Eternal Childhood: Looking Forward, Looking Back

Another iPhone creation for the Eternal Childhood series. Looking into the past for its own promises, fulfilled–or maybe not quite fulfilled–can be an endless process, an endless regress that may not reveal any new wisdom–and we might miss the promise right in front of us, smaller at the moment, but glowing brightly, ready to lead on.

Looking forward, looking back

Eternal Childhood: The things we carry

“The things we carry” is another piece in the Eternal Childhood series, which explores the magic not just of childhood, but of being human itself. A magic we could experience if we could but glimpse ourselves and the world differently for even one moment.
Melissa D. Johnston-The things we carry

Eternal Childhood: Phases


A recent iPhone creation, using one of the photos I took last Sunday at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross, Georgia. It’s a part of a new series, Eternal Childhood, which explores the magic of childhood–a magic than can exist in every moment, even for adults.

“Resolve to be always beginning—to be a beginner!” –Rainer Maria Rilke

Kids. Water. Joy.

Jones Bridge Park on a Sunday (yesterday) afternoon–full of kids exploring cold water and playing with abandon.

Jones Bridge Park 1-- April-12-2015

Jones Bridge Park 2-April-12-2015

Jones Bridge Park 3-April-12-2015

Jones Bridge Park 4-April-12-2015

Jones Bridge Park 5-April-12-2015

Jones Bridge Park 6-April-12-2015

Jones Bridge Park 7-April-12-2015

What Flow Sometimes Feels Like



When you’re in flow, the spirit expands and the world becomes magically filled with possibilities.

Playing or singing music is perhaps one of the most universal ways to enter flow. I don’t sing anymore, but whenever I’m taking photos, I almost always feel in flow. Ditto for the postproduction process. Perhaps that’s why I’m so addicted to mobile photography–the means for flow is always right there with me. “Expansion” was taken and processed in an iPhone 5s.

A Little Fun with my iPhone on a Wet, Foggy Day


There was a beautiful fog when I stepped outside work today. I love fog (see here and here). I will stop on the side of the road if needed in order to get a shot. Fortunately, I didn’t have to do that today.* The field behind the Y–right across the street–was beckoning with oh-so-many possibilities.

I shot in black and white with MPro, but when I came home I couldn’t resist playing around. I’m searching for a formula for a certain type of sepia and I haven’t found it yet. I’ll be patient. I’ve only recently started mixing different filters from different apps to find the perfect one. Today I played with the photos in Snapseed and Stackables apps. I didn’t get it today, but I definitely had fun trying. The collage was made with Moldiv.

*Does stopping by the library to get a picture of the water tower count?

Sunday Play: Digital Collage

Brain fog. The consequence of sitting for far too long at one Starbucks table reading about Lacan, Winnicott, and sadomasochism on a computer screen.

My escape from brain fog: photographing the fountain nearby, in the rain, and playing with the images for the rest of the afternoon. Violà! Six digital collages.

The collages started as black and white photos taken with MPro on my iPhone which I then collaged with the app Moldiv, processed in Stackables and Snapseed, and re-collaged a couple of more times. Only a trace is left of the original inspiration, but the results are fun!







The Light Inside

A couple of years ago, I was playing with my point and shoot camera, bored with the shots I’d been taking. I was looking around in the yard for another possibility when I saw the heat pump and heard it whirring away.

What if I put my camera up to the air grille?

What resulted is still one of my favorite unexpected outcomes in my own journey as a photographer. Black and white versions of some of the photos from that day are in a post at Creative Thresholds.

Recently I revisited that same heat pump, this time with my iPhone. I wanted to play and see what resulted. It was just as much fun as before….

I used Snapseed for post-processing.

heat pump photo 4

heat pump photo 3 iphoneography

heat pump photo 2 iphoneography

heat pump photo 1 iphoneography

Phoneography Challenge: Nature. Tropical Storm Karen and the Cornfields

I hadn’t planned to participate in the Phoneography challenge this week, but as I was driving home today the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen drifting over harvested cornfields was too tempting not to try and capture.

Fields:Tropical Storm Karen 7 October 2013 photo 2

Field/Remains Tropical Storm Karen October 7 2013 photo 1