Friendship and Photography

Friendship and Photography

“There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.”
― Irving Stone

Friendship is one of the most important things to me.  I am so fortunate to be married to my best friend, Randy!

Many of my friends have shared life’s ups and downs with me

Stumphouse Tunnel

Stumphouse Tunnel

“When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.”
― ” ~ Corrie Ten Boom

Since my physical travel has been limited since March, I have spent more and more time traveling through books.  While listening to one of my favorite podcasts, The Candid Frame, I discovered the work of Keith Carter

Images Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven and Twenty-Eight of 52

Images Twenty-Four, Twenty-Five, Twenty-Six, Twenty-Seven and Twenty-Eight of 52

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.”
― Malcolm Gladwell

Participating in scavenger hunts and in the 52 Frames project have been terrific ways to keep me practicing my photography.  I find that each image I make, the good and the bad, help me create better pictures the next time.  Both the scavenger hunts and the 52 Frames project also

A Special Place

A Special Place

“I believe that each person has a favorite place, a tree, a mountain, or a beach which they want to come back to, even if the return can only take place in the boundaries of their imagination.”
― Sana Szewczyk

I have several places that I return to again and again to photograph.  Roan Mountain is one of those very special places.  One of my favorite times to visit Roan Mountain is

Inspiration

Inspiration

“Live like an artist!”

-Art Wolfe

According to Oxford Dictionaries, inspiration is “the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative”.  I regularly seek sources of inspiration.  Inspiration can be found in books, on the computer, on television, and in nature.  There are sources for inspiration everywhere!

One of my favorite photographers, Art Wolfe,  has been a wealth of inspiration to me for years.  He has been sharing in a different way in the past months.  Since the world has become more confined, Art started sharing an hour a week on social media.  Tequila Time is the name of this wonderful time of sharing.  It takes place at 5:30 p.m. PST each Thursday.  I have made it a point to watch live for the past five weeks at 8:30 p.m. Eastern Time.  Tequila Time can be found on both Facebook and Instagram.

The first week I tuned in, although not the first week of the broadcast, Art gave the viewers a tour of his incredible home garden.  The second week, Art led viewers inside his home to show how he lives like an artist each day.

The next two weeks were all about books.  Art shared ten books that influenced him one week and his own ten favorite books the following week.  While viewing these episodes, I watched Art on one device and ordered books using another.  I love photography books.

Books and More Books

Books and More Books

 

My heart was filled with joy as each box arrived at my doorstep.  Although conditions are not conducive for me to learn by taking workshops now, they are perfect for learning from these wonderful books.

I found that the things that I saw in the books were having an impact on what was catching my attention while photographing.

I never would have asked Randy to pull over so that I could photograph this recycling bin if I had not spent time with Manufactured Landscapes by Edward Burtynsky after Art shared it as one of his favorite books.

Recycle

Recycle

After the weeks of sharing his favorite books, Art shared one of his favorite projects, The Human Canvas.  Dear friends gave me this beautiful book, so I was familiar with the project.  I revisited my book and the artwork within it after listening to Art telling about the project that meant so much to him.

I am sure that having the Human Canvas in mind allowed me to see the beauty in these fallen Magnolia leaves.  I collected them in order to take them home to photograph.

Fallen

Fallen

I then further explored using the leaves as I created this self image.

In the Leaves

In the Leaves

 

I am so thankful for the inspiration Art has provided to me and so many others each Thursday for Tequila Time.  I highly recommend you tune in each week.  You don’t even have to have tequila.

To find out more about Tequila Time with Art and to see the past episodes, you can visit his website.

I hope this weekend you find inspiration and then create!

 

 

Images Seventeen and Eighteen of 52

Images Seventeen and Eighteen of 52

“Those who wish to pet and baby wild animals “love” them. But those who respect their natures and wish to let them live normal lives, love them more.”

― Edwin Way Teale

When I read the challenge for week seventeen with the 52 Frames project was soft, I started brainstorming soft things that I might photograph.

It didn’t take me long to remember my husband telling me of the

Walking Through the Light

Walking Through the Light

“A painter should begin every canvas with a wash of black, because all things in nature are dark except where exposed by the light.”
― Leonardo da Vinci

I have spent a great deal of my time recently walking through the neighborhood with my camera.  Taking the same route each day helps me look more

Spring in Charleston

Spring in Charleston

“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.”
― Hal Borland

Each spring I enjoy spending time in Charleston, South Carolina.  Typically, I will spend several consecutive weekends photographing the beauty of spring in Charleston.

This has not been a typical spring.  While I was unable to make multiple trips to my favorite spring destination,

Finding Beauty at Botany Bay

Finding Beauty at Botany Bay

“Learning to distance yourself from all the negativity is one of the greatest lessons to achieve inner peace.”
― Roy T. Bennett

Spending time in the natural world has already given me a sense of peace.  The sounds, smells, and sights of the natural world

Morning Walk

Morning Walk

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
― Henry David Thoreau

I was never much of a morning person before I became a photographer.  Early on, I learned that in landscape photography, early morning light and late afternoon light are often