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BEHIND THE SHOT: The Garage Goes Dressy

BEHIND THE SHOT: The Garage Goes Dressy

 (Kathryn Wagner)
This week I wanted to bring to you a spring image for all of those who experience the colder seasons. This photograph is of an installation titled “The Garage Goes Dressy” where an entire historic carriage house was ‘dressed up’ in retro fabrics amidst downtown Charlottesville, Virginia.

I was fortunate to meet the artist Miss Kate Daughdrill through the lovely Piedmont Council of the Arts organization. Kate is particularly interested in community-oriented, socially-engaged art projects with relational, social, and spiritual implications. Her effervescence and attention to the piece made it wonderful to experience.

Kate sewed the entire piece together and then made modifications during installation, transforming the building into a unique visual destination within the typical city street. I really enjoyed photographing the different patterns in each of the fabric panels, and felt as though the colors gave the small building a cozy and welcoming feel.


RESOURCEFUL RESOURCES: iGoogle – the new front page news for Creatives.

So this is part of a consolidated list of my resourceful resources. Colleagues, as well as aspiring photographers have all asked me in the past about where to go to learn more. And I feel that one of the best things about being a photographer is that there is always more to learn. This series of posts will be my personal, curated resource of resourcefulness. Feel free to pay it forward by linking back to the blog….

 

I have been a fan of iGoogle since it’s inception in May 2005. Fresh from my BFA at the time, and looking for information on how to be the best creative business person I could be, I was hungry for information on the creative industry and found iGoogle to be the ultimate personalized newspaper. I still use it daily to keep track of over 50 different sources of information that update on a regular basis. I can tell you as a member of Generation Y that I do not read the newspaper every morning, but I do read this – and it is completely customized and geared toward my professional photography.

The symbol for an RSS feed. Click to subscribe to the latest from this blog.

The real beauty in iGoogle and other types of personalized homepages is that they accept any stream of information that has an RSS feed. RSS is the heart that keeps personalized homepages pumping and allows for anything from your favorite blogs to another creative’s portfolio to be updated and in one place. I do have guidelines that I follow to help a site stay on my homepage and stay relevant to my buisness. A resource a)Must be updated frequently, and if updated less than once a week I am looking for very high quality content and b) Must be insightful and relevant to the creative industry.

Do you use these personalized homepages? What are some of your favorite industry resources? Feel free to respond in the comments below.