Tuesday, September 2, 2014

From a Place of Love

by Kim

Do you see it, the love...the word "l.o.v.e." spelled out with the photos.

"Let the beauty of what you love be what you do." Powerful words really. Simple words. But how many times have we done what we think others want rather than what we love, and our work suffers for it.

Without hesitation and, because how something makes us feel is sometimes more important than what someone else thinks.

What I mean is, photographing something because it moves us without first considering if it's something that others will like.

I've been soaking in, slowly, a book about photography as a healing art. I know for me my subject matter has often been just as healing as the act of photographing itself. But our photography also has the power to heal others. To reflect and honor life. Our cultures, our similarities and the opportunity to learn from our differences. To connect us even through language barriers in a world that continually wants to separate.

At the end of each chapter there are some reflections in the form of questions or suggestions. Do my photographs say anything about what's going on in me? Could a stranger look at my work and discover something about who I am and what I care about? What things do I focus on when I photograph? All great questions, and never asking what is your "style", something for which I once thought would make me a great photographer if I were to have one.

But what I've come to realize is that if I'm continually growing as a person and photographer, that so called style will always be evolving. So, I'm asking myself some different questions that I hope will eventually give more meaning to what it is I see and receive through my lens, and in return how others respond.

Each of us will tell a different truth about our subject from a place of emotion and vulnerability, a place of love. And the power of that truth will be determined by our focus and attention to the details. Same subject, similar story, just a different path.

That "style" I thought I once wanted has been replaced by asking myself if a photograph was powerful enough to move someone with emotion rather than someone knowing who took it.

So I'm going to default to letting the beauty of what I love drive what I do . . . without hesitation. . .because my hope if that if it comes from a place a love, others will see and feel it to.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Through the Eyes of a Child

by Dotti

As photographers, I think we sometimes get so focused on our subjects, the people, places or things we're going to photograph, that we forget other possibilities. When we're photographing children, it's easy to overlook what latent talent or what spark of interest they may possess. So my plea to you today is this: remember to share your love of photography with others, in particular, children.

All of the photos in the poster above were taken by my 7-year old granddaughter on an outing we took together. I loaded her up with my backup DSLR, a fresh battery, full memory card, and the camera set on auto. After a few basic tips about buttons and operation, we headed for a favorite place, Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill.

We spent hours together with our cameras in hand, every now and then she'd call me over to look at a photo on the display. When we got home, I downloaded her photo card to my computer but by that point, she'd lost interest in the project. However she had done some really good work and I wanted to reward that in some way and I wanted to plant a seed, hopeful that one day she might discover a passion for photography.

That's when the poster idea hit me. So with a bit of help from Lightroom, I created the poster you see above. The photos have just basic tweaks and I did crop them to 5 x 4 so I could make the poster dimensions work but what you see above depicts some of what my granddaughter saw that day.

So, let's not overlook the joy and challenge of sharing our passion with the children in our lives. There's just no telling what the results might be but it's worth taking a chance. What have you got to lose? Better yet, what might you ... and they ... gain?

The camera makes you forget you're there. It's not like you're hiding
but you forget, you are just looking so much.
                                                                               ~ Annie Leibovitz

The monthly theme for September is 'Photo Word Art'. There is a complete explanation of this theme under the monthly theme tab uptop. But here is a little bit of what Susan said about it:

This month we will be focusing on 'word art'... whether it is a photograph that 
you add words to, unique graffiti on a wall, chalk on a driveway or your everyday
 street sign.  It's whatever is speaking to you at that moment.  
In other words, photograph what speaks to you, share 
your messages with us and always remember to... 'follow your heart'.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Focus on Phoneography

We're closing out August break and color of the week with today's yellow mosaic! It has been so much fun watching the gallery change color each week! September will bring back our monthly themes, you don't want to miss it!

This weeks mosaic -

Row 1- @barbaracarrollaz @timelesscourt @jolie_fee

Row 2- @coppercurls55 @saurand @sunnybarb

Row 3- @junemakessix @zeldamom @limez

Thank you for sharing your pictures with us!


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