Standing on the shoulders of Giants

mbfitzmahan. Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. Pittsburg, CA. 2015. Framed: 18 x 18.

Isaac Newton wrote, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This rather modest and self deprecating statement, is an admission that all that we know and all that we achieve is only possible because of the hard work of those humans who did the work before us.

Now it is our turn. To journey, to seek. To find truth. To make great art. To make a better world than the one we inherited.

It is a responsibility not to be taken lightly.

We are the shoulders from which the next generations will launch.

If we do not contribute to human knowledge. If we do not bring woman-kind closer to world peace. If we do not come closer to making a sustainable use of the world’s resources.

We will be forgotten. Or worse, we will be held responsible. We will be condemned.

A Family, a Job, and a Photographer

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mbfitzmahan. 2004. Wales, UK.  Katie.

When my children were little, I felt guilty when I worked on photography.   Who had time to work on art when there were all those dirty clothes to wash and diapers to change? Dinners to make.   Children and husband to tend to?

I got around this problem by making my girls my models.  “OK.  Katie sit here.  It will be just a minute,  then we’ll make scones.  I promise.  No…just a few more minutes.  I’m almost done.  Hey, Shauna, please come get in this picture, too.   It’ll just be a minute….”

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What flavor do you like your photos?

Kiyomizu Temple
mbfitzmahan. 2013. Kyoto, Japan. Incense. Kiyomizu Temple

I  make my photos in black and white.

I’ll admit it, I do sometimes take photos in color.  But, I don’t think of those photos as real photography.  You know, art photography. 

Wait!  

Rewind.  Let me backtrack.  Color photos of family.   Babies, grandparents, the latest vacations.  Those are wonderful photos. They are snapshots of our lives.  Of our times together.  I love looking at them.  I liked sharing them on my iPhone.  I like to sit with my girls, laughing and talking about the adventures in those photos. Continue reading “What flavor do you like your photos?”

Congratulations Kaitlin!

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Congratulations, Katie. We are so proud of you!

Just a diversion from my photoblog.  I want to take time out to talk about something really important.  Family.

Today our youngest daughter, Kaitlin,  graduated from her Master’s program at the University of California, Davis in Community Development.  Wow!  An incredible endeavor.

Kaitlin is an artistic, brilliant and compassionate young woman.  She makes a difference!

Kiyomizudera – Kyoto

Kiyomizu via iPad 2-2
Kiyomizudera. March 30, 2013. Kyoto, Japan
Nikon D7000. AF-S DX Nikkor 35 mm f/1.8 G. ISO 400. 35mm. f/7.1. 1/200. Lightroom. Silver Efex. Pro 2.