Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thomas Hawk: A Photography Factory

Thomas Hawk is one fascinating photographer. His photographs touch the soul of the viewer. He brings his emotions and thoughts to life through his artistic and somewhat abstract images. Secondly Hawk is so fascinating in that he is one of the most prolific photographers of the current day. Hawk, who currently lives in Oakland, CA, has more photos posted on the internet than any other photographer I can think of and what's so great about this is his photos are all excellent - not one bad photo in his library. 

- Randall Webb

Here's a link to Thomas Hawk's google+ profile page: 

Thomas Hawk in Death Valley (taken by Amy Heiden)

The following is a short bio written by Thomas Hawk:

Sometimes I like to think of myself as a photography factory. I see my photographs mostly as raw material for projects that might be worked on at some point later on in life.

We all have but a short time on this earth. As slow as time can be it is also fast, swift, furious and mighty and then it’s over. Jack Kerouac is dead. Andy Warhol is dead. Garry Winogrand is dead. Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore and William Eggleston are not dead yet, but probably will be at some point. Charles Bukowski once said that endurance was more important than truth. Charles Bukowski's now dead.

When I'm not taking or processing the pictures I'm mostly thinking about the pictures. I'm trying to publish a library of 1,000,000 finished, processed photographs before I die.

The absurdity of my obsessive compulsive view on photography is not lost on me. But it is the absurdity of life that I find most beautiful of all. Where Sisyphus had his stone I have my camera and a bag full of lenses.

Document, explore, lather, rinse, repeat. Photography for me then becomes a kind of hyperactivity, loosely arranged and presented. My work is less about individual images and instead more about the power of a massive amount of excessive and disjointed images where stories, characters and places sometimes stay and other times reappear or disappear entirely for no good reason at all.

Most of my images are Creative Commons licensed, non commercial with attribution.  If you'd like to use any CC licensed images for non commercial or personal purposes feel free.  If you'd like to use any of my images commercially, please contact me.

Pinned to Jack Kerouac's wall to inspire his writing:  "Art is the highest task and the proper metaphysical activity of this life." -Nietzsche

"Don't think about making art. Just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they're deciding, make even more art." - Andy Warhol 

Now here are a few photos for you to enjoy!
Thomas Hawk Photographer

 Bay Bridge (2005)

 Cold Is The Color (2011)

 Colors and Shapes (2005)

 Keep Trying To Explain (2011)

 Nashville, Mt. Olivet and More

 Obey Melrose (2010)

 San Francisco Giants Neon (2008)

 The House Where I Was Born (2007)

 The Miles Were Good (2011)

 Wrap You In My Colors and Keep You Warm (2005)

You're The Color of the Colored Part of the Wizard of Oz Movie (2011)

Thank you Mr. Thomas Hawk for letting me feature you on this blog.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Fernando Cobos: Award Winning Artist and Architect

Fernando Cobos is an architect and artist who was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1955 and currently lives in Southern California. He began drawing before he could read or write. He'd often lose concentration of what his school teachers were saying as he would daydream and draw pictures on any paper he could get his hands on. His artistic talents come from his mother who was a consummate artist. He began working with tempera, a fast drying water soluble medium, than graduated to other materials such as water color, ink, pastels, oil paints and color pencils. Throughout most of his adult life Cobos has made a living as a successful architect and has designed restaurants and homes around the world. He is most influenced by Oswaldo Guaysamin (a renowned Ecuadorian artist) and the world famous Pablo Picasso.

Fernando Cobos receiving award from the National Assembly of the Ecuadorian Republic

On April 17, 2011 Cobos was honored by the National Assembly of the Ecuadorian Republic. He received two awards at the ceremony held in his honor in Los Angeles, California. One of the awards was from the Ecuadorian government recognizing him for his achievements in architecture. The second award was from the U.S. government thanking him for his dedication to his community and was signed by U.S. President Barack Obama.

Award signed by U.S. President Barack Obama

The following is a statement made by Fernando Cobos:
I always liked the metaphysical and spiritual part of life. A daydreamer creates fantasy out of the normal issues in life. My paintings have been always like that. I get bored with dull colors and shapes and I'm always looking for new ways to change reality into something more appealing. Every artist is a little eccentric, otherwise he couldn't create his paintings. I create people in different situations. My "Nun" series has a figurative style, and is also very expressionist. Created in watercolor, tells the story of these mischievous and curious nuns in different and humorous situations in life.

Captions for each picture written by Randy Webb (founder of the Pictures, Photos and Images Blog)

 This painting is done on a shiny chrome paper and was drawn in a style called pointillism

 This work is titled "Nightmare" and is my particular favorite

 "A Votre Sante Pour La Belle Nuit" 
Cobos speaks English, Spanish and French. This title translated from French to English means "At Your Beautiful Night"



 "Unfinished Woman In Black"

 "Victoria at Five"
Victoria is one of Fernando's daughters (he has five children in total). She was five when he painted this portrait.

 Thank you Mr. Fernando Cobos for letting me honor you on the Pictures, Photos and Images Blog
- Randall Webb