Photography that Blends – take a look
You may know that I have an in-house photographer, Christopher Shearly, who documents all our vacations, events, and such. He patiently considers my image suggestions while on vacation. He tries not to spend too long in any one place when we’re together on a photo safari. When he has his camera along, he makes sure I have pictures of things I like and events I enjoy. I never worry about it. So much so, in fact, that I’ve lost two nice little cameras and kept another one in a drawer until its technology was outdated. Not a great photography record.
About three years ago I started taking snapshots from time to time. Using my phone, my old phone, my only phone. (Still have it. Yes, I really do need to buy a new one.) Surprisingly, I liked it. I found I like making images. I like editting them so that they please me. Looking them over every so often reminds me of the good times I’ve had. It also reminds me of my good fortune in having the resources to make them. After years of watching Chris and other friends dedicate themselves to the craft, it turns out that I enjoy photography too.
Perhaps it is because, as photographer Teju Cole writes,
“Photography is inescapably a memorial art. It selects, out of the flow of time, a moment to be preserved, with the moments before and after falling away like sheer cliffs. …it is about retention: not only the ability to make an image directly out of the interaction between light and the tangible world but also the possibility of saving that image.”
It’s an image I made outside the Alpengruss Café one morning as we went in for breakfast. It reminds me of a moment of fascination. The strange sight of frost on living flower petals in the slanting sun.
There seems little point in making images without sharing them. Since I want to do that and keep my right to control them, they’ve become part of The Blend. Please bear with my initial attempts to create some albums. I’ll get the hang of it at some point.