13 Mind-Bending Thoughts About Photography

on 30.3.15



I can say that it never actually occurred to me that people did not know what they looked like as a child until the camera was born.  I know they would commission paintings, but that is not quite the same. The one about the food, might actually prevent me from eating ever again.......

simplicity

on 29.3.15


 “Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual.” ~1947. Linda Breen Pierce.





Much like the quote, i am in need of feeling lighter, unburdened, more free. i need to purge.  i am at that place in my life where it is time.  i am in the process of doing what i was not able to do in the past seasons of my life.  i can't help but feel regret for having not done it sooner, or kept myself from having to do it at all.  The fact is, it wasn't who i was then, but it is who i am now.  My kids have grown, and my life is changing.  i need simplicity. i don't know what the future holds, or what God has planned for me, though i see snippets.  i am excited. i am ready. 

i am not a minimalist purist. i just want to live more simpler.  Actually, i have always wanted that, but life has provided many conflicts.  i have been told i am living in the wrong era, i need to go back to the days of Little House on the Prairie. The problem with that is i do love technology.  It is a love hate relationship, i love technology, but i hate what it does to people.   Anyways, all this to say that i will be sharing or attempting to share this adventure i am on.    

love

on 27.3.15

This video, while sad, is also such a blessing.  What a wonderful testimony of a man, a husband, a father, a caregiver, a mother, a wife, a son, a family.  The tears will flow.  I love that their son recorded this, even in its sadness, there is blessing.  What a reminder of how important it is to record moments, whether it is photography, or videos, whether the moment is monumental or just ordinary. It matters. I am taking a video course on making time capsules, and sometimes it is difficult to capture the everyday, the ordinary, like it matters.  Looking at this film, you see her when she was a toddler, fiddling with her brother, you see her walking through a gathering of people eating, and playing with her new son. We get to see glimpses of her through out her life, and that has always been such a fascinating thing to me, an important thing.  When I feel silly, or ridiculous doing things like taking pictures of feet, or something mundane, I will remember this, and remember how one day, it will not be seen as mundane, it will matter.  





in need of a little inspiration.....

on 25.3.15

Do you ever just need a little inspiration, a glimpse of hope, a lovely reminder?  I sure do.  Our winter weather has actually been mild for this area, and yet, it has been the hardest winter for me yet.  I think age has something to do with it.  I never seemed to notice before, but in the past few years, winter has become a real test.  Maybe its a phase, a season or maybe it's just time for me to find a warmer place to live. Or maybe I just need to learn to embrace it, and work with it not against it.  Spring, summer, fall, I am busy, busy, busy, living, creating, being, doing, all outdoors. Winter hits, and it is all I can do to leave my house.  Photography, no thank you.  It's not just not wanting to leave, but there is nothing I want to take a photo of.  So why not use this down time to pursue other creative things I love to do.... painting, sewing, sketching, etc.  These are things that take a backseat when I am so inspired to be outdoors, so why not enjoy them now.  Forced creativity = frustration, so work with it not against it. Next winter, I can read my blog post and remind myself of what my new attitude shall be.
Right now I am in the process of moving, and so starting art projects isn't in the very near future, so I figured I would find inspiration in the many amazing photographs of friends, and people who inspire me.  Even on warmer days, when you go outside, everything is brown, and crispy.  I can't wait for the carpets of green, the bluest skies, and all the colors of creation to explode. In the meantime,  these photos put a smile on my face.  The links are below, starting with the largest square as #1. All these photos are favorites, that is how they made the cut, but there is one photo that makes me laugh out loud.  It is the large photo in the middle from Tracie.  It just cracks me up!  The expressions on those masks are hilarious, and then add the yellow bug, and well it is just the best!


If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.
 ~Anne Bradstreet


    #1        #2        #3        #4        #5         #6         #7        #8         #9        #10        #11        #12        #13




NOWYOU :: cooks :: Bread and Wine

on 14.3.15

My February contribution to NOWYOU cooks is from a book that is not actually a cookbook, but a wonderfully written book that includes recipes. The book is called Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist, and I loved it!  She has a few other titles as well that I can't wait to read including a brand new one called Savor - Living Abundantly, Where You Are, As You Are.  I got around to making three recipes but I only photographed one.  I made Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin, Goat Cheese Scrambled Eggs, and Goat Cheese Biscuits.  I asked Shauna Niequist if I could repost her recipe and she said "of course", so scroll down to find it. 








