Twilight Afterglow


~There is no compromise in the twilight afterglow.

The sunset is my constant reminder and proof

that change and transformation can be beautiful.~

 

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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

 

In Memory…


A million feelings

A thousand thoughts

Never-ending memories

One sweet rose

In Memory…

of the 17 victims

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Parkland, Florida

Our prayers are with you as your tears fall…

2-14-18

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one sweet rose

 

The Flip Side of Valentine’s


Today is Valentine’s Day. Yes, the time of year when it is said to be the most romantic day of the year. That theory, I’m not sold on just yet. There other days throughout the year where I have experienced romance, and oddly enough…it usually is not on Valentine’s Day. 

Here are some fun facts you may or may not know. 

  • The first commercially printed Valentine’s Day card was produced in 1913 by Hallmark. Today, more than a billion Valentine’s cards are sold each year. 
  • February 14th is also Single Awareness Day.
  • According to Hallmark, more than 50 percent of this holiday card is purchased within six days before the 14th.
  • There will be more than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate sold for Valentine’s Day. 
  • Among those buying gifts, 3 percent are those who buy for their pets. 
  • On this day, in the U.S., 189 million stems of roses are sold. 

That’s a lot of cards. A lot of chocolate…and a lot of roses. 

I think it’s awesome that there is a day set aside each year to show love and affection for others. The world we live in could sure use many more days like this, if only it didn’t cost a fortune. 🙂

But, I want to focus on those out there who are facing this day of love without the one they love. This is one of those holidays that can make a person realize who they may be missing and just how much. Then again, for others…it may not matter at all. But if you find yourself feeling a little low on this day of each year, let me say…You are loved and maybe you can lift yourself up by sharing that love with others.

5 Things to Consider:

  1. Pay-It-Forward/ Do a good deed for someone. It will make them smile as well as yourself.
  2. Find the positive in the day. Look for things that make you happy. Things that make you smile. Make an effort to look for the good in others.
  3. Love Yourself. Do something for yourself that brings joy to your heart. Laugh Out Loud! 
  4. Change Your Focus. Don’t concentrate so much on who you don’t have but rather on who you do have. Appreciate those friends and family that are near and dear. Let them know they are loved.
  5. Realize the value in each day. Valentine’s Day is only one day a year. Realize your worth and the value of each day given. Be humbled and thankful for each breath taken.

I also want to take this time to offer my heartfelt love to those who are in anguish over the most recent shooting today with at least 17 killed at a high school in Parkland, Florida. I can’t even imagine the grief they may be going through. May God be with the them and comfort them as they go through this horrific loss. ~ Laura

 

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