One Observing

A Curious Person's Photographic Notebook

5 things I like about the holiday season:

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  1. Sending and receiving paper greeting cards in the old-fashioned mail
  2. The scent of fresh evergreens indoors
  3. Festive lights twinkling and illuminating the dark
  4. Easy-peel mandarin oranges, a treat tradition since childhood
  5. The good cheer in the air that prompts strangers to smile at one another

Warm Wishes

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‘Tis the season for wishes:

I wish you
sparkly lights,
festive fare,
merry chats,
a cosy heart,
and warm mitts.

Dark Still

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As the days here grow shorter and darker, this dark and moody image, another of my recent still-life experiments, seems an appropriate fit.

Autumn to Winter

Snowflakes swirling in the air today. Soon autumn will become winter. Fall’s bounty of apples losing regard in favour of a bounty of warming firewood.

Settings

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Still-life holds a long tradition within art history. Once considered the lowliest in the hierarchy of genres established by painting academies, still-life nevertheless continued and grew in stature, capturing the imagination of master artists such as Chardin (1699-1779) and Cézanne (1839-1906).

This small photo series represents my appreciative and light-hearted nod to the genre. I employed some traditional still-life elements – drapery, fruit, books, teacups –  but opted for a playful presentation by setting my subjects upon household chairs.

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(NOTE: The oil painting depicted above is by Yehuda Podeswa (1926-2012).)

Poems upon the sky

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“Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky.” – Kahlil Gibran

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Discard

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Discard: (noun) a thing no longer useful or desirable.

Perhaps a relative term, as one person’s discard is another person’s desired subject matter.

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