{sunday} Aldo Pacheco ~ I left the nest to find my downfall and become the idiot you have to put up with

April song
Lilac glistening foal
Ten as one
On the breeze they flow

When it gets my heart out
When it gets my heart out

Nature’s son
Don’t you know where life has gone
Burying progress in the clouds
How we learn to linger on
Head in sand
Expecting the dour 
To redress with open arms
Ascension in incentive end

When it gets my heart out
When it gets my heart out

Nature’s son
Don’t you know how life goes on
Desperately befriending the crowd
To incessantly drive on
Dress in gold’s surrendering gown

Heaven bless you in your calm
My gentle friend
Heaven bless you

These are the lyrics to the fourth song, Inheritance, on this album, Spirit of Eden, by Talk Talk.

Happy Sunday.

As always, please turn off the news, don’t look at Twitter or Facebook. Pour yourself some coffee or tea and chill …

{interview & gallery} Dale Van Minsel

Where do you live?
I live in Northeast Wisconsin about 60 miles north of Milwaukee, near the shore of Lake Michigan. 

What kind of art were you doing before the iPhone?
Mostly conventional photography using film and digital cameras. I did enjoy experimenting with different techniques but had nowhere near the tools available as I do now.

Can you tell us what happened when you first started shooting pictures with your iPhone?
I started shooting almost exclusively using Hipstamatic. The image possibilities really renewed my interest in photography as an art form. That beginning motivated me to try other apps and app combinations to see what I could create.

Who were the first iPhoneographers/artists who caught your eye?
After joining Facebook, I discovered images by Alon Goldsmith and Vivi Hanson Sacerdote. I was also motivated by a former co-worker, Bob MacDonald, who was an art director at the time. Bob was shooting Hipstamatic and I was interested in trying it. I didn’t have an iPhone at the time, so I loaded Hipstamatic on my wife’s phone just so I could try it!.

What or who else inspires you? Painters? Photographers? Other plastic arts? Music? Literature?
Like many of my generation, I was inspired by album covers including the work of Hipgnosis and Roger Dean. 

What are your go-to apps?
Snapseed is a must. After that, Distressed FX, Toon Camera, and any of the Brain Fever Media apps.

How many times have you fallen asleep with the phone in your hand while apping a picture?
Don’t think that’s ever happened. Crafting images is too much fun. Now, don’t ask me how many times I’ve fallen asleep during a movie!

Beatles, Stones, or Dylan?
Of the three, I’d pick The Beatles. However, Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks was a great album!

Has there been any surprising impact on your life from the iPhone, something you didn’t expect? 
The success that I’ve been gifted with in the art world has been a total surprise. 

What compositional elements to you tend to use in your photos?
Elements of color, texture and some level of abstraction are present on most of my photos. Also, most of my skies tend to be very colorful.

A last word perhaps?
I believe that iPhoneography can serve as a positive way of looking at the world by capturing images all around you and crafting them to make something new and different. 

I posted three galleries of Dale’s work in September of 2017. Be sure to take a look! Here is a sampling of his striking work:

{en vedette} Mark Daniels ~ Bird’s Eye View.

Adia Victoria – Different Kind Of Love

Some of them would leave me laughing in their way
Some of them wouldn’t lay me low
One of them likes to make my heart to break
This was a different kind of love
With some of them I knew it best to hesitate
Some I’ve never seen again
Some of them they wanna be your friend
This was a different kind of love
Some of them I really, really, really blew
And some of it was all in vain
Some of them were blowing over before I knew
I need a different kind of love
Sometimes the only solace I can find is my old faded dreams
Can I get unstuck?
‘Cause if it weren’t too much
I need a different kind of love
Between the world and me
Tell me, what will it be?
Who do you love?
Tell me, who do you love?
Between the world and me
Now, what will it be?
Who do you love?
Tell me …

{gallery} Butow Maler Retrospective

Through 2011 and 2013, Butow Maler shared his striking images of women on Pixels. He hosted our Third Wave gallery show in early 2013 at his OutOfMyMind Gallery in Bremen, Germany.

Like a number of artists from that wonderful era, he has disappeared. His butowmaler.com domain is available for sale.

He was (is) a great guy. I wonder what he is doing. I miss him and his work.

The Art of the iPhone

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