Monthly Archives: August 2011

Black and White Monday: Light

Summer is fading fast, and I’m looking through some of my images from last autumn to remind myself that there is light even in the colder seasons.
{56/365} Brief moments of sun a second time [B/W November 25]

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Liberated Art

Along with more than two hundred fellow photographer-artists, I participated in Kat’s Liberate Your Art Postcard Swap. I sent Kat five postcards with my own photos on the front, and got back postcards from five other swap participants as well as one from Kat. I really enjoyed this, not only because I love finding things in my mailbox that are neither advertising nor bills, but also because I love that sense of being part of a huge web of people spread all over the world.

Let me share the six postcards I got:

A photo of a charming row of houses on the Isle of Palms, S. C. from Suzie Puetz:
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Go look at some of Suzie’s gorgeous images, like these from the inside of a brewery.

This is the one from Kat herself. Would you look at those gorgeous colours and textures! Unfortunately someone somewhere in the postal system fastened a white sticker down one side on the front.
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Having more or less grown up by the sea, I absolutely adore this amazing image of a crab:
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I can’t make out the signature on this card – do speak up if it is from you! I did manage to make out the quote on the card – an interesting piece of thought by René Descartes:

If you would be a real seeker after truth, it is necessary that at least once in your life you doubt, as far as possible, all things.

This colourful beauty is from Margie in the US, and the message on it reads: Live your life in full color! So very important.
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Then a fascinating collage from Lui in the Phillipines:
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And finally this one from April Cole, showing a ‘perfect pear’ that appears to be made from the pages of a book. How awesome is that?!
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And to think, these are only six of the more than thousand pieces of art shared in the swap! There is a link to the blog hop below – do go check out some of the others. I’m on my way there myself 🙂



Wednesday Feature: Funfair in Redscale

Funfair in Redscale
Photo by Fee (her blog and flickr)

Funfairs are visually very fascinating. They can be charming, vintage, childlike, dreamy and old-fashioned, but also sinister and creepy. Fee’s wonderful image captures many of these things.

I’m particularly in love with the strings of little lights and the red tones, produced by shooting with redscale film. Redscale is on my list of photography-related things to try, though I’m not at all sure which subjects will suit it. I’ve experimented a bit with the redscale effect in one of my camera phone apps, and more or less the only successful image is this one, showing – unsurprisingly – a scene from a funfair. Good thing I rarely get to a funfair at all, or I should have had no incentive to shoot anywhere else once I get my cameras loaded with redscale 🙂


Black and White Monday: Mercy

Trócaire - Mercy [shooting language]
Trocáire is an Irish word meaning ‘mercy’.


Two

While the Mortal Muses theme was ‘Two’, I kept seeing pairs of things everywhere when I was out shooting. No big surprise really; when you stop to think about it, the notion of two, a pair, is a very basic concept of human thinking.

First, there are the equal pairs. Partners. Friends. Twin siblings. My own two hands and my own two feet.

Or, like in my images, two pairs of hearts left behind for the victims of the Oslo terror attacks on July 22nd.

{299/365} City of flowers [+1 in the comments]

{300/365} Two of Hearts

Second, and perhaps more interestingly – the opposite pairs. Male and female. Hot and cold. Old and young. Tied in with this is the notion of the liminal that I find so fascinating, the between state – when there are two polar opposites, there is usually also something between them. The doorstep between the safe indoors and the scary outside. The horizon where the sea and the sky meet and merge. Middle age.

I shot and put together the following two images during the week after the terror attacks, when the sadness they express was further augmented by the contrast between the child-like balloon and the dying rose.

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And then one final image, of another equal pair – two angels on my windowsill to remind me of hope.
{319/365} Angels on my windowsill