Seeing the walls of Belfast was a very emotional moment for me. I can remember as a child watching the news and seeing the sadness that came with the violence and how it touched me so young, many times bringing me to tears. I was way to young to understand what was actually happening and what it was about but I knew this moment in history sadden me deeply, so being able to visit and giving my respect and a silent prayer was extremely meaningful to me.
Before I entered the world of photography, I realize I rarely slowed down long enough to appreciate the beauty around me, this is why I love getting into photography, you slow down and see the world around you. People, places and things start to take on another world to you and I’m finding that I’m actually connecting to my community and the people around me in ways I never have before. Photographing the beauty of what nature gives us is so rewarding. I love the lines, textures and range of colors nature gives us in her works of art.
It’s my goal in my photography to document people, places and nature, letting my camera capture what I see because I believe documenting what I see is in someway preserving a time in history. The above image I feel I’ve capture the beauty of the rose in its glory, because soon it will die and I will soon forget just how beautiful it was. Life in any form is so fragile and can be gone in a moment, memories fade and we wish we had something to remember what is close to us, so document what you see and hold on to your memories .
I have become obsessed with “abstract photography” and seeing what I can create using everyday items around my home. In the above images I used oil, water, acrylic paint, nail polish as well as Q-tips. I never realized the use of such simple things could be used in creating something so beautiful. The creative process was so freeing, as well as exciting for me, I plan on continuing in this type of photography,
Looking at abstract art and letting my mind free to interrupt what it sees is always exciting for me. The emotions both mentally and visually that abstract art has on people I believe allows us to expand our minds in so many ways, and allows us to escape reality for a short time………………And who doesn’t need a little time to just ESCAPE AND RELAX from our busy lives.
I don’t know if my fellow photographers have a relationship with your camera as I do, but “Gordon” aka my Nikon D750 and I have a true love affair.
So, you might be asking yourself who names their camera and why? Well, to be honest, that name has been with me for over 50 years and I didn’t realize how that name would impact my photography and naming my camera.
As a child, I came from a fairly poor family and didn’t have the luxury of a television, so you would always find me with a magazine looking at images which opened my life to new visual experiences through photography. Life Magazine a very large contributing factor for my love of photography and introduced me to the photography of Gordon Parks, who was featured in the magazine. Gordon Parks was an amazing photographer of fashion and he documented social issues of his time. If you aren’t familiar with his work I highly recommend you look at his photography and see the impact he had on the word of photography.
Fast forwarding to the age of 58, I decide to follow my passion of photography and bought my Nikon D750 and the love affair began and I decided right there and then I’d name my camera after the photographer who inspired me as a young child so Gordon it was.
Gordon has taken my journey through the Photography Program at Spokane Falls Community College helping me earn my AAS degree. We have explored my forms of photography and have traveled the streets of Spokane Washington for the last two years, documenting anything and everything we see together. There are times I think my husband feels my love affair with Gordon is more important than he is but Gordon understands he’s second in my life.
There will never be a replacement for Gordon in my life and when he decides to retire I will forever display Gordon proudly in my home…. THANK YOU GORDON FOR TAKING THIS JOURNEY WITH ME.