Green

Loving green right now! Summer please don’t leave!! I am not ready!!

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No story today, I think those statements sum up my feelings just right!

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Lunenburg

During our stay in Nova Scotia we spent a day in Old Town Lunenburg which is actually a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is such a lovely place. The streets are lined with one-of-a-kind shops and Lunenburg has its own harbour.

While in Lunenburg we made sure to visit the Bluenose ll

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However, due to repairs we could not board her.

We did some shopping

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I loved the many shops owned by local artists, it was really something to see.

I felt very inspired to take photographs of doors while we were there as each shop entrance was lovely and unique. Unfortunately I don’t have any shots that I am proud to share, but I believe it was inspiration enough for an upcoming project–stay tuned!

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Naturally we had a seafood lunch at a restaurant overlooking the water; The Dockside Inn & Restaurant. We both loved their fish and chips!

We were sad to leave but had to be on our way to our next stop… Peggy’s Cove!

Halifax: Part 2

After our Keith’s tour we spent the day walking around Halifax; specifically around historic sights. I took many photos that may have been questionable to the common tourist as I fell in love with the brick walls,Brick Wall Rust

and signs on the historic properties.

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We had lunch right on the water; at Salty’s. What was really great about this place was the fact that there were not a lot of tourists filling the patio. It was peaceful and yet we had one of the best views of the harbour. Where was everyone?! The food was excellent and the visitors were kind; as in the birds sat quietly and watched us, hopeful in wait.

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The begging birds reminded me of my pug and how much I missed him.

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I digress.

Later that night we had dinner at another place along the pier, the Waterfront Warehouse. They had a great selection of oysters. I thoroughly enjoyed the scallops. We were able to sit out on the patio and ended up hanging around for a few hours. The food, music, and view were amazing!

Again, prepare yourself for another unorthodox view of the restaurant:

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Our first day in Halifax was great and it will be a day we will always cherish.

Halifax: Part 1

My husband and I took a trip to Nova Scotia last week. What an amazing experience! We spent all of our time along the coast at various cities. Today I will discuss part of our first stop, Halifax.

When we arrived I noticed that the air felt different. It was fresh and light. I don’t know if it was the fact that we had been in the car for 14 hours but I felt so free! The wind lightly tossed around us and I was so refreshed.

We had breakfast on the pier,

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then spent the rest of the morning walking around the city taking in the sights and planning our day. We were also waiting for noon– that’s when Alexander Keith’s Brewery starts their tours!

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The tour of the brewery totally blew my mind! We essentially had four tour guides with our group of about ten. These guides took us back to the 1800s, to help us understand the time and the essence of the beer. They did so in a comical and unique way; singing songs, telling stories, and teaching card games that the people of the town may have played while enjoying their beverages.

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Of course, we got to enjoy a few pints! I found a liking to Keith’s Red. But I have to say, the most magical part of the whole experience was the tour guides. They were amazing actors and musicians. The women’s voices were so beautiful they made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! A truly amazing experience.

If you are ever in Halifax, the Alexander Keith’s Brewery tour is a must!

More about Halifax to come…

History

Before I really got into taking my own photographs I spent a lot of time reading/viewing works by Ansel Adams. I would often travel to the public library and get out a few books at a time. I was inspired by his explorations into nature to capture once-in-a-lifetime shots! I enjoyed the textures and character that I found in his photographs. I also admired the process to produce such beautiful pieces of art. Black and white photography became an obsession–and at that time I felt that the only photographs worth my time were those in black and white.

I would estimate that this impacted me so much I exclusively took photos with black and white film for at least the first 5 years of my artistic journey as a photographer. In addition I solely shot nature and architecture scenes– no people, no animals. Photography at this time was about what I liked and  what I felt I was capable of doing well. Printing these photos would also add to the decor in my room.

The more I found interest in black and white photography the more I saw it everywhere. I began noticing pictures on everyday greeting cards. I felt that these cards were elegant and classy. As I gained confidence in my ability to take better photographs I decided to also start producing greeting cards of my own for friends and family. My family and friends were (and continue to be) so supportive of this as well. They would often ask for background information of the photograph and said they liked it because they knew it was one-of-a-kind.

This is a picture I began to use for baby and wedding showers:lilly

And the journey continues…

Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment with your thoughts. This will help me write future posts.

First Post

My vision is to use this tool to share the inspiration behind my photographs; perhaps my intention or background information to help you understand where I am coming from. In a way, I also want to use this forum to track my thoughts and help me to remember my journey as an artist.

To begin, my journey as a photographer started 14 years ago. I spent a lot of time examining black and white photography and decided to take a crack at it myself. My father gave me his old camera, a Minolta 35mm from the 1980s. I am not quite sure of the model–to tell the truth, I wish I still had the camera that started my journey into the art of photography.

I played with light, time, and space using film. It was a lot of trial and error. I found that I would love about one picture per roll of film, but I continued to experiment.

As part of a Chemistry class assignment in High School I decided to do a project on the process of developing photographs. I created my own pin hole camera and developed photographs on black and white photo paper. I found my appreciation for processes of the past deepen, and my interest in playing with current technologies questionable.

Around 2000 I wasn’t sure if I wanted to leave my 35mm camera and go for digital. Would it still be photography? Would the quality be the same? Would I still be in control; be the artist?

Obviously, you will see the result of this inner debate throughout my posts.

One of my first pictures I was proud to say I took:

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One of my first photographs

 

It is a scanned copy (scanned in 2000) of a photograph, explains the quality.