you can daily and that adds up to make the whole.
Values that our world must endure as humanity consumes and discards. It can break the Spirit if you let it be so, but I have looked to Gandhi as an example and inspiration many a time.  Also Jane Goodall; both people with full commitments to what they valued at large.
Seek like minded and expand mindfully.

"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."

Today my friend Dr. Deb Windham posted a Gandhi quote:
Their so many ways this quote is posted but you get the point. 
As the election nears we can hope for change but its true we must be what we want.  
We must honor our souls life and avoid the evil and greed that can occur in political gaming.
"A good person will resist an evil system with his whole soul. Disobedience of the laws of an evil state is therefore a duty." -Gandhi

Be the change you wish to see in the world.

Mahatma Gandhi

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world."
Here's some amazing quotes to inspire your day.
"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes."
(this resonates to me for the foolery of some, esp those whom think they are angelic and good when in fact they are dogged eared of a lessor evolve.)
For just a moment when you think your just that good, take a step away from what you have created and ask  yourself.
Have I left good foot steps or bad.

Leave no trace, hardly possible for many.

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