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“With These Hands”

To create with one’s hands, whether a painting, sculpture or other object, has always been  something that held me in awe. It is true I use my hands to create pictures, but in reality, I am capturing the images of objects that my eye sees. When someone takes a piece of clay and transforms that most basic element into a creative design, then that someone becomes an artist.

I visited an exhibit where two such artisans showcased  their work and also gave a demonstration on how they performed their skills. I talked to the potter, while he was setting up, and asked for permission to shoot his work. His name was Glenn Hudson and, how lucky can one be, he was also a photographer. We talked mostly about pictures and how he came to be a potter. Then as he started his demo, I was so entranced by how he became one with the clay. The process seemed organic and what started out slow, quickly evolved to reveal beautiful shapes. His hands and the wheel worked the clay into smooth symmetrical forms, right there in front of my lens. I found myself going back and forth with what was on his wheel and the anticipated finished piece. Often I hesitated to click my shutter in fear of disturbing what seemed like a magical moment.

His tools were his hands, but in reality it was his imagination and inner soul that exposed the clay before him. With his hands he created not just a bowl or pot, but a work of art…. ultimately an expression of heart, mind and hands.


25 responses

  1. Beautiful.. That’s my next task, to do pottery!!!!


    February 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

  2. Well, he creates nice pieces of art of clay – but your series of photos are nice pieces of art too – and that first one is simply a super-shot: Well done!!!


    February 16, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    • Truels… many thanks for your comments. Very glad that you could relate his art to how I made my photos look.


      February 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm

  3. Blood-Ink-Diary

    Mike and his eyes — what magic they create! Wonderfil photo-essay (but, that does not surprise?!). Cheers my friend.


    February 12, 2012 at 12:50 am

  4. Wow..even if you never wrote word you still conveyed your story and the feeling as well. Thank you.


    January 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    • You are very right Maiya…. also the way the photos were processed in a sketch-sculpted look that I felt added to the essay. Thanks so much for the comments.


      January 30, 2012 at 1:42 am

  5. denisebushphoto

    Great photographic essay, Mike! I like the consistent color combination and just the right amount of texture you chose to reveal. Was this at Wheaton Village?


    January 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    • Thanks ‘D’… these were taken at the Perkins Center in Collingswood. Very happy with the overall feel to these pics.


      January 26, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  6. Caerlynn Nash

    I always wondered what it would be like to work with clay. I can imagine doing it by looking at your pics. Fascinating! Great work! (I’ll stick with my canvas and paints for now!)


    January 24, 2012 at 6:49 am

  7. You could have taken photos of me when I took a clay class, oh that’s right all the clay splatted all over the room ….: – )



    January 24, 2012 at 12:18 am

    • Hey … that would have been a cool effect… I do not know if my camera would have made it through the mess 🙂


      January 24, 2012 at 1:02 am

  8. Fantastic!! I could really see the textures, and almost feel them! My favorite was the close up of the jars, they really stood out to me. Just perfect, you gave the art another dimension with the addition of your own!!
    I was wondering, do you know of a good beginner’s camera?
    I was thinking of taking pictures to go with my poems and I wasn’t sure what kind to get. Not too expensive, and I would love waterproof, but good enough to get a clear picture.
    Thanks, Andrea


    January 23, 2012 at 6:06 pm

    • Ahhh…. those jars. I shot them with the idea of doing this. It came out much better than anticipated…. kind of a perfect ending. I emailed you my thoughts on cameras.


      January 24, 2012 at 1:00 am

  9. Skip Vandegrift

    Great, insightful photography and commentatary. Very interesting technique. Congratulations. Skip V.


    January 23, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    • Skip …I used a combination of the original image with a sketch tecnique and blended them together. Thanks for the comments.


      January 24, 2012 at 12:57 am

  10. one lovely blog award for you 🙂 🙂 🙂


    January 23, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    • Thanks …. very much appreciated.


      January 24, 2012 at 12:55 am

  11. great series! always neat to see art in progress – even more interesting than the finished product, I think


    January 23, 2012 at 1:22 pm

    • The process is fascinating to say the least… had a great time creating.


      January 23, 2012 at 8:41 pm

  12. Barbara

    OMG I really love this pictures. It’s really great that you are using your talent to capture his talent. He accomplishes his goal wilthout regard to the camera. He works the same way as he does any other time in spite of being photographed. He reminds us that we all have the ability to reshape or molds ourselves or our lives. Great Job, Great Pictures.


    January 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    • Thanks Barb… I think you could be a guest writer, because you picked up the essence of the pics and story so easily. Many thanks for the follow.


      January 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

  13. Great series, Mike. Love the look of concentration and contentment on his face in #8!


    January 23, 2012 at 10:32 am

    • Thanks Gary… he was an exceptional study and real easy to talk to.


      January 23, 2012 at 8:37 pm

  14. OMG Mike!! you have a talent for taking magnificent pictures which are full of life and splendor!! 😀


    January 23, 2012 at 7:22 am

    • Thanks for checking back Abby…really appreciate it.


      January 23, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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