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Gratitude – and a bunch of flowers

This morning I had time to really read Lee Aspland’s blog post about Gratitude and follow some of the links he recommended (well worth a look: L A Photography on Facebook) – I really enjoyed the work of Kim Manley Ort who I had not come across before – I am looking forward to buying her book shortly!

I was struck by her comment:

“Ever since then, I’ve practiced reweaving my web of connection through photography.
My camera teaches me how to slow down (pause), pay attention (focus) and then connect with what’s there (click the shutter). It teaches me about myself, what I’m drawn to and what I turn away from. It teaches me how to engage, and most importantly, how to trust what I must share.”    (from Kim’s guest post on Lee’s website).

After reading a lot of interesting sites, I came downstairs and was really struck by the beauty of the flowers I was given by my sister in law last night.   I felt very grateful for that present moment when the glorious patterns filled my mind.   So I got my camera out and took this gallery of shots.

Please click on the thumbnails for a larger image:

Goodbye Gosport Queen!

I am genuinely sad to see Gosport Queen go although obviously pleased she’s getting a new life on the Thames, she was always my favorite and I would love it when she stepped in for one of the newer ferries from time to time.   I have travelled on her most of my life, we are almost the same age, and I love the quirky design and of course all the wood.   Below a little tribute to Gosport Queen with some pictures I’ve taken recently.

Time for a cull

A great many artists will tell you that it is essential to have a cull of your work regularly, in order to keep things fresh, but it is a very difficult thing to do.    Earlier this year  I met Mark Anstee (see my blog post from January) who strongly feels that his work is temporary, and consequently, he culls regularly.

Yesterday I went to the excellent Abstract Expressionism exhibition at the Royal Academy and was delighted to see two photographs by Minor White included in the genre.   I have known about Minor White for a while, he was a mentor for John Daido Loori who I admire very much (Lee Aspland introduced me to them both) but I had not seen any of his work in person.

The prints they chose were mesmerising and I realised in an instant that I had to cull my photographic work and concentrate on the simple, zen, abstract work that I do.

So this morning I have deleted hundreds and hundreds of pictures that I have taken this year.   I have only kept the ones that made my heart sing when I saw them, and surprisingly most of them just evoked a ‘nah’ reaction – it wasn’t very difficult to do!

“One should photograph things not only for what they are, but also for what else they are.” Minor White

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Leaf, 2015

The featured image is “Elson, 2016”.

Finding some beauty…photo gallery

I thought that today of all days, I needed to get out into the outdoors and do some mindful photography and find some beauty in the world.  Not easy in a drizzly grey Gosport in November.  (Although annoyingly the sun has come out since I got home!).  But I had a great walk and am very pleased with the pictures I took.  The leaves still look amazing.

I decided to focus on colour – to brighten my day – but some monochrome crept in there too, perhaps giving away my underlying mood.

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Europe’s largest beer tent? Right in the heart of Portsmouth!

Went for a lovely (and much needed) mindful photowalk around Portsmouth Guildhall Square today, partly to record the incredible temporary entertainment venue that has sprung up (for Oktoberfest)  and partly because it was such a beautiful day and I needed some sunshine.

Even Queen Victoria is enclosed in the tent!

So here is a mix of pictures from around the square today (click to see larger copies) – it certainly looks like it’s going to be an amazing weekend for the ticket holders.

I confess that I will look forward to having our lovely square back though!

The feature picture above is one of three iconic Portsmouth buildings, the Norrish Central Library, The Guildhall, and the Civic Offices.

Action Stations – in colour and monochrome!

I am very proud to share my pictures of the Action Stations building taken earlier this month.   As I have already blogged, I learnt a great deal doing this assignment – and I am very pleased with the results.

I used my mindful practice of wandering around the building seeing what caught my eye.  Back home I review the shots always asking “is this about the colour or the shape?” the latter are turned into monochrome, the former are tweaked to enhance the important features – but I seldom do much post-processing.

See my blog on the history of this wonderful building here >>

So here is a sample of the shots – I actually have 60 of them – too many for this blog!

Colour gallery

Monochrome Gallery

Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a similar photo assignment.