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One side of me would prefer to call this my visual 'journal,' as this section reflects images that I make, new techniques I try, places I explore or events that I record throughout the year . Frequently I will pair a quote with an image which often enhances or adds depth and new meaning to an image. 

Thank you for your visits and comments.  Both are important! 

 

 

 

Friday
Feb122016

Longing for Spring

"No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow."

~unknown

Sunday
Feb072016

"The SHOW" - Benefitting NHS Museum Restoration

I rarely show my work in this type of environment; however, I want to support the Nolensville Historic Society as well as show to the community some of my Nolensville and rural Tennessee images.  

My good friend, Sue Harki, will be showing her refinished furniture in my booth.  Her beautiful pieces will give me a place to display my work.  If you are in the Nashville area, check out Canonbury Cottage Creations.  

And...please drop by March 4th or 5th.  I'd love to visit with you at "The SHOW."  

Friday
Jan222016

Snow Day!

It's so rare that we get measurable snow here in the Nashville area that this winter 'storm' is a actually a pleasant treat. A few photos made in my back yard.   


 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday
Jan172016

Improvisation

Years ago, during my time as a church organist, I enjoyed what were called ‘free hymn tune improvisations.’  I loved the way the old and the new, the familiar and the unfamiliar, were woven together.  I loved the way the contemporary interpretations of well-known and time-honored hymns often ‘challenged’ the listener or encouraged the listener to sit up and take notice.  I loved and appreciated the creativity that the improvisational style offered while still being respectful of history and tradition.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

In free hymn tune improvisations, the melody was always present but might have counter-melodies and/or interesting rhythmic themes added.  The chord structure would nearly always be altered.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

From time to time I find myself ‘improvising’ with my images; challenging the viewer to accept  imaginative interpretations of  well-known and time-honored subjects and scenarios.  I enjoy creating something different and unfamiliar from that which is very familiar.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

While I no longer am an active performing musician, I remain amazed at how much inspiration from music I receive for my photography.  Music is a powerful photography muse.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

Cross posted at f/4 Studio

Sunday
Dec132015

A Different Kind of Gift

Each year I photograph something ‘Christmasy’ and create my own personal and unique Christmas card.  Usually I print the cards myself on good quality paper in such a way that the cards are suitable for framing.  By doing this, I hope that my cards are not only a holiday greeting, but also a small gift for each recipient.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

Occasionally I’ll hear a ‘thank you for the special card,’ or ‘I really enjoyed your card this year.’  However, typically there are no comments or responses; one can only hope the card was appreciated.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

One special elderly friend from my home town was the exception.  She lived alone and rarely ventured out of her house.  Visits from family members, hours of telephone conversations with friends, and the television were her primary avenues for contact and connection with others.

During each of my visits ‘home,’ I would always set aside time to visit this special friend and over the years a strong bond was formed.  She always asked about my photography and always commented about my Christmas cards.

She passed away this year.

Recently I received a letter from her daughter.  In the letter she thanked me for my ongoing friendship with her mother…and my beautiful Christmas cards.  It seems that she found all of my cards collected in a special place.  I felt as if I had received a gift when I read her letter; a gift in knowing my cards (and my photography) had been appreciated.

Often we never really know how meaningful or impactful our art can be to others.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

May the dove of peace and the spirit of the season be with you and yours this holiday season.
Merry Christmas!

Cross-posted at f/4 Studio

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