28 June 2013
Let me know which you prefer and why.
Today’s post is dedicated to Through the Peacock’s Eye (click here to see Julia’s blog) and Delicate Dandelion (click here to read her blog). Each of whom nominated me for an award (ABC Award and Shine On! Award). When a reader takes the effort and time to select me, the act of recognition enriches my experience as blogger. I am grateful.
My responsibility to my readers is to provide images and words, and the tap on the shoulder for a job well done is invaluable. And so I graciously thank them for their kindness. Please visit them.
In turn I am combining these two nominations into one post. Certainly, there are award-free blogs, and I understand those who choose to decline such accolades. Regardless, I want to recognize the following for their bountiful work in cyberspace. They are listed in no particular order.
Shine On! Award: :
Otto von Munchow at http://munchow.wordpress.com
Mobile Photographer at http://louisefryer.com
Tricia at http://triciabookerphotography.com
Island Traveler at http://thismansjourney.net
ABC Award (Awesome Blog Award):
Nicole at http://thirdeyemom.com
Scilla at http://scillagrace.com
Cindy at http://cindyknoke.com/
Gallivanta at http://silkannthreades.wordpress.com
Laurie at http://prideinphotos.com
Again I want to thank Through the Peacock’s Eye and Delicate Dandelion for these unexpected awards. They certainly lift my spirits.
For those of us who spend an inordinate amount of energy observing and documenting the vast visual landscape, our photographic tool box overflows with jewels of old and new technology. The content of my treasure box definitely offers delicious choices.
Do I want to cradle an analog or digital camera? Am I drawn to black-and-white or color?
The beauty of the creative process is its swing from the possible to the actual–the plunge is a meditative experience that examines time and space and its relationship to my own past and present. I’m building layer upon layer of seeing by stripping what’s before me into discrete and larger expansions of my tiny universe.
It’s a relative process of give and take. I give to the moment, and I receive what it returns.
For years I was immersed in the hand-manipulation of Polaroid prints. I loved the entirety of the innovation. My cache of SX-70 cameras allowed me much pleasure. Today only one works, and that’s enough to move through step-by-step procedure that produces an instant (well almost) print.
My dusted-off SX-70 accompanied my grandson and I on a recent Spring photo shoot. We drove far from our small city through the countryside where we found serendipity and spontaneity joined forces. We stopped to indulge in homemade ice cream. Then walked around the outside of the store where we found a backdrop for shooting.
It was a grayish day, and the muted tones of the prints were perfect for our moods. Each image reminded us of pre-digital days and the absolute joy of black and white.
In the Lens sections are two of the photographs from that outing. The third image was taken more recently. Prior to taking it we popped into the SX-70 a new version of Polaroid’s color film, and enjoyed its improved quality.
My grandson’s images always astonish me. I will share them another time.
I savor these moments with him. As we build memories, we each carve a path through our individual field of vision. This collaborative journey melts my heart.
Collaboration is the key to our blogging community. We build a treasure trove of new cyber pals who each share their passions and talents.
This experience has broaden my own experimentation and discovery. Mostly, I continue to be enriched by all of you.
Note: As always I welcome comments about this post or any part of my blog.