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Stunning Cloudscapes Photographed by Carolyn Marks Blackwood

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New York-based photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood has a knack for capturing the natural world and the beauty that lies therein. Shot from her home in the Hudson Valley where light and big sky are at their best, Clouds is a collection of color and texture, endless abstractions that stretch far beyond the capture. Gallerist Alan Klotz says of the work:

The clouds are all about the colors present in the moment, dynamic and ephemeral. It’s hard to photograph clouds, not just because they are moving, nor because of the proprietary hold on them by Stieglitz and Constable, but because in order to be successful with clouds you almost have to get away from their identity…the pictures can be nebulous, but not cloud-like…they can be recognizable, but not common. These are not common, and like their Stieglitzian forebears they are non metaphorical equivalents, aspiring to the condition of music.

Carolyn Marks Blackwood’s Brilliant, Abstract Photos of Icicles

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Photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood doesn’t have to search far for inspiration. She lives on a working farm in the Hudson Valley, her studio sitting on a 100 foot cliff just over the Hudson River. Nature’s best is at her fingertips, and she hasn’t taken it for granted—she has produced numerous bodies of work that capture the natural environment and its abstractions.

Compelling Images of Flocks of Birds by Carolyn Blackwood

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Carolyn Marks Blackwood is a fine art photographer based in New York. She photographs abstraction in nature from one spot on the Hudson River. She writes:

One Photographer’s Fight for the Hudson River in New York

“This is our Standing Rock,” photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood says of the Hudson River.

21 Photographers Divulge Their Pet-Peeves

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Danny Lynch – the Great Stromboli © Muir Vidler

Muir Vidler: Longwinded, pretentious artist statements. A couple of sentences about the theme or intent can be useful, but if you have to tell me why your photos are good or what you’re trying to say with them, then they’re not doing their job very well. More and more I like photographers, or any artists, writers, musicians, who do work that is very simple yet powerful and doesn’t require an explanation.

Ed Kashi: Talking about photography too much.

19 Fine Art Photographers Describe Their Daily Routines

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Andi Schreiber: I crave routine in terms of my art making but it’s impossible to achieve. I’m a full-time parent so I try to get my work done when my kids are out of the house or at school. While it would seem that the hours are endless, the days go by fast, usually emptied by various household responsibilities. My fine art routine has adjusted to fit into these other obligations, like by taking my camera along to my children’s dental checkups or having it on hand when I’m spending an afternoon on the sidelines. I’m also good about uploading to my computer regularly, selecting my images in Photo Mechanic and then processing in Lightroom. The better images get exported as tiffs while the rest are exported as jpegs. Then I do some tweaking in Photoshop and the keepers get placed into folders for various projects. I have a blog that I use to share my new work but I’m not posting as often these days. Now it seems that that my photographs need more time to marinate before I’m ready to share them publicly. Maybe blogs are so 2010 but I still find mine to be a useful place for thinking about my work and my process.

Bruce Gilden: I get up early. I go to sleep early.

Diana Markosian: Doesn’t matter where I am, which home I am in, or what hotel I am staying in, I am fairly structured with my day. I wake up around 5 am, shoot for the first two hours (if I am on assignment), then go home and make breakfast — usually oatmeal and coffee. Then I work through the morning as late as I can before going to the gym. The morning is my most productive time, so I try to prolong it. I spend the afternoons/evenings in the field, working on my story. I come home late. Edit. Afterwards, I usually read for a while and then go to bed around midnight.

17 Photographers Reveal the Hardest Life Lesson They Learned When Starting Out

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Photographer Ami Vitale with a rhinoceros friend

Ami Vitale: Failure is a tough lesson. It hurts but the best thing that comes out of it is the honesty it brings.

‘What Camera Do You Use?’ And Other Questions Photographers HATE Being Asked

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Bruce Gilden: Aren’t you getting in lots of fights when you photograph?

Andi Schreiber: I photograph events and parties and I’m often asked about the type of equipment I’m carrying. It’s always men who will say something like, “Hey, that’s a great camera – – I’ll bet it takes great pictures!” I wonder if they’re just flirting or they’re actually being serious. I always smile and politely tell them what matters is who’s behind the camera but that it’s also helpful to have reliable and responsive equipment.

Wild, Abstract Landscapes Capture the Majesty of the Hudson River

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For Elements of Place, photographer Carolyn Marks Blackwood documents the dramatic metamorphosis of the Hudson River though the changing of the seasons. From her house in Rhinecliff, NY, she stands 30 feet from the brink of the cliff, staring into an expansive 50 miles of water. Beginning with the dramatic ice forms fractured by rough currents in winter, she transitions to the rippling tides of spring, ultimately turning her camera upwards to the cloudy firmament that lies above the substantial riverscape.

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