Framed and Displayed

Do you ever wonder “What’s displayed in the photographer’s home?”

Out of thousands of images shot by a photographer, I find it interesting which images make it to the frame!

Surprisingly enough, I have very few images on display in my home. I’m slowly changing that by planning a couple of gallery shelves that will allow me to rotate images in and out of disply. But currently, only a handful are out for all to view and enjoy.

I’ll open up and share with you the pieces that I currently have framed.

“The White Avens”

This is the piece that started it all!

Taken a couple of years ago with an Olympus ‘point and shoot,’ this tiny flower captured my attention. The image is heavily cropped; the blossom is less than the size of dime naturally. And, at the time, I didn’t have a clue how I blurred the background. I just “pointed and shot.”

I reflect on this image as THE image that renewed my interest and passion in photography as an art form, after a 20 year respite from the medium. The White Avens will always have a special place in my heart and home.

“The Tree”

Many people are not quite as drawn to this tree as I am. I have several “tree” shots; a couple have been purchased by others for their own personal enjoyment. But, this is the tree that speaks to me.

While wandering through the woods and being nearly overwhelmed by the massive trees surrounding me, I happened to look up. It never ceases to amaze me what one sees when they simply look up.

Is it the fluid and graceful lines of the large, strong tree branches that captivates me? Or is it the contrast of the lights and darks of the image? I’m not sure. But I do know it’s another “early” piece that I cherish.

“Window of Wonder”

Very rarely do I shoot what I call “people pictures.” And, this was one of those “happy accidents.”

The old fort cabin room was dark and only lit from the natural light coming through the small windows that were floor level. When I saw my grandson kneel down and look out the window I quickly fired off a shot without even thinking of camera settings.

I was lucky. I couldn’t have captured the enthusiastic awe and wonder of him exploring a new and exciting place if I had asked him to pose. I’m pleased with the way his hands are placed on the window panes. I was fortunate to capture such interesting lighting. I often say a silent “thank you” for allowing me to capture that small moment in time.

“Timeless Memories”

This piece is a family heirloom. And, an experiment with close-up filters. Taken when I only owned the “kit” lens; I was looking for ways to get in closer and closer to a subject. My photography teacher, Jennifer Dickson, suggested the close-up filters as an inexpensive alternative to a macro lens.

I have no studio or special lighting. I draped a piece of black fabric on the guest bed and used only natural light. It’s amazing how creative photographers can get when they are going for a shot.

Now, when I look at the piece, I see the slight glare on the watch. I could re-take the image, but I think I want to keep it as it is…..a reminder of what (and how) I’m learning to see in an image. I do, however, still receive “Aaaahs” when people first see the image; followed most generally with a “You have a good eye.” and “What a beautiful heirloom.”

“She’s a Beauty”

A fairly new piece taken this spring, this was made inside my home in front of a large window with wonderful natural light. The Depth of Field naturally created the dark background. I didn’t place anything behind the daffodil other than a lot of empty space.

This piece, in my opinion, started the period in my photography where I truly discovered an awareness of how to accomplish a vision for an image as opposed to a “happy accident.” Concious decisions were made regarding placement of the flower; the angle from which it was shot; and the camera settings that were used.

“Age Has Character”

Abstract images truly fascinate me. Lines, patterns, shapes, colors.

This image was captured while shooting the details of an old car sitting in a parking lot of an Antique Car Museum. If you look closely, you can see rain drops. I think that only adds to the character of this piece. The old layers of glass in the window have developed bubbles that only time can create.

Relate this piece to a portrait of an elderly individual with deep lines and wrinkles and you see why I think “Age Has Character.”

So there you have it. A look at which of my images are framed and displayed in my home.

Memories captured. “Nice” shots. Nature. Simplicity. Aesthetic art. Each speaks a little TO me and OF me.

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3 Responses to Framed and Displayed

  1. JRP says:

    I’m so glad you shared this. I hardly have a think of my own hanging in my house. WHen I first got crazy about photography (well…i always was crazy about it since I was 7) I went to the store and bought a bunch of frames to hang in a room I recently painted and decorated in my home and dubbed “the jen room”. It was a place to do my crafts, sit and read, and rotate my photos in and out. Well I worked really hard on it, got them all hung…and never rotated…eventually I took them all down…and put new photos in their place and brought them to work since I spend so much time in my cubicle here everyday. Plus my co-workers love to come and look at them (maybe I’ll sell one one day!).

    When I get my new place this will all change! I want to fill my house with my photography. I just have to see how I can work it in with all of my decorative elements. So at least that i something to look foward to working on in my “new” life. 🙂

    Nicely written, btw, Sue.

    …ps…look at you posting every day so far!

  2. great abstract. I too am fascinated with them…love them! Thanks for sharing!!!

  3. juliemcleod says:

    I enjoyed reading your reflections on some of your favorite images. The image of your grandson is such a delight!

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