Category Archives: photography
The original photo was a 10-minute long exposure overlooking Cobscook Bay in Maine. This is all film and Mother Nature-not computer-enhancement here! September, 2000.
This is a sunset at Gros Morne in Newfoundland. This is one of the last shots I got with my 400mm lens before a strong gust blew over the tripod. September, 2000.
Headed back to Corner Brook in Newfoundland. The season here is short and rough. September, 2000. Below, is a Snowy Plover from Parker River, October, 2000.
These were shot in 2000, on the Gaspe Peninsula and the Maritimes. I have long lost the camera specs/film specs for any of these.
St. Johns, Newfoundland.
St. Mary’s Preserve.
Since I now own a camera with a long lens, I will probably rarely use the shorter of the two. My 75-300 was the go-to lens when I shot film.
I shot a few back-lit birds. They were lacking in detail, and have been deleted. Since I am supposed to have my slide scanner today (Amazon has made me wait the full nine days for the free shipping), I will start compiling the nature photos tonight. There are a ton of bird photos on film.
I can hear the local Blue Jays now. Since they occasionally visit the deck, I expect to get some great pictures of that subject as I get more and more familiar with the new camera.
With a nice layer of fog, once again I am limiting my palette. The touches of color from whats left of the flower is all I have. The rest is very subdued, like the latest MM piece and the “Mesh” photos.
I am sure that color will return to all my work, and in a big way.
What a year so far! The point now is to get my “program” back to normal. There are really only a few days out of the chemo cycle that are difficult and those are the days that the steroids have interrupted my sleep rhythm. I had one of those today, and called out “sick.” I slept until around 11 AM to normalize.
So, I am trying to balance the art/work life and in that, trying to develop a signature work. I allowed myself lots of experimentation over the last four months, including MM, watercolor portraiture and surreal photography.
The photography almost brought me to the point of purchasing a new camera today. Rather than buying an expensive new unit with income tax return money, I want to make the little cameras pay for the new big sister. I purchased a little devise to help transfer my slides onto disc, however, which will help integrate the film work that I did 20+ years ago with what I do now. Oh my, that will be a fun snowy Sunday project!!
The “Mesh” series wasn’t accepted to the show they were intended for but I am framing several of them for upcoming solos. Here are a few examples:
I considered stopping at the Goodwill also today to start shopping for random dolls to include in this series. I might also start to build “rooms” like miniature set-ups (though surreal), for those dolls. But, as I am stretching my creative outlets, I am also trying to get back into a “groove” where everything starts working together again.
by Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst
I am waiting for the first real contributions. The snow is falling at a fairly appreciable rate. And, well, these ornaments are just hanging here 🙂
We are supposed to get snow…major snow…blizzard-type weather in the next 24-36 hours. I am excited, pumped, knowing that I am “trapped” here tomorrow.
Yes, I have to do my 40-hour gig work, too, but there is something fun about having to stay in for the day. Something like getting trapped in the blanket fort, as it collapsed, as a kid. Not to downgrade the severity of what could happen with this storm. I might lose power, but I live close to a lot of medical facilities, including two hospitals. I am in one of the first grids that are restored.
Storms like this bring out the best in my photography, and I love to play in that medium on the day after a big one. Unfortunately, this year, it’s not happening on a Saturday, so I will have to work. But, here are some images from a storm two years ago…
But, there is something about hearing the wind through the Sumac that borders my apartment and knowing that I could lose power any minute that increases the need to get to the paint or photo or blog 🙂 , or maybe it is just Mother Nature.
A minimal take on a storm, “Through the Bars, (c)Daryl-Ann Dartt Hurst, 2013, digital photography
We’ll see how intense this one is-Nemo was a week-end storm so sorta fun. Iola could be a pain!
I follow my gut with what I should do creatively and when. But, I create, regardless. Let it snow.
I thought I should add that I do also have a Pinterest board: Dartt Hurst Gallery. There are a few of my “straight” photographs on it, as well as some random paintings.
I have not been overly excited with the offerings of free web sites. I know Weebly, etc. are in business to make money…but I need to save where I can. Hence, I have returned!!
Now, to justify my existence, I have been working two jobs. I have dealt with a broken leg, and have returned to the retail gig, 2nd job, the week before Thanksgiving. Now that the season is close to ending, I will be cutting that schedule down, giving me time to create, write, and promote. And, promote.
The promotional plan again includes posts. The art is going to get larger, but since I work in a small place, I have no ambition to change the blog title.
I also want to make this blog a work, in and of itself-more detail about what goes into each piece, the catalysts and inspiration behind each piece, associated silly cat stories, dreams, non-related conversations and anything else that may add interest/relevance to a piece. A friend of mine would call it context. But, I want to add these details more to make the blog more interesting than the piece. It is all artinsmallplaces-so I will include something visual with most posts.
So, on that note-here’s a Holiday image with my darling Prudence…