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A Rainy Day in Kansas

Today has been one of those rainy Thursdays of a perhaps, not so usual but familiar Kansas October days.  This evening I have felt reminiscent of days past.  I suppose I’ve felt this due to watching some videos on YouTube from back in 2006; but also due to the seasonal changes that have gone on lately, the summer shifting into autumn.  The rain has accentuated this even more, especially so when combined with the autumn chill that has come at twilight.

The darkness, rain, and autumn chill have awakened something inside me I only experience this time of year, although it’s something I’ve only been able to recognize as of this semester.

Martyrdom of St Andrew by Jusepe de Ribera, 1628

Martyrdom of St Andrew by Jusepe de Ribera, 1628

Here’s some context.  In my art history class, we have learned about the baroque, rococo, romanticism, neoclassical periods, etc.  One painting style we learned about was tenebrism.  This comes from the Italian tenebroso, which means “murky.”  The style is also known as dramatic illumination.  One painting exhibiting the tenebrism style is Martyrdom of St. Andrew by Jusepe de Ribera.  What I’ve recognized in me has to do with my photography.  I’ve noticed that around this time of year, especially on the chilly, wet autumn nights is really where this tenebrism style has taken hold of my art style (although, any somewhat chilly and somewhat rainy nights will suffice).  I have nothing against tenebrism, it’s just something I’ve noticed, and thoroughly enjoy.

Something else I’ve noticed in other photographic artists, most particularly of Alfred Stieglitz of the early 20th century had a kind of tenebrism in how he did his art, more particularly in his night photography, such as Icy Night, or From the Back Window, 291, or even Sun Rays–Paula, Berlin.  There’s many more of his photos I could list, because I’m sure Stieglitz knew his art history, saw the paintings done in the tenebrism style, liked what he saw, and incorporated that element into some of his works.

I’ve recognized my fascination with tenebrism, and knowing this, can make my imitation of the style get better.  I find it a joy to walk around on nights when it has rained, seeing the reflections of street lights and building lights on the cement and asphalt that makes up the sidewalks and streets.  Even on summer nights, I enjoy when it’s rained, and you can feel the heat rising from the asphalt, and see it rising as steam.  The wet and steamy summer nights and wet and chilly nights of autumn are truly sublime, and make for some truly wonderful photographs (not to mention a few becoming a bit ethereal).

Your photography friend, Andrew.


An Introductory to Me

Hello, and welcome to the world of Andrew.  Before I go into the main bulk of posting about my day and about things photography and art, I thought it would be a good idea to give this space of the web a bit of context.  So, I think a proper introduction is in order.

As stated before, my name is Andrew.  Going by the title of this blog, I’m sure you can guess a little something about that which shall be written here.  I very much enjoy doing photography, and I support the arts.  I am currently a sophomore in college (although I won’t say which), and I am an art major, emphasizing in photography (as you may have already guessed), and I am also working with our school newspaper as a photographer.

In high school, I took all the art classes offered; the courses taught drawing, charcoal, colored pencil, watercolor, and sculpture.  A digital photography class became available my junior year, so I decided I would take the class.  Needless to say, I immediately fell in love with photography.  My senior year, I took Advanced Art, which is like a self guided study of art, where you could choose which medium of art to work with.  I took this class both semesters, one semester I did photography, the other I did colored pencil and painting.  I do enjoy doing art forms other than photography, specifically the colored pencil and painting.  The work I love doing with painting is non-objective work.  For those of you who don’t know, what non-objective means is that there is no defined subject matter.

Now to college.  I began my freshman year doing a drawing class and an art history class.  In the drawing class, we worked with graphite and colored pencils, oil pastels, and charcoal.  The second semester I took a photography course.  We worked with film rather than digital.  I must say, I do think film is fun to work with; it really gets you to slow down and think about your photo.  Enter my sophomore year, this year.  My art classes are art history this semester, and photography the next.  As stated earlier, I’m an art major and working with the school newspaper.

Now, about my photography.  I have yet to find out exactly what kind of photography I would like to do, whether that be photojournalism, studio/wedding photography, or just art photography.  I admire the works of the masters, such as Ansel Adams, Alfred Stieglitz, and the like.  I do also like the work of contemporary photographers as well, such as Jesh de Rox, Jeff Ascough, Corey McNabb, and Mike Colón.

Thank you for coming to my blog to read this introduction.  Tomorrow may bring another post, along with new ideas and new inspiration.  Your photography friend, Andrew.