First Playdate with Holga

A couple of weeks ago the Holga 25mm f/8 lens I ordered from Hong Kong arrived. I finally took it out of the box and decided to play around this afternoon. I shot with a sepia filter. I love the air of mystery, even enchantment, it can lend to a scene.

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Tugaloo State Park’s Sassafras Circle Trail

I stopped by Tugaloo State Park today on my way back to North Carolina. Recently I’ve been working on a project where I shoot with a sepia filter. Today I took my camera out and decided to play a bit more with the filter on Tugaloo’s Sassafras Circle Trail. The photos have little to no post-processing. The sepia is perfect for conveying the feel of the morning light and highlighting the quirky lines of the trees both standing and fallen.

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Barbed Wire, Cow Hair, and Pearls of Rain

I’m always fascinated by beauty found in unconventional places. These photos are from my uncle’s farm, where the hairs from cows reaching their necks through the barbed wire fence (to munch on the weeds on the other side) got caught and grew garnished with gossamer spider threads and miniature drops of rain.

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A Drop, a World

Woke up to a beautiful fog with rain drops slowly swelling worlds and falling from trees.

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Iphone 5s, Camera+ app (macro setting)

Fog in the Cemetery

I was on my way to the library when I just had to stop and take a few shots of the beautiful fog in the cemetery nearby. Sometimes fog softens the background and we see our pain and desires simply, starkly.

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Fog and Autumn Leaves on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Beautiful drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway today. In and out of the fog, sometimes so dense you could barely see the trees. But here and there a pocket opened up and I could get a shot or two in with my iPhone. I’m a sucker for both fog (as some of you know) and the brilliant colors of fall leaves.

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Apple Farm Photo and Edit Collaboration

My son Wesley took this photo at an apple farm this weekend and asked me to have some fun editing. There may be more photos and edits coming…fun!

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Wesley just posted another photo from the apple farm that he also edited called Un Rêve du Natsu no Ringo. This proud mom is saying, “check it out!”

Caught

This piece originally began with what I thought would be a series (and it may still be). I was working on two different pieces dealing with our relationship as humans with the “natural world.” I was unhappy with where I had gotten with both of them and on a whim I decided to try them together. Violà!

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This piece, called “Caught,” looks at the vicious circle that develops with our treatment of the “natural world.” Our ignorance of our interconnectedness with it (and our actions originating from that lack of knowledge) creates a scenario that teaches us how interconnected we really are (think climate change’s effects) in a way that feels less like being part of a whole or in a relationship and more like being at the mercy of an angry, powerful Other–one we helped to create. As nature gets sicker, we get sicker. As we pollute nature, we pollute ourselves.

These were the two pieces that went into “Caught”:

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The first was created originally from a photo I took at a rest stop on Mother’s Day and another that I’d taken a couple months back. The idea was to intertwine the human with the tree, including its roots.

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The second was taken from a photo I took last weekend at Jones Bridge Park in Norcross, GA. A cement block was lodged in the Chattahoochee river along with other debris. It was combined with another photo I took a few months ago. Here, it’s the idea of being “caught” (cement block around the head, and his appearing to rest in it and smile) in our own trash and being completely oblivious.

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We’ll see if it develops into a series….

Light Present and Past

Last week my uncle was baling hay and I couldn’t resist taking my phone and getting a few shots of the farm and bales one evening.

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I grew up going to his and my grandparents’ farm, staying weekends and weeks at a time over the years. Those were hot halcyon days filled with hazy, diffused sunlight and (barely) cool breezes blowing through the windows in the evening.

I was playing around with the Retrolux filter in the Snapseed app and came up with something that gets a little closer to what the farm means to me. The landscape shot through with memory, filled with light both present and past.

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