Letters and / or Numbers

I seem to have fallen into the every other challenge entry pattern. If the theme doesn’t resonate with me, I have a hard time brainstorming ideas. And, if I have to force a frame, the results just don’t stand out. Challenge 163 was proving to be another uninspired theme. Sure, letters and numbers are all around us, but they never stood out to me above their utilitarian purposes. Letters and numbers are a means to an end and my interactions with them were not amounting to much of a photograph. I had resigned to not enter (again), justifying my lack of participation with being busy with my book, gallery entry, and life. One rainy night in Philadelphia changed all that. Below are the shots that I came home with. Keeping my promise I included some informational text to provide context

A screen projects historic texts from world medicine onto the Thomas Jefferson University campus in center city Philadelphia. The sculpture is copper and granite, created by Jim Sanborn 2009.

In my comments, it was said best “goes beyond basics” like most entries of a keypad, road sign, and books. To date, it is my best received entry: 2 / 24. The shot on the bottom right was my entry; the other three were close contenders. The biggest critique is the tree on the right-hand side. I like it for two main reasons: 1) I like how the lights behind the leaves created a mottled effect in a similar but less intelligent way than the screen, and 2) it contrasts a natural element against the copper of the screen and brick building behind. What do you think?

Ars Medendi at Night © 2012 NATE METZ


Living so close to the ocean, I often end up on the beach unexpectedly. I posted about it about a month ago. This time I was on a different beach as you can tell by the topography and type of sand. I wasn’t able to capture the true impact of the storm that was blowing in without my gear (again), so I focused in on the beach:

Stormy Sands © 2012 NATE METZ

What if? Why not?

Last night I spent a very inspiring evening with 25 other local artists. We sat down for dinner and conversation exploring some very colossal ideas about the next stage of our art careers. While we are all at various stages from beginners with no sales to seasoned artists that travel and have a large rolodex, we are all following the guidelines and stipulations for making and selling art set forth by other people in the industry. Dare we make our own art movements? Can we legitimately put forth our work and our ideas, and establish our own relevance and importance? This shift for me is very radical and very enticing. As much as I have urges to rebel and create revolution and change the world, I don’t have a skill set or experienced history to make a great impact in the art community. Belonging to a group of like minded individuals wanting to be game changers and really elevate the quality,meaning and impact of our collected works is a very powerful manifesting energy. At some point, the momentum would carry us and work for us without each of us individually working overtime to market and sell.

In addition, I met some new people, networked and learned from their experiences. I also got to show off my book, AWAKE. I am looking forward to nurturing these new relationships and sharing more of my work. One of the great conversations started by my book was about my photography. I have ZERO formal training, not even a course at any level of schooling on how to use a camera. I am an autodidact. But where and how did my eye develop? I have a pretty established point of view and style to my photography that has not changed much. I’ve said it before how great it was to peruse 10 years of photography and see how in taking pictures from the first couple of months with my first digital point-and-shoot are stylistically similar to what I shoot now that I have a dSLR. I am convinced that the art comes from my soul. It is who I am. I have the talent and the skill…all the raw ingredients if you will. Where I am today is learning how to share my work, my message, my ideas with the world. It has been a short 4 1/2 months since I decided to take my art to the next level. Thank you for sharing the journey with me!


I unexpectedly ended up on the cape at sunset and captured these serene moments. Further down on the beach a young violinist was playing out on a sand bar. It was one of those magic moments that sent my inspiration into overdrive!

Beauty All Around © 2012 NATE METZ

Taking Refuge

I went out today to scout and brainstorm some ideas for a photo competition. Next time I’ll have all my gear for some sharper work and not quick snaps. These are just a teaser:

Taking Refuge © 2012 NATE METZ


Just tonight I passed the 10K shutter count on my D80. When I went to upload my pictures from shooting tonight for a challenge, I noticed my images went into two different folders. My first reaction was that I had broken something on the camera that caused it to reset, but realized that was silly. A quicker inspection showed the file numbers restarted at 0001. It’s a small milestone, yes, but serves as further validation that I am indeed moving ahead with my artwork.

Although I missed the last challenge, my entry is in this round with 8 days to spare…or change my mind! I’ll be sure to post my entry along with the 2nd and 3rd options after voting has ended. And in the spirit of full transparency and putting myself out of my comfort zone, I’ll also be sharing important feedback on my work as well as its ranking.