Thursday, January 29, 2015

Black and White


A group of local nuns out enjoying a stroll in the Botanical Gardens in better weather.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Photo Homework



I am leading a book study of Chris Orwig's terrific book, Visual Poetry, at Independent Presbyterian Church right now. I'm also a participant. At the end of most of his chapters, Chris lists some fun yet challenging assignments. I'm all in with the other class members, so this week I chose "photographing a number of people with the same object." I grabbed my Tour Eiffel rouge and yesterday I visited Advent Episcopal School. French teacher Anne Barton kindly offered her 7th grade class. Granddaughter Eva is in that class, so I knew her classmates would be fun and willing subjects. I thought I'd share a few, although every single student was creative and fun to photograph, as well as their teacher!

 


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Since 1871




Oak Hill Cemetery was Birmingham's first city cemetery.  Most of the city's pioneers are buried here. The record of burials is still intact since that time and is a fascinating read. If you are lucky enough to run into the cemetery's director, Stuart Oates, you might get to thumb through it.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Urban Shadows



I was killing time near the 24th Street viaduct last week waiting for a friend, and decided to take a walk up. There you go, some nice shadows just waiting on me.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Earth Angels

Birmingham artist Barbara Morgan festooned her Christmas tree with these handmade angels she created from treasures she finds on her walks throughout the year.  Recently we had lunch at her home and she let us choose one to take home!

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Fog Encore


I know it's a repeat of sorts,  but we have had soooo much dreary weather of late, and today on my way home from work, the fog in Forest Park made me stop, get out and shoot with my phone!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Looks Are Deceiving



They do look a bit creepy but actually these stairs lead up to Kevin Irwin's art studio we visited yesterday. This building was constructed in 1890 and they have kept it in it's original state for the most part.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Color Explosion!

Oh yesterday was a very good photo day. I met my talented photographer friend Kimberly Wilson at Kevin Irwin's art studio. Kevin is a MULTI talented artist. Where to begin: ceramic artist, painter, glass blower, and jewelry maker, and it's all there in one fabulous old building. This was Kimberly's first visit but she is the proud owner of some of Kevin's pieces so she was thrilled to meet her. Kevin's a neighbor and I dearly love her and her work.

Today I feature the glass rods she uses in her bead and jewelry making. I'm including another photo of some finished pieces along with one of her whimsical cats that I dearly love. Not to worry, we'll be back!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Still Beautiful After All These Years


 Built in 1925 by Richard Massey, this 10 story building on the corner of 3rd Avenue North and 21st Street is still one of my favorite downtown buildings. Renovated in 1988, it houses attorney offices.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

College Bound



These college and university pennants hang along the Senior hall at Vestavia High School. A colorful reminder that for most of these students, college is their next big step.

Monday, January 19, 2015

In the Artist's Studio



I am so very blessed to have such talented friends all around me.  Last week I had lunch with very special friends at the home of our friend Barbara Morgan.  We started in  her fabulous basement studio. I could live there. I had fun as always taking pictures, then we adjourned to the dining room for lunch and laughter and fellowship.  Barbara is a painter, a photographer and does so many more creative things I'm in awe. Today her brushes. I have more.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Faceless Portraits I - The Artist's Hands



In just one week, I've had a discussion about "faceless portraits" with my Visual Poetry class, with portrait artist Dawn Whitelaw at Portraits, Inc. and then my friend Janet Ort sent me a link to Inside National Geographic's site that invites photographers to post their photos on particular themes.  This week, Faceless Portraits, was one of the topics. I entered this photograph taken a few years ago at the Pepper Place. These are the hands of Alabama outsider artist Lonnie Holly. I believe this qualifies as a portrait of this man. I plan to let this be the first in a series on this theme.

I've always been a firm believer that a portrait does not require a face. I've had fellow photographers take issue with this but I'm holding fast. I welcome your thoughts.



FROM SNAPSHOTS TO PHOTOGRAPHS

I am pleased to announce that I am now partnering with Vestavia Hills United Methodist's Conservatory of the Arts, and will teach my basic photography course beginning Thursday, February 5th, from 6-8 p.m. The course fee is $165 and all classes are taught at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.

This fun, five week course is designed for amateur photographers who want to improve the quality of their photos.  All that is needed is working knowledge of your digital camera. For more information regarding the class, click HERE.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Paint Art



During a visit to Wade Sand and Gravel last fall, I was fascinated (obsessed?) by this beautiful aging paint on what looked like an old water tower. Seen through my lens, an abstract painting. I fear for some of you, it's more like watching paint dry. We all see things in a different way, and that is what I love about photography.


FROM SNAPSHOTS TO PHOTOGRAPHS

I am pleased to announce that I am now partnering with Vestavia Hills United Methodist's Conservatory of the Arts, and will teach my basic photography course beginning Thursday, February 5th, from 6-8 p.m. The course fee is $165 and all classes are taught at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church.

This fun, five week course is designed for amateur photographers who want to improve the quality of their photos.  All that is needed is working knowledge of your digital camera. For more information regarding the class, click HERE.