Lifeline

More than one thing can end up being someone’s lifeline.  Sometimes it is a good thing, a savior.  Sometimes it is a bad thing.  Something which you feel you need to stay alive, but which ultimately kills you and those you love in the end.

Lifeline

Lifeline

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Guilt

Am still working on this series and am ready to be done with it but am not feeling like it is right or cohesive enough so am not gonna be satisfied until it’s done.  Anyway, I’ve been really drawn to the look of vintage photographs (tintypes, wet plate collodion, etc.) so am headed to an all day workshop co-hosted by Ua Chamberlain, the organizer of our photo meetup group and a pro photographer (www.uacreativephoto.com), along with Heather Wetzel, an artist working in historic photographic processes and a lecturer at OSU.  I am looking forward to it.  Hope to post something I create if it comes out worthy 🙂

I’m not titling these images anymore.  I feel like the viewer should form their own opinion as to what they mean and what the objects represent.  Peace

You decide

Still working on my series I had originally thought I would call Sorrow but as I continued to work on it, things have changed.  I have removed a few of the photos and am working on others.  The name I have decided to change as well but not sure about that yet either.  In any case, here is another in the series.  Peace

Regret

Each one of the photos in this series has a story that inspired it.  This one inspired by a story my long time best friend told me a while back.  I hope she doesn’t mind me repeating it, but it touched me and really made me think.  When she was a child, around the age of 12 I think, her 14 year old sister was killed in a car accident.  Of course, devastating to everyone, I think it hit her mother the hardest.  A few years ago, her mother was close to passing and the family was taking care of her at home.  Right before she passed, she called my friend to her side and said “I’m so sorry I blamed you for your sister’s death all your life.”

Regret can sometimes be something we carry with us our whole lives or possibly just something we realize when we are close to our end.  I know we all can’t escape having regrets about some things.  Hopefully, they are all small regrets.  In any case, it is the inspiration behind this photo.

Regret

Regret

On another note, I am thinking of changing the name of this series from Sorrow to something else.  The way I am feeling about it has been changing.  I am thinking of changing to to “The Heroes Among Us.”  What do you think.  Let me know.

Abandoned

While scouting the beach in Georgia, I came upon this enormous tree that had been torn out by its roots, most likely from a storm.  It wasn’t a palm tree and had very obviously not grown on the beach or the dunes where I found it.  Someone had obviously taken this giant of a tree that they didn’t want to have to deal with and just abandoned it on the beach.  The entire thing just lay there, so out of place.  It was the perfect metaphor to use in my image for “Abandoned.”  It was so sad and majestic at the same time, I had to photograph it.  So… my image for “Abandoned” – another in my series Sorrow.

Abandoned

Abandoned

Another in my series

I have now finished 7 images in my series Sorrow.  I ended up with two for my depiction of Lost.  Have decided to go with the 2nd one.  It just seems like her eyes look so lost to me, but I liked the first one too so am posting it here as well.  I was inspired while at the beach in Georgia.  The humid, salty air just feels right.  In any case, here are my two images of Lost.

Lost 1

Lost 1

Lost 2

Lost 2

Southeast Center for Photography

I just recently got back from a quick vacation on Tybee Island in Georgia.  Sometimes I just need a beach fix.  While I was down there, I had a chance to work on a few photos and it has been challenging.  I found out I am definitely not comfortable editing and painting a background of blue sky and water and sand.  Weird.  I am not used to that color palette or minimalism.  The sharp horizon line separating the sea from the sky makes me uneasy and distracts me.  I am not sure what to do with it so have been trying lots of things.  Luckily, I have only one shot with that background.  The others are in the dunes which make me more comfortable.  It was also quite the challenge to shoot with a baggie wrapped around my camera.  The wind felt like hurricane force and I was afraid the sand would end up inside my camera.  Most of the time, I enjoy the editing process so much more than the shooting process.   Anyway, I returned home to find out that my image “Disappointment” was accepted to the juried exhibition called The Narrative Portrait, at The Southeast Center for Photography in Greenville, SC.  What is so exciting about this particular show is the number of unbelievably talented photographers that frequent the shows at this gallery and the pretty well known judges they have judging their shows.  Check out their website to see what they have coming up and to see some amazing photography.  Just to be accepted is a win for me and I am so honored and excited!

SE Center for Photography LogoIf you have time, go to their website http://www.sec4p.com/blog and check out the photographers they have listed that are part of the exhibit.  Especially check out Kathryn Oliver  and Emma Powell.  So inspiring!  If you are anywhere near Greenville, SC in the month of November, go see the show.  It will be up from Nov. 6 – Nov. 30th.    Peace.