We received this charming vase from our friend Abby, whose mother got it in a box of random stuff at a yard sale. Many of our bathroom decorations are orange, so this fits right in!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
It seems strange to take a photo of fallen leaves when we're so far past autumn, but that's what we've ended up with in our bedroom recently. We bought a ficus tree and brought it home to live with us, and about two weeks later, it started dropping leaves. We weren't concerned at first, but when Eric shook the tree a little bit and ended up ankle deep in leaves, I began to worry that the tree was about to bite the dust. Eric did some poking around online, though, and he found some info that suggests that a ficus tree will often drop its leaves after a change in environment. Hopefully that's the case!
Monday, December 27, 2010
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Last night I dreamed that my work was closed because of snow. Well, we don't have that much snow, but I did have the day off (had to use one of those personal days before it disappears at the end of the year)!
This snow is beautiful, but I'm still waiting on a big storm...
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
I am in love with these photographers. Their work is so amazing and quirky and original and dreamy. They make me want to be both the photographer and the people in the photo at the same time.
They use a lot of different types of film and homemade lenses and pinhole cameras and things to create the effects that they get. I'm not ready to make the investment needed to play with film, but I do have one toy lens that I take out every once in a while, so after looking through some of One Love Photo's stuff, I was inspired to pull it out again.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
When I was a kid, we had this book in our house called Find the Cat, which involved a cat hiding from a dog. In each of the detailed line drawings, the reader had to find the cat, and sometimes only half of the cat's face was showing. It's a great book.
Sometimes Natalie makes me think of the cat in that book--she'll peek out from her hiding place, hoping that somehow you won't spot her.
Our friends Liz and Matthew came to visit us on Sunday, and we made dinner and cookies together and played our traditional round of Settlers of Catan. I'm not back in the mindset yet of taking a photo every day, so I forgot to take my camera out during their visit. But can you see the warm comfort in these cookies? That's what it's like to have a visit from old friends.
Matt and I were photographers at a wedding on Saturday, and this is one of the many shots I took that day. There was just something about the foot peeking out into the aisle that caught my eye and struck me as lovely. (I have no idea whose foot it is.)
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
One of the things that I love about our house is the way that light comes in. I'm not sure why I'm so tickled by light and shadows lately...maybe it's because our last apartment was so dark. Whatever the reason, my eye was caught by the shadows falling on the leaves of our ficus tree.
This will be the seventh Christmas that Eric and I have spent together, but this is the first time we got a Christmas tree. We purchased a two-foot-tall potted Norfolk Island pine, so we'll have a built-in Christmas tree for many years to come! The fact that the tree is so small, however, means that some of the lights are left dangling onto the floor...
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
This evening was Lights on the River in Owego, which meant that the holiday decorations were officially lit, and everyone came downtown for shopping, eating, and FIREWORKS! It was so awesome to see so many people come out in the cold to enjoy the festivities and to support local businesses.
I love our town.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
My shot of our neighbors' windows with the Christmas candles in them weren't working how I wanted them to, so I pointed the camera up and did a long exposure. During the day these trees are friendly, but at night they look kind of ominous.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
In looking for some photographic inspiration this evening, this ceramic pitcher/vase caught my eye. I don't quite remember how we happened to own this piece--I believe that somebody gave it to us filled with flowers.
I used my Diana lens from Photojojo to take this shot. I hadn't used it in a while, and I forgot how much fun it is!
Sunday, November 28, 2010
I stopped my 2010 Project 365 in June after having missed four days in less than six months. After a successful first try at the Project 365, I had added a new element into it (magnetic poetry), which I loved, but which added another step into the process, and I think that ultimately that was my downfall.
At first it was kind of a relief not to take photos every day. Then I started to miss it. Then Thanksgiving came and went without me taking a single photo. Then it hit me that I need the discipline of taking a picture every day....I need to be held accountable.
So here we go again! I have no grand ambitions this time around--I just don't want to lose the practice of creativity. I want to capture the moments and the stories.
This photo is my sweet husband Eric getting ready to head out to take care of the chores while his dairy farmer father is out of town.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
This line is from the song "Dreams" on the album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac.
When I was in high school, my friends and I would play the game of Life, and we'd name our spouses for the people we had crushes on. I remember once naming mine after James K. I'm really glad that I never actually dated him--he probably really would have played me.
So I've given up on my Project 365 for 2010. My new project involves trying to create photos based on lyrics and literature.
I'm starting out with the album Rumours by Fleetwood Mac, just finding the lines that jump out at me with visuals. This line from "Gold Dust Woman" was the simplest, so I thought I'd start there.
The album artwork for Rumours is kind of a dark, black and white look, so I'm using that as a way to bring all the photos together.
Saturday, July 31, 2010
Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera
Polaroid Artistic Time Zero film from The Impossible Project