2014 GrassRoots Festival shot ‘Skew’

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I like finding & making quirky photos when I shoot street photography. The annual GrassRoots Festival in Trumansburg, NY always has lots of quirkiness. So I have been attending the GrassRoots Festival over the past few years looking to make quirky photos.

You might say: “Well, that doesn’t seem like much of a challenge if the subject matter is already quirky!”. I would say that’s a very good point. But then I would add, “how about unintentional quirkiness at a quirky event? There’s still that!”.

In any case, I enjoy the oddities at the GrassRoots Festival each year and the challenge of making photos that don’t look like all the other Grassroots photos being taken by the other 100 or so photographers with press passes at the event each year (ok, maybe it just seems like that many…:p).

Some of these photos aren’t that quirky, but I like them anyway. The great thing about photographing the festival is I’m totally on my own without a shot list.

Here’s an initial smattering. I’ll be adding more much later this Summer into early Fall…:-).


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On Seeking Artistic Validation

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Only seek validation of your personal artistic endeavors if it’s okay for you to get little or none. Otherwise, don’t seek it.

If validation comes along anyway, let it come. But don’t get drunk on its offerings. It may turn around and leave.

If validation never comes (during your lifetime), your artistic endeavors are none the worse. They were there for you and you gained energy from their presence. That is enough.

–MGM


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Art as Special Occasion

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Most of my life, I’ve associated Art with special occasions (e.g., going to MOMA). Thinking about or creating it daily would be out of whack–i.e., making it less special.

–MGM


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Photography Primarily Communication

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For some reason, I find it more satisfying to think of photography as a means for trying to communicate something versus as a way to ‘make art‘.

–MGM


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About Hobbies..

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If a hobby starts taking up most of your time, it is no longer a hobby. And unless you’re financially independent, it’d better starting paying for more than itself.


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205 For Rent (Ithaca, NY / May 2014)

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205 For Rent (Ithaca, NY / May 2014)

205 For Rent (Ithaca, NY / May 2014)

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My New Saatchi Art Gallery Portfolio

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I have partnered with the Saatchi Art Gallery based in Los Angeles, California to sell art prints (on photo paper, fine art paper, and canvas) featuring a selection of my photographs. Please check it out!

My Saatchi Art Portfolio

Preview of My Saatchi Art Portfolio


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Rock Ledge, Caroline, NY (June 2008)

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Rock Ledge, Caroline, NY (June 2008)

Rock Ledge, Caroline, NY (June 2008)

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(Available for purchase at Saatchi Art)


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Classic Old Style Environmental Nude, Caroline, NY (June 2008)

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Classic Old Style Environmental Nude, Caroline, NY (June 2008)

Classic Old Style Environmental Nude, Caroline, NY (June 2008)

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