Randi is in constant motion – taking photos of interesting things, leading spin classes, going to hip hop concerts, and sharing her warmth with everyone. Here are six images from her recent photo adventures. We’ve come up with a fun caption for each photo. Now you are invited to: 1. Invent your own name or caption for each photo 2. Take a photo inspired by these photos 3. Make a drawing inspired by these photos 4. Write a short story about the photo you like best
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Hula Hoop Explosion
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For Alan Muney photography is all about capturing art in ordinary life. Through his camera lens, he frames the everyday and finds the extraordinary. An avid photographer since childhood, he uses his camera to transform the common into the memorable and unusual. A city street reveals a superhero. His camera creates visionary views of simple things. Alan was a pediatrician for many years and lives in Connecticut. He has four children and loves to ride bicycles for fun and competition.
Below are some fun activites for you to do.
Buildings as Sculptures
Capture different shapes with your camera. Look out the window. What do you see? Look at the shapes of the buildings, trees, clouds. Look at the cars or buses or people. Now look at everything as a geometric shape: circles, triangles, squares. Do you notice anything different when you look at things this way? Think about what you’d like to take photos of and get started. Capture different light, depending on the time of day you take your photos You can go back to the window at different times of the day when the light is changing (such as in the morning light, the mid-day sun, or the end of the day, when the sun is getting lower in the sky). How does the light affect the scene? Use your imagination when you look to the sky Since the beginning of time, people have looked skyward to observe the clouds, the stars and the expansiveness of the sky. Look at the clouds and see if you see any shapes that strike your fancy or remind you of things. Maybe there is a dinosaur or horse galloping across the sky, or a football or lollypop shaped cloud. Take pictures of clouds that you like.
Boat-loads of Fun
In these photos, Alan captures different moods based on color and composition (shapes in the photos). The first image, boat in snow appears to be geometric shapes against a snowy white background. Find an object in your room and arrange it in such a way that you can make it the subject of your photograph. In the second photo, Alan has created an abstract image of a boat and its reflection. This photo almost looks like a painting. Find an object that you really like and take a photo of it so becomes an abstract image. For example, take your hair brush and photograph it up close so that the bristles start to look like bowling pins or some kind of antennae from a bug. Have fun experimenting with your camera to see how many things you can photograph in a way that disguises the identity of the object. In the third photo of fishing boats in Morocco, the boats are tied up so close together that they make a pattern. In fact, it is hard to tell where one boat stops and the next boat starts. Look at the stunning color of blue and how the red on the man’s clothing really pops out of the picture. Find things in your room, such as plastic spoons, drinking cups, or other objects and see if you can arrange them in a way to make a pattern.
Alan takes ordinary objects of keys and shows us how to find beauty in something very basic. Are there things in your room that you can photograph in an unusual way? Write a story about these keys? What do they unlock? What is located behind the doors that are locked? Your story can be a mystery, funny, or an adventure.
In this photo, Alan transforms a pair of sunglasses into a pop icon. If you look closely you can see street scene in the reflection. Photography is all about seeing the world in creative ways. Look at someone’s face (for a portrait) or set up some objects in your room to become a still life. Try taking pictures from different vantage points such as lying down in your bed, sitting on a chair in the room, walking to a different part of the room. See what happens when you take a photo really close up to the subject and what happens to the photo when you take the picture from further away. Write a story about sunglasses that have magic properties.
Photographs are picture stories in time, images captured in a moment, before the person or subject or photographer simply moves away. In this photo, Alan discovers a wonderful moment where a man enters the frame and stands next to the super hero mural. In this moment, he became part of the story and the photographer captures it all with this photo. All he needs is a cape! Is there a mural or special place that you’d like to photograph? Perhaps you can go there and take some photos and see what happens.
There is a reason that this majestic flower has such an elegant name and Alan surely has captured the light and beauty radiating from this Morning Glory flower. Take photos of flowers. If you are in the hospital and cannot have flowers, perhaps you can make a picture of flowers and then experiment with the camera to take close up photos of your pictures. See what happens.
In this beautiful photo, Alan accomplishes a lot of things. You can’t pick more basic images than a bunch of rocks, sand, and some water. Yet Alan transforms these elements into a powerful image. You can see so many different colors in the rocks. You can feel the water gently washing over them. You can see so many different patterns in the sand. The best photographers are the ones who see things of great beauty that perhaps most people would not even notice. Look around you is there something you’d like to photograph. Ask someone to bring you some leaves from outside or even arrange some basic things from your room — a towel, toothbrush, some napkins. Play with texture and shapes, colors and composition (the way you lay out the objects for your photo). Have fun making art photos from everyday things.
