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Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 21st, 2011, 12:31 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,046
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Yes indeed Asher, LS&M is also an indisputably...

Yes indeed Asher, LS&M is also an indisputably essential exercise/reference work for learning to understand and to use the medium of light.
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 21st, 2011, 11:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 15,046
Posted By Ken Tanaka
There's some truth in your statement, Asher. ...

There's some truth in your statement, Asher.

I really don't want to get involved in yet another "composition" thread. But I do feel compelled to (again) point readers to the best reference book...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 1st, 2011, 09:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,127
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Smith's family life was a train wreck. He was...

Smith's family life was a train wreck. He was screwed a little too tightly into himself and his work and largely abandoned his family as he moved obsessively between assignments and personal...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 1st, 2011, 07:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,127
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Music + photography have been frequent partners...

Music + photography have been frequent partners for a long, long time. (I know that I sing the blues when I see many photos.)

You might be interested in the site of The Jazz Loft Project...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. February 8th, 2011, 06:30 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,708
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Ah, there we have it! Joe's "meaning" for the...

Ah, there we have it! Joe's "meaning" for the image is formed through a gauze of depression which certainly makes sense. The visual and color distortions might seem familiar and almost friendly to...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. February 4th, 2011, 11:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,469
Posted By Ken Tanaka
The history of art testifies resoundingly against...

The history of art testifies resoundingly against your point of view, Ed. Tastes and social mores blow in the wind. A great many "great" artists (and, yes, more recently photographers) were utterly...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. February 4th, 2011, 09:33 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,708
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Joe, Your reply butresses my point. You posed...

Joe,
Your reply butresses my point. You posed this thread as a puzzle for which you have the sole solution. But your remarks suggest that you're challenging readers to make their own...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. February 4th, 2011, 05:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,708
Posted By Ken Tanaka
It doesn't "mean" anything, Joe. Meaning...

It doesn't "mean" anything, Joe. Meaning requires context. Sans your personal context it's JAP. (Just Another Picture)
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. January 28th, 2011, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,173
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Define your idea of "vision", Bob. Perhaps point...

Define your idea of "vision", Bob. Perhaps point towards a body of work that exemplifies "vision" to you.

There's a whole book/workshop cottage industry devoted to selling "vision". But it's...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. January 26th, 2011, 12:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,458
Posted By Ken Tanaka
@ Joe: My remarks were directed toward art...

@ Joe:

My remarks were directed toward art photography, not towards the contemporary art world in general. I think that if you survey this relatively small niche of the art world closely you'll...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. January 26th, 2011, 09:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,458
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Being a good quick-draw shooter comes in handy...

Being a good quick-draw shooter comes in handy for candid snapshot photography and, perhaps, for some landscape work, too.

But when it comes to the art world, and even most commercial work,...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. January 25th, 2011, 09:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,458
Posted By Ken Tanaka
William Eggleston is, and by all accounts has...

William Eggleston is, and by all accounts has always been, very much a person guided by his own whims and instincts in everything...including photography. My own advice to avocational photographers...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 26th, 2010, 11:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,689
Posted By Ken Tanaka
The path to becoming an established and...

The path to becoming an established and recognized medical specialist is lined with only cheering and encouragement.

The path to becoming an established and recognized artist of any kind is lined...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 26th, 2010, 11:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,689
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Well I guess we're right back to where we...

Well I guess we're right back to where we started, eh? What answer would satisfy your barbed inquiry?

I wonder how many radiologists do it for the cash or for the true love of medical science...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 26th, 2010, 09:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,689
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Andy, With respect, that's more a statement...

Andy,

With respect, that's more a statement reflecting your own tastes and a bit of resentment rather than a thesis. Just how far do you think any artist would get if s/he didn't have an...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 25th, 2010, 10:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,689
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Asher: You've posed your question in a rather...

Asher: You've posed your question in a rather obtuse and convoluted manner, so I'll simply restate what I believe it to be: Do art photographers photograph what they believe will sell rather than...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 25th, 2010, 02:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,689
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Asher, I'll be glad to take a swing at this...

