Good art is in the wallet of the beholder…

by Kyle Smith

Last night I covered an event at the Art Alliance Center of Clear Lake. It was pretty fun, the show was a nationally juried show titled “Opposites Attract”. It showcased artwork that was high in contrast either by color, content, or whatever other bs those artsy people come up with. I somewhat enjoyed the show, mainly the photography. I still just cannot grasp how some squiggles on canvas is art. Some are aesthetically pleasing but that’s kinda where it stops for me.

And honestly the photography was a bit disappointing as well. There was a photograph of a car with a reflection of clouds on it, now I get the opposing factors (pollution and nature) but the photograph just looked amateur. And then there were some photographs of origami, now they were nice b&w prints but they were priced at $7,000. SERIOUSLY?!?!? I’m in the wrong business.

I think the highlight of the night was the conversation I had with the South campus president. After the initial welcome presentation and a brief staged reading from “The Taming of the Shrew” by Café 21 Theatre, I walked over to the South campus prez. and asked her if she knew of any other presentations for the night and this is how the covo went from there:

“Didn’t you just have a baby?” asked Mrs. President “Yes, I did,” I responded. “Well then why are you even here?” asked Mrs. President. “Well, you guys requested a photographer tonight and I’m the South campus photographer,” I responded. “Well I say you should go home,” declared Mrs. President. “Are you sure?” I questioned. “Absolutely, go home and enjoy your Valentine’s day,” stated Mrs. President. Then I said, “Well if anyone asks I’m telling them you told me to leave.” Mrs. President responded, “Bring it.” And so I left.

I don’t know about you, but she’s quiet a rare find when it comes to upper administration in higher education. At least I know she’s got my back.

Here are some photos from the night. Not trying to boast, but I did manage to get some nice shots with a shutter speed of .3 seconds hand held (not all these are @ .3 seconds, they range from .3 to 1/50 all @ 1600ISO (the first two are @ 2500ISO) and different f-stops to compensate the shutter speed)…

2 Comments to “Good art is in the wallet of the beholder…”

  1. Good clear pictures. You did great. I don’t know what all that camera stuff means, but they aren’t fuzzy and you can tell what’s going on.

    Now, where are more pictures of our little guy? He’s the star, you know.

  2. That does it. I am not going to bother with a tripod anymore on photo shoots. I’ll just bribe Kyle, the human tripod, to go along with me. (Would a balony sandwich work as a bribe?). Anybody who can shoot handheld at 1/25 shutter speed and below is not a human — he’s a statue. Are you sure you don’t have a Nikon Vibration Reduction device implanted in your arms?

  3. FYI, when I read 1600…and then 2500ISO… I fainted and hit my head. There was some minor bleeding, but I’m fine. Really. Next time you try to kill me you’re going to have to do a lot better job than that!

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