My Lightroom iPhone library provides inspiration for today’s misty, flat-gray, painted sky. Cloudscapes and sunsets are often a go-to collection.
“My cloud photographs are equivalents of my most profound life experiences, my basic philosophy of life. All art is an equivalent of the artist’s most profound life experiences.”
– Alfred Stieglitz
I became interested in cloudscapes when I first studied the history of photography and learned about Alfred Stieglitz and his profound influence on photography and modern art. He was born in Hoboken, New Jersey and lived from 1864-1946. Stieglitz championed photography helping to prove its relevance as art. Stieglitz was the first to exhibit works by European avant-garde artists Auguste Rodin, Pablo Picasso, Constantin Brancusi, and Francis Picabia in the US at his New York City gallery, 291. Alfred Stieglitz married Georgia O’Keefe (1924) and she was his muse who captured much of his photographic time and philosophy. Stieglitz also created a profound collection of photographs, “Equivalents,’ which had a profound effect on many artists continues to inspire me.
…the idea of the fragmented sense of self, brought about by the rapid pace of modern life; the idea that a personality, like the outside world, is constantly changing, and may be interrupted but not halted by the intervention of the camera; and, finally, the realization that truth in the modern world is relative and that photographs are as much an expression of the photographer’s feelings for the subject as they are a reflection of the subject depicted.
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