Archive for ‘teaching photography’

August 15, 2013

Traditional Photography Students

by donnor

New Post New Site

http://www.michaeldonnor.com/blog/

July 3, 2011

As I Sat There Staring at The Photograph…

by donnor

Oh Well oh well, print the picture so it’s photograph. This we ought to know, or our images lie in the cold cold corner of nothing. We have sacrificed all for naught, until we have a print.

My Paper Universe  2010

50x55in : 1 of 1

Encaustic Finished Toned Gelatin Silver Print

Signed : Titled : Editioned : Au Verso

June 28, 2011

Truth doesn’t make a nosie…

by donnor

Recently I was invited to lecture.  The topic: Finding your personal vision...

Tampico Foto Festival Invited Lecturer. Mexico, 2011.

Within… a deadly battle ensued for years, killing me softly until all that was left was photography… This is the simplest way to describe the journey, when it was over I was a stranger to my past. Photography is irrelevant and over saturated, that to be sure. Unless we are able to control it and shape it, give it life, give it spirit and soul. That is when we have found our vision, when photographs created howl to us with a demanding voice teetering on insanity.

Reality is relative and truth doesn’t make a noise, or a photograph… The camera is simply an extension of your mind; we must free ourselves…

Thank you Elfego Hernandez and Cristina Llerena for making it all happen...

May 27, 2011

A R T I S T L E C T U R E A N D W O R K S H O P

by donnor

A R T I S T L E C T U R E A N D W O R K S H O P

Thursday June 2 @ 7pm Artist Lecture: Tampico, Mexico

Sunday June 5 Capture of your Minds Eye Tampico, Mexico

For details feel free to contact Elfego Hernandez

elfego@me.com
Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=157095111022610&notif_t=event_invite

February 15, 2011

My Recent Exhibition in Buffalo…

by donnor

Thank you all for coming out in a blizzard, it was such a great night to be able to have a exhibition in my hometown!

http://www.michaeldonnorphotography.com/opening.mov

December 7, 2010

S I L E N T M O A N: A VISUAL EXPLORATION

by donnor

Well I have just returned from an incredible weekend in New Orleans! The opening of the show the Gala and artist talk, were some of the highlights that I expected. The true highlight though was being with family & friends and meeting new ones.  The photography community that New Orleans has built is incredible, I have not seen another one like it that is so enthusiastic and supportive, it truly is a unique time and place that is happening there. I am so honored to have been part of it. If the exhibition get’s one person that wasn’t excited about photography on board with us, then we have succeeded in sharing what we love. I also learned that my true love for photography can come at times of complete isolation so far from a busy gallery opening, weeks before in the basement of my old farmhouse. The walls are vibrating with music, it’s 3:30 in the morning… I have not slept; it was whiskey for dinner and selenium for dessert. I stare down with a weight on my eyes at the floor, step back from the piece I have been working on for 30 hours straight… It is finished, created from a dream of realizing this dusty floor can be used as a developing tray along with mops from home depot. I have just finished my first 50×58 in Selenium Toned Silver Gelatin Print. It lies there glowing in it’s own beauty and I realized at that exact moment I can say wearily “there is no one else in this world doing this in a basement in the middle of nowhere; it is my catharsis, it is my lift away.” It was so great meeting everyone, thank you so much for coming out and supporting Photo NOLA and what we love so relentlessly,  our medium...


October 21, 2010

Student Work From Capture of your Mind’s Eye Workshop… Monterrey, MX 2010

by donnor

I recently had the fortunate opportunity to teach at El Photo Club in Monterrey, Mexico. The class was centered around the fact that the camera once completely understood becomes simply an extension of the mind. The second part of the class explored the possibilities of photography using simple techniques to push and bend images to convey what are mind saw, more than simply what the camera saw. The students in this two day intensive workshop pushed their boundaries and broke out from perceived restrictions that we as photographers place on ourselves. I explained to them that there is no truth in photography as a medium so why do we feel the need to try and replicate it. Instead think of photography as a medium used to output thought just as any other medium. Just because the camera views the world in a finite way does not mean that we as artist must. We are smarter than these damn boxes with buttons! Do not forget that we control them! Break away from what your camera shows you; Instead… show the world what you see!

Thank you all so much you pushed your boundaries and made beautiful work