Virtual Blog Tour with Lens and Pens by Sally

09 June 2014

Lens:

My Photographic Palette

I. Abstract

1. Red Tulip, Nevada City, California, Nikon DSLR, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello

1. Red Tulip, Nevada City, California, Nikon DSLR, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello

II. Architecture/Design/ Street Life

1. Architecture, Design, Street Life, San Francisco, California, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

2. San Francisco, California, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

III. Everyday Objects

3. Escape Route, San Francisco, California, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

3. Escape Route, San Francisco, California, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

IV. Dark and Light

4. Tunnel near Marin Headlands, San Francisco, California, Nikon DSLR, June 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

4. Tunnel near Marin Headlands, San Francisco, California, Nikon DSLR, June 2013; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

V. Nature

5. Granite Boulders Trail leading to Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

5. Granite Boulders Trail leading to Vernal Falls, Yosemite National Park, iPhone 4s, April 2014; © Sally W. Donatello and Lens and Pens by Sally, 2014

Let me know which you prefer and why.

Pens:

This post is my second for the day: a most unusual occurrence. Click here to see today’s other lens and pens. Last week Gracie (Graciebinoya.com) extended an invitation to me to join a Virtual Blog Tour. This project is new, and asks each participant to compose a one-time post to be published on a specific Monday. Its purpose is to introduce bloggers through a brief series of questions.

Responses to the same questions are vehicles to introduce a blogger to another blogger’s audience as well as the wider blogging community. Please visit Gracie’s blog and peruse her photography and answers.

Since I agreed to participate, I must respond to these questions as well as invite one or more bloggers to join the tour. I invited two bloggers. Their introduction follows this Q & A:

1. What am I working on?

My blog began as a vehicle to share narratives that are told through my lens and pens. This online life has moved me deeper and deeper into photography by encouraging exploration of new inner and outer vistas. All of my images represent layers of my aesthetic philosophy.

Over the last year I found myself doing more and more nature photography. I also am drawn to street life, and want to delve deeper into its narratives. Mostly, I have found a need to push my own boundaries in black-and-white photography. Additionally, the last year and a half has been another kind of journey. I organized a photo challenge that reflects the influence of technology upon photography. It provides a specific platform for consistent experimentation, and is building a community of participants. Click here for details, and here for an example of the challenge.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?

I combine two elements in my work, but so do many others. Photography and writing help me interpret my inner and outer universe. Each post describes through self-exploration an idea that can be inspired by one or a multitude of daily instigators. I remain open. Personal passions (e.g., reading, gardening, nature, research, technology, walking) help me connect ideas that turn into visual and written storytelling. But intuition and serendipity play huge roles.

As seen in the Lens section my photographic palette includes abstraction, architecture, design, nature (my muse), everyday objects, play between dark and light, and street life. I’m drawn to the oeuvre of the early masters of photography that created black-and-white prints with aesthetic and technical precision. This fascination with monochrome influences my world view.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?

The visual language of photography and dimensionality of prose have become my platforms. Each provides an opportunity to reappoint and redefine who I am. In particular photography offers a vantage point to seize the small, unnoticed and unseen: How to exhibit the unusual in the ordinary; How to show another side of beauty; and, How to discover my individual voice.

Photography and writing are two sources of internal fulfillment that is never truly fulfilled. Each completion has no future bearing on satisfaction. It simply spurs the next moment’s desire to capture the omnipresence of the magnificent and struggling universe that we inhabit.

4. How does your writing/creating process work?

Inspiration for photo shoots often comes from the juxtaposition of angles, contrast, lines, reflections, shadows, shapes, and texture. As a lifelong learner, travel inspires my inner spectator to observe and record, but I can as easily be awed by the appeal of an aged leaf or paring knife.

I read, research, watch, listen and respond. I’m an educator, photographer and independent scholar. These parts of me influence how I see my world, and how I share what I observe through my lens and pen.

Two Invitations to Join the Virtual Tour:

As part of my contribution to the Virtual Tour, I agreed to recommend one or more bloggers. Both Lisa Kennedy (http://nwframeofmind.com) and Amanda Lakey (http://uniquesochic.com/blog) will participate in the tour on Monday, 16 June. I am happy to introduce these women to you. They are relatively new to the blogging life. We each live in completely different regions of the world, and yet have been brought together by the wonders of cyberspace. It’s a joy to know them.

