migrating rest stop

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a photo study: going forward

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At the start of this photo study project I had a bit of doubt about being able to make it to the finishing line…once a week, 52 blogs….three 16-week college semesters plus one summer semester…no holiday or vacation breaks – was a huge challenge.  And today, I’m posting the final blog of this year-long learning project.

This Study was inspired by a number of bloggers:


So where do we go from here?  May I recommend: 

Photography books are a great resource especially those that focus upon particular photographers.  Look for them in your local library, used book stores, yard sales.  My favorite photo books are those published by Aperture Magazines.  


Online galleries are also a great place to study particular photographers.

Supervision New York is a great place to visit especially if you are interested in Michael Kenna’s work  @http://supervisionnewyork.com/gallery


Thank you for joining me in this journey of discovery.  If a blogger, site, book, or video has inspired your photography I would appreciate hearing from you.  Again, thank you and I do hope you had fun, lots of fun.


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Over the wintry

forest, winds howl in rage

with no leaves to blow ~Soseki Natsume

Natsume Soseki (夏目 漱石 in Japanese; February 9, 1867 – December 9, 1916) was the pen name of Natsume Kinnosuke (夏目金之助), one of the foremost Japanese novelists of the Meiji Era.  Soseki, along with Mori Ogai,  is considered one of the two greatest early modern Japanese writers… The alienation of modern humanity, the search for morality and the difficulty of communication were common themes throughout Soseki’s works. From 1984 until 2004, his portrait appeared on the front of the Japanese 1,000-yen note.

Natsume Kinnosuke was born on February 9, 1867, just one year and a half before the start of the Meiji Reformation, in Edo (modern-day Tokyo). His father, Naokatsu, was the hereditary chief of a small town in Edo. When Natsume was born, Naokatsu was fifty years old, his wife Chie was forty-one, and they had five sons and three daughters. Bearing a child late in life, in those days, was regarded as “the shame of woman.” Chie was ashamed to have a child at her advanced age and, as the last baby of many children, Natsume was placed in a foster home at either a second-hand store or a vegetable shop. Kinnosuke’s elder sister found that he was being kept in the shop until late at night (the shop was probably kept open until midnight), confined in a bamboo cage beside the merchandise. Unable to look on in silence any longer, she brought him home.

When Natsume Kinnosuke was one year old, his parents foisted him off again, this time on a former household servant, Shiobara Masanosuke, and his wife. Natsume began his life as an unwanted child. Although he was brought up indulgently until the age of nine, Shiobara Masanosuke and his wife eventually separated and Natsume was returned to his family home. He was welcomed by his mother, but his father regarded him as a nuisance. When he was fourteen, his mother died. The solitude and defiance that he exhibited later in life came not only from his character, but from the surroundings in which he grew up. After his return home, he was required to call his parents “grandparents.” …

cited: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Natsume_Soseki

early dreams

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“Why should you care so much for Christminster?” she said, pensively. “Christminster cares nothing for you, poor dear!”

“Well, I do; I can’t help it. I love the place–although I know how it hates all men like me–the so-called Self-taught–how it scorns our labored acquisitions, when it should be the first to respect them; how it sneers at our false quantities and mispronunciations, when it should say, I see you want help, my poor friend!. . . Nevertheless, it is the centre of the universe to me, because of my early dream: and nothing can alter it. Perhaps it will soon wake up, and be generous. I pray so! . . . I should like to go back to live there–perhaps to die there! … ~Thomas Hardy (Jude the Obscure)

a photo study: fifty-one!

Today,  is one week shy of my year-long photo study project! I began this blogging journey with the intention to explore, experiment, and learn about various aspects of photography.

Through the unparalleled sharing of knowledge Ted Forbes’ offered through his YouTube videos, The Art of Photography, I was able to set out learning about the basics of composition within photography: the rules of thirds, odds, and space; as well as, the elements of lines, shape, simplification, negative space, repeating patterns, sub framing, and triangles. And from this ground work we explored perspective, seeing, low and high angles, tone, color theory, and the characteristics of light.

The genres of abstract, landscape, sequence, contemplative, and street photography were introduced with the assistance of photographers such as:

Four posts ‘focused” on The Photographer, the person who stands on one side of the photography triangle which supported the Developing your Photography Style exercises. These 4 posts were drawn from Ted Forbes’ Master Class Live series in which photographers were offered exercises designed to exhaust all possibilities in order to awaken our unique individuality.

And yes!  Throughout the year there were exercises that I undertook with an egg, or two, or three as the subject.

This was an autodidactic journey undertaken to share and expand through exchanges with others. Each posts defined the next topic throughout this project.  It has been both a challenge and fun.  You will find each of the post listed as standalone lessons on the home page under A Photo Study.


Was there a specific topic or post that you enjoyed the most, the most beneficial, the most challenging? I would enjoy seeing 1-7 of the images you created during the past year. Let’s tag with #aphotostudy.