Sunday, January 31, 2010

One more time

Ok, the first link was to my personal facebook page, which you are welcome to add me as a friend if you wish, but this link will be to my photography page which you will need to become a "fan" I will be drawing a name for a free print from all who have signed up as a fan by next Sunday. Thanks for your support!

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Snow Squall on the big lake

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Masonboro Island

Has finally warmed up enough here to get out on the water and what a beautiful day it was. Is that sunburn? Curtis and I paddle, photograph and solve all the worlds problems whilst dodging kayak eating dredges and tugs. Here are a few pics from the day. Some have been "messed with" in case you didn't notice. The large pipe that I have a shot of Curtis in, was at least a block long. He got on one end and I on the other and we could talk to each other in regular conversation voices! The echoes were CrAZy cRaZY!!!

The pipes, doZer tracks, dredges etc, are a part of the dredging operation in Masonboro Inlet.

aNd for good measure, a common loon in winter plumage.

Monday, January 11, 2010

New Addition

In June my niece Tara, gave birth to her first child, Wilhelmina. On new years eve I pulled out my phone to show pictures of her that my niece and sister had sent to me. That was the first time I have ever shown baby pictures. I finally got to see my grand niece in person last week and took some candid images of my own that I wanted to share. Here are two, but be warned that I shot hundreds and there may be more to follow. And just for fun I've included a shot of Chica, a puppy my sister and her husband adopted in Puerto Rico

Friday, January 8, 2010

Sand Art - truly amazing

t miss this amazing Video Clip . . first read it properly..

This video shows the winner of "Ukraine’s Got Talent", Kseniya Simonova, 24, drawing a series of pictures on an illuminated sand table showing how ordinary people were affected by the German invasion during World War II. Her talent, which admittedly is a strange one, is mesmeric to watch.

The images, projected onto a large screen, moved many in the audience to tears and she won the top prize of about £75,000.

She begins by creating a scene showing a couple sitting holding hands on a bench under a starry sky, but then warplanes appear and the happy scene is obliterated.

It is replaced by a woman’s face crying, but then a baby arrives and the woman smiles again. Once again war returns and Miss Simonova throws the sand into chaos from which a young woman’s face appears.

She quickly becomes an old widow, her face wrinkled and sad, before the image turns into a monument to an Unknown Soldier.

This outdoor scene becomes framed by a window as if the viewer is looking out on the monument from within a house.

In the final scene, a mother and child appear inside and a man standing outside, with his hands pressed against the glass, saying goodbye.

The Great Patriotic War, as it is called in Ukraine, resulted in one in four of the population being killed with eight to 11 million deaths out of a population of 42 million.

Kseniya Simonova says:
"I find it difficult enough to create art using paper and pencils or paintbrushes, but using sand and fingers is beyond me. The art, especially when the war is used as the subject matter, even brings some audience members to tears. And there’s surely no bigger compliment."

Monday, January 4, 2010

and it is...

I had a lot of good emails with guesses and a few got it correct. It's an "art car" here in Wilmington. The colored patches are actually duct tape! How much fun would it be to drive it around!

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!

Hopefully my first good omen for the year is foretelling of 2010. I have recovered most of the files I lost from the afternoon shoot at Bete Grise last fall, and as I scrolled through them I noticed this image. It's been a while since I've said that I really like an image I've taken. I like this one. (If you click on an image it will open larger.)

My very best thoughts for you and your families this year.