Matthew Bamberg's Image Appears on National Geographic Kids

Matthew Bamberg is now at the Desert Art Center in Palm Springs. He has a bin in the gallery with 5-10 mid-century modern photos in addition to a bit of gallery space for framed photographs.

From architecture to the flashy text of signs, Matthew Bamberg's signs are bright and colorful, adding a mid-century modern urban chic to white walls in the living room, dining room, kitchen or bedroom. 

Palm Springs, the center of the mid-century modern universe, has prompted Bamberg to become a minimalist photographer, reaching out to preserve the essence of the best of twentieth century design. His images are meant to supplement minimalist mid-century design by adding bright colors to retro shapes on light-colored walls, including the ubiquitous highway arrow that pinpointed your destination back in the day.

The symmetry, lines and shapes of the twentieth century are first and foremost agreeable to the lens of a camera provided upon a variety of factors--the ambient environment being number one--rapidly changing sun, clouds and light that changes lines, shapes and form. Working with this environment is dependent upon how the lens interacts with the conditions at the time of photographing. Bamberg works with these elements as he  has learned from and written about the masters of the 20th Century. His book, 101 Quick and Easy Ideas from the Master Photographers of the 20th Century give composition tips, along with the subject area focus of each of thirty master photographers.

Unlike Ansel Adams,  Bamberg is able to get assistance from Photoshop to tweak a good shot to perfection. At times, too, I take the past and recreate it so that people can see just what it was like in a very much different and forward-thinking age.

Bamberg's work begins with a Dadaist perspective, catching an entity from the mid-century to make a statement--praising or critical--about its value in the world around us. It continues to reach out for increased meaning by using text in the surroundings to illustrate how things aren't as they seem to be. Word plays that change conceived meanings among good design was a hallmark of twentieth century signage and graphics. Walker Evans' use of text in the environment also plays into my work, which assists in emphasizing language as an important part of the past to viewers of the art.

Curious by light striking my lens (direct and bold or soft and willowy) and the sounds (especially of the shutter opening and closing), Bamberg struck a relationship first with film and then, like so many, with the digital camera's sensor.

Bamberg also has sold his photographs in many Southern California stores and galleries. His books, "Digital Art Photography for Dummies" and three books in the "Quick and Easy " photography book series describes the process from taking a photograph to printing and framing it.

EDUCATOR TIP--ACCEPTING LATE WORK WITHOUT PENALTIES 

Many universities have strict policies for students who submit late assignments. Some leave the penalties up to the instructor, and others slap the point deductions independent of what the professor decides.

Either way, late assignment penalties need to be eliminated for students who notify the professor ahead of time. That statement might make some educators cringe, leaving them astonished.

Here's why.

1. In the real world of writing and project management if you give your superior written notice that your work will be late (with an acceptable excuse) it's usually an acceptable process if the assignment submission delay isn't too long of a period of time. The thinking here is it's better the job be done correctly than not, despite the time it's turned in.

2. If a professional submits an assignment haphazardly, he/she is likely going to get it back to redo regardless of the due date. That process (submitting an assignment with many errors on-time) creates  animosity between the professional and his/her superior in addition to the work being late, further complicating the entire process. Better the work be done correctly a few days late than go through both the conflict and frustration of working with an inferior piece of work.




LET'S TALK COMMON CORE

Everyone is talking Common Core. After extensive research in collaboration with a group of fourth grade public school teachers, Matthew Bamberg continues updating his Common Core Standards Links blog with relevant Common Core Standards lessons that contain  topic-specific curriculum objectives.

Common Core Standards Links blog contains up to date published standards that have been updated to include district-specific student learning targets using the following formula:

Students will (concept and skill) by (cognitive application from Hess DOK) as demonstrated by (type of cooperative group activity).

From Common Core lessons in English Language Arts to Common Core lessons in Math, Common Core Standards links is the place to find the most up-to-date updates on these important state-implemented, national standards.