I was at the Port Clinton Art Festival yesterday and ran across this completely amazing photographer, Lisa Kristine. For those of you who know me, I am generally completely bored by artwork of people unless they are abstracted; a beautiful curve of a torso, an interesting pose,etc. I don’t generally like faces in artwork at all; abstract or realistic. I think they are too prescriptive for me. I don’t want to be so directed by a work and faces seem too easy. I would rather have to find my own way with shape, texture and color.
I normally don’t love this art festival, the artwork is usually all a bit too slick and shiny for me. I like organic work with a bit less polish. I go because it’s pretty much the last festival of the year and I generally feel like I haven’t seen enough art over the summer. This summer was no exception. This year was much better; I think they may have had a new juror or two because there was much more of the kind of aesthetic that I appreciate this year.
I had a pretty good pumpkin tamale from Hot Tamalesrestaurant at the fair as well. I never have tried pumpkin if the had had other flavors handy, but it was pretty darn good. It’s pretty hard to screw up a tamale in my book. The are one of nature’s most perfect foods. I will revisit the actual restaurant another time. The menu looks good. Duck tacos? Yumm!!!
Lisa actually specializes in photographing indigenous people. She has traveled extensively. I had such a visceral reaction to her work, and felt so moved by how totally she captured the beautiful spirits of her subjects, and the sensuous colors and textures of both the people and their surroundings. There is a reverence about her work that spoke deeply to me. Here’s her site: http://www.lisakristine.com/images/index.html The little images don’t convey her intention as well as the big prints I got to see, but I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.
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