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Living With The Camera – Inspiration | From the Archives

This post was originally written and photographed by me for the Mortal Muses blog nearly three and a half years ago and part of a new series of posts I am calling, “From the Archives”. 

Source: Mortal Muses

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At the library I spotted a book on display, “Dorothea Lange – Grab a Hunk of Lightning“. I quickly picked it up and added it to the pile of children’s books that the kids had handed me, and we headed to the desk to checkout our goodies.  When we returned home, each of us plopped down in the small apartment living room that we are calling home right now, and dove right into our new reads.  I have really been wanting to understand what makes a beautiful and provoking portrait lately and this book was just the thing to get my head spinning. I want my craft to really speak to my audience and tell stories in a way that I know words can not.  I know my work is no where near what Dorothea was doing in her career, but by studying her images, the way she framed and used the light, I can begin to create a more powerful frame. 

I believe in living with the camera, and not using the camera. Suddenly, if you are working a lot, it takes over and then you see meaning in everything. You don’t have to push for it. That’s what I mean by the visual life. Very rare. – Dorothea Lange, KQED San Francisco Audio Recording 1964-65

The kids and I have been spending a lot of time together, and that means they are most readily available subjects. My son is now in a half day kindergarten and so we have all morning to get out and explore our new city. Luckily, they will humor me by being my models.  Well, most of the time anyway.  And if one won’t hold still for the shutter, the other usually will. These images are examples of what I have been getting.  I am purposefully processing these in black and white instead of color. Perhaps that is in part to looking through all of the Dorthea Lange images that have been floating through my mind, but I also get a totally different impact when the color is gone.  Stripping down the image to the whites, grays, and blacks seems to let their eyes and expressions do the work, rather than the colors happening around them.  Do you find that to be true as well?

Keep chasing the light – Vanessa

Parking Lot Polaroids

It’s fall Polaroid week and I didn’t have time to scan in any of my little rectangle gems to share throughout the week before hand.

But, yesterday morning I made a snuck off while I had my coffee (at the cost of totally getting behind on the morning routine and schedule, oops) and ran these shots through the scanner.  I couldn’t pass up posting this series that I started with the kids last weekend.

Plus, it’s Friday, and Friday is for Film…
FocusInPhotography - Parking Lot PoalaroidLast weekend we found ourselves in Santa Rosa, California for a wedding. We had the morning to burn as we waited for the mini van full of cousins to arrive from Reno.

We also needed something stronger than the hotel coffee as well as fresh air. So, we took a walk to the nearest Starbucks for goodies and then wandered on to a great playground and park to let the kids run!FocusInPhotography - Parking Lot PoalaroidOn the way we noticed there were several buildings and various colored garage doors. I decided to have the kids stop at each one we spotted (and that looked different from the last) and snapped a photo.While I attempted to direct these two little squirrels of mine (stand here. no more in the middle. wait, over here) I realized that they were too hopped up on their morning bun and chocolate milk for me to actually get them to listen. To be honest, I think they are better this way – The Simpson Traveling Circus in all it’s goofy, wacky, wound up glory. Love me a good photo series, I can’t wait to keep going with this one!

Happy Polaroid week and Film Friday!

Keep chasing that light, Vanessa

Teaching Her How

It’s no secret with my family that I love to make chocolate chip cookies.
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And, I make a pretty mean one if I do say so myself. I have memories of making this same recipe with my mom when I was about three years old, the same age the Fifi is now. She has been more and more interested in helping in the kitchen lately and I am trying to have the patience and the time to let her learn what we are up to in there. I have been working in counting and having her get things from the cupboard.
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One of the best parts about making cookies is licking the spoon.
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Today I let her help me, and save for that one egg that was cracked and dropped on the table instead of the bowl, she did pretty darn well.

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Of course, I think she might be in it more for the spoon licking at the end. I can’t really blame her though. By the way, this is the proper way to stand while eating cookie dough. In case you were wondering…
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Yummy!

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