These ferris wheels capture our imagination and make our spirits soar. Perhaps you can hang something from your IV pole and twirl it around and try to take a photo of it in mid-air. Ask someone in the pediatric lounge if you can decorate a white paper plate with different color crayons, markers, and glue things onto it. Then you can take photos of your very own flying saucer.
Boris was born in the city of Kharkov, Ukraine (former USSR), where he began his training as a musician. He had traveled to America 10 years ago amidst the collapse of the Soviet Union. While attending F.D.R. High School in Brooklyn, NY, Boris continued his studies and music and also developed a keen interest in Photography. Over the years, he continued to perfect his skills in both areas. He has been involved in Photography for the better part of his college career, or about 6 years. However, he started working as a freelance photographer in 1999. He became interested in photography in an unusual manner. “Because I am a perfectionist in some ways, I wanted my pictures to look very good. I did some research about photographic equipment, and how it might help my picture-taking. I also subscribed to photography magazines to learn better techniques.” Boris says that the best part of being a photographer is, “Two things: a sense of accomplishment because a picture came out great, and the feeling of satisfaction because it brings joy to someone else.” Boris has the following advise for young photographers. “If you are interested in photography, it’s not difficult to get started, and you don’t need a very expensive camera. All you need is curiosity and willingness to go out and take pictures.” Currently, Boris teaches music to school children and continues to work on photography as a freelancer.
I took this picture in the Bronx Botanical Garden. The flowers were radiating with light. It reminded me of Japanese art work. Fun Activities to Do: What is your favorite part of nature? Waterfalls? Snow? Clouds? Sun? Draw a picture or write a poem.
I saw these flowers in someone’s garden outside my school, they looked like they were dancing. During my class break I ran outside just to take this picture. Fun Activities to Do: Tulips are from Holland and other exotic locations. Draw a picture, write a Soaring poem or a Soaring story about traveling to a far-off land.
Twilight at the Riverside Park. Fun Activities to Do: What is your favorite time of day? Early morning, lunch time, night time, bed time (yuck!), or the middle of the night? Draw a picture, write a Soaring poem or a Soaring story about your favorite time of Soaring story about your favorite time of day.
I love rainy day pictures because they are moody and romantic. The streets never look ordinary on the rainy day.
Fun Activities to Do: What is your favorite kind of weather? Draw a picture, write a Soaring poem or a Soaring story about your favorite kind of weather.
Masha is my star. In this picture I tried to portray her noble attitude.
Fun Activities to Do: Draw a picture, write a Soaring poem or a Soaring story about a pet or an animal you love.
You’re probably wondering how I decided to become an artist/photographer. Since I was a little kid art always interested me. I loved to draw and I was the kid who always wanted to go to the library to find out more about other artists. I remember being in second grade and taking out the biggest art books that I could find on artists. I loved Goya, Velasquez, and Michelangelo (my favorite!). These books were bigger than me but I brought them home and spent many hours looking at their art. I didn’t understand a lot of the art I was looking at, but it appealed to me. When I was in fourth grade, my mom took me to Italy to visit my grandparents and we went to Rome to see the museums. I finally got to see my idol Michelangelo’s work in “The Sistine Chapel.” It was so high up that it hurt my neck to look at it, so I laid down on the floor and looked up at the splendor of this magnificent work. I was on the floor for a 1/2hour! By the time I was in high school I was doing sceneries for plays, airbrushing cars, painting signs for stores and even painting dungaree jackets for my friends. However, this type of art was not enough to get me accepted into college. I needed a strong art portfolio, so I enrolled in a drawing class in Manhattan that focused on drawing from classical casts, which was the same way Michelangelo learned to draw. For the entire summer while all my friends went to camp I took the train to Manhattan and learned to draw. During my senior year in high school, I began applying to art colleges. I was turned down by most of them because of my low grades in school even though my portfolio was good. However, a teacher at Pratt Institute saw my portfolio and explained that if I really was serious about art school he would put in a recommendation for me to attend Pratt Institute. Just when I was about to give up all hope of getting into an art college, Pratt accepted me and even gave me a partial scholarship. Art College was tough because its not just about learning to draw, you also need all your other subjects too. During my college years I took many art classes, but my drawing skills were not near what I wanted them to be. Then I met a teacher at Pratt that changed my entire art career. Dave Passalacqua was a teacher with a very unique way of teaching. He taught me how to draw by making me draw on location. He had a school in Florida near Disney World and we would go to Disney World with a big sketch pad, pen and ink, and start early in the morning and draw all day until the fireworks went off at midnight! We drew for one month straight for about 15 hours a day. It was hard work! In Disney we drew people walking by, buildings, and shot photography. By the time school was over I had a pile of drawings so high and heavy that I couldn’t take them home on the plane and had to ship them home via UPS. I still continue to study with my teacher to this day. How I became a photographer was real easy, you