Art: Why does it matter?

A good piece of art can be the “spine” of its chosen viewers. It can select, provoke, inspire, nurture, and excite its audience.  

I’ve read art referenced as, “…a necessary escape and refuge of the mind from the chaos and trouble-ridden world.” I’m not too sure I like that description. It leans towards locking art into a recreational activity from reality. 

“The arts matter because we matter, and our stories matter. We are moving miracles, walking creators engaging in a cosmic dance. The art we express is timeless.” –Mohammed Sheriff

I like how Mary Boone explains it, “I don’t really believe that art is escapist. I believe that art provides a sensory experience that, on the contrary, can be restorative… What one needs is the curiosity and the desire to truly see and feel. To perhaps be a bit uncomfortable as you learn to decipher how different art works make you feel, but to learn that on the other side of that discomfort lies pleasure – the pleasure of discovering a work that “speaks” to you, or the pleasure that comes from simply gazing at something beautiful.”

So, why should you care about it? 

Well, let’s look at some fun facts:

  • -Arts improve individual well-being. 63 percent of the population believe the arts “lift me beyond everyday experiences,” 64 percent feel the arts give them “pure pleasure to experience and participate in,” and 73 percent say the arts are a “positive experience in a troubled world.”
  • -The arts unify communities. 67 percent of Americans believe “the arts unify our communities regardless of age, race, and ethnicity” and 62 percent agree that the arts “help me understand other cultures better”-a perspective observed across all demographic and economic categories.
  • -Access to art is linked to better health, safety, and education in lower-income neighborhoods.
  • -Art Therapy shows promise as a means of treating hard-to-treat symptoms of combat-related PTSD, such as avoidance and emotional numbing, while also addressing the underlying psychological situation that gives rise to these symptoms.

 

One of the most valuable form of stress reduction and relaxation is the enjoyment or practice of art.” To me, it sounds like the beginning of a solution to long term problems. That’s the hurdle advocates face, the misunderstanding of long term importance because of short term ideology. It matters because of the emotions it invokes.

Emotions and intentions are what anchor art to us. 

“The arts matter because they extend our lives. I’m not talking about years added–though certain artists, through their creations, can claim a type of immortality. Rather, the arts allow us fully to inhabit other personalities, perspectives, and states of perception. The arts thus elongate human experience. And while it can’t be displayed on a standard chronology, who’s to say this qualitative increase in life doesn’t translate to a quantitative one?” – Sunil Iyengar

So, would you like more art in your life? Talk to me, how would you do it? Will you venture down to your local art walk and bring your friends? Would you finally go, take that yoga or dance class you’ve always wanted to try? Could you rent out a studio space to photograph the composition in your head?

Dare to see that there is more to you, that is the art of your originality.

To see more of my art work please visit www.bwfineartphotography.com

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BlogPaws and Wagging Tails

When BlogPaws first approached me with photographing their event, I thought taking pictures of puppies and kittens was one of the coolest jobs offers this year!

I had a wonderful time with all of the associates and attendees of BlogPaws. Afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised when Scott Smith featured us in his article reviewing the event:

“If BlogPaws had an MVP award, photographer, Carl Kerridge would’ve won it, hands down. Between the attendees, brands, and sponsors, there were a lot of moving parts at the conference. Carl was sticking and moving in and out of rooms catching the pivotal snaps with the prowess of a professional boxer. And the best is, he had a smile on his face the whole time and could not have been more pleasant.

At one point, I was going to ask if he had an identical twin brother. I couldn’t comprehend how one photographer handled the entire conference. If I didn’t see it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it. Carl is the real deal.

Carl Kerridge has been dedicated to image making since obtaining his first film camera at the tender age of seven. Mostly self-taught, Carl’s passion is in creating images that narrate a story, focused on natural light, real emotion, and strong compositions. Based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Carl’s high-energy approach to photojournalism was in full force during BlogPaws.”

The “identical twin” comment made me laugh! It truly was a great experience.

For my lovely readers, I put together a post so all my puppy and kitty parents could enjoy these fur-babies.

