Lives in United States Racine, United States
Works as a Instructor of Art, Design, and Humanities
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Joined on Jun 21, 2005
About me:

Lifelong artist, calligrapher, and photographer. Most of my photographs have been
taken with medium format equipment on black and white film, processed and enlarged
in my darkroom. But who needs a
darkroom these days?


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Quarrels about Neuroscience aside, the practice of framing a scene is quite helpful because it makes it easier to see the effects of negative space.

Art came before photography in my life, and I made a peculiar discovery when still quite young: when I wanted to draw something I had to stop looking at the object and instead focus my attention on the space around the object. I could feel a mental switch being thrown in my brain, but of course it wasn't localized in just one hemisphere.

When I am painting I enter R-mode and lose track of time and find talking difficult (an L-mode function). The exercises in Edwards' book have helped many of my students learn to control the shift in perceptual mode; and they always strengthen my ability to access R-mode as well.

Using a viewfinder to draw negative spaces is the key. When you learn to see the shapes defined by the overlap of your subject with the frame and can use those shapes effectively, you will be a better artist or photographer.

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