Saturday, May 30, 2009

Birthday Pics

4 May #20 and #35
Today is my birthday.  I'm 43.  Having a birthday makes me think about myself.  Who am I? What am I about?  What's going to go on the birthday mix I make for myself each year?

I would say that I define myself through photography.  I take tightly composed photographs of trees in an urban environment, exploring pattern, color, and composition in subjects that are often overlooked as beautiful, or even acknowledged.

The reason that my photography defines me is because of my intent when photographing. I want these photographs to be a representation of me.  If I can show a unique perspective, If I can photograph trees in a way that is singular to me, then I will have succeeded in sharing with the viewer a piece of me.

There are other ways to define one's self:  I am a husband to Sally, son, employee, male, Minnesotan, North Minneapolitan, democrat-bordering-on-socialist, fan of the Mountain Goats--these areas are all good and important, but, for me, are not how I want to be defined.  Not that I want anyone to actively define me.  But the photographs are the one thing that is unique to me since no one would take the exact same photograph as me.
Today's diptych is about growth.  See the little round things silhouetted between the leaves?That's future fruit right there. 
I'm putting some Mountain Goats on the birthday mix.


poodletail said...

Happy birthday, Mike. May this year bring you all the good things our wide world has to offer.

Diana said...

Happy birthday!

Sheila said...

Happy Birthday, Husband Mike! Your photos are wonderful.

Unknown said...

Stopping by to sing Happy Birthday to you. Happy Birthday to you.........
Have a great day.

Trinity said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Mike! Mother Nature gave you a beautiful, sunny day for your birthday. Hope you get to eat cake (or DQ, if you prefer).


Samantha said...

Happy birthday to you ... happy birthday to you ... happy biiiiirthdaaaay, Husband Miiiiiiike ... happy biiiirthday toooo yoooooou ...

(and many moooooore)

Sheesh. Many happy returns, sir. :)

kpriss said...

Haaaaapyyyy Birthdaaaay tooooo yooooouuuuuu, haaaaaappyyyyy Biiiirthdaaaaaayy toooo yooooouuuuuuuu, Haaapyyyyy biiiirthdaaay deeaaaar Miiiiiiiike, haaaaaapyyyyyyyyyyy biiiirthdaaaaaay tooooo yooooouuuuu!!! (it's Sal who said I should come over and sing, don't you throw those tomatoes!)

Happy Birthday! May this be the first day of the rest of your most wonderful life yet!

K.Line said...

Hey Mike: All us cool kids are Geminis! :-) Have a fantastic day and a great year...

Laura. said...

happy late birthday! i like that you make yourself a birthday mix every year. good thoughts for a new year--and i like the photos, too!

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Photographer/Artist based in Mpls, MN. I have a studio in the NE Arts District--Studio #274 at the Northrup King Bldg, 1500 Jackson St NE. I photograph elements of nature to explore color, shape, and composition. My goal is to capture images of the nature around me in a way that explodes (or seaps) with beauty. If that nature is in a vacant city lot, all the better. (All images Copyrighted. Use permitted with permission).

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