Macro to More


“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place…I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.”

~ Elliott Erwitt~

While I was deciding on what to post today, I did a random search for macro photography quotes. As I scrolled through some various quotes, one stuck with me. The quote above from Elliott Erwitt is my photography mantra basically. When I am walking around, I see pictures. I literally have to force myself to keep moving at times or I will stop and stare at things, and if my camera is around, take 5 or 100 photos.

I think about the perspectives and watch the light. I look closely to see the wonder that a passerby may miss in their frantic pace of life. Of course, I can’t do this all the time. I do have a job to do and bills to pay. But, even in the midst of day-to-day life, I notice the world and think, “That would make a great picture.”

Anyway, as I thought about Erwitt’s quote, I realized,  I honestly had no idea who the man was. So I did some internet research. Hhhmmmm. This is the photographer who shot the famous Marilyn Monroe subway vent shots!

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According to Wikipedia, “Erwitt is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings.” He also served two years in the Army as a photographer’s assistant.

There is a lot more to say about the man of course, but I hate to repeat what others have already stated to so well. So check out some of these links if you want to know more:

Fellow WordPress blogger – BWGallerist

Dirk De Graaf on Pintrest

Wikipedia

American Photo Magazine

Overall, a very interesting mini research project on some history in the world of photography. I would have to say, I never thought this is where my thoughts would go for my macro post on some flowers from my yard.

I suppose that is what is fun about opening our eyes to world. For when we look a little deeper at things, we not only discover beauty, but we sometimes find mystery, wonder, inspiration, details and history that just could effect us in some way. Maybe we will learn something, shift our perspective or find some solace. Regardless, the closer we look at things, the more we really see them.

Where will your camera take you? And what will you find if you look a little deeper?

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For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Macro.

Returned to Nature


When I bought my house, there was a Direct TV satellite system there. I HATE Direct TV with a passion and I barely watch television. So needless to say, that eyesore had to go.

The reason I hate to Direct TV is that they were the most utterly rude and unprofessional company I have ever experienced, but that’s really not the point of the story. However, considering I recycled their abandoned property into something for birds to crap on, is really just poetic.

Instead of tearing this eyesore of a pole out of the ground, my boyfriend and I decided to create some beauty -a flower bed and birdbath (which I mentioned back in June when I did a garden update post).

The first step was to disassemble the dish from the pole.

Both items needed to be painted black. But the dish itself required some tweaking. My dad and boyfriend removed the arm of it and then did come cutting to the attachment underneath so that the dish would lay flat on the top of the pole (instead of at an angle that it would normally).

While the tweaking was going on, I assembled a premade 4’x4′ raised bed garden box. Of course, the ground was not level. So there had to be some build up on the back sides with the abandoned bricks behind my shed (like I did with the garden boxes in the back yard).

Once the box was built up and level, I added soil to it. Then, we painted the pole. Once that was dry, we planted some flowers around the pole. The center flowers are Mandevillas so they will climb up the pole.

Once that was all done and the painted dish was dry, it was attached to the pole again, but in its new, more useful position. Now, to hold water though, there had to be some caulking around where the bolts went. And, due to the slight curve of the dish, the bath is shallow and limited to the center. These factors do make it easier to hose off to clean though.

It’s been a couple of months now, and we have watched to see if the birds have appreciated this repurposed satellite. We have seen some birds checking it out and there is evidence of some use. And, the Mandevilla is growing up the pole and just now reaching the top of the birth bath. Once it fills out some more, I will take another picture.

If the birds do not seem to really take to it, we may just install a bird house on the top of the dish. Then it will be a bird house with a patio I guess, lol. Or, we could take the dish off and put a bird house on top of that. Either way, it turned out to be a fun group project for us all. And more importantly, I am happy that we returned something back to nature…and it felt great displaying just what I thought Direct TV was worthy of – bird crap.

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For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Nature

 

 

 

The Texture of Life


My youngest child is about to graduate and move away to start college. Like most parents, I have mixed feelings. Of course, I am proud of him and excited that he is about to start this new chapter in his life. However, on the flip side, there is a sad mom that is scared and sad that her baby is leaving.

Being a mom has been the hardest and most wonderful role in my life. I adored my kids toddler days: their chubby little hands; their funny, never-ending questions; and their pure innocent and honest faces. Oh, how I miss those days.

Now, the teenage years were different. Their cute little hands were slamming doors, their questions were laced with attitudes and their faces had moments of downright guilt and contempt. Nonetheless, these stressful times were always smoothed over with laughter, hugs and discussion. Eventually. I had a front row seat to this self development. I witnessed, and experienced, thousands of little moments.

My memories with them are the glitter in mind. They make my past sparkle, even in my darkest of days. I laugh when I think about my four-year-old daughter pushing her newborn brother around in her baby doll stroller and watching her play mommy. Now, years later, she is still pushing him around, but in ways to motivate or uplift him.

I remember watching my little blond-headed boy sit up on his knees with such interest while watching the River Dance and asking him how he liked it afterwards. His little preschool answer was classic and still true to his character today: “The boy fight dance was cool. The girly dance was dumb.” Now, his favorite things are playing paintball and driving around in his car that has its own booming stereo and light show.

There are countless other stories to tell of course, as most parents can relate. Beautiful moments I will never forget and others that still bring tears to my eyes. I wish I could have protected my children from difficulty and sadness, but I know that is impossible. All these moments, good and bad, are part of life. And it’s all those little moments that we’ve shared that have woven the fabric of our lives. Like the best fabrics, a good life is rich in reality, according to Ralph Fienness.

” Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real.”

~ Ralph Fiennes~

I couldn’t agree more. Some of best memories are so very simple, yet…they are the best and most powerful. Many have built upon each other as well, forming something unique and wonderful. Not that I would wish some of the same pains upon my children, but surviving those things has made them who they are

If I were to change their past, would they still be the same? It’s hard to say and an answer I will never get. So all I can do is appreciate the young adults they are, and pray for the people they will become.

I pray that these little babies of mine will continue to blossom. I pray that they can learn to live in the moment. I pray that they can really the magnificent details in life. I pray that they can embrace the glorious textures of experience for what they are.

Overall, I hope they find happiness and come to appreciate just how wonderful they are. Though they are different, I can’t help but find both of them equally terrific, my little blooms.

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For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Black & White.

 

Emotion Through Art


Today I will speak through my pictures as I am lacking energy and words. Nothing wrong, just a lazy dreary day to enjoy. (Well, technically yesterday when I wrote this.)

Sometimes I think I say more with pictures than I do words anyway, perhaps more elegantly too. So here are a few iPhone pictures I took and their edits. Which do you prefer,the actual image or the image I created?

Now, for the rest of my Thursday, I will be enjoying life unplugged. There will be music, dancing, and even a dashing prince, and who knows what will actually happen during the ballet-because I was just talking about my real life:)

Go out and find your art and smile today!

Love, Nato

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For Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge ~ Challenger’s Choice Week

I chose Abstracts.