In Praise of The Artist

True artists work for pleasure.

Auguste Rodin

I love the drama of black and white, the glamour of the roaring twenties, the memory of good old days when movies didn’t require censorship and guaranteed wholesome family fun–except for all that smoking.

Raised in the magic of Pixar color animation, my kids unanimously pronounce all black and white films as boring even if they came with a soundtrack.  Now that the Oscar has gone to Michel Hazanavicius’  The Artist, there’s a good chance even my husband will join the family and “Make room for the old!”

© Sharon Birke

201 697 1947

Photography for the Goddess in Every Wife & Mother


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sarahjanelives
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 02:03:11

    I have always maintained that everyone is beautiful by candle light. Your work shows the same can be true of black & white photography. Lovely!


    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      Feb 28, 2012 @ 09:45:27

      I’m with you on the candle light–
      Thank you for loving my work, Sarah!


  2. Paragraph Film Reviews
    Feb 28, 2012 @ 03:04:19

    If only The Artist was like this!


  3. Mountain
    Feb 29, 2012 @ 23:37:02

    Dear Sharky,

    I can’t tell you enough how much I enjoy your photos. You are truly an artist! I studied photography in high school, back in the day when we used film, imagine that. Shot, developed and printed in black and white…what fun I had! I wish I had continued. Because of you my love of photography has been re-kindled, thank you.

    I completely agree with you about the drama that a black and white movie brings out (I prefer a soundtrack). The intense drama of an old western like, ” The Oxbow Incident”, a film noir like, “Double Indemnity” or “The Postman Always Rings Twice”, oh those powerful goddess’s, the comedy of a Hope and Crosby road picture or a love story like “Casablanca”. I always choose movies like these over other options that are abundant on our satellites. HD sometimes hurts my eyes and seems fake or re-touched….I’m an old schooler!! But not too old! 🙂

    Sometime I would love to see a photo shoot in Central Park. I have never been there but I think it would be a great backdrop for any subject you would choose to photograph.



    • Powerful Goddess Photography
      Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:07:48

      You always know how to make me smile, Mountain! I look forward to seeing your photos…


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