Asher,
I'll be glad to take a swing at this subject, but it's far afield from the subject of this thread ("composition").

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 24th, 2010, 05:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,809
Posted By Ken Tanaka
That sounds good, feels good. As it's probable...

That sounds good, feels good. As it's probable that you are the most dedicated viewer of your own photographic output you've little choice but to be your toughest critic.

But the notion that...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 24th, 2010, 01:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,809
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Two addiional points should be noted on this...

Two addiional points should be noted on this subject.

First, "well-composed" is a judgement largely left to the VIEWER, not the maker/taker. In this regard the general public's standards of "good...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 24th, 2010, 12:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,809
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Bronze that!

Bronze that!
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 24th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,809
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Indeed, as Alain suggested, practice. But...

Indeed, as Alain suggested, practice.

But practice what?

By "unselfconscious" I meant stop thinking too hard about following "rules of composition". Just forget about the rest of the universe...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2010, 09:17 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,809
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Yup. Rule 1: Stop "composing" and start...

Yup.

Rule 1: Stop "composing" and start unselfconsciously seeing.

Rule 2: There is no Rule 2.
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 26th, 2010, 11:30 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,931
Posted By Ken Tanaka
As an addendum to my comments, above, here's...

As an addendum to my comments, above, here's another fellow who exemplifies "total commitment".

Peter Lik (http://www.peterlik.com/) has used hyper-marketing to keenly leverage very pedestrian...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 25th, 2010, 11:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,931
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Alain's apparent financial success offers...

Alain's apparent financial success offers testimony that the market for the beautiful picture remains strong. By "beautiful" I mean beautiful images of beautiful things. Images that pretend no...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 20th, 2010, 04:27 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,460
Posted By Ken Tanaka
I think my train of thought is on completely...

I think my train of thought is on completely different tracks than yours, Asher. You've posted 7 of the 16 comments in this thread so I'm just going to disembark.
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 20th, 2010, 01:45 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,460
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Asher, Whoa! I'm not referring to Hollywood...

Asher,
Whoa! I'm not referring to Hollywood union crew ad photography. Or even Greg Crewdson-style excessive production. That's a different discussion, albeit sharing some space.

No, I'm not...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 20th, 2010, 10:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 11,460
Posted By Ken Tanaka
I''m not entirely confident I follow the main...

I''m not entirely confident I follow the main theme of this three-year-old thread, so I'll just start with this interrogative from Asher:


...and this response from Sandrine:

I understand...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 18th, 2010, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,931
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Mark makes keen and accurate points. His post is...

Mark makes keen and accurate points. His post is worth reading slowly and deeply.

Asher: Fewer words, more work! Don't dwell. Do it, consider it, do more.
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. August 11th, 2010, 09:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,019
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Gee Asher, that's quite a manifesto stew! I...

Gee Asher, that's quite a manifesto stew! I can't digest, or even understand, some of it so I've no idea if I really belong inside the circle it seems to try to scribe.

But here's my own view of...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. July 28th, 2010, 05:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,469
Posted By Ken Tanaka
I don't understand your question. (I'm assuming...

I don't understand your question. (I'm assuming that you're posing a question rather than making a declaration.)
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 26th, 2010, 04:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,904
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Cem, Thank you for your excellent fly-over...

Cem,
Thank you for your excellent fly-over impression. Indeed, although the images in the collection thus far span four cities (most are in Chicago) they are mostly from downtown settings. My goal...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. March 26th, 2010, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,904
Posted By Ken Tanaka
"Metropolis"

http://kentanaka.zenfolio.com/img/v5/p662766123-11.jpg (http://kentanaka.zenfolio.com/p747619845)
Metropolis

Hello Folks!

Those here who are familiar with me know that I am a strong proponent...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. February 7th, 2010, 09:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,090
Posted By Ken Tanaka
I suppose that images of any kind -- paintings,...

I suppose that images of any kind -- paintings, photos, drawings -- can sometimes invoke certain cross-sensory sensations in much the same way that scents and sounds sometimes invoke images to the...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. December 29th, 2009, 10:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,532
Posted By Ken Tanaka
That's right, Nigel. Equipment (and software)...

