Exploring the Faceless

Photography can take on many forms with various aspects, many of which we hope would express a sense of inspiration through personal connection. But what about those photographs taken of the “nameless” shadows, silhouettes, and masked characters? 

Here’s my take on exploring the anonymity of each subject. Please share what you like or dislike about these images and how they make you feel.

Dark and Light/ This photo was taken while attending a concert. The stage lights mixed with the darkness of the room produced a hazy silhouettes of heads in front of me. 

BACKSIDE/ Unlike the photo above, this particular photo was shot at the ocean during the day in full daylight. I took the photo of his backside while he was fishing. His hat was a great concealer of his true identity. The light background of the ocean with the white waves directly in front of him brought about a stronger appearance of him. This particular fish was being thrown back into the ocean.

FAR AWAY SUBJECT/ This photo was taken at a completely different ocean. I actually took this shot from my hotel window. The kayakers were preparing to take off into the waves. Shooting at a distance made this one interesting. Even though they appear small, the human eye is still drawn to them without revealing their identity.

USING SUNLIGHT/  While my husband and I were waiting to be seated at an eclectic little restaurant in Richmond, Va., I couldn’t help but notice the sunlight peaking through the window. As you can see, we were fairly close to those who were eating, but the sunlight shaded the room, giving a dim appearance to those eating. The sun gave just enough light in the dark room to bring about a distant effect maintaining the anonymity of those dining.

ABSTRACT/ And last but not least, turning a monochrome photo into an abstract creating a more dramatic image. Thinking outside the box gave this photo a completely different look and feel. The man and young boy were completely unaware of me standing several feet behind them. Using my zoom, I was able to catch the silhouette of them standing under the pier. 

It’s amazing how a photo of faceless unknowns can be so interesting. Textures, colors, lines, geometric patterns, curves, shadows, silhouettes, creativity, and the right environment seem to all work together to tell a beautiful story. 

It’s all about perspective. 


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A Face In the Crowd


Conveyor of Words

No matter what life’s circumstances may bring, we have a choice of how we will act and react. As for me, I’ve come to believe that positivity can be a very powerful conveyor during life’s struggles. Through The View From My Window, I try to convey that positive words and a positive perspective are important in everyday life.

The magic of words can do more than just define a meaning. Our words can be the most inspiring form of communication or the most damaging. They have the power to create and motivate. And I believe we have a responsibility over the words we speak.

With that being said, I am asking for your support by ‘following’ and ‘sharing’ my podcast, which is the voice behind my blog. I’m still new to this type of platform so you would be helping me grow and expand in many areas. 

I started this podcast last year and took a break to further other endeavors, but my heart speaks to me that I should continue this effort to see where it will take me. 

The View From My Window Podcast (Please click the link)


is to publish an episode at least once a week. I’ve already posted ten episodes which stem from my blog in some way. The topics will hopefully get better as I go. And I hope to go “live” and chat with others to share a common ground with others.


I have a passion to express my thoughts through words whether it’s to entertain, educate, inform, or just chat. But most importantly, to connect with others. To move and be moved. To share and to listen. To get real with myself and others.

I hope you will join me in this effort. I truly need your guidance and support. I’m all ears and using you as my soundboard.

Lots of Love,


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Podcast:Episode 2/In The River

Hope you’re having a great morning.

Please listen to my second podcast and feel free to share your thoughts.

May we all come alive in the river.


Listen to “We Come Alive In The River” by The View From My Window via #spreaker

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Hello Sunshine

I have been nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award by Soma who blogs over at SomaWrites. The Sunshine Award is given by fellow bloggers to other bloggers who are positive and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere. I am honored and thank Soma for the nomination. She, too, is an inspiration. Soma writes and conveys through her blog that one can actually escape their comfort zone if they only put their mind to it. Please check her out. I’m sure you will be inspired.

sunshine award

Sunshine Blogger Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the eleven questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate eleven blogs to receive the award and write them eleven new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or your blog.

So, maybe I should now attempt to answer some of her questions.

  1. Name something that makes you happy? Of course, spending time with my family and grandson makes me happy. I am a “Nonnie.” This name was actually given to me by my grandson. That makes me happy! Also, I am about to become a Nonnie again within the next few weeks. That makes me super happy!
  2. Would you rather live in the city or countryside? I was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of WV. I absolutely love visiting the city. But I couldn’t imagine living there. I’m a country girl at heart!
  3. What’s your ultimate inspiration song? That’s a good question. I have many songs that inspire me,  depending on where I’m at in life. I love music that gets me moving and thinking. But my “go to” songs would have to be: Hold On/Alabama Shakes, Heroes/David Bowie and Eagles Fly/ Sammy Hagar which is what I used as a song on my SKY DIVE experience.
  4. Name 1 item on your bucket list. Ok. This is a great one! I am working on my Bucket List. I’ve already checked off two on my list. If you’re interested in finding out what they were, click here. But the next one I want to check off is a road trip with hubby through Route 66.  Planning this one… hopefully for next year.
  5. Do you prefer to write or type? Write. I love the way it flows on the blank white page.
  6. Mountains or Sea? Sea. I know…I’m a Mountaineer so why the sea? I love the way the calm of the ocean speaks to me.
  7. What is something you do to relieve stress? Shhh…don’t tell my husband but I dance around the house with the music up loud at the end of the work day before he gets home. Oh, and a long hot bubble bath works too.
  8. What is your happy color?   Cobalt Blue
  9. If you visit a new place or country what is the first thing you would do? Easy one! Take photos! 🙂
  10. What is one thing you cannot live without? My faith in God.
  11. Who do you look up to? There are many people in my life I admire and look up to…my parents, my children, all those mentors who helped mold me…but, I truly admire and look up to any and all who have battled an illness, disability or struggle. There’s just something special about a person who lives bravely in the face of adversity.

My Nominations:


Let The Light In-Reflections

Dish Dessert

Hunt’s Clubhouse

Young and Twenty

As you can see…I cheated. I only nominated five. So you five are under no obligation to accept this nomination but please know you have been an inspiration. If you accept, I ask you to answer any five questions from the list. You can answer all, but if not, please choose five. Also, please pass on the nomination to at least five other bloggers whom you admire.

Thanks again, to Soma, for sending some sunshine my way. I truly appreciate it.