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Chihuahuas pose for their photo at the blogpaws conference

a shitzu sneaks a treat while walking around the blogpaws conference

kitty enjoys her new toy at the blogpaws conference

great dane poses like he's getting a bath at the blogpaws conference

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k-9 unit and his dog pose during awards at the blogpaws conference

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golden Labrador plays with his ball during the blogpaws conference

french bulldog pose in his shirt for a pictures during the blogpaws conference

owner holds her cat in a batman costume at the blogpaws event

husky parades down the red carpet in a pink tutu

Chihuahua poses in his hat for the red carpet at blogpaws

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Pomeranian poses in her sunglasses on the red carpet at blogpaws

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animal parents and fur-babies pose on the red carpet for a candid moment during the blogpaws conference

To read more about all of those wagging tails, check out the full article on BlogPaws here. I hope to see everyone again and welcome new visitors at the next conference! We’re going to Kansas City, Kansas City here I come!

Myrtle Beach Just Cizlin’

Abu Doggie totally approves! We had a rainbow reception and the weather in Myrtle Beach was Just Cizlin’!

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bride and groom pose under a rainbow at their myrtle beach wedding reception

Cass was stunning as she waited to put on, or should I say glue on, her wedding dress! Her momma beamed with pride when she turned towards her.

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hair stylist and bride are photographed in a candid mirror reflection

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Our bride and groom were wed at St. Michael’s Catholic Church first outside of Myrtle Beach. The Priest was energetic and purposeful as he reminded us, we choose to continue loving our partner everyday with a selection of “4” letter words. He revived our hope for the future’s lows and its beautiful highs.

Our couple rivals even the best romance novels. Cass and Mark are a real life love story. This dynamic duo were partners in crime long before Team Cizler was shouted in Myrtle Beach, but what brought them to the Grand Strand?

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bride and groom put their hands in the air to celebrate being man and wife

groom jokes and makes a funny face as his wife signs the marriage licenses

bride and groom kiss in front of St. Michael's Catholic Church

Wedding party pose on Carolina Limo's trolly with Abu Doggie

Myrtle Beach is where Mark first said, “I love you,” to his Alabama Belle.

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Look how Mark sneaked one more kiss before their grand entrance and first dance performance. Perfect 10!

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bride and groom perform an amazing first dance

I want you to feel all the emotion that wrapped around the couple for their wedding day. Friends and family flew and drove hours to attend their union. This wasn’t just another friend’s wedding in Myrtle Beach. The Cizlers’ wedding guests are a part of the roots that support them in everything they do. It was evident in every heartfelt speak, every invitation to dance, and every laugh they shared. Everyone is family.

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bride jumps in the air during the dance festivities at the reception

Groom and pals dance to make the bride laugh

bride laughs as two female friends act out the song lyrics

groom and mother of the groom dance off

bride tears up during the myrtle beach reception toasts

bridal party laugh during portraits on the beach

wedding party pose for styled candids in Myrtle Beach

bride looks into her grooms eyes as they share a moment during portraits

bride and groom walk down the beach with overcast skies

bride and groom dance in the middle of a circle of friends for the last song

My friends, I can’t wait to see you again. Your wedding moved me. You have everything you need in life, so I hope you prosper and explore the world. Oh, and let’s not forget…

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“War Eagles and Go Cowboys!”

Hair and Makeup: Salon & Spa 18 – Wing Wong
Cake and cupcakes: Croissants Bistro and Bakery – Heather Cameron
Flowers and Draping:  Elegant and Classy Events – Sommer Sholtes
DJ: Myrtle Beach DJs – Chris James
Reception Venue & Catering: DoubleTree by Hilton
Photography: Carl Kerridge Photography

Proposal and Fairytale Wedding

I feel as if I’ve watched Jamesha grow up, so I was thrilled when I head of her proposal. I first met her when she danced in Horry County Dancing with the Stars, representing the Early High School Education Program. She and her partner performed a beautiful tango. The past few years, Jamesha as bloomed into a Myrtle Beach professional and dazzled the social scene.

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Last year at a friend’s wedding, a little birdie rumored that a proposal would soon be in the works.

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As the story goes, Kelly had a plan A, B, and C for the proposal. After sharing her birthday by going to the beach, enjoying herself, and dinner with her family, Jamesha would get her biggest birthday surprise when she returned to their house. Kelly called her out into the living room. As she walked out, he was down on one knee proposing in the perfect place – their home.

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I enjoyed shooting their engagement portraits and watching them plan their special day. Kelly surprised Jamesha with priceless Diamonds for her wedding gift. Jamesha surprised her Beau equally, with a very authentic and timeless treasure. Our beautiful couple said “I do,” at Atalaya Castle with friends and family. He father was our jokester and her mother was as beautiful as she’s always been. Speaking of fun, who could forget the roast and toasts? The weather couldn’t have been more perfect as our couple photobombed each other, danced and cut up the entire night.

