Monthly Archives: October 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: On and Off the Wall

This week I’ve been working on reminding myself to take pictures, even when they seem ordinary.  Today I got lucky and had a bit of time to spare as I headed off to get my hair cut.  I knew I would stop and get some coffee…and remembered some wall art I had seen some weeks before but hadn’t stopped to look more closely.  I parked near my coffee place, but headed off in search of the walls I remembered.

As I walked, I noticed some other places to explore.  When I saw this wall, it was even better up close than I had noticed at a distance.  I love the way this painting on the wall also interacts with the planters jutting off the wall and the building features.

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I crossed the street and headed back in the other direction where I had seen another wall mural.  But first I came across this incredible Eucalyptus with a huge trunk, rounded by years, thick and sturdy.  I started to think about the ways our bodies change with time.  And even if we work to stay thin, mature bodies thicken and bulge as time passes.  I always feel like I want to judge my thickness, push it away, hide it…but admiring this incredible tree made me start to rethink my attitudes.  I’m still working to embrace the aging process.

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Apparently this wall mural is part of an ongoing art contest, featuring a local artist’s work on the side of the building.  On the side of a local restaurant, this larger-than-life art helps to draw attention to the business.  I didn’t get close enough to read carefully about the contest, but the art is interesting and definitely attracted my attention.

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I cut through the parking lot and remembered another painting on the side of the liquor store.  I turned my phone sideways to capture the perspective of wall, liquor store, and parking lot.

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Around the corner from the coffee place, I remembered this wall painting of cats with colors raining down onto them.

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And remembered the deluge of rain on Monday at school–water poured off the roof and the walls.  I have yet to master the art of photographing rain, but I think you can see the water pouring down.

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So take a look at the walls around you.  What’s on the walls…or maybe off the wall in the places your frequent? Maybe you won’t find wall murals…but as you look closely, what will you find? Will you notice a rounded mature eucalyptus tree–and rethink the shape of your body?  Will you notice the beauty of randomly stacked odds and ends?  Or maybe the sun slanting down on an old building?

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #walls for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

So take a look around…what’s on or off your walls?  I can’t wait to see walls through your lens!

Weekly Photo Challenge: #litterati

I’m working to get back to more regular exercise…more than just on weekends.  On Monday I made it to the gym and felt good about getting my heart rate up and logging some miles on the treadmill.  But when I considered heading back there on Wednesday, the beach called my name instead.  And because the low tide coincided with the time I had for exercise, I headed outside to log my miles.

I always walk with a camera–either my Sony a6000 or my phone, so taking pictures is always part of my beach walk practice.  Most often, I walk with my husband and his practice is picking up the trash he finds on the beach.  When the trash is interesting, I take photos of it and post it to Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #litterati.  Litterati is an effort to bring awareness to the problems of trash in our environment–they encourage people to photograph trash, throw it away, and post the photo to social media.  My friend Janis takes the most amazing photos of trash–they are truly art!  Some of them are currently on display at the Bay Model Exhibit in Marin County, near San Francisco, CA.  She also picks up pounds and pounds of trash on the beach.

This past week I have found lots of sunglasses.  Here’s a favorite from yesterday.

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Here’s a pair my husband found (and I photographed) over the weekend.

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And then there’s the random horse you find intertwined in the kelp.

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Today Geoff picked up a full bag of bits of plastic.  Wrappers, bags, cups, water bottles, plastic balls, and more.

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So let’s make this week’s photo challenge be about raising awareness about litter in our favorite places.  Where do you find litter?  Take its photo, pick it up and throw it away, and share the image with the hashtag #litterati to help others remember that trash is a problem for all of us.

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #litterati for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

Enjoy your favorite place (or places) and be on the lookout for litter!  Let’s all make an effort to keep our environment clean so it can be enjoyed for generations to come!