                Goat Cheese Biscuits
         *Adapted from a recipe created by Art Smith, Table Fifty-Two

Ingredients

2 cups flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup plain yogurt
6 tablespoons cold butter, divided
4 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Instructions
Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place a 10-inch cast-iron pan into the oven while it’s preheating.
Pour flour, baking powder, and salt into a medium-sized bowl. Cut 4 tablespoons butter into small pieces and add it to the bowl, with the goat cheese and the yogurt. Stir until the mix is moistened, adding an extra tablespoon of yogurt if needed.
Remove the hot skillet from the oven and place a tablespoon of butter into it. When the butter has melted, divide the batter into 12 biscuits, each about the size of a golf ball,  and then nestle them into the pan - they'll be snuggled in there pretty cozily, and that's all right.  I usually start by making a ring of 9 around the edge, then 3 in the middle.
Brush the tops of the biscuits with one tablespoon of melted butter.  Bake for 14-16 minutes until browned on the top and bottom.  Remove from oven and sprinkle with the grated Parmesan cheese.
MAKES: one dozen biscuits
In her book, she says "they're rick and buttery and tangy, and when I make them, I serve them with strawberry jam - the perfect breakfast, or a lovely thing to serve with sparkling wine as dinner guests are arriving".   
I concur! I thought they tasted wonderful with jam, and made a perfect accompaniment to breakfast!





And here is a little teaser if you have never read the book.

March playlist

on 9.3.15




 I recently heard "Down to the River to Pray" while listening to Pandora at home.  I immediately ran downstairs to see who was singing this song.  I was instantly smitten with it.  I love blue grass! There isn't a theme here, you will find I am very eclectic.  I am really all over the place.  So instead of going with a title that was cohesive, I just titled it March, all encompassing. 

"Forever Young" is on my radar recently because it is the theme song for Parenthood.  Bob Dylan is the one concert I regret not going to.  I had the chance, and I didn't take it, hopefully there will be another. I think my favorite Bob Dylan song, or at least one of them is "Oxford Town". And his Christmas album is the bomb, at least I think so......

My son introduced me to "The Hanging Tree", as I have not been able to see Hunger Games 3 yet (maybe tonight).  He thought I would like it, and he was correct.  I did google it to see what it was about, as the title bothered me. 

I love the instrumental version of "My Song 5" by Haim, and hope to use it in one of my video's soon!


My daughter came home one day and said there was this song/video that I had to see.  She said it reminded her of me and she thought I would like it, again correct. I love it!  I am including the video to that song, "Mississippi Isabel". 

Rend Collective will be here this summer!

If you have never heard of Flatfoot 56, they are an American Celtic punk band, and they are awesome! I have had the privilege of seeing them live a few times.  I love praise and worship as it is, but I also love it when it's done differently such as blue grass, or punk etc. 

And of course, who doesn't love the Lumineers?

Well here is my playlist for March, click listen to enjoy, or make your own and share.


 listen

   1.   Down to the River to Pray - Alison Krauss & Union Station
   2.   Forever Young - Bob Dylan
   3.   The Hanging Tree - featuring Jennifer Lawrence
   4.   My Song 5 instrumental - Haim
   5.   Mississippi Isabel - King Charles
   6.   Build Your Kingdom - Rend Collective
   7.   I'll Fly Away - Flatfoot 56
   8.   Ho Hey - Lumineers


taking stock

on 5.3.15

February :: 2015

Made: progress with my past video projects
Cooked:  Goat Cheese biscuits and Maple Balsamic Pork Tenderloin ~ Bread and Wine by Shauna Niequist
Drank: a specific number of glasses of water, daily, no exceptions, still
Read: The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry
Wanted: to be mindful of my Savior and the greatest gift ever
Played:  Nascar video games with my son
Decided: to participate in Lent 
Wished: i was already moved
Enjoyed: watching a program with my husband, it is such a rarity.
Waited: to find out if we got the place we wanted
Wondered: what i am going to do when i grow up 
Pondered: what direction do i want my creativity to take?
Started: making time to read every day, most days
Watched: Parenthood for the first time
Hoped:  i would lose the weight, but i didn't, even after cutting out 6000 calories per week......:(

Needed: to be inspired to keep up the hard work
Smelled:  nothing
Wore: my new cactus green converse
Noticed: how much winter affects my inspiration for photography
Knew: i needed to keep up the hard work even if the scale doesn't show it 
Thought: how amazing it would be to live near the ocean
Admired: my daughter and the person she is becoming
Sorted: through videos from 2012
Bought: cactus green converse 
Finally: finished 3 video projects
Disliked: the cold
Felt: frustrated for not losing weight
Following: Ann Voscamps Lent  
Snacked: on dried pineapple rings 
Wished: i would sew some new scrub tops already... 
Listened: to Alison Krauss - went down to the river to pray
Discovered: fresh pineapple can make your tongue bleed
Scripture Reading: reading along with She Reads Truth and Shaun Groves