SENIORS

Last month I blogged about children. This month I address the opposite end of the age spectrum, seniors. In fact, the elderly happens to be one of my favorite photography subjects.

Most younger people hold the stereotypical view that seniors are a drag, irrelevant, and burdensome. I however, take a more positive view. In the faces of the elderly I see treasure troves of history, experience and wisdom sculpted in their faces. Furthermore, what I find most engaging is their substance, a quality many others lack. Rarely do I sense shallowness among them. While aiming my camera at those wrinkled faces I cannot help imagining the lives they led and the stories they could tell. Each wrinkle, like a well deserved badge of honor, capsulates the essence of their personal histories; histories of past loves, pain and suffering, sadness and joy. As a photographer the challenge then for me is to capture that history with honor and dignity through my chosen medium.

This elderly, wrinkled and fragile Mexican woman is symbolic of the stereotypical views held by many younger people. What they see is merely the exterior, not the substance. This woman was not always old however, and no doubt has a few stories of her own to tell. What one sees externally, does not always coincide with that which lies internally. Undoubtedly, along the way, this woman too, has earned a few badges of courage of her own.

Age clearly, hasn’t hindered this old weathered seaman. In fact, curiosity begs to know his life’s story.

These three ladies, lifelong friends, can still enjoy an ice pop in the park.

He may be old and fat but at least he’s hanging out on the beach at Cabo San Lucas (and you’re not).

Where once you could find your grandfather sitting in a rocking chair in front of the television set, today you can find him along with his friends out lawn bowling.

Relaxing alongside the beach in Mexico outside their large RV, this couple refuses to get old.

The moral of this blog: Millenials, don’t hang your opinions on wrinkles. If you’re lucky, you too will live a full and robust life, and earn your own set of wrinkles. =============================================================
blog by: Ron Saunders

See my photography at: 345.photoshelter.com
&
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Baja Reflections, Inc.

CHILDREN

Ah kids, ya gotta luv’em. Well maybe not all of them. But those under the age of 6 are especially cute and cuddly, just like adorable puppies and kittens. Although I generally avoid most cute little boys and girls as subjects, there are some I can’t avoid. The same holds true for kittens and puppies. Don’t get me wrong however; it’s not that I have a dislike of kids, or pets for that matter, it’s just that taking photos of the little buggers is like shooting fish in a barrel. Besides, photographing kids doing cute things seem so cliche-ish. That said, I must confess there are times that I give in and actually shoot those proverbial cuties in their barrels. The images below are a few examples.

This little photographer composes and focuses on her subject.

This young street urchin stole my heart on the streets of Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.

Although this young girl and her fawns represent what I call a shameless photographic cliche, I could not avoid the innocence of the moment.

Two little Mexican girls make the final adjustments in preparation for the fiesta.

Two little adorable Mexican sweeties

These three little smiling boys begged to have their pictures taken, and I was all but too eager to oblige them.

And finally, a photo of a boy and his dog, the ultimate cliche; yet a satisfying one for this non-apologetic photographer.

While wars, financial crises and natural disasters are daily reminders of our fragile existance it is often refreshing to stop and capture the innocence of a small boy and his dog before returning to the not so realities of our daily lives.

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blog by: Ron Saunders

You can view my photography at: 345.PhotoShelter.com
and http://www.bajareflections.com

WHAT IS ART?

By the way, don’t expect an answer here. From my viewpoint it is merely one of those unanswerable questions we love to debate yet knowing we can never truly define it. It is similar to the word “nowhere“, we can’t describe it, but we know it exists. That said, it would seem the real question should be why do we persist in seeking an answer to that which is unanswerable? Much greater minds than I have tackled the definition of art. Some say it is merely that which is born of human creativity. Others say art is a form of creative expression, that is channeled in different ways. Our concept of art today however, is somewhat different than what it had been in earlier times. Then, an artist was not seen an artist as we now perceive it. In fact, the idea of art and artist are relatively recent perceptions.

In the end where does that leave us? Is there any definitive interpretation of art? Could there be some objective standard that separates  the paintings of Da Vinci from the gang sprayings on an inner city building?  Personally I cannot say but I concur with Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart when he said, regarding pornography, “I know it when I see it.”

SO, what is art? I invite you to render your opinions on the images below, all of which depict a variety of  forms that, in your view, may or may not be described as art.





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blog by: Ron Saunders

You can view my photography at:
345.PhotoShelter.com
and Baja Reflections
http://www.bajareflections.com/