see, if you can draw you can take photographs. I was taught to draw first what I want to photograph because if the drawing is not right, the photo won’t be much better. Being that I love to draw, taking pictures became even more exciting. I love to go on location, draw and take photographs of what I’ve drawn. Being a photographer is another extension of my drawing abilities. As a professional illustrator, I’ve done many different types of work for the Grateful Dead, ABC Television, MTV, the NY Yankees, and the Christian Brothers, just to name a few. I currently own a design firm with my best friend, Tom Lynch, and together we design fun projects. My parents were always very supportive in my becoming an artist, whatever the cost or sacrifice they believed in me. I am forever grateful for their support and understanding. Meeting Dave Passalacqua was the turning point in my career. I thank him for showing me where to find my artistic ability…I just needed to dig deep into my heart and work extremely hard. My wife and kids are my biggest fans, we all love art and we are always going to museums with our sketch pads and we draw. It’s their constant support and love that keeps me striving to be the best artist I can be. As a student with low grades where I never thought I’d ever make it into a college, not only did I go to college and graduate, but I still continue to take classes and I even teach inspiring young students at a local school. So never give up, even if you think you don’t have the ability, look deep down into yourself, its there and you’ll find it! Remember… draw, draw, draw, shoot photos…then draw some more!
Fun Activities to Do: Draw a picture of the glorious things that are inside this “crystal palace.” It could be a garden, candy world, a magical place…. whatever you want.
Fun Activities to Do: What are these kids doing? Who are they? Write a story about what’s going on.
Fun Activities to Do: How does the photo of this antique carousel horse make you feel?This wooden horse was carved by hand and hand painted. Draw your own carousel or draw an animal that you would like to see on a carousel. Write a story or a poem about a carousel ride.
Fun Activities to Do: This marble statue is listening to something. Is it a secret? A beautiful song? A really, really great story? Write a story or poem about what is going on. Make a statue of something. Now, make a statue out of something different, like marshmellows or spaghetti or old tires. Name your statue and tell us where it should be displayed.
Fun Activities to Do: How does this carved mask make you feel? Write an essay or poem about it. Sometimes people use masks to hide behind. Draw a mask that you would like to use when people are annoying you. What is it made of, what does it do when people see this mask? How does it make you feel?
Fun Activities to Do: This photo shows two majestic ships docked at shore. You can practically feel the wooden planks and smell the sea air. Climb aboard and write your sea story… tell about who is on this ship, where they are going. Draw your own ship.
Well, technically I really don’t consider myself a photographer. However, I do consider myself an artist, of which I have been all my life. Using photography as my preferred form of artistic expression is very recent. And while I’ve taken photos all of my life I’ve only just recently made it a daily, and very important part of my life. Growing up, both my parents took a lot of pictures. We had a dark room in the basement of our house, so I was able to print my own photographs. The process of taking the picture and then being able to control the print was fascinating to me. I loved the idea of being able to bring what I “saw” to life on paper. However, more recently I purchased a small digital camera. The goal was to have the camera with me at all times so that I could take “reference shots” for painting and drawing purposes. Instead, the photographs have now become my ‘paintings’ – and I use them to express my vision, to tell my story instead of using paint. I originally was interested in abstract forms that could be found wherever I went. The way light would fall on the side of a building. Or perhaps how patterns could be seen in nature. Being a professional graphic designer, I tended to take pictures that were extremely graphic in nature. That aspect really hasn’t changed. I like taking photos of nature most. I feel very strongly that what we find in nature can tell us a lot about ourselves, if we only take the time to look and to ponder the relationships. For we are elements of nature ourselves… we forget that we are as organic and as individual as a leaf, as changeable as the wind, and can provide as much warmth as the sun. The best part about being a photographer is being a part of the world. Taking pictures of the things that you like and inspire you, forces you to stop and take notice of these things. It makes you appreciate more of what’s around you… and gives you the ability to share it with others. I’m not sure which I like better– the process of taking the pictures, or sharing them with others. They are both extremely rewarding experiences. Ever since I started taking photographs, I notice so much more of what is going on around me. And I see phenomenal things. Perhaps they’ve always been there and I just didn’t have my eyes – or my heart – open to them. But I now see things like circular rainbows high in the sky (on a perfectly clear day)… or a ball of brilliant color hanging like a jewel among the clouds. To me these are truly amazing sights. I believe they reveal the great force of life surrounding us if we only believe, if we only have the faith to ‘see’. My advice for young Soaring Photographers is Just Do It! Have fun. Experiment. Don’t be afraid to try different things. In fact, just don’t be afraid. Justget out there and start taking pictures. The more you take, the more you will develop your own visual voice – and you’ll find that you have your own unique story to tell through the collection of pictures you take.
