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NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: Wow, what a month we have had here in the United States. Mother nature unleashed her wrath on Texas and now Florida. I would like to send out my most heartfelt wishes and prayers to everyone that has been touched by the devastation. I will also do my part to donate financially and encourage others to do so as well. I know many artists from the ArT diSTrict group have been affected.... either themselves or family and friends. There just are no words that can adequately describe how one wishes they could help - to be there and help pick up the pieces, feed the hungry or whatever is needed. But for now the BEST thing many of us can do is supply the MONEY to help the organizations that are in place for these natural disasters. Read article below for just a few suggestions of organizations that we can donate to!
The ARt diSTriCt continues to grow and expand and remains a hub of activity for its over 1600 members to connect with art lovers from around the world. The mission here at the magazine is simple: To share with you "the Art Lover" some one-on-one interviews, showcase artists, keep you informed on events, news, promotions and CELEBRATE the creative arts! This month we spotlight Joan Carroll from the Fort Worth, Texas! I had the delightful opportunity to meet Joan this summer while visiting Fort Worth. We had a wonderful Italian dinner and her Texas hospitality shined. It was almost as if we had met before. Rather amazing how well you get to know people in an online community. Now take a deep breath, exhale, relax and enjoy the art!
One of the most powerful Atlantic Ocean storms in recorded history, Hurricane Irma made its first landfall Sept. 6, lashing the eastern Leeward Islands as a Category 5 storm. Its 185-mph winds decimated Antigua and obliterated 60 to 90 percent of the buildings on the island of Barbuda. Gaston Browne, the prime minister of Barbuda, said the island is "literally rubble."
After ripping up St. Martin, heavy rains and a powerful storm surge lashed Puerto Rico and the Turks and Caicos Islands. Cuba and the Bahamas were hit by Irma's winds and rains on Saturday. Throughout the Caribbean, Irma caused a total of 36 deaths according to the latest reports.
On Sunday, Florida felt Irma’s fury, including 105-to 130-mph winds, heavy rains, and major storm surge. The storm first hit the U.S. as a Category 4 monster in the Keys and then made a second landfall at Marco Island. Almost the entire state has been affected in some way, with the southwestern coast getting the worst of it. Millions are still without power. After flooding Jacksonville; Savannah, Georgia; and Charleston, South Carolina, the storm has now been downgraded to a tropical depression.
was a catastrophic and extremely destructive Atlantic hurricane which became the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States since Wilma in 2005, ending a record 12-year drought in which no hurricanes made landfall at such an intensity in the country. a four-day period, many areas received more than 40 inches (1,000 mm) of rain as the system meandered over eastern Texas and adjacent waters, causing catastrophic flooding. With peak accumulations of 51.88 in (1,318 mm), Harvey is the wettest tropical hurricane on record in the United States. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people, and prompted more than 17,000 rescues.
This is the first time that two Category 4 storms (Harvey and Irma) have made U.S. landfall in the same year.
Here are just a handful of organizations excepting donations and/or volunteers........PLEASE help in anyway you can!
My immersion into photography began in earnest about a decade ago after retirement from a career in medical research. Suffice it to say that the perfect storm of life events was happening at the time, which allowed me the time, energy, and freedom of mind set to take up photography again. The advent of digital photography and opportunities and relative ease afforded by digital post-processing at the time allowed more creative expression. Upon my retirement, we downsized the rest of our life so that we could upsize our travel experiences, which is where I am able to indulge my photographic passion.
What does "being creative" mean to you?
Being creative to me means being able to translate intangibles into something that other people can recognize and respond to. Since I do a lot of travel photography, I want the viewer to feel like they are as immersed in the time and place as I was.
What’s your main artistic medium? *
Digital photography and computer post-processing.
Growing up, I never considered myself artistic at all and ‘art class’ was my least favorite time of the day. My careers and hobbies also involved many scientific and technical aspects. So it came as somewhat of a surprise to me to find such inspiration in photography after retiring from medical research. Photography had always been a variable part of my life but I found fresh life for it during a trip to the Summer Olympics in Beijing in 2008. That was a time of great life change for me and I was ready and open for the change which allowed me to start seeing things differently.
Light and shadow, lines and patterns
Do you have a specialty?
Travel and photography are intertwined for me. I love to photograph interesting architecture when I am in cities. The last couple of years I have had more opportunities to photograph landscapes, which I find is a different mindset. Rather than a specialty, I feel like I am developing different aspects of photographic creativity as time goes on.
Which creative medium would you love to pursue but haven’t yet?
Every so often I feel the desire to work on new areas of photography or post processing, such as long exposure, black and white or night photography. Recently I worked with a group in Havana doing ‘street photography’. It is not something that I was comfortable with but I learned a lot along the way that has helped me in other areas of photography! I would also love to develop creative writing skills to better convey my ideas.
Great segue! I feel like I need to pack all the words into the photo! Maybe that’s what ‘A picture is worth a thousand words” means! I’m not always sure what the words are but they are there, waiting for expression. And when I get it right, I feel it instantly.
What kind of equipment/tools do you use?
I have a Nikon D810 and a few lenses. Also my trusty tripod and some filters. I travel with carry on only so I need to keep it light. For post-processing, I use photoshop and several plug ins such as topaz and onOne.
What’s your favorite thing you’ve ever created?
Since I travel as much as I can, people often ask what’s my favorite place. My answer is often ‘the last place I’ve been’! The immediacy of the experience seems to heighten the emotions. In the same way, the favorite photos are usually the ones from the last trip I’ve been on. So at this point, those are some landscape and travel photos from the Cinque Terre and Lake Como areas in Italy. In addition to the immediacy of the experience, I feel like my skills in photography and post-processing continue to improve which makes me happier with my current work.
Your equipment and resources are important but it is your vision that is the key ingredient. Learn as much as you can from other professionals but find your own voice. Don’t get caught up in the equipment arms race. You can make terrible photos with the most advanced camera and you can make fabulous photos with a basic camera.
What is #1 on your Bucket List?
My bucket list is overflowing but my dream adventure would be an African safari or a trip to Antarctica.
Do you have any passions other than art/photography?
Travel; health and fitness