Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Having to make hard choices…


Last night was my night to host the Massasoit Art Guild Photography Section.  I volunteered for this quite a while ago but as of the February meeting, I hadn’t come up with an idea for the meeting.  So it was suggested that I ask people to bring in their best ten photos for us to review.  That sounded good to me….at least until I had to pick out MY best ten photos.  Do you know how hard that is???  If you have a digital camera, I’m sure you do.  Of course, it doesn’t mean that I have thousands of really good photos to choose from but I do have thousands of photos to choose from and each of them has a pull on me.  Sort of like my kids…  Good thing I only have two of those.

Well, long story short, we had a very interesting night looking at photos.  There was everything from a photo taken with a Brownie camera in 1949 of a train yard near Boston that is the Riverside T-stop these days to an old doll found in an attic to abstract studies of gourd skins.  All of the photos were good because they spoke about the people who took them.  And when I really think about it, that’s what I love about photography.

Well, I thought I would post the ten faves (I hesitate to call them my best) that I picked (5 today and 5 tomorrow) and why I like them in particular.  Many of these have been on my blog before but I think a couple of them are new.
 
This is a photo of Walker Pond taken in the early fall.  This is located a short distance from our house.  I like this picture of it because of the mist coming off of the water caused by warm water and cooler air and because of the nice reflections.  I am a real sucker for reflection pics.  But, it tugs at me because I know how truly lucky I have been to have lived near this beautiful place for  so many years.  Season’s End…


This is a tobacco barn located in Hadley, Massachusetts.  I had admired this barn for a long time but this particular day when we drove by, the barn was full, the slats were open and the light was perfect.  The photography planets were aligned.  Don’t you love it when that happens?


And here is another tobacco barn located in another part of Hadley.  Even though it is really nothing like it, the photo reminds me of a painting of a Canadian barn by Georgia O’Keefe that I have long admired.   I love the horizontal lines of the barn in O’Keefe’s painting and I love the horizontal lines of this barn.


This is a scene from the Unitarian Universalist Cemetery in Charleston, South Carolina.  If you are a cemetery wanderer and are ever in Charleston, this is a must see place.  It has a wild beauty about it that is just perfect in my book.


Here is a photo I call “Half Baked.”  It is a simple oak leaf that I came on while I was walking one day.  There is so much beauty in the world and much of it is so commonplace that we seldom even see it.  This reminds me to pay attention.


Until tomorrow…


12 comments:

Sandra said...

they are all beautiful my favorite is the cemetery

Pamela Gordon said...

Wow, these are all stunning photos Barbara. I love the canoe at the lake and the oak leaf. You are a wonderful photographer and it would be very difficult to choose a favourite of yours. I can't wait to see the other five!

Brian King said...

I can see why these are favorites! Each one is beautiful! I'm especially fond of the barns and the leaf! I'd probably go crazy trying to choose ten photos. Looking forward to the other five!

Sharon M said...

They are all wonderful.

Deanna said...

If someone asked me to choose my top 10 favorite images I would truly be at a loss. Like you I have 1,000's and to choose 10 would be difficult. I love your choices, all for special reasons, they have history and meaning, and feeling in each one. That is what I love about photography, the beauty we find in everyday images.

TexWisGirl said...

really like the first and last. nice!

Kerri said...

The leaf ..... steals my heart!
All of them are GREAT shots!

Tricia Hays said...

These are so beautiful, Barbara, esp the reflection water shot & the tobacco barn! WoW! Beautiful =)

Susan said...

Wow, these are beautiful!

MEcoy said...

well this is nothing but greatness!
i love the vibrancy and the clearness of each and every shot

Nicki said...

These would have been among my favorites as well.

Rose said...

Oh, my, I loved these, too.