“The Choice” © Joanne Bartone 1997
About this image: I come back to this image time and time again in my mind and in my heart because it is so poignant and personal to me.
It was created at a particularly difficult time in my life, when I was faced with an immense personal challenge, one where I needed to make a difficult choice where the outcome was unknown (as most choices are). I looked to this image to try to get an idea of what I was to do…it was created as I left my therapist’s office; there are no coincidences.
Was the open door where the light existed one I should move to and go through? Did the light represent a decision that would be good for me, or was it one I might regret? …it was not lost upon me that the light reflecting from the open door appeared to be a figure of a spirit-person… Or, was the closed door where I needed to be? Perhaps the closed door represented my need to stay put and move through the challenges to see a different outcome through to its end…or was the scene in the image all-encompassing of all of those questions? Ahhhhh, decisions, decisions.
Lesson learned: there are no wrong choices. We are led to the opening we are meant to go through. Sometimes it is towards the light, other times it is towards the dark. Either way, we must trust that the journey and path we are on is meant exactly for us, taking it all as it comes. ... See MoreSee Less
It seems like so many of life's paths are a result of a spur of the moment decisions. I know that mine have been. They lead to a new and exciting page of your life but it's natural to have some doubt. Was that the right choice? I think you just have to keep looking forward towards that next new adventure.
Beautiful & thank you for sharing the story behind it...
I was told once that my art wouldn't sell, that people wouldn't get it. I couldn't believe that someone would actually have the gall to say that to me. Do you think that is true? Tell me... ... See MoreSee Less
I was told by an art teacher that I'll never be an artist because I was "too slow." I laugh now every time I hear someone tell somebody they can't do something.
If you never sold another photograph you are in charge of your own destiny. That does sound rather like a fortune cookie, but no one, ever, should tell another human being what to do. Or not do. We waste our lives listening to them.
Your Art is incredible and stunning, feels like being there , such wonderful talent,it is wrong to criticize so many types and forms of Art, I love I admire such talent and love your Art
I've heard of artists being hard on themselves but, not blatantly saying something like that to another artist...😢With so many different forms of art, how could anyone make a statement like that...Thank you for sharing your gift with us!❤️
It's not even worth acknowledging negative people Joanne.
A dream would be to have your work on every wall of my house
I think everything about you is beautiful and amazing!
Love your art work ... I find it inspiring and beautiful 💜
Your art is awesome... as is the artist!!
your talent is limitless!!
Non-artists say that to every artist I've ever known.
Joanne Bartone at Beech Forest And The Provincelands.
I want you to know about me...
My eyes and my camera are the instruments that align with my heart and mind so I can produce art that is distinctively my own. My work is best described as narrative and my preferred style is figurative; I don’t see or photograph as most people would perceive photography to be, which I feel gets me closer to the essence of my subjects. Trends are not appealing to me; my creative preferences range from contemplative abstractions to honest renderings. Like other art, my photography is an ever-evolving journey where my desire to connect with, document and create from my surroundings is constantly in flux.
Nature, movement, colors, divergent displays and life are my muses. My photographic process is slow and deliberate, intentionally illuminating and enhancing the viewer’s ability to connect with my unusual, almost “painterly” interpretation of what I’m seeing and what I visualize. My decision-making processes on aesthetics are like meditative observations; all are made on an intuitive level felt between myself, the moment and the subjects that present themselves.
The repetition of day-to-day life rudely distracts us from our appreciation of our world. Conveying the beauty around us is an important part of my photography, although what I envision as beautiful is not always reciprocated by the viewer. I seek to share feelings, or a conceptual subject through my art and provide interest and connections. Through our connection, I hope to pause the viewer and provide a moment of peace, a healing of emotions or spirit, mystery, inspiration or enlightenment.
~ Namaste, Joanne
#Ptown ... See MoreSee Less
Joanne Bartone in Provincetown, Massachusetts.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell
Dedicating this image to all the creative people who dare to make their dreams come true! (including myself!) ... See MoreSee Less
The image is very moving, makes me feel my bravery and my strength. It's brilliant not only in color but in subject matter as well. Take a bow.
Joanne Bartone was making art.
look forward to it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Joanne Bartone shared Charles-Baltivik Gallery Provincetown MA.'s photo.
...a figurative study on form...
On 09/01/2017, I will have an exhibit at the Charles-Baltivik Gallery Provincetown MA. Many of you helped me make a decision on the front of the promo card - it was great fun to see what images resonated with everyone and it helped me understand what viewers might enjoy as I select images for the show - thanks for that!
As I'm sure you know, my vehicle to self-expression is photography. I'm acutely aware that photography can lend itself to what we see, or perhaps what we expect to see; photography is a really powerful tool in everyone's lives. However, I'm hoping to make my exhibit interesting in ways that may not be expected and might engage the viewers to think differently about what they see, not only in or through my art, but in their own ideas of self-expression through photography.
Within the realm of photography my favorite medium to use are vintage cameras and alternate photographic techniques, such as Polaroid 669 emulsion transfers and lifts, but more than anything, Polaroid SX-70 manipulations. The problem with loving all things Polaroid is that the film that was once so readily available is no longer in production and can rarely be found, save for the coveted film still in my refrigerator from, oh, I don't know, possibly 1999 or 2000-ish! ...it's tough to use it, but I do...sparingly, at least!
Because Polaroid film is no longer in production I have searched and experimented with digital mediums that could enable me to reproduce the Polaroid film effects I love so much...and I believe I've come pretty close - you'll have to let me know if I have when you see the art!
I look forward to engaging the #Provincetown community, my #Ptown friends (and other friends, if they can make it) and the CBGallery patrons in conversations on blurring the lines of art. I hope many will be able to join me!
Namaste, Joanne ... See MoreSee Less
Fantastic! I'm sure it will be amazing, just like you!
Joanne, how did the suggestions talley out?
I would love to see this!
Joanne Bartone shared Charles-Baltivik Gallery Provincetown MA.'s photo.
That GLORIOUS #Provincetown light! ...always changing, ever-brilliant and magical and only to be found in #Ptown! Enjoy another of my images: "Four Sisters of Provincetown" ...if you like, do share! <3Joanne here...sending you off to sleep with sweet dreams of #Provincetown! Enjoy "Four Sisters of Provincetown" and more of that magnificent light! Tomorrow's the fourth - picnic on! Enjoy! ...if you like, do share! Thanks! <3 ... See MoreSee Less