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

 

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Simply Light ~ Texture Tuesday

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Just popping in real quick for a long overdue Texture Tuesday. . . on Thursday.  As soon as I read the theme, saw her new texture trio, I knew just what I was going to do.imagine_kk

That’s it, til next time
Maria

 

fresh start

Beyond Beyond (2B), Blog, Photography

Popping in real quick with a 2B weekly challenge.  I’ve been experimenting more in Photoshop lately. I am loving the watercolor and splatter textures & brushes.  So when I came across a tutorial mixing watercolors and other textures in the spring issue of Somerset’s Digital Studio, by Nikki Smith, I just had to give it a try.  Fresh-Start

’til next time,
Maria

Double Duty

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Finally making some time for … me.   It feels so good to be working on some photos.

KK Pop Edition

Linking up, above, with KK’s Texture Tuesday ~ the POP edition ~ with the help of KK2 ( one of my all time favorites!), beached, and robins egg.  I’m also catching up on my 52×52.  Ugg … backing up all the way to Week 5:  Fruit (how did I get so behind).   I was 99% sure, but since I don’t know anyone that eats a lemon like they do an orange, I figured I should double check.  Sure enough, it really is a fruit…

With a little help from some friends at the Zoo, here are Week 6: From a low angle; Week 7: Eyes; Week 8: a bad habit; and Week 9: Childhood memory.  Can you match up the photo with the week?zoopendous dayGive up?  … I’ll give you some hints.  Week 6:  They’re really tall and I am really short.  Week 7:  A beautiful gaze.  Week 8:  Sleeping on the job.  Week 9: What kid doesn’t like playing on the monkey bars 😉

Til next time,

Maria

On the right path

Beyond Beyond (2B), Photography

Whew… made it.  Happy Friday!  I really wanted to make sure to get my KK Texture Tuesday and 2B link ups in before the week was out (one of those weekly resolutions I set for myself).  I know, technically, I still have a day left in the week; but when the weekend hits, finding a moment can be an even bigger challenge.

So I hear spring started this week… not in my neighborhood.  It’s still cold, windy, and I even saw a few snowflakes today.  Well, I’m not waiting anymore.

sunny-tulipI love that if I feel it (the warmth). . . if I dream it (the sun). . . I can create it!  I can wiggle my nose too 😉  Of course, a little Kim magic doesn’t hurt either.

The process: A lesson on text & paths from Kim over at 2B this week.
Texture:  KK Sophia.