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Friday, April 9, 2010

Musings: Art outside the box. Off to See the Wizard






We're off to see the Wizard.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
You'll find he is a whiz of a Wiz!
If ever a Wiz! there was.
The Wizard of Oz is one because,
Because, because,
because, because, because.Because of the wonderful things he does. 

















Every adult I know pretends somewhere in their heart that they know everything. I do. I know everything about everything except what I don't know. And, to the main, I am a pig on ice.  A pig on ice is a creature that needs help desperately but is not very likely to accept help. As a species, we stumble through many things we think we should know, rather than accept the fact that we  just don't.

I've been exploring photography for a project currently, and have bumped up against that wall of ignorance pretty hard this last month. In the last week or so I've had three people pop up as wizards. Steven Getty, an amazing nature photographer,  did a fabulous class on nature photography in Grand Rapids and explained many things beautifully. Including the fact that taking a picture means making a picture. Thank you!

Debby Landry, a fabulous mixed media artist from the Dunes introduced me to scanners as macro photography. Fabulous indeed!


And Dan Bruhn, an excellent Duneland photographer, took a morning to simply set my camera and say, "Leave it here. This will do it."


Words fail me. Some kindnesses are past words. But yesterday I took some pictures I still don't believe. I've got it! Bless all the generous souls who take their expertise and pass it out, instead of sitting on it like an egg that might hatch.


In the way that all life is, in and out, the next morning someone asked me to fuddle a photo in photoshop. Can I do that? Of course! Pigs have wings and  thanks to these folk, so do I.


I hope you all have a wizard to go see for help.  He or she will not set you up with hopeless tasks. They'll open doors, instead. I hope you meet marvelous and wonderful creatures on your path to that wizard. I hope you are a wizard for someone who really needs some help. I hope to live in a world where people graciously share their knowledge in the same way we share oxygen,  for about the same reasons. Because we all need it.


You'll find the art of Stephan Gettle, Debby Landry, and Dan Bruhn  on these links. They're work displays them as the wizards they are.

2 comments:

Pat Winter said...

My wizards name is Ellen!

carolann said...

How wonderful to have wizards in your life. I need some photo wizards too I will check out the links and see if anyone is teaching in my area.
Your post reminded me of the trusted trellis, concept shared in our mentoring group key people who support you and help you grow and go the direction you are trying to grow. Glad you found yours.

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