Friday, January 17, 2014

Tis . . .

by Kate


I've never been real crazy about my kitchen counters and back splash. They're both a plain boring white tile, without any pizazz. The grout and I have become sworn enemies, with me attacking it with a bleach bottle once a month, and the grout counter-attacking with yellow,  dingy, coffee-colored stains two days later.

And yes, the pun was totally intended.


But lately, I've actually come to appreciate the simplicity of the white tile . . . which totally ties into my little "word" for this year, "tis":

"T"houghtful.
"I"ntentional.
"S"implify.

I want to become more "Thoughtful" in my daily life, more "Intentional" in my undertakings and to "Simplify" my thoughts and focus. 


Whereas I'm busy applying those little words to my non-photography life already (what? there is such a thing??), while I was looking through my photos to include in today's post, I realized that the majority of my images already have those characteristics. I prefer shooting with just one subject in the frame with very little background distraction. I love negative space in photos because it really makes the viewer pay attention to the subject. This year,  I want to work even harder and more intentionally and become even more thoughtful where I point my lens. 

Simple is best.


So, as I continue my war with my white tiled counter tops, maybe I'll take it easier on them this year. After all, they provide a beautiful free backdrop for cabbage heads and blueberries!

What is your word or words for this year? We'd love it if you shared them in the comments!

14 comments:

Sarah Huizenga said...

I want to replace our counters and backsplash so bad, but then we really need to redo the kitchen as well. Maybe when we are done paying for college :)

kelly said...

oh yes katie...i totally get your words. looking for a bit of that myself, although rarely does that show up in my photography. hmmmm....now you've got me thinking. :) happy weekend dear friend. xoxox

Peggy said...

I really like the simplicity of your photos. It does enable you to concentrate fully on the subject without distractions. I need to take a lesson from you and try that. Simple is better sometimes.

susan said...

Love the clean look of your photos and all the negative space around the subject. Simply stunning! I think those old white tiled countertops are perfect for your backdrops. They add so much softness and light! I say…keep 'em Katie! Consider them your muse! xo's!

Carol said...

DO you know what else works well for small still lifes? Inside the microwave - pre-lit for you and everything! BUT I always over-ecerything - I really want to try to get more negative space (but only in my photos! My life space has to stay positive!!

terriporter said...

First of all, so great to have you here! Secondly, as a fan of your photography for some time, I love your style of negative space and beautiful light. You know, the great Kim Klassen has as "white room" where she shoots a lot of her photos. Of course, there is no grout involved! I feel your pain, as I had tile and grout in my kitchen for years and it was a constant battle. But I think it might have been worth it if it had been white and could have provided such a perfect "studio" to shoot in!

Dotti said...

'Simplicity' is the concept I'm embracing and striving for in my life and photography this year and I love each of these photos. The lighting is well done because photographing white can be a challenge. Good luck on your quest this year!

Kim Stevens said...

As I wrote in my post last week, my word is intentional accompanied by my wing man simplicity, so you and I are on the same page! And as I have been taking the same class as Terri mentioned in her post yesterday, using my 50mm I have already noticed even more simplicity in my photos this past week. There are some days when I think about getting rid of everything except for the bare essentials and living in a VERY small house/bungalow...how's that for simplify? lol (I best not say that too loud, my hubby will take me up on it) Simply beautiful photos!

Barb said...

Wow - your simple is actually very complex! I like your use of negative space very much. I'd like to try that more in my own compositions.

Susan said...

Simplicity at its BEST! Love the focus on your subjects without all the background distractions…looks very sleek and modern :)

Jeanne said...

Love your word and perfect photos to demonstrate them. I do like the negative space, although it is something that i am rarely able to accomplish in my photos! Nice work and word.

Viv@within the Frame said...

I am a great fan of negative space and also love to zoom in and concentrate on the details. The bluberry shot is perfect.

sherrygaley said...

Your word is brilliant and encompasses many of my support words like Intentional and simplify. thoughtful is always good too! But my word is "light" as in follow the light, light the way, lighten up, lighten the load, find de"light" -- you get the picture...I really resonate with your shooting preferences....Love your work.

Cathy H. said...

I love simplicity in photos. I love the feelings of peace they evoke! I have a tendency to fill the frame with my macro images. I could work on a little simplicity. You white tile works wonderful for reflections!

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