Wow, it has been a while since my last post. It is my intention to try and post with a little more regularity. I often struggle with what to write, and Instagram has made it easy to post images without having to say a lot, consequently it has been my go to place for sharing my photography. Please join me over there if you want to see more of my photography.
I have been participating in the 52frames weekly challenge, and I thought this week was particularly interesting. Grandma’s Camera, a Baby Brownie, once owned by my maternal grandmother, the lady standing on the right in the little picture. My mom suspects that the picture was taken on this camera.
This week’s challenge, Wabi-Sabi, I have heard about Wabi-Sabi, but I have not spent time studying what it meant or how I might use the concept in my photography. The 52frames challenge description:
What’s old is new again! Wabi Sabi is a wonderful celebration of things (and people) that might have lost their original beauty, might even be viewed as imperfect, yet are still beautiful and meaningful. Look through the photos to appreciate the eyes of the framers, and then maybe look around where you are for unexpected beauty and usefulness in items almost discarded. The extra credit was Old Nature.
Further reading brought this to my attention Wabi stems from the root wa, which refers to harmony, peace, tranquillity, and balance Sabi by itself means “the bloom of time.” It connotes natural progression-tarnish, hoariness, rust-the extinguished gloss of that which once sparkled. Sabi things carry the burden of their years with dignity and grace. It is a gift of time wabi, which is humble and simple, and sabi, which is rusty and weathered
Back to the image, I have been spending some time restoring old photos, the old camera has been sitting on my shelf for a while, the old photo only recently arrived on my desk. It seemed life was on my side providing just the right props for a still-life fit for this theme. I used a bowl made by my daughter,when she was about 10 years old, to hold up the picture, and spilled the dried roses for a little color and texture. To enhance the aged feeling I applied a textured layer to the image in post processing.
All the items in the still-life are simple, humble and slightly weather, they are loved for their history, and despite the bloom of time they are displayed in my home.
What do you think, did I meet the challenge?
On other news, I have been working hard to prepare for my first exhibition of photos. Calgary galleries host shows and events through the city during the month of February, the event is called Exposure. I accepted an invitation to participate with 9 other photographers at one of the galleries, you can find more information here and if you are in the area I invite you to see the exhibition, which runs Feb 1, 2020 to Feb 28th, 2020.
I have a new website, it started out featuring images taken during our two walks along the Camino Frances, but has since expanded and is now home to more galleries. I hope you will have a look, let me know it you have a favourite image.
I look forward to hearing from you.