Friday, October 12, 2018

Dazzling Dahlias III

Today, we again tour Kathy Whitfield's amazing dahlia garden. I have no idea how many varieties they grow but do know that they show at dahlia shows across the SE.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Dazzling Dahlias

I visited Kathy Whitfield's home recently to shoot her fabulous dahlia gardens again. I think I'll share a few this week with you.

I"m putting the finishing touches on my newest phototalk, GARDENS OF BIRMINGHAM, and I will include the "Dahlia Lady" as well as the Adama and Clark homes and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. I love to present my phototalks to civic, church and study clubs, as well as garden clubs. 

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Homework I

I"m currently enjoying an online photography class, Creative Workout, with my friend Meredith Mullins who now lives in Paris. Each week she introduces 1-2 well known photographers and we explore their work. She then sends us off with our cameras to complete a homework assignment with their work as our inspiration.

Week 1 was Robert Frank, who was able to capture the essence of a place while often breaking the rules. We were to do the same. I never realized how hard breaking the rules would be for me. I offer up my image taken at Sam's Super Samwiches. The bottles, smack dab in the middle of the photo is in focus while the others, although out of focus, give the viewer reference.
BTW, the BEST HOT DOGS on the planet!

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Faces of STAIR

Most of you know that one of my favorite assignments is photographing for STAIR of Birmingham. I'm lucky enough to visit the 13 sites all over Birmingham and capture the essence of this outstanding program for Birmingham students. This week I tagged along to 4 sites. This guy, just made my day. Learning to be a better reader is really the best gift a kid can ever get. Please visit the website of STAIR of Birmingham for more information on how you can become a STAIR tutor AND donate to keep this wonderful program going!

Monday, September 17, 2018

New Friendships, New Understandings

Today wrapped up the weekend long retreat of Kids In Birmingham 1963.  This group, with contributors from across the country gathered here to meet each other and share their experiences. I was privileged to join the group for church yesterday at the 16th Street Baptist Church and again today at Parker High School. We were delighted to be joined by an impressive group of the school's leaders. This activity of joining hands and showing appreciation for each other was especially meaningful for me.

For those of you who grew up in Birmingham in 1963, I encourage you to share your story on the website. If you are a teacher in the Birmingham area and would like some of us to come and speak with your class, please contact Ann Jimerson via the website.

Many thanks to Ann Jimerson and her committee for planning a most memorable weekend.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Never Forget

Today I joined fellow Kids in Birmingham 1963 contributors who were in town for a weekend long retreat.  Each of us were growing up in this city during the Civil Rights Movement and have our own stories to tell. I was fortunate to join the group today for services at the 16th Street Baptist Church, the site of the September 15, 1963 church bombing. We gathered before for a group photo surrounding Birmingham artists Elizabeth MacQueen's beautiful memorial sculpture, The Four Spirits.

A special thank you to the congregation at the church for a warm welcome. I wish you all could have heard that wonderful message and music. It was very special sitting in that sacred space on this day.

* Many of the members of this group live here in Birmingham are eager to come speak to school or other groups in at the Birmingham area.  Contact Ann Jimerson on the website for more information.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Dahlia Lady

Kathy Whitfield is renowned in Birmingham as The Dahlia Lady. Visiting her backyard Bluff Park garden is breathtaking. She and her husband show dahlias all over the country and often sell blossoms to florists and flower arrangers in the area.  I'm featuring their garden on my newest phototalk: GARDENS OF BIRMINGHAM. 

Friday, September 7, 2018

Wade Sand and Gravel Part I

I recently revisited a favorite venue. I was at Wade Sand and Gravel to reshoot in a higher resolution some peeling paint that has been haunting me for years. Today, while wandering around after the shoot, I decided to do a little challenge. I just shared with my photography class the benefits of shooting the same thing a zillion ways. Thank  you Kim Riegel for this assignment in 2008. Here's my "homework" for my class.

BTW, I teach a five week class for amateurs who want to improve their photographs at Vestavia United Methodist Church Conservatory of the Arts. Please check the website for my next class series.

Come back for more photos from this shoot!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Monday, August 13, 2018

Homegrown in Alabama V - Know Your Famer!

Farmer Hamm

I love the fresh produce at the Pepper Place Market, but getting to meet and visit with the farmers is always the best part.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Homegrown in Alabama I - Fill Your Basket

Today we're starting a little mini series featuring Alabama farmers' markets and produce. Today, grab a peach basket and let's start our stroll around the Pepper Place Market. The Market at the Pepper Place began in 2000 as only a summer market but has grown to become almost year around.It's the happening place on Saturdays from 7-12. There are of course fresh produce but now it's expanded to hand crafted goods, music, chef demonstrations as well as baked goods and so much more. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Road to Change

Today, I was privileged to attend and photograph a Town Hall held at Highland United Methodist Church. A group of Marjorie Stoneman Douglas students along with others from Alabama and Miami, spoke to a standing room only crowd. It was an amazing afternoon. I will be sharing photos for the next few days.

First, I will share the images of Zo Shauku, a 17 year old anti gun violence advocate who was shot in his bed last week here in Birmingham, was the first speaker.  As he made his way slowly to the center aisle microphone on his walker, holding his side, he shared his experience and powerful words for us all.

For the next few days, I will share more photos from this amazing event.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

From Snapshots to Creative Photographs!

For my Birmingham area readers, I will be teaching my 5 week series From Snapshots to Creative Photographs again this fall at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Conservatory of the Arts. I hope you will join our class and pass this information to friends and family who might be interested.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Back in the Water!

After a few weeks off to mend from an injury, today I'm back in the pool, figuratively.
 I visited a very special place, the Children's Fresh Air Farm. IPC's  STAIR of Birmingham graduates, grades 2-5, gather there for our Summer Learning Program. It's academics, and so much more. This special program bridges the summer gap when so many students lose ground during the summer. They get two hot meals, study hard on math and reading in the morning with certified teachers, and in the afternoons swim, have art and so many other wonderful activities. My church, Independent Presbyterian Church sponsors, and I"m just happy to be along to photograph the fun!

Monday, July 9, 2018

Ginger's Garden

Ginger's garden again. I love it because she has formal areas, ( to please her husband), lovely loose , natural plantings with shrubs and flowers. But the best, is the upper garden that is loose and funky with an old bathtub of salad greens ( tub 'o salad), some fruit trees, wildflowers, bee hives and wine bottle line beds. I have always loved nasturtiums, since I planted them as a child.