The photographic explorations of a former film student.

Still Life

Good Bye Fall: Gourds

I purchased some ornamental gourds when I went to the apple orchard about a month ago. Since they were pretty and I spent money on them, I photographed them. Fall is just about over. The gourds have rotted and been tossed. But at least I still have the photos.

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Next Time: Christmas

I should be able to put together a Christmas post in two weeks. Decorating is in process.

 


Dairy Days

June is Dairy Month. Or at least that’s what we Midwestern 4-H kids used to celebrate it as a decade or more ago. (Yes, I was in 4-H. No, I did not live on a farm. No, I did not have animals.) Why did I think of this more this year than the last 5 Junes I’ve been blogging? It might just be all the old photos my sister scanned and gave me. Whatever the catalyst, my inner dairy promoter was awakened and I started to worry I wasn’t getting enough calcium. So I’m drinking a glass of milk every day this month. I’m not going to photograph them all (I thought about it, but that got boring fast). Anyway, here are some quick shots of some of the milk I did drink.

Happy Dairy Month!

Next Time: Train or More Milk

Which one depends on how things go. Milk can get boring, but I had a fun idea for a more fancy milk shot.


Novel Knickknacks

Most of us hang on to things we don’t need – knickknacks with no real purpose or objects we have a more functional alternative for. Why? Maybe they’re cute or pretty. Maybe they have some significance in our lives like souvenirs, childhood mementos, or objects that belonged to relatives or friends. Whatever the reason, here’s some stuff I’ve kept around.

“We Give A Hoot!” These key chains were once given out by many businesses. As far as I can find, they were connected to an environmental and anti-littering campaign in the 1970s. These are from a place my Aunt worked for. My family had a whole box once, but I gave most of them away when I was in college. I had to keep a few for their vintage charm.

GiveAHoot

This is my Bean Bank. I’ve had him literally as long as I can remember. His job is to hold my coin collection, which I am not at all serious about and frequently forget exists. Isn’t he cute though? I’ve always been fond of this guy.

HumanBean

Do you keep anything novel or unnecessary for sentimental reasons? Feel free to share in the comments.


Argus C3

I was looking for a 35mm camera from the 40s or 50s for my collection when I found this one at an estate sale. A little worn and dusty, but he’s cute. This is an Argus C3 made in Michigan either before or after WWII. Eventually, I’d like to do more research on this camera, but for now I’ve just cleaned and photographed it. Poor thing was pretty dirty. I did quite a bit of Photoshop work on the camera because of the dust even though I cleaned it a lot before shooting. For more information about Argus cameras, visit http://argusinfo.net

 

Next Time: More Table Top or Nature

Maybe you can tell, I’m pretty rusty with the still life/table top right now. Due to other commitments, I shot very little last fall and winter. Right now, I think maybe getting back to more of the basics would be good, so I might do some objects on white. Otherwise, we’ll see what Spring brings.


Dictionaries

I finally finished it. Getting back to still life with as little as I’ve shot since last summer (and such a small percentage of that planned table top) means I’m rusty right now. I have to make myself do this. The joy and fluency will return as I keep at it. But enough of my inner frustrated artist.

When I hear or read the word dictionary, this is what comes to mind:
TheDictionary

The big, red dictionary was once my Uncle’s. I don’t know how it got to us, but whenever my Mom told me to look something up in the dictionary, this was the book I picked up. We had other dictionaries, but this was The Dictionary. Mom let me take it with me when I moved out.

I’m not language crazy by any stretch of the imagination, but an old dictionary just has some kind of venerable aura about it. When I find one, I want it. This one from the 1950s was thrift-store find last fall. With its pinkish cover, letter tabs, and gold-edged pages, it almost looks like a Bible.

Pink50sDictionary

Not all dictionaries are venerable tomes though. I found this pocket dictionary at a library book sale a few years back. The writing in the front cover tells me a teen girl owned it back in the 1940s.

PocketDictionary

Next Time: Observatory

Speaking of old and venerable, I spent yesterday at an observatory constructed in 1895. In the early 1920s, it was such a big deal in astronomy and astrophysics that Albert Einstein himself visited it.

 


Annual Valentine Encouragement

Because this was a long week for me, and because I realized this will be my last post before Valentine’s day, no dictionaries this week.

Back when I was in college, my roommates would get flowers from their boyfriends for various occasions. I didn’t have a boyfriend (which I’m not sad about, because it was the right thing for me), so I would photograph their flowers.

Rose

It was good fun at times, especially when no one else was around and I could turn out the lights and experiment with LED flashlights.

FlashlightFloral

While we’re on the subject of boyfriends just a week from Valentine’s Day, I’m going to say it (like I have for the past couple of years): single people, please don’t let Valentine’s Day get you down. Not having a significant other doesn’t mean you can’t observe the holiday. Love comes in many varieties. Romantic isn’t the only one. So take some time to let your friends and family know how much they mean to you. Call, write, send a card, or make plans to meet for coffee. Observe the day as a celebration of the love you do have. Happy Valentine’s Day!


Merry Christmas! (With Decorations)

This year, I did things differently for Christmas Decorations. For one, I decided to hang my little beaded whatever it is off my living room lamp. I like it so much I’m not sure why I didn’t think of it sooner.

beadwreath

Then, my mother thought I should change up my mantle decorations a bit, so she gave me a tall round glass vase to put ornaments in. After looking online for ideas, I decided I wanted pine cones too. I thought I’d have some fun with the reflections and surface curvature while photographing the end result.

DecorationInGlass

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Wishing you peace on earth today and throughout the coming year.