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©Maria Dreyer-All Rights Reserved.  One of my very first composites and still a favorite. How can it not be? It’s got all my favorite things… my dogs, Halloween, fall, pumpkins, even a chill in the air.

There is something intriguing and challenging about transforming a photo, whether it’s a conversion to B&W to a full blown composite.

Regardless of how much or how little, the one thing every transformed image has is the creative vision of the person behind the camera.  Not sure if this type of photography is for you?  Well, the Transformations Exhibit is back!  And it is a perfect venue to check out how photographers from all walks and types of photography interpret what a transformation means to them.  I know I cannot wait to see these creative works!

 

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It’s going to be a good one…

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…a really good one, and I am very excited.

I don’t enter exhibits as a matter of routine.  In fact, just the thoughts, tugs at an inner insecurity.  But!  They often serve a purpose and when I believe in the organization and the people behind it… it’s a no brainer.  Count me in!  Unfortunately, that does not dampen the anxiety any…  I push it to the final hours of entry, struggling over which images to enter.  In the end, I’ve learned to go with my heart and the images I love… for whatever reason.  And with that said, the Transformations Exhibit entrants have been selected!   Okay, and just as a formality, I should tell you that I had two images selected ~ whoo-hoo!

But! that’s not why I am this excited.  I’m excited… no ecstatic… because this is an exhibit that allows another type of photography to take center stage.  A type of photography that gets snubbed at times against “right out of the camera” images, a type of photography where the photograph is the framework for a story yet to be discovered and where imaginations (the viewer’s as well as the photographer’s) are free to wander and explore.    The images below by Tom Chambers and Ali Majeska are perfect examples. Seriously… how cool are they!  There are also a number of entrants who I have gotten to know and am delighted to call friends, and whose talents and passion for photography I admire immensely… Congrats All!

I have admired  a number of photographers/artists from afar, being inspired by and learning from them and, okay, I’ll admit it… following them at times like some teenage groupie through their social media.  Needless to say, they have had a profound impact on the direction I have taken my photography.  I can thank Cheryl Tarrant of Distressed Textures and Kim Klassen for starting my addiction to textures and how this technique became such a catalyst in the transformations of my images.  And along the way, there have been others… Jamie Heiden, Jai Johnson, and most recently Brooke Shaden whose storytelling through their images and openness to share techniques have inspired me to continue to tap into that creative side, uncovering it little by little, image by image.

Since I started this post (and after many drafts) and seeing my name included with so many talented photographers & artists, including Brooke Shaden, I have made myself a promise… that this would be the last time I post, discuss, blog, write…whatever you want to call it about my insecurity.  I do what I do… well, because I love it.  And when you do something you love… it shows.  It’s just that not everybody can see it.

mark you calendars!

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DON’T GO YET!   Because this post would not be complete without a huge thanks to the innovative mind behind this exhibit, Henry Rowan, his wife Nancy and their dedication to promoting photography in ALL its forms through The Pennsylvania Center for Photography and to Stephanie Lisle and her efforts and Promotion for the Arts in Bucks County.  Thank you so much for all you do for photography and the arts!!!

Until next time,
Maria

 

How Time Flies…

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Two weeks (or is it three?) gone just like that (this is me snapping and waving fingers) since my last post.  But what a really good two weeks they were.  I’ve taken some photos, I have sold some photos, and best of all I have been inspired to keep on doing what I’m doing.  The anxiety leading up to the the arts fests quickly vanished once I was there and in the moment… talking photography with photographers and just those who appreciate photography and art,  visiting with old friends I haven’t seen in a while, and just hanging out for two whole days… no housework & no cooking for an entire weekend ~ Bonus!  Don’t get me wrong, they are long days with a lot of work involved, from just getting myself organized weeks ahead to the manual labor of setting up and breaking down… and as seems to be the case, more times than not, the weather can be a bit uncooperative as well.  Will I do it again next year?  You bet, because there is nothing quite like seeing your work (and others) in print and on exhibit for others to enjoy… or ponder… and be inspired!

And now, like Barbie, I’m looking forward to sitting back and enjoying some sweater weather, because time flies and before we know it, it will the “most wonderful time of the year”… or so the song goes.

Until next time,
Maria

Busy Little Bee

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cute busy bee We (and by we I mean a great group of DPC members that moved walls & photographs…Twice!!, pitched a tent, hung and hauled… and provided yummy picnic goodies. Thank You All!). . . so we kicked off the DPC’s exhibit on Memorial Day under sunny skies and lots of fanfare provided by the Doylestown Memorial Day Parade.  Could you ask for more!?!  The Gallery is open on weekends and the exhibit runs through June 22 (For directions to the Center visit http://www.pacenterforphotography.org/about/directions-and-contact-info/ )

Gallery opening to parade goers and Doylestown Photography Club members alike. - Photo credit Henry Rowan/Pennsylvania Center for Photography

Gallery opening to parade goers and Doylestown Photography Club members alike. – Photo credit Henry Rowan/Pennsylvania Center for Photography

Then it was time to sit back and relax for a couple hours and enjoy the DPC’s picnic with club’s members.

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pie by Meghan, effect by #distressedFX

Enough relaxing, the rest of the week has been a combination of work (you know, the day job) and getting ready for Carversville Day, this Saturday, with good friend and fellow Femmes, Sue Ann Rainey. A great local event set in historic Bucks County and the forecast is Sunny & 70’s! Another picture perfect backdrop to show off our photography!

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Stop by, we’d love to see ya!

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cute busy beeI really do love being a busy little bee 🙂

Til next time,
Maria

N.Y.C.

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Just coming off one of those crazy busy weekends… a fundraiser event, which reminds me I have not even uploaded those images yet, on Saturday evening and then up and out early to catch a train to NYC on Sunday.  Sunday’s trip to NYC was more about just taking it all in, including an exhibit at the ICP, lunch at Grand Central Station, and my first trip to B&H, i.e. the photographer’s candy store.  I left my big camera and lenses at home… it got a workout the night before and opted to travel light with just my little Panasonic P&S and my camera phone.

leading lines_Grace bldg NYC NYColorclosed please come againThe city was hopping on a perfect spring day and was anything but closed . . .