2.24.2015

taking a little detour

I've been participating in Kim Klassen's BeStill52 course...its a combination of still photography with reflective moments...to actually practice being still...quieting your mind and body...to listen to your inner rhythms...

Last Wednesday's exercise had a prompt to use some bunting in your vignette...I didn't have any bunting...and with my crunch schedule, I didn't want to make any bunting (though it probably would have been a good still exercise) so wondered how I could adapt...

I recently pulled this old board out of a corner of the garden...I recollect it had metal casters on it at one point...which I removed and now are attached to the low cabinet in my front hallway.  Re-examining the board, with its long, thick jute rope hanging on one end, I decided to clean it up and bring it inside for a photographic background...

As I set up on my dining room table, I grabbed the old tape measure laying nearby...the idea of the prompt was to have something in the background which would add some visual interest...I improvised...taking a detour with the bunting idea...







































My neighbor's camellia bush is blooming so I snagged a stray blossom...
which was already wilting...picks up the faded red ink stain on the board...

Looking for something else to play up the pink...a few vintage bingo cards...








































Finally...just focusing on the wood, the measuring tape and the dressmaker's shears...







































This for me, reflects a picture of stillness...weekly exercise complete...

Joining the group over at Kim's Texture Tuesday...
all of my photos were edited with kk texture carmel...

16 comments:

  1. BRILLIANT... just love your adaptation Amy.... so good.

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  2. I agree with Kim ... I was thinking "brilliant" the whole time while reading your post ... gorgeous images.

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  3. Gorgeous images - I love the "love" tape :)

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  4. It's amazing what happens when we reconcile ourselves to using what we have on hand. Constraints can be a good thing. Your photos today show your thoughtful approach - and the results are uniquely you. Best compliment I can give!

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  5. So beautifully done! I like your choices that you include in these images, and how you composed each one.

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  6. I think I like the simplicity of the last one....loving that red on the old wood. I bought an old lock in Australia this weekend and thought of you : ) will be sharing on the blog soon...

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  7. Loved the last one, simple and still, perfect! It's your photo so you can do whatever you want to do.

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  8. Always so beautifully done Amy, love the rope and using it as a backdrop.

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  9. All the different textures in these photos -- wonderful! I really love the rough hewn feeling that the rope adds.

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  10. It is amazing what you have done with the old board from the garden. And, its casters are now being used on your cabinet. The board makes a wonderful background, especially with the rope attached. Beautifully done.

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  11. Such a great series with so much simplicity Amy! I really liked to read your post and see what clever inventiveness you developed all along the process of building your composition with what you had on hand... such a lesson of creativity, of simplicity and humility... I so much love the last of your 3 shots with its monochromatic and wabi-sabi mood but the second picture is also a favorite with the delicate touches of pink lightening the scene...

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  12. I agree with the others, this was brilliant! I really love the last image; simple, yet beautiful! I think more than anything in Kim's class, I'm learning to use what I have and be creative.

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  13. Truly lovely composition. I like the red ink on the board with the camellia.

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  14. Amy-love how you take what's at hand and go full force with it.

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