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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
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

Tuesday
Nov242015

A Saturday Morning Drive Down the Natchez Trace

Described by the National Park Service as “A Drive Through History,”  “The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history.  Used by American Indians, ‘Kaintucks,’ settlers, and future presidents, the Old Trace played an important role inAmerican history.  Today, visitors can enjoy not only scenic drive but also hiking, biking, horseback riding, and camping.”

I took a drive down a portion of The Trace on a misty November Saturday morning.  Even though the trees weren’t at their peak color, heavy rain was in the forecast and I was afraid the leaves would be soon be dropping off the trees as a result of the rain.

As one might imagine, The Trace offers overlooks to beautiful rural Tennessee vistas.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

Leaf ‘color’ was present, but spotty.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

Fortunately traffic is light – and slow – on The Trace.  The roads are wide with plenty of room to pull off.  And pull off I did!  I probably pulled off on the side of the road nearly every 5 miles or so.  I kept wanting to enjoy each special nuance the various groves of trees displayed.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

My camera and I explored various techniques to express the beauty that nature was presenting.   The  swipe…

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© Sue Henry

Intentional camera movement…

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© Sue Henry

Some of the fun took place at home on the computer.

This is the portion of the original image that made me ‘sigh,’ so I decided to turn it into an image all its own.  It’s often interesting to ‘mine’ images or find a ‘picture within a picture.’

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© Sue Henry

I found it fascinating how cropping an image would alter the perception of the original image.  One presentation is not necessarily better than another; just different.

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

© Sue Henry

And to complete this rewarding Saturday morning photography outing, lunch at Puckett’s in Columbia.  All of this made for a very good Saturday morning drive!

Originally posted at f/4 Studio

Friday
Oct302015

Autumn Leaves

The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn.

~ attributed to John Muir

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