Artism / by Logan Dam

I met an artist this weekend. I'm not much one for art myself, but seeing her work and how real it looked amazed me. I can draw rough stickmen, and here's this woman who can make it look like she's painted an actual photo.

I was simply entranced by one particular painting: it was a view of someone sitting in the back seat of a car on the highway taking a photo using a phone camera facing forward. Low light, so the phone camera brings the shutter speed waaaay down and you get lovely trails as the camera moves around, maybe there were some bumps in the road or something, I don't know. She'd done all the details, you could see the two front seats, a silhouette of the driver, the radio's LCD with its green backlight, even all the details of a blurred road. It was uncanny to me as I've taken a photo myself of this very scenario before, back in May 2015.

I didn't mention it at the time, but I had this exact image in my head the moment I saw hers. My peers also took notice to her image, and asked her about the blurs. She started on a literal story of her life at the moment she made the painting. She described the sort of thoughts she had and went into quite a lot of detail.

I don't remember all of it, but the gist of it was something along the lines of how a single moment in time can be blurred like this. The camera capturing this single moment can only do just that, and it is up to us to remember it. The blurs kind of represent how blurred our memories can be at times.

I found this to be quite profound. Not just her message behind the image, but how it affected me. I suppose photography is an art. I have made a hobby out of photography; does that make me an artist? I'd never considered myself one, nor would I even try to put myself in the same league with artwork like hers.

It also made me think about how I never put descriptions with my images. Typically, every artist has an idea or a message behind the art they create. Honestly, I just take photos of things that I think look cool. I'm not trying to send a message to anyone nor convey ideas. I just want to tantalize your sense of sight, and step into the image and experience it yourself. Is that a message? I don't know.

Ironically, this was not the only image that was familiar; she'd also painted - again, as if she took a photo of it - street lights flying past on the highway at night. Again with the phone camera and low light, down goes the shutter speed, and the result? Something like these.

Quite an amusing coincidence I thought. :)

The artist I'm referring to in this post goes by the name of Yolandé van Loggerenberg, who I met this weekend at a little dinner get together with my sister. If you're reading this, you should definitely check out her work, it's quite something to behold. I'm happy to report that she's also a lovely lady! Check out her website and her Facebook page, particularly her Motionblur series.