That's right, Nigel. Equipment (and software) facilitates but the mind's eye creates.

Of course that's not universally true. I can think of many excellent images by renowned photographers that...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. December 3rd, 2009, 03:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,532
Posted By Ken Tanaka
You make a keen point, Jim. Primitivism, while...

You make a keen point, Jim. Primitivism, while not directly synonymous to minimalistic technique, is certainly a close cousin. Keen point, indeed.
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. December 2nd, 2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,532
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Jim, My original suggestions toward taking a...

Jim,
My original suggestions toward taking a minimalist approach toward photography was predicated on a strategy of refocusing one's attentions toward the end product -- creating photographs -- and...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2009, 04:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,571
Posted By Ken Tanaka
http://www.openphotographyforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=10417

Re: "Frame it!", indeed true.

It's sometimes handy guidance to realize that while painting is a medium of inclusion (i.e. the canvas is empty) photography is a medium of exclusion, at least...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2009, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,571
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Your confusion is understandable. My message...

Your confusion is understandable. My message became rather diffused as I pushed a salad into my face as I typed.

What I suggested:

1. Make choices when photographing landscapes and other...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2009, 12:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,571
Posted By Ken Tanaka
"Our eyes flick about to gulp scenes but our...

"Our eyes flick about to gulp scenes but our lenses must be more discriminating to collect only souvenirs."

No, that's exactly what I meant to write. It's most common, and utterly futile, to try...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 23rd, 2009, 09:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,571
Posted By Ken Tanaka
I like your visual thinking, Tom. That 3rd shot...

I like your visual thinking, Tom. That 3rd shot is almost a real illusory scene! It could be called "Corn Field at Low Tide", as it looks like a ocean shoreline.

If I may offer a thought,...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 19th, 2009, 12:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,148
Posted By Ken Tanaka
You're absolutely correct, but you've shifted...

You're absolutely correct, but you've shifted contexts. Instead of a single image, such as Rachel's, you're now considering a different creative concept; that of using images, mostly produced with...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 18th, 2009, 02:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,148
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Only Rachel can claim conceptual intentions on...

Only Rachel can claim conceptual intentions on her photograph. All others must speculate.

"Concept" is a high-level form of premeditation. With regard to a single piece (photo, painting,...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 12th, 2009, 12:08 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,691
Posted By Ken Tanaka
As a matter of fact, rather than taste or...

As a matter of fact, rather than taste or opinion, I can guarantee that (a) Hurrell's Harlow image is most certainly not a snapshot and, (b) is a very skillfully crafted photograph that's about as...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 11th, 2009, 09:38 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,691
Posted By Ken Tanaka
I agree with Nigel, Rick and Rachel's remarks on...

I agree with Nigel, Rick and Rachel's remarks on this Harlow portrait. Rachel's comment, "In fact, he almost dehumanized her, in a way." is spot-on. "Eye shine", as it's called, signals life and...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 5th, 2009, 12:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,549
Posted By Ken Tanaka
We should "make a fuss" because Tom's image...

We should "make a fuss" because Tom's image represents a photograph created at an aesthetic skill level higher than what you'll normally find on amateur photo sites. Most of what you see on forums...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 5th, 2009, 10:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,549
Posted By Ken Tanaka
This is a classic, and perhaps too classic,...

This is a classic, and perhaps too classic, subject and composition immortalized by many photographers. For examples:

- Stephen Shore...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 1st, 2009, 02:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,437
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Yes, I've seen that book although I do not own...

Yes, I've seen that book although I do not own it. My brief impression is that it's a completely different work but can be helpful in getting readers to see photographic possibilities beyond...
Forum: Art Theory: Idea workshop. November 1st, 2009, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,437
Posted By Ken Tanaka
Mike, Some of your remarks, here and on your...

Mike,
Some of your remarks, here and on your blog, concerning image perception are accurate but some are not or are anchored in a limited cultural or syntactical perspective. Nature photography,...
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