While watching the news this morning there was a report about a weight-lifting Mum showing off her six pack and causing a firestorm. She did it by posting a photo with a caption on Instagram. It offended some and got support from others. It also made me think about a beautiful and thought-provoking song Try by Colbie Caillat.
To me the interesting thing about this story – it all happened because of a photograph.
Images tell a story like nothing else can. It’s why photography is fascinating and captivating.
I recently posted a floral photograph on my Facebook page. It was not an image I had thought much of but it got a significant response from my friends. We don’t always know what resonates with people in the art we produce but it’s great to know when a connection has been made.
What are you photographing today?
Photo 1: Wet Rose on Facebook
Photo 2: Pink Roses near the Creek
Photo 3: Pink Roses in my garden
Photo 1: #YourTurnChallenge #Day2
The conversation with my relocation adviser was about fifteen minutes in when we started talking about my LinkedIn profile summary. She took one look at it and said “You will have to remove the bit about the floral photography, recruiters don’t like flakey”.
Floral photography is my passion. Nothing ignites my soul like capturing the essence of a bloom in all it’s splendour. To have my art judged and demoted at a glance hurt.
Understandably the conversation rapidly deteriorated after that. If being passionate about floral photography made me flakey then so be it!
I would be a flakey artsy generalist instead of a boxed in, easily defined, scientific writer. If a recruiter didn’t like that I was flakey then they didn’t have work that would fuel my creative fire so that was no loss anyway.
I maintain that the world needs flakey! The world needs our authentic creative selves connecting with our passions to drive us into new realms of accomplishment.
You define who you are and you set the boundaries. Not conforming to expectations is not a bad thing. Sterilising the flakey is not a solution.
So be brave and be flakey! Live your passion and leave a legacy. I know I will.
So here’s another piece of my art (you fan find more on FineArtAmerica):
Some much needed rain finally arrived in drought-stricken California this week. I took the opportunity to feed the roses and admire some late bloomers in the nearby park.
Photo 1: Raindrops on a variegated Rose
Photo 2: Wet yellow Rose
Photo 3: Orange miniature Rose cluster
Photo 4: Single wet white Rose
Photo 5: Rose romance
Some of these images are available for purchase on my fineartamerica artist page.
I have been waiting to get my hands on a bunch of these beauties. Found some at a local supermarket yesterday. Lovely vibrant colour and they just look so different to the yellow I am accustomed too.
Photo 1: Orange Sunflower
Photo 2: Looking up
Photo 3: Side view
Photo 4: Side by side
Photo 5: Together
Photo 6: Pair
Photo 7: Sunny bunch
Interesting things happen to a rose when you leave it face down outside in the sun…
Photo 1: Dried and flattened pink Rose
Photo 2: Rear view
Photo 3: Side view
Photo 4: Upside down
Photo 5: Dried pink Rose
I am so grateful to have the space to pursue something I love and now I have taken the plunge to see whether it can make me an income as well by launching an artist website today. Taking photographs of flowers is my passion. It energizes and invigorates me like nothing else. It fuels my soul and focuses my chi.
Photo 1: Swallowtail Butterfly on red Yarrow
The photo above is my latest upload on to the site. The one below of the white Agapanthus is my first sale!
Photo 2: New Beginnings
If you are feeling so inclined I would really appreciate some comments on the images I uploaded on the site.
My photos appear to be popular as floral greeting cards so I am planning to print some batches as well. I still have so much to learn but I am thoroughly enjoying the journey!
Thanks for your support!
Simple, striking and elegant shape of Japanese Anemones.
Photo 1: Simple elegance
Photo 2: Quiet time
Photo 3: Wistful
Photo 4: Reaching
Photo 5: Company
Photo 6: Serenity
Photo 7: All together
The joyful sight of roses in the garden.
Photo 1: Roses in the garden
Photo 2: Roses side by side
Photo 3: Rose cluster
Photo 4: Roses blooming
Photo 5: Peachy pink blooms
Photo 6: Bud and bloom
Photo 7: Rosey
A butterfly perched on the tip of Society Garlic in bloom.
Photo 1: Butterfly Society
I received a rather early birthday present from my lovely hubby today – extension tubes for my camera. For those of you who are still saving for a macro lens like I am – this is an affordable alternative. Played around with it in the yard and was very pleased with the results.
Photo 1: Wasp on a wet pink Rose
Photo 2: Droplets on Rose petal
Photo 3: White Rosebud with droplets
Photo 4: Rose petal edge
Photo 5: Rose petal curve
Photo 6: Droplets on peach Rose
Photo 7: Wet Barbara Streisand Rose