I Went to the Street Fair with the Intension of Making Slow Art – Chinatown


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Slow Art relates to creating art in a slow way. This practice is about being mindful of detail, valuing the history inherent in re-usable materials, putting time into creating small items. The practice encourages the maker to be naturally meditative as they create. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slow_Movement

During the celebration of Chinese New Year, I went to the Street Fair on Grant Avenue San Francisco. The high energy crowd was not conducive for making a quiet slow drawing. Instead I took out my iphone set my hipstamatic app on random and clicked away. By shaking the camera the appplication changes the lens, flash, and film. After clicking away until the battery was used up, which didn’t take any time at all, the above image turned out to be my favorite shot of the day. Lens: John S  Film: Kodadot XGrizzled  Flash: Cherry Shine

Just think of the changes this man has seen in his lifetime.


Delaunay’s Window was painted in 1913.


Picasso‘s Three Musicians – 1921


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12 thoughts on “I Went to the Street Fair with the Intension of Making Slow Art – Chinatown

  1. Great shot, Carla! And I love the whistle-stop tour through 20th/ 21st Century art. Always nice to be reminded of synthetic cubism – it’s funny how restful Picasso’s work seems now – I’m sure it was seen by some as barbarism at the time.


    • To me it is hard to believe that Picasso, Matisse etc were pushing the envelope in painting a hundred years ago. People still don’t understand cubism, abstract art, impressionism. interesting.Thanks. I like that shot too. It was a photo ‘booth’ He had just put away a chinese bowl he was holding for his photograph.I missed that shot but at least got this one.


  2. I’m in awe that this is a photo! I honestly thought it was a painting. LOL! Apparently I’m quite behind the time in photography apps, Carla. What a wonderful encouragement to slow down and take in the beauty of art in a variety of expressions. 🙂


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