Lisa has a marvelous sense of grounded wanderlust. Her photographs are tales about her life in Washington, USA. Lisa and her family explore the natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest and so much more. Amanda has a passion for the creative process, which is evident in her photography and other medium that she explores. Her versatility extends to her use of technology, which opens new avenues of her talents. She lives in Derbyshire, England. I hope that you will visit their sites.

Note: As always I welcome any comments about this post or any part of my blog.

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48 Responses to Virtual Blog Tour with Lens and Pens by Sally

  1. elisa ruland says:

    I continue to enjoy your unique selection of photographs from your trip out west. It’s almost impossible for me to pick a favorite, but I do love the shot of the couple in the tunnel!

  2. DG MARYOGA says:

    You have a great eye for quality photos,dear Sally ! Love them all,but the Dark and Light POV is perfectly executed ! Gorgeous perspective all the way up towards the pure light ; love the symbolic interpretation behind it …
    Doda :-)))

  3. vastlycurious.com says:

    Definitely the fire escape, love the linear look!

  4. Let’s hear it for elooonnnnggggated croppings.

  5. Very interesting to get to learn more about you, Sally – you have such great self-understanding that reflects both in your writing in general and in your photos. The fact that your palette of photography stretches from abstract to street photography only goes to show your creative versatility. I enjoy all sides of your creativity as showcased in this post.

  6. Dawn says:

    Your sense of heart and soul always projects in your images. I’m fond of your nature images but the geometry and contrast in the everyday objects shot knocks my socks off. Take care and thanks for the weeks and weeks of beauty you share with our community.

  7. I love that you are showing some of San Fran….one of my very favorite cities in the U.S.

  8. Sorry I’ve been away for so long! Interesting choices and I like the nature photo very much 🙂

  9. dsaquarelles says:

    I like the gorgeous red of the tulip and the marvelous contrast in dark & light.

  10. Wonderful post Sally. I love the shadow play in the fire escape image.

  11. suej says:

    Hi Sally I have come belatedly to your blog, notice you often post ‘likes’ on mine (many thanks)…. I was fascinated to read of your approach to the creative process. Of the images, I love the vibrant colours and the textures of the tulips, and the very graphic structure of your abstract. I’m going for a wander through some other posts. 🙂

  12. Sally, it’s a pleasure to read more about your inspirations and creative processes as I enjoy the end results of your work every week! I am touched by your kind words and think your phrase “grounded wanderlust” is a fantastic description of the majority of my blog posts. 🙂 I’ll be working on my own answers this week and have a great fellow blogger in mind for my invitation.

    • Lisa, I’m humbled deeply by your comments. I also will await your responses to the questions for the Virtual Blog Tour. Glad that you enjoyed my description of your work. Thanks so much.

  13. Amy says:

    Wonderful to see the different categories, Sally! The abstract is stunning, the dark and light is beautiful… Love all of them.

  14. Sally, I love the colors in the first one but my heart belongs to the escape route. 🙂 Right now as you probably know, I’ve been immersed in nature. It’s just that time of year and after a long winter, it’s even more glorious.

    I enjoyed getting to know a bit more about you and your process.

    janet

  15. Madhu says:

    I loved the drama in ‘Dark & Light’ the stark lines of ‘everyday objects’. Great job with this post Sally.

  16. Hi Sally, you’ve made a stunning job of this post, Its interesting to read what projects youre working on. Thank you for inviting me to participate. I’m looking forward to doing my post next week. I love your photos. My absoloute fave is the second one, the store in monochrome is fabulous! 🙂

  17. I love in this post you showed us some street life…a new love of mine♥

  18. Sweet as a Picture says:

    I love all your photos (as usual). I especially love the first one that represents the abstract theme. I love how the tulip petals have taken an abstract appearance. I love the way you have photographed it. 🙂

  19. The tulips are my favourite — because I love nature, and red is such a difficult but vibrant and exciting colour to capture, and you’ve done a grrreat job here!

  20. Wonderful photos, Sally. I’m especially drawn to the colors in the first one. Beautiful! Interesting to read more about the background of your blog! 🙂

  21. Geoff says:

    An exciting and informative project Sally. It is always nice to find out the myriad things that folks are working on 🙂
    Love the monochrome photo ‘Escape Route’…

  22. Angeline M says:

    Wonderful photos, Sally. I particularly like the abstract. I was just in the City for the weekend and those fire escapes and shadows catch my attention every time!

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