Art As Therapy

Each of us have had to find our path through this Covid outbreak. Some say it is behind us, others say the worst is yet to come. Each of us have had to journey through our heartbreaks, fears, losses, inconveniences, financial setbacks, and isolation.

For many of us who practice art, our journey is reflected there. I decided to share my journey, through my art.


As we watched the Covid spread through Europe, cancel our travel plans and begin covering New York City, it felt like a storm of indeterminable size was on the horizon.

The Approaching Storm

We had plans to spend three months in Europe, leaving April 1. As the date approached, I scrambled first to reschedule, then to reclaim what costs I could.

Hanging On To My Dreams


Soon it was clear that everything had changed. We wanted to run away. Find a place where things would be normal, where we could play and have fun. But it wasn’t to be. It was just the two of us in a small apartment and a balcony shared with a family of House Finches and eventually some Hummingbirds.

The Troupe


Eventually life goes on, it became necessary to leave the safety of our isolation and continue a few normal activities, such as getting groceries and checking on the parents. It was time to slowly emerge from our shelter and face the unknown, while hoping better days would emerge from the ashes of our previous life.

Emerging


We have since found a respectful peace with this virus. We remain cautious, wear a mask to protect ourselves and others, and seek opportunities to encourage those we encounter. So many have lost so much. If feels as if time has warped and placed a kink in the linear path our world was travelling. Our futures will all hold something different as a result of this experience shared worldwide. Somehow, we must find our peace.

Finding Peace

I am grateful for my partner that has made this time tolerable, I have gained a better appreciation for the freedoms we so carelessly shared. My heart is open to those who have lost so much, and I give thanks for each new day.

Though it is small, I am also grateful that my art has stood beside me, coaxing me to find my peace.

Time For Something New

What is it about starting a new year that causes us to reminisce and to plan forward? New Year’s is just another day, and shouldn’t we be doing this throughout the year? Whatever the reason, this is the time of year to reflect on where we have been and where we are going.

Do you have a list of top 2018 moments? What are you planning for 2019?

Artist Inspirations: Edward Hopper

I recently came across an image titled Approaching A City by Edward Hopper.  The painting has simple lines, intriguing colors, and a story to tell.

Studying the paintings of masters I begin to ask myself, how the techniques would be applied to my medium, photography-based digital art.

Here is Hopper’s piece that inspired my effort.

“Approaching a City” Edward Hopper

Time For Change

If you are looking for my gallery it has moved to www.jammckay.com

 

George Bernard Shaw once said that sometimes photography is too real. I cling to that statement and it drives in me the conflict that eventually led to this change.

Pure photography is the art of story telling.  It doesn’t lie, it is a documentary of that moment in time.  Studio or staged photography tells a story of creation and imagination, but it is still real, a documentation of the staged event.

For me, manipulated digital photography is about dreams, what could be.  It brings foreign worlds together, bridges time, and alters reality.

I compare pure photography as non-fiction, basically true with a personal slant. Manipulated digital photography is like fiction.  They are different and serve different purposes.

As I spend more of my effort in the fictional world of digital manipulation, I no longer feel this domain name of Jamshots Photography is suitable. My gallery that has long resided at this web address has moved to  www.jammckay.comIt includes both fiction and non-fiction.

I have grown attached to this URL and I will continue to support this address with new and experimental ideas.

Change is good.  Visit me from time to time.  I am pursuing some new ideas and  I will try them here first. I will continue to update this site with my latest efforts.

Thanks for your continued encouragement.

JAM