photography

Photography: Introduction to Lightroom

Photography enthusiasts: are you seeking to gain familiarity with a photo editing software? Chuck Dugand of the Kingwood Photo Club will demonstrate techniques that are used for Adobe Lightroom on Saturday, May 13th from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the Training Lab. No registration is necessary.  Join us!

(image courtesy of www.dpreview.com)

Bob Gardener Cuba Exhibit

In case you haven’t yet seen Robert Gardener’s spectacular “Cuba as I See it” exhibit in Room L-129 here at the library, this week gives you one last chance. Robert Gardener recently returned from Cuba as part of a cultural “Art Exchange” program that allows American citizens to visit Cuba under existing embargo laws. The exchange emphasized interaction with a variety of arts as well as participation in the everyday life of the people. Bob spent several days in Havana and Trinidad, photographing the old, colorful, and restored structures of both cities.

Havana and Trinidad both offer the visitor a rich experience of bustling streets filled with farm tractors, old cars and trucks, children everywhere, men on horseback, street vendors, bicycle and horse drawn taxis, smells of rich coffee brewing, food cooking, laughter and music everywhere.

The selections he has chosen are designed to give you a sense of the people, lifestyles, architecture and arts of today’s Cuba, before they become inevitably changed by increased tourism and outside influences.

This week is your last week to see it! Come on in.

Bob Gardner's Photography is exhibited this month in Room L-129!

Our September art exhibition in Room L-129 is a collection of Robert H. Gardner’s fine art photography named “Elevate the Ordinary”.

Bob writes about his work, “It wasn’t until my freshman year in college that someone put a name—“dyslexia”— to the years of difficulty I had with reading, writing and other left-brain skills, which I still struggle with today,” “Fortunately, a sympathetic lab teacher taught me to focus on the visual and mechanical aspects of whatever I was studying, which enabled me to function using a different perspective.
Over the years, I have come to realize that this coping mechanism has also made me a better photographer.  Rather than just looking at the image in the camera, I naturally search for other perspectives, other ways of seeing what is ordinary.  Each artist makes his or her world their own and, in doing so, takes the viewer to this higher perspective. To take us from here to somewhere else.
While I enjoyed working with traditional film, the advent of digital photography has created opportunities for me to express what I feel and see in the new world of Fine Art Photography."
"Elevate the Ordinary"
You can see more of his work on his website at http://www.rhgphoto.com/

 

Bob Gardner Photography in Room L-129 during April

Local photographer Bob Gardner is our exhibiting artist for the month of April. Bob has chosen compelling black and white portraits, vivid color prints, and intriguing digitally modified photographs printed on aluminum, a method which he describes in his exhibit. Come and enjoy Bob Gardner's photography in Room L-129. (Left: "Lemon Ice")

Upcoming MFAH Exhibition Explores War through Photography

Cover Art: Photo by Brady: A Picture of the Civil WarAs horrifying as war is, there is no arguing the fact that much great art has arisen from its ashes: Homer’s Iliad, Tolstoy’s War and Peace, Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five in literature, Picasso’s Guernica, Goya’s The Disasters of War in visual art, Grand Illusion and Apocalypse Now in cinema, but no medium has captured war, and all its chaos and misery and valor, the way photography has.

This Veteran’s Day, November 11, The Museum of Fine Arts – Houston will debut the exhibition, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath. Spanning 165 years and six continents, the exhibit explores the experience of war through the eyes of photographers.

Bad Habits

Do you have a habit of cutting people's heads off and blurring people out of your life? If you do, you're either a mob boss or a bad photographer. If your problem involves taking pictures, we can certainly help. If you're a mob boss, you're out of luck.

Grab a couple of these guides at your local HCPL branch and you will never have to worry about messing up your vacation photos again.

The Civil War in Pictures

The Civil War: an Illustrated HistoryI’m a big fan of picture books for adults.  I’ve come across a new one published by the makers of TIME Magazine that also combines my interest in history.  The Civil War: an Illustrated History is full of actual photos of the time mixed with interesting stories you may not have heard.  For instance, see before-and-after photos of one of the few women that served in the military during this time.  When her husband was called to war, she wasn’t c

Amazing Images at 1x.com

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Shh, don't tell everyone, but here is one of my favorite websites for viewing absolutely stunning photography.  1x.com has everything from nature and landscapes to humour and abstracts.  Be sure to check out the Creative Edit section with images that have been photoshopped. 

Pioneer Woman Cooking

The Pioneer Woman If you've never heard of the Pioneer Woman, you've been missing out.  Miss out no longer because here's the scoop: Ree Drummond, otherwise known as the Pioneer Woman, lives in Oklahoma on a cattle ranch and loves to cook.  Originally from Los Angeles, this city dweller ended up marrying a cowboy and settling down on a farm.  She has been blogging about her ranch experiences and cooking adventures on her website since 2005. 

On the shelf: Blue Plate Special

One of the things I enjoy most about working at the Kingwood Branch Library is finding a new-to-me book and author. One recent discovery was Blue Plate Special: A Novel of Love, Loss and Food by Frances Norris. I was drawn to the book by the cover art and the back-cover copy by Elinor Lipman, one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed.

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