Thursday, April 23, 2015

Uniquely Fredericksburg

I read way too many non-fiction books - always searching for self-improvement, enlightenment, or a better way.

Sometimes too much advice, like too many cooks in the kitchen, can spoil the soup. So I look for simple ways to focus my energy on specific actions, rather than trying to reach a vague and arbitrary ideal.

In Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon reveals 10 things nobody told you about being creative. Number 6 The Secret: Do good work and share it with people.

Taking action, I decided to submit a few of my photographs to a local exhibit, Uniquely Fredericksburg, sponsored by our downtown library (Central Rappahannock Regional Library).

Eligible works must be inspired by the Fredericksburg experience – scenes, sites, and people. Categories include painting, drawing/printmaking, photography, mixed media, and computer generated art.

I roam the streets of my hometown taking pictures, so I had a ready bank of images. The only challenge was to select those pictures that without a doubt capture the unique aspects of our little city.

The whole notion of jury and judge is a bit unnerving, but here goes.

Betsy's Garden – LibertyTown Arts

2400 Diner

Freshly Cut – Burgess Barber Shop

Prescription for the Soul

Tree of Lights – Hurkamp Park

Participating in a show is not about validation or winning a prize. It's about sharing my passion for my home and the vision that place holds in my soul. Wish me luck!

23 comments:

  1. I will be shocked if they are not selected. All of them telling a story. I especially love the barber chair. Way to go Donna!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy! Remind me when we meet in person to tell you just how much you've encouraged and inspired me!

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  2. I agree with Cathy, but regardless of how it turns out - you already achieved your goal : sharing your passion for you home. (you nailed "The Secret" for sure!) Fredericksburg is indeed unique. And it looks like a wonderful place to live. Nicely done, my friend!

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    1. June, I love the many views of your home you've shared, too! Your flower photos are like a guided tour of your garden.

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  3. The sign photo is awesome! The tree also gorgeous. I would love to see the man playing guitar would look in black and white. And the barber chair reminds me of a shoot I did with hubby's dad before he retired. Same striped towel, similar chair. Just share your art, that's all we need to do.

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    1. Roxi, You've given me a great idea. I am going to try that photo in black and white! I had a hard time with that picture. It still seems kind of all over the place and the black and white might be just the thing to tie all of the elements together! Thank you!

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  4. The neon sign photo is my favourite too. To my European eyes it shouts "America", and I love the old barber's chair too. How wonderful that they still use it. Your lovely photos are evocative of a city with oodles of old-world charm, and I wish you all the luck in the world with the competition, although with your talent and great eye for a good shot, I don't think you'll be needing any luck. All the best for the weekend, Bonny

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    1. Bonny, When my confidence wanes, I am coming back to this post! You have a rare talent for finding the best in every one an every thing. I can imagine what a wonderful young man Emi is - due in large part to a mother like you!

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  5. These are all so wonderful! I'll join the fan club for the neon sign, but all of these photos communicate the spirit of your town!

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    1. Roxanne, That neon sign, over a local Diner, is a landmark in our area. I was lucky to be out walking early one morning and that beautiful sky, with the sun just rising, and the lights still on - made for a very cool photo that just fell into place.

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  6. You nailed it gal! These are delightful!

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    1. Robin, I got the idea to at least try for this show based on your blog post for the NY Times contest you entered. Your photos of those women in fields from all over the world were stunning. It's your connection to people that comes through in your pictures. You are winner in my book!

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  7. Wonderful! Makes me want to visit your town!

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    1. Elizabeth, You may wish to visit my town, but I want to visit your home! I always love the views of your home decor - conveying your gracious hospitality.

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  8. A wonderful selection! Fredericksburg is such a delightful town, just chock full of photo ops. You captured them well. Your hometown and mine could practically be interchangeable!

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    1. Isn't that the truth! Don't we all live in a place full of interesting characters and sites and scenes. Home is universal.

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  9. You will do great! I have no doubt! I love that Barbershop chair and the signs, so perfect!

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! Even though you are younger than me, I often look to you as an example of how to take risks and try new things. I am enthralled by your recent post on your self-portraiture class and have bookmarked the class as something I'd love to do!

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  10. Good luck and even if you don't win you are awesome in my book but with these beauties you have a very good chance to win. The selection is varied and that really shows how talented you are.

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! It's always hard to know what kinds of photos judges are looking for - but it's fun to try. I've already decided that if they aren't accepted I am going to donate them to a local charity for their Silent Auction. So, it's all good!

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  11. I feel like I know a little bit about Fredericksburg through these fantastic images! Good luck!

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  12. My goodness, Donna ... I'll wish you luck but I don't think you need it! That first shot is so sunny and beautifully composed - did you set up a trip-pod? Oh, and that barber's chair, and the prescription for the soul (love that caption) are amazing ... as are all the rest for that matter ... beautiful work!

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  13. Well done on entering your photos, which are superb by the way ! Thanks for sharing them with us, and good luck :)

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