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A Star Is Born   2 comments

Southern California September 2012A Star Is Born — Photo-Artistry by kenne

“There is beauty in simplicity.”

— Leonardo da Vinci



Blue Dasher Dragonfly — Picture As Poetry   Leave a comment


sweetwater-dragonfly-dasher-blue-1-of-1-2-blogBlue Dasher Dragonfly — Image by kenne

Everything that goes into my images is based on the belief,
“as in poetry, so in photography.”
A photographer is like a poet.

— kenne

“A poem will be like a picture,
and let a picture be similar to a poem.”

— Horace

“Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard,
and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen.
These two arts (you may call them both either poetry or painting)
have here interchanged the senses by which they penetrate to the intellect.”

— Leonardo Da Vinci



“I Know It When I See It!” — Revisited   Leave a comment

mona_lisa(First posted November, 2008.)

“I Know It When I See It!”

In trying to explain what is obscene, Supreme Court Justice, Potter Stewart uttered the now famous phrase, “I know it when I see it.”  Each one of us may have used similar phrases when shopping:  “I’m not sure what I want to buy her, but I will know it when I see it.”

But, what exactly is “it”?  Defining what we mean can be an abstract exercise.  “It” is often use as a generic expression of “worth”, but can take on a different meaning for different people.  Why is this?

How we define “it” is a reflection of context, values, experiences and expectations.   “It” can be referring to quality of service, art, craftsmanship, functionality, all of which are intended to identify, codify and communicate our expectations. So, is “it” really an abstraction?

The test for “knowing it when you see it” is expressed in behavior.  As a young man, I loved going to the Chicago Art Institute.  I could spend hours staring at masterpieces, surrounded, in the silence of others, sharing art that has endured the test of time. Such silence, in the face of beauty, speaks volumes.

Seek not to define
You know it when you see it
I know you see it

Another case for intuitive thought. Define it, lose it!


Machine Becomes Man, Man Becomes Machine with Speed   Leave a comment

Tron Light Cycle Concept – Source: Disney Enterprises, Inc.

“. . .things of the mind left untested by the senses are useless.” — Leonardo Da Vinci

Feeling the force.

Transforming to man.

Transforming to machine.

Life altering at
The speed of light.

Becoming a blur.

Returning to one.


Speed is scarcely the noblest virtue of graphic composition,
but it has its curious rewards. There is a sense of getting somewhere fast,
which satisfies a native American urge. — James Thurber


Posted December 9, 2010 by kenneturner in Art, Poetry

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