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I can not think of anything but happiness in the future for this couple. I am very thankful to have been apart of this chapter in their lives and I consider them dear friends. 

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Guys, congratulations! May every year increase with happiness and may all the days of your lives be full of adventures.

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Planner/Florist: Willow Event Designs
Catering: Gourmet Cafe
Rentals: Event Works
Entertainment: DJ Bryant White
Lighting: RSG Events
Desserts: Flower Child

Litchfield Plantation Wedding: I Love You, I Know

Episode IV: Litchfield Wedding

engraved forks of the special day for this Litchfield Wedding

I hope you get the IV reference??. I figured, “First met, relationship, engagement, wedding,” plus the Roman Numeral for the number four has more intensity, don’t you think? Anyways…Our journey begins “Not that long ago, in a galaxy far far away…” ok, maybe that’s all I have for you as far as a Star Wars opening, anything more and it might get a little too nerdy. However, our bride and groom love for both Star Wars and Lego at Litchfield’s Plantation House inspired the entire atmosphere for this wonderful outdoor wedding.

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wedding dress hangs from light above staircase before Litchfield Wedding

floral bouquet rests against chair arm at Litchfield Wedding

lego seating chart features bride, groom, and photographer at this Litchfield Wedding

Litchfield Plantation is an elegant setting. When you drive down the pathway, Spanish Moss dangles and shades the road before reaching the Historic Home. All of the small details are treasures in their own right, however, my favorite moments are a little harder to hold on to.

The bridal gift chosen to send to his beloved, makes for a great wedding story.

groomsmen wear star wars socks at this Litchfield Wedding

bride looks down at her wedding gift before her Litchfield Wedding

groom shows off his wedding gift before his Litchfield Wedding

Sara’s gift had a traditional element just like her wedding, a beautiful jewelry box and keepsake heart locket. It was the “nerdy” gift I liked the best. Every man knows that if you make a girl cry happy tears, you must be doing something right. Christian gave Sara a specially designed mask to use while snorkeling. Complimentary, Sara gave Christian classic lego cuff-links to complete his dapper attire. That’s another aspect I love about this couple, their craving for adventure and fun is inspiring. On the day they took the biggest step of their new adventure, the sun was shining, the temperature was cool, and the view overlooking the marsh settled with a painted sky.

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bride poses with her bridesmaids before her Litchfield Wedding

bride and her mom look back at brother and father during Litchfield Wedding portraits

mother, father and bride pose for their photographer and Litchfield Wedding portraits

bride and groom share first look during Litchfield Wedding portraits

groom and groomsman pose for a silly candid during Litchfield Wedding portraits

flower girl poses for Litchfield Wedding portraits before the ceremony

In addition to Star Wars, the couple designed a Lego layout of their wedding day. It was remarkably cool and I couldn’t imagine the hours spent delicately composing the piece. Christian and Sara put together each Lego character to represent each of their guests. The thoughtfulness and connection through such simple gestures were the hallmark of the Moyer-Lara Wedding. They even found a lego male and female photographer for me and Crystal…how cool!!

groomsman and groom dance during the Litchfield Wedding ceremony

bride rides in our a horse drawn carriage for her Litchfield Wedding

bride and groom exchange rings during their Litchfield Wedding

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bride and groom kiss during Litchfield Wedding portraits

bride and groom pose with their horse drawn carriage for Litchfield Wedding portraits

bride and groom raise their hands in the air during their Litchfield Wedding reception

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mother son dance during Litchfield Wedding reception

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garter toss during Litchfield Wedding reception

bride and groom kiss after cutting the cake at their Litchfield Wedding reception

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Sara and Christian choose wonderful elements to incorporate on their wedding day, this Litchfield Plantation wedding highlighted the nerd that we all love and of course, know. Now, let’s see what the honeymoon holds.

….To be continued…

bride and groom celebrate just getting married at their Litchfield Wedding

Planner and Florist – Gigi Noelle Events
Catering – Creative Catering
Hair and Makeup – Bobby Pins & Blushing Brides
Horse and carriage – Heritage Carriages
Rentals – Hotz Rentals
Lighting – MC Sound and Light