Sunday in Boston….and a virtual blog tour

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make way for ducklings

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

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: sued51.wordpress.com and sued51too.wordpress.com.

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

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.  http://thekreativelife.blogspot.com/

celebrating the now

May Snow

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“. . . at this season, the blossom is out in full now, there in the west early. It’s a plum tree, it looks like apple blossom but it’s white, and looking at it, instead of saying “Oh that’s nice blossom” … last week looking at it through the window when I’m writing, I see it is the whitest, frothiest, blossomest blossom that there ever could be, and I can see it. Things are both more trivial than they ever were, and more important than they ever were, and the difference between the trivial and the important doesn’t seem to matter. But the nowness of everything is absolutely wondrous, and if people could see that, you know. There’s no way of telling you; you have to experience it, but the glory of it, if you like, the comfort of it, the reassurance … not that I’m interested in reassuring people – bugger that. The fact is, if you see the present tense, boy do you see it! And boy can you celebrate it.”

~ Dennis Potter, Seeing the Blossom: Two Interviews and a Lecture

with care

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Happy Earth Day!

“…the care of the earth is our most ancient and most worthy and, after all, our most pleasing responsibility. To cherish what remains of it, and to foster its renewal, is our only legitimate hope.”
~ Wendell Berry

Happy Earth Day!

the last paragraph

memento

We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
~Edith Lovejoy Pierce

I’ve been missing in action
enjoying the holidays with my family
not often that we’re all home together
we’ve been visiting with relatives and old friends
a little catching up, a little celebrating
lots of eating!

my youngest son will be playing violin at a First Night celebration tonight and after that we will return home for
our annual traditional New Year’s Eve game night by a warm fire.

and tomorrow we’ll start a whole new story

wishing you and yours happy endings and great new beginnings!

wishes

nature's little ornaments

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merry and bright?

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Merry Christmas to All...

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

~ Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

Wishing you all a joyous Christmas!