It's always a great learning experience to enter competitions. It feels great when you're images are accepted and win awards while empowering to listen to judges' feedback on those images that didn't win and how they can be improved.
There are always opportunities to learn more. How sweet is that!!!
Saturday after Good Friday. A fine long walk in nearby woods.
So much to experience. Always fresh.
Ran into a maple farmer with (his?) young lad.
Friendly greeting exchanged. His? family have cared for and harvested this woodlot since the 1880’s AND we get to walk along these groomed woodchipped trails. Amazingly, sweet grace.
I walked on thinking how grateful I am for having access to this. Turning around, thinking "I’m going to say thanks." The gentleman was already scooting back to work, gathering their blue lines – transport for sap.
I hesitated realizing he might think me a tad strange running after him. Sauntering over to the youngster I asked him to please pass a message of thanks for tending this land and keeping it open to the likes of people like me..
Headed northwest for a few hundred meters. Struck up a conversation with a younger gentleman.
Ended up sharing a story of collecting sap on a farm near North Hatley, a small community east of Montreal....
We all have thoughts and ideas swirling around our minds.
They’re ethereal in nature only becoming real when we share them by talking, writing them down, realizing them in a photograph or...
We spend so much time in front of a screen these days. Reading, watching, editing photographs...
It’s inside stuff. Inside is good - to a point.
Getting out. Walking, writing, photographing, talking. Engagement turns outward. Our thoughts again become real.
Is there something you're not doing you'd love to do? Perhaps to express yourself? Make photographs?
All you need do is find 30 minutes a day. 30 minutes a day committed to your passion.
Simply start. 30 minutes. We can always find 30 minutes. Right.
Imagine moving your ideas into actions. Might change your life!
Imagine how 30 minutes would likely alter or shape your view...
Wait, don't imagine. Just do it.
Sometimes we simply want to say "I was here". This is what it looked like.
Other times we attempt to say what it felt like here, in this place, or with this person.
We might say how this place, person, thing has affected us, influenced us, maybe surprised us…
There's always choice each time we press the shutter.
The Photography Whisperer helps photographers say what they want to say.
After an introduction to master photographer Bernice Abbott's thoughts I touch on her work then dive into Eugene Atget's unbelievable gift for taking a scene beyond the document into the realm of poetry with his seamless undoctored approach.
As stated by John Szarkowski, "I think that Atget is the single most inexhaustibly interesting of all photographers so far. More interesting than Stieglitz or Weston or Cartier-Bresson; even more interesting than Walker Evans, who was his greatest student."
For additional insights:
The World of Atget by Bernice Abbott
I love images placed beside each other creating tension between them; an extension from one to the other expanding each others message or feeling. Creating new ones.
The images may not immediately be seen as related. When a creator does this it forces me to uncover the relationship. The relationship can be obvious extending each others meaning.
Words too, alongside a photograph(s) can also create powerful relationship.
This one has both, inspired upon hearing an old Big Bang Theory TV show. The line, "The ice caps are melting Leonard. In the future swimming isn’t going to be optional." The line tossed in among several humorous lines jumped out.
At first I had an abstract image of sun on water from 2 summers ago in mind. While looking it up I happened upon this sequence taken along a back road between Stratford and London. The relationship to oil and an ongoing concern regarding global warming felt more relevant than the playful abstraction.