Sunday in Boston….and a virtual blog tour


make way for ducklings







A few scenes from Mother’s Day and “Make Way for Ducklings” 2014

And a virtual tour invite…

My friend and blogger/photographer extraordinaire, Kelly Ishmael, recently invited me to take part in a virtual blog tour. I first “met” Kelly on Flickr a few years back and I was immediately drawn in by her phenomenal work.

The best thing about a blog tour like this is the opportunity to learn about fellow bloggers whose sites I may not have come across on my own and also the opportunity to introduce some fabulous bloggers of my own choice.

for this blog tour we were asked to answer the following questions about our creative process.

1) what am i working on?
2) how does my work differ from others of its genre?
3) why do I write/create what i do?
4) how does my creative process work?

I guess I should give you just a bit of background to get the ball rolling…when I first started blogging a few years ago, it was a personal journal of sorts with a few snapshots thrown in. But after a few years, a couple things happened

1. I became passionate about photography and wanted to find a way to make the photo more of the focus of my blog (pardon the pun).

2. I got tired of constantly talking about myself, tired of paragraphs full of I, me, my.

That’s when I decided to combine photography with my love of literature and poetry, certainly not a new concept but one that works for me…for the moment anyway.

What am I working on?

While I continue to work on the technical aspects of photography and will be for the rest of my days, lately I’ve been thinking a lot about what draws me into a photo –

it evokes an emotion
makes me wonder, peaks my curiosity
tells a story

those are the things that I want to improve upon in my own work and in my blog as well. I want to show more and tell less. I guess it all started after attending an exhibition of Vivian Maier’s work at Brandeis University and seeing the recent documentary film on her life. Her images are full of raw emotion, they tell stories. We know very little about her and yet her photos speak volumes, probably exactly how she wished it to be.

I tend to agree with Ansel Adams who once said “A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words”.

My goal is to someday take “true photographs”

How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

I’m not really sure that it does at this point. I can only hope that the way I see the world and choose to process my vision, is slightly different from everyone else.

Why do I write/create what I do?

It’s both a passion and a form of therapy for me. When I’m out and about with camera in hand, I’m in my own little world.

How does my creative process work?

Ha, that’s a good question. I don’t really have a process, I guess you could call it “flying by the seat of my pants”. I have no set time for photography, I always have a camera with me and I take photos of whatever captures my eye at any given moment, on any given day. I guess that’s the beauty of retirement, I no longer have to follow a set “work” schedule.

So, enough about me, now I’d like to introduce you to some fellow blogger friends, an extremely creative bunch, and hope that you will take some time to visit their wonderful sites:

Susan Desrocher (Sued51) shares her life through poems and photos at two blogs: and

Shirley LeMay is a chemical engineer by degree, photographer at heart, finding the beauty of the Illinois prairie. She blogs about her passions at

Kyla Hunziger is a Photographer, Scrapbooker, Blogger, Voracious Reader, Runner, Lover of Tunes, Maker of Chocolate Milk, Kisser of Boo Boos, and slave of all domestic trades.  Located in SW Missouri.

19 thoughts on “Sunday in Boston….and a virtual blog tour

  1. It’s fun to hear a little more about you and the way you approach photography, and I respect your desire not to draw too much attention to yourself. It looks like you had a very sunny, pleasant Mother’s Day in Boston. I see there are sites for me to explore – I think the only one here I know well is LeMay – onward!

  2. this is so great susan. and personally, i love the way you weave together your love for literature and your passion for photographer. thanks for playing along and for sharing a little bit more about your creative process. xo

  3. I really relate to what you say here Susan. I think your images are superb and you should keep on your current path…you just get better and better…I have also been thinking about exactly the same things and how to bring emotion, story and that je ne sais quoi into my photography more. I just came home from seeing the documentary on Vivian Maier and was so struck by the aliveness of her images. Of course she was primarily a street photographer so she had different subject matter than I generally have but I found much food for thought in her work and her story…

  4. Your images, as always, are so tender. You really do seem to have that quality nailed down. Personally, I think that is what makes your photography unique. Thanks for dredging up some memories of sunny days in the Park. The Ducks thing is new since my day, though! 🙂

  5. It appears that you had the best Mother’s Day you could have possibly had – with excellent results. 🙂 I am on the same path as you, made possible by retirement. it is so wonderful – and what a joy that our paths intersect through our blogging. Keep clicking, Susan.

  6. It’s funny that we answered the same questions on the blog tour this week 🙂 It was very interesting to read about your approach to photography. You already take true photographs! And it will only get better. Happy you had a great Mother’s Day in Boston!

  7. Um, maybe you don’t realize this.. .but you are a TRUE photographer, and a great one. I see stories in so many of your photos. My favorite one in this post is the red-clad girl-dancer, dancing to her own tune, joyful in her own light. Beautiful!

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