Wednesday, July 1, 2015

closer to whole

There are so many resources for learning photography - sometimes it's hard to know where to spend my money.  What are the best investments? I trust my instincts. And I'm considering a class, Wide Open – photography and vulnerability – with teacher and mentor, Henry Lohmeyer.

Here are Henry's words that sway me . . .

Each photo that I take is about what I’m processing, what I’m feeling, what I’m being. If you can concede to this notion and completely believe that each photo you take is about your own personal journey, what's in you, then anything you see becomes a photo worth taking, a feeling worth expressing. 


To Crepe Myrtles and Country Lanes



Route 301 – Home Away From Home


Ready and Waiting


How We Are Spared


Not an Ordinary Place

Through photography and the photos I take—that quiet place that allows me needed pause in connection, I’ve had time to heal and to know that there’s not a moment in my life when embracing my frailties and all the thoughts that linger in those deep recesses do not bring me closer to whole. Through the vulnerability I’ve learned the ability to love the imperfections in all I see and most of all, in my own self.   –Henry Lohmeyer

I am passionate about photography . . . and classes like Wide Open are an invitation to grow . . . to embrace the journey . . . coming closer to whole.

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    1. Hi Sherri, Always a pleasure to hear from you! Hope you are settling into your new home. I'll be looking forward to seeing you latest pictures and hearing all about your life, too!

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  2. Gorgeous as always and sincere to boot. You always make the purpose of photography so real not only in my eyes but I am sure in others as well.

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    1. Barbara, I always look to you for the purpose of photography. Your recent travel photographs are marvelous - open and inviting. I feel as though I've taken the trip with you - and I especially love the glimpses of your family. How wonderful that you all will have the memories of this trip together. Looks like your Fuji camera worked well . . . of course, it's not the camera, it's the photographer that makes the picture - and you are wildly talented!

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    1. Caz, Hope you are settling into your new home. Love your recent posts - so happy to have you back. What will you be up to now that Be Still 52 is completed? New projects or classes?

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  4. Donna, these are stunning. Some of your best, I think. Mr. Lohmeyer's class sounds like the perfect fit for where you are in your journey right now. Enjoy!

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    1. June, I admire how you use your photography to enhance your faith and work out your thoughts and feelings. You tend to nature in such a loving manner. I am hoping this class might direct me where I need to go next . . . I have much to learn in this life.

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  5. What an amazing series of pictures Donna!
    Each of them incites to reflexion, to questionnings, even to meditation... You excel in landscape pictures as well as in still life ones.
    The title under each picture has been chosen with care, each one has its importance and is part of the picture itself.
    They incite the viewer to go back to the picture and linger on each detail then to step back and consider it with a more global approach... as we do in front of a painting in a museum.
    I've the sentiment that Henry Lohmeyer's course has already given you a new spark and a new departure towards another photographic journey... and I'm happy for you. This class will nourish the expectations you've put in photography...
    I'd love to talk about each of your gorgoeus pictures today, there's so much to comment on each one... but I'll keep this for myself... just tell you that I've a weakness for the "motel" one, love the striking point of view, the vintage-style processing, the sky and the lines, the old sign... so american!
    Your post Donna, is in itself a lesson on photography and even more....

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    1. Odile, It's funny that you should mention the photograph captions. My son teases me - saying that I always name my pictures in a very sentimental and predictable fashion - "nature's bounty" or "sweet summer" or "welcome spring." We laugh together - as I rarely like to put the time into coming up with creative titles. But, just this once - mostly to show my son that I can think outside the box - I tried to be a bit more original - ha, ha! Thank you for your visit and always for your encouragement.

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  6. OH if I could only write like you and Odile. You both leave such beautiful, thoughtful messages - and they seem to flow so naturally. I would be here for days just trying to figure out what to write.

    This looks like a really good class and perfect for you for where you are in your journey. I am saving my money to take a class from you : ) Looking forward to all the amazing photos you will be sharing!

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    1. Cathy, You always make me feel like a million bucks! My dear friend, your talents stretch far and wide and your words are always just right. I love to picture you on your travels - my adventurer friend - trying new things and seeking the beauty in every place. Love those little Asian lady ribbon holders!

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  7. It is always about learning and growing. Only by exploring can we become who we are meant to be.

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    1. Sarah, I feel as though you and I are taking turns showing each other our "places." The concept which you so aptly call, "walking to discover," is a perfect explanation of how I approach photography. Curiosity and connection are the secrets to an artful life!

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  8. Love the vintage processing of the first 2 photos and I'm always inspired by your photography and words.
    Many, many years ago when I took my first job, I lived in a little house (which was probably once a tourist "cabin") on 301 in VA.

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    1. Well, Roxanne, if you ever make a return visit to Route 301 in Virginia, you must let me know! I'd come to visit you in a heartbeat! I've enjoyed visiting your photo stream - and love your recent still life images.

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  9. Your photos are moving! They belong in a travel magazine!

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    1. Thank you, Sarah. I am deeply moved by your struggle with Lyme Disease - praying that the heart arrhythmia is not as serious as suspected. I love your openness and willingness to share - your pictures and your wonderful recipes.

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  10. I love Henry also Donna and I have been thinking about this class but just not sure I want to get invovled right now but I am so happy to see that you are doing it...he is one of the best and I love chatting with him on Istagram...I might go for it but I'm just not sure this is the right time...let me know what you think...
    Your photos here are so lovely and I know you will grow from learning with him...have a beautiful week.

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    1. Cheryl, Wow, thanks so much for sharing about your interaction with Henry. It's always so hard to know which classes might be a good use of money and time . . . but so far I'm really enjoying Wide Open. I'll keep you posted. I'm just venturing into instagram but I'll look for you there.

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  11. Every time I read a post of yours, I come away even more convinced that I must--MUST--visit your neck of the woods and take a photo field trip with you & Candice. Your eye, your sensibilities, the very essence of you are makes me wish that we lived close enough to take classes together and plot new adventures over pie.

    And you just know--don't you?!?!--that should you find yourselves in SoCal, I'll happily play hostess and tour guide, both. That'd be SO FUN!

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