Midday Rest - This is another beautiful ugly project. I always admire the way the sun hits our kitchen towel in the afternoon when the cooking is done, as if it is giving it a nice break, the way my cat likes to take a nap in the sunny window. I showed my husband this photo and he said, oh we should have cleaned that oven. I said no, this texture shows that she is used and it's just a break until she gets used again. The gray/blue towel was chosen to complement the orange wood. Shadows and contrast are important in setting the mood as restful in a sun pocket.
This is a great project for your mind when you are stuck in your house all day, or if you are needing a mind shift. Look for an object or place or portrait that is ordinary, ugly, not typically photographed, overlooked, ignored, discarded, not considered valuable...Then tell its story and highlight it, give it value, show its beauty and worth. Look for the authentic story, scars and all, and find a way to show its beauty.
With a rare genetic disease, I can feel ignored, maybe it is just me but I would guess we all feel this way at times. I suffer with pain and neurological flare ups and cannot do the things I want to do. This practice reminds me that there is beauty and worth even if the world does not see it.
Look for light, how does it hit objects in your house at different times of day, what lines or colors does it create, how can it make something ordinary that you might think is ugly look beautiful and tell a story? This is a great project for kids too. It doesn't have to be fancy, and it teaches empathy. I'd love to see your creation.
Beautiful Ugly - this is one of my favorite projects as a photographer. Pick a subject that is considered ugly and find a way to photograph it where it looks beautiful. I find when I do this in my photography it helps me in my life as well. Is there a problem in my life, do I need to look at it in a new way, create a boundary, maybe there is too much light, maybe I need to work on my own past with dandelions and look at the situation with new eyes. I find creating Art, Mental Health, and Spirituality to be very connected, one with the other. Each allows us to see, explore, and express our voice, which can be very healing.
Last week, our city decided to close the pools for the summer. Little did I know this would be the last picture I would take of the pool for a long time. This has been our happy place since moving to Manhattan in 2004. Our son was just one and loved the water. It was our afternoon reward. Everyone came home tired and happy, just what a boy mom wants. All our boys learned to swim here, and last year seemed like a full circle moment when I watched our oldest teach our youngest how to swim. I spent a full day mopping around sad with the news that the pool was closing. I am sad our son lost his summer lifeguard job and our boys lost pool afternoons. / I have heard several people discount their feelings as these are just first world problems, and as I agree it is good to have perspective, we still need to feel our feelings. The way I see it, we can’t play into comparative suffering. We need to feel what we are feeling and allow our kids to feel their feelings. There will be grief and we all have our own timelines and ways of dealing with it. As parents or friends, we can say I’m sorry this is happening, how can I help you, and listen and nurture with empathy.
"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, she became a butterfly."
After several years of trying we finally were able to grow a milkweed in our yard last summer and I was so excited when I found a monarch caterpillar eating its leaves. Each year, we do little acts that try to help heal our beautiful Earth. From recycling to composting… Just being conscious of how there is an effect to our actions. Yesterday, the boys and I watched a video of a large jellyfish swimming in the Venice canal, if anything this pandemic is giving our Earth a nice break to heal. Let us celebrate her today and everyday for all she gives to us!
My husband is a doctor who deployed to Iraq in 2005 the height of violence, and this pandemic reminds me of the same trauma experienced during his deployment. My husband gave me just a few minutes to take this photo. He was testing a prototype for a mask covering for his Pediatric Office. He could get the face shields on Amazon but not the bands. His office wants to make sure the doctors and nurses are protected. The logistics have been tough. My husband has moved into our bedroom separate from us and wears a mask to reduce the chance that I will get sick since I am higher risk. Few testing kits are available so he does not know if he is exposed. So much is on his shoulders right now. He is taking care of so many. He and his coworkers are my heroes!
I am beyond honored and humbled to be accepted as a Click Pro for Clickin Moms. I have admired and learned from many Click Pros when I joined Clickin Moms four years ago. I have taken countless workshops and breakouts through the Click Photo School taught by talented Click Pros. These women have pushed and supported me to continue to develop my photography. They have helped me become the artist I am today. I am forever grateful and humbled to be a part of this group of amazing women photographers. If you would like to check out Clickin Moms, go to www.clickinmoms.com/click/
Click Pro is "a modern network of highly skilled professional photographers and independent artists. Our members work spans all photographic specialties, including newborn & maternity, children & families, weddings, seniors, fine art, still life, documentary and more. Membership to Click Pro is application-based, and invitation is extended on the basis of an applicant’s portfolio evaluation".
I found the process of applying to ClickPro to be almost spiritual. It was not easy, there were times when I doubted my ability, when I poured over my photography, when I was critiqued and had to look deep for strength to go on. However, I am glad I was not accepted a year ago, because I needed to explore and find out who I am as an artist. I still feel like I am in the early stages of this process and look forward to where this continued exploration will take me.
I am incredible thankful for my family who have allowed me to practice on them when they didn’t want to. And who have put up with me on my computer taking classes, working on sessions, or patiently waiting on me when I’d say “just a few more minutes, the light isn’t quite right”. I am also extremely grateful for my clients, who have entrusted me with their photos and allowed me the opportunity to grow as an artist. Also thankful for my Click Pro Prep Group who helped me through the process. And last but not least thankful to God for giving me the gifts that allow me to do what I love.
I joined Clickin Moms looking for a class that would help distract me from the growth of benign vascular tumors in my brain. I was overwhelmed with all the what ifs this disease created in my mind and needed to find something positive to focus on. Clickin Moms helped me focus on something positive. Even though I could not control the growth of tumors, I could control my growth as an artist. Clickin Moms changed my life for the better. I am so glad I joined 4 years ago. I find there are moments in life when you know you are on the right path, when the angels seem to be shining down on you. The week before I was accepted to ClickPro I found out a few more new tumors have grown deep in my brain. However, this time I am more at peace, knowing I can focus on the positive with new Click Pro opportunities. As long as my brain is working, I will be creating.
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