Found on Flickr: Visual Diaries

The Visual Diaries are tools I create to capture my aesthetic for a particular moment. They're collections of my favorite Flickr images each month or so. See all of them here. Hemphill-Co-safe-passage, by Flickr user Stateart1. Click image to view on Flickr.

Hemphill-Co-safe-passage, by Flickr user Stateart1. Click image to view on Flickr.

This is from my October Visual Diary, The Finding Place. Hemphill County, Texas, is where my mother's family has lived for the past several generations.

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Found on Flickr: Visual Diary, November & December 2009

Curious Photo from the George Eastman House collection on Flickr Commons. Click image to view source.
Curious Photo from the George Eastman House collection on Flickr Commons. Click image to view source.
Visual Diary, November 2009: Heads Up
The Virtue Series: Wisdom, graphite and pastel on paper, 2002 by Scott Brooks. Click image to view source.
The Virtue Series: Wisdom, graphite and pastel on paper, 2002 by Scott Brooks. Click image to view source. (Scott G. Brooks' website here.)
Visual Diary, December 2009: Minty Fresh
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Found on Flickr: Visual Diary, September 2009

Flickr has a new feature for its users: Galleries. The gallery feature turns any Flickr member into a mini-curator. Give it a whirl! Some of my favorites so far are Minimalism Squared, 2x a Frame, and Kid+Cat Scream.
Stella Im Hultberg painting in progress from Thinkspace Gallery. Click image to view source.
Stella Im Hultberg painting in progress from Thinkspace Gallery (website here). Click image to view source.

I've been using Found on Flickr as an ongoing visual diary, so I'll make monthly galleries for awhile and see how it goes.

Here is my Visual Diary for September 2009.

I can't include the following in my Flickr gallery, but they are also what I'm looking at these days:

Esra Roise, My hands are cold but my heart is on fire. Click image to view source.
Esra Roise, My hands are cold but my heart is on fire. Click image to view source.
Cat Panel Diptych by Dara Engler.

I’m exploring the possibility that a lot of Americans “relax” by entering a zombie-like state of hibernation. We choose diversions that allow us to zone out and ignore things in the world that are difficult. I paint secluded, vacant, zombie-like figures who have relaxed in their habits until they have lost time. ... They are sluggish, jaundiced, and so lacking muscle tone that they hang over their chairs and defy anatomy. -- Dara Engler, from her Artist Statement


Beverly McIver, Dear God 3. Click image to view source.
Beverly McIver, Dear God 3. Click image to view source.
Hiroshi Watanabe, Baba, Ena Bunraku. Click image to view source.
Hiroshi Watanabe, Baba, Ena Bunraku. Click image to view source. (What are bunraku?)

Found on Flickr: In Extasis by Tim Lowly

In Extasis, acrylic on panel, 2002 by Tim Lowly. Click image to view source.
In Extasis, acrylic on panel, 2002 by Tim Lowly. Click image to view source.

Once again, I celebrate Flickr as a showcase for emerging and established artists alike, in all visual media. This wonderful painting by Tim Lowly (his website is here) is accompanied by a description written by Karen Halvorsen-Screck in 2002. You can read the full essay here, but this is my favorite part:

In Ekstasis, for instance, seems to reveal one of Temma's fleeting expressions of happiness, or what appears to be happiness. I know that she is cortically blind, yet here I see her seeing something above and beyond me and my ken. In fact, she appears to be gazing at radiance, or releasing a radiance within. It is impossible to know for sure, and much of my response to In Ekstasis depends on my emotional perspective in the moment of looking.

I got the same feeling looking at this image, the feeling that I was seeing someone seeing something that I don't see. It reminds me of that fundamental paradox of portraiture, that the inanimate image of the subject is a reflection of my own act of seeing.

Tim Lowly is represented by Koplin Del Rio Gallery in Culver City, California.

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This post is part of NaBloPoMo for July 2009.