“Divine Peony” to me, is just that. When I downloaded the photos from my digital camera to my computer and started to go through the day’s “shots” this one just had the most celestial / divine quality to it.
Fun Activities To Do: Write a caption or essay for this photo. How does this photo make you feel? What senses does this photo arouse? How does the flower smell? What do the petals feel like?
I was out on my daily walk, and had just put my camera away and was about to head home when I heard a splash in the ditch I was walking alongside. It was there that I found this little guy hiding out with a big Buddha-like smile on his face.
Fun Activities To Do: Write a caption or essay about this delightful frog. What is he doing? What is he thinking? What is he about to do next?
There is a cranberry bog near my house that I walk to every day. This spring there were several geese families raising their young. It was fascinating to watch the little babies grow up, and to see how the parents carefully watch over and protect them. Fun Activities to Do: Write a caption or essay about these geese and goslings. Where are they going ? Where did they come from? What are the babies thinking?
I guess you could say I became a photographer by accident! As a young woman, I was an actress. One November my friend, and fellow actor, Bob called to tell me about a job. The next day, I was thrilled to land a job working as one of Santa’s elves in Macy’s Department Store in New York City. The job was easy: I had to wear an elf costume and greet children and their parents when they came to have their photo taken with Santa. I was responsible for keeping the line moving and making sure kids didn’t start crying when it was their turn for the photo. On my first day on the job, my supervisor handed me a camera. I had never really taken photos before and I was too stunned to say anything. So, I started taking pictures. One night Bob and I were leaving our shift and he commented, “Yaqui you’re a pretty good photographer.” At first I thought he was teasing me but I looked into his eyes and saw that he was serious. “Why do you say that?” I asked. “Well, it seems to me that you always get a good picture of the kids. You just seem to know when to take your shot.” My introduction to photography ended on December 25, and I went back to focusing on more traditional acting jobs. In 1966, I was cast in an off-off Broadway play. I had studied method acting which teaches actors to immerse themselves in a role. My character had a pet turtle so I went to the pet store on 23rd Street and bought Mullan. (see photo on side). Mullan is 35 years old. Her playful antics were so adorable; I started painting pictures of her. Then I bought an inexpensive Instamatic camera to take pictures of her. One of my other passions is travel. In 1974 I went to Mexico and took my camera. Over the years, I have visited many fascinating places including Singapore, Holland, Italy, Thailand, Greece, Shrilanka, India, Ladakh (which borders Tibet), Nepal, and Sikkim. When I travel I go by myself and take lots of photography equipment. I take two cameras and several lenses, 30 rolls of film for each month and as little clothes and “stuff” as possible. I love to photograph things that capture my attention. One of my photography teachers, Eva Rubenstein, said, “Every picture a photographer takes is a self-portrait.” It’s never boring to see the world through a photographer’s eyes because you never know when you’ll discover your next photo opportunity. The way the sun’s light reflects upon the water, a child’s smile, or an interesting building. I love old things–old people, old sidewalks, old buildings. It warms me. One night I was traveling in Ladakh and there was no electricity in town due to a blackout. I was staying in a guesthouse outside of town and found my way back in the pitch black. I stumbled and fell down a stairwell. I looked at my arms and saw open wounds. I had compound fractures in both arms. I had to take a plane to Delhi for surgery and there was only one plane each day. While I was sitting in the airport waiting for the plane, a woman noticed my bandages and offered to help. When we got to Dehli she called the hospital and arranged to put my cameras in the American Embassy since I could not carry anything. I was in the hospital for one week and then returned to Ladakh where I took pictures with the one hand that could move. My broken arm didn’t stop me from doing what I love. I stayed on the vacation until the end.
Mullan has a fun-loving personality. We’ve been together for 35 years. She’s the reason I bought my first camera back in 1966. Fun Activities to Do: Write a caption or essay about this delightful turtle. What is she doing? What is she saying? What is she thinking?
I love the water and swim several times each week. There is such a dreamy quality about all of these boats gently rocking together in the late afternoon sun. Fun Activities to Do: Write a caption or essay about these row boats. How does this photo make you feel? Who uses these boats ? Where are they? Go on an adventure in an imaginary boat
Clean clothing drying in the fresh air reminds me of a summer day in the country with clothes drying in the sun. Fun Activities: Write a caption or essay for this photo. How does this photo make you feel? What senses does this photo arouse? How does the laundry smell? The grass? How does the wind feel? Is it cold or warm? What is she thinking about?