CHANGE IN THE SCENERY
Fall fell last night, along with the temperature, a crusty snow, and I'm hoping not the just-turned leaves on the mountain. It's still dark outside, but I can see the white ribs of my garden bed covers skinned clean by yesterday's gale force winds. I'm sure the Swiss chard, used to living in the semi-tropical environment of stretched plastic pool cover over PVC pipe and nursed by drip irrigation, has been shredded and frozen beyond recovery. The air is stiff and frail.
Though I'm not anxious for the continuing frigid weather, the coming change in the angle of light which allows for softer, more subtle colors as well as a change in focus is welcome. With the potatoes dug, the pumpkins picked and the few remaining raspberries plucked from their prickly canes, I'm looking forward to a turn inward, to sending roots down into the pile of collected thoughts, simmering ideas, stimulating conversations, and the other compostable debris of my everyday life. Time for a cup of hot tea, a quilt, and an extended indoor afternoon amid a pile of unprocessed stories and photos on the laptop.
Last year at this time I took a Nature Photography class from Kathleen Clemons, http://kathleenclemonsphotography.com, which opened my eyes and camera lens to new ways of not only photographing the natural world, but her insightful guidance also helped reacquaint that vision with a sense of play with regards to my new DSLR as well as cultivating alternative ways of making images outside of generally accepted photography principles. Though the class only touched on a few Photoshop techniques, I used the framework of each lesson to get down and dirty with both Lightroom and Photoshop and make them work for me as an artist. The images here were crafted during the class. Thank you, Kathleen!
There have been numerous people and experiences that have impacted my photography and artistic vision this last year. From simple Facebook likes to the purchase of prints to blog comments, each twig of encouragement has been turned under and re-purposed toward nourishment and new growth.
Thank you all for the medley of detritus. It's time to stir things up!
Author: Deborah Hughes