Sunday, December 13, 2009

Photography Workshop ... Project #4 (a day late)

This week's project required more time and introspection that I had ... until this morning.  Things are fairly upside down here, and I find that I am easily distracted.  My father-in-law is quite ill, and my husband and his brother are taking turns staying with their parents to help their mother. 

I realized early this week that there was no way I could do this project exactly as outlined.  Instead of taking new photographs, I dug through my files to find photos I already have on hand ... and I tried to see them in a new way.  I hope this fulfills the spirit of the assignment.

Part One:  Create portraits without showing the faces of your subjects. 

These are my helpers.

My 5-year-old grandson is a very enthusiastic garden helper.  He is always available to dig a hole, or flick a Japanese Beetle.

My husband is the king of destructive tools.  Whether we are demolishing the wood floor in our basement (whose idea was it to put an oak floor in the damp basement of an old house?) or cleaning up storm damage, Steve is always game to jump in and get the job done.

Part Two:  Step from behind the camera and show my face.

This one is hard for me.  I'm the one behind the camera, the one in control of the images ... I rarely pass my camera to someone else.  (does this sound like you, too?)  Here is a little mosaic I created this morning, using photos taken of me in the past couple of years.

(from top to bottom)

1.  I helped decorate the Governor's Mansion for Christmas a couple of years ago.  This is one of the pitiful little arrangements I made.

2.  My dogs and me, having breakfast on a trip to Dewey Beach.

3.  Queen of Power Tools. 

4.  Governor's Mansion, again, sitting on the front steps with the garland I made.

5.  Dewey Beach, again ... it was cold!

6.  This is almost what I look like now ... it was taken at our daughter's outdoor wedding this summer, in blinding sunshine.  No more pixie haircut for a while.

This was the last project for this workshop.  It has been a challenge to look at my photography in a different way .. I hope I am a better photographer because of it. 

I have loved getting to know other photo bloggers.  When I began this blog last year, I had no idea that there was a whole world of other blogs out there ... all connected into a network.  This project forced me to venture from my own blog-world, and visit others to see what they had to say.  I am pleased to be a part of this community, and I will continue to visit with others often. 

Please stop by to see what the other workshop participants have created.  The list is HERE.

(written by Hartwood Roses.  Hartwood Roses blog)


  1. Hello! Yes, I understand with the busy week, I too used a couple of older photos. I think that is perfectly fine :)
    I love your photos and was just enjoying all of your roses in previous posts as well.

    Your grandson, very cute that he help you and flicks beetles!

    I think the photos of you are cute! You are brave, I was scared too.

    P.S very neat that you made garland for the Governor's Mansion.

    P.S.S I love your dogs.
    Have a good day and good to have met you.
    Merry Christmas to your family and your little helper,

  2. I too had to go back a bit. So busy right now.

    I love your pictures. I don't know you, but it looks like a good representation of WHO you are. I think they are perfect, especially that last one.

    I love your dogs, they are divine. Hope that things might ease up a bit for you and that you all get some rest. It was fantastic getting to peek into your world.

    I used to think before I was introduced to the blog world that maybe I was crazy because I took so many pictures of the obscure things I do. This helps!

    Have a lovely holiday.


  3. After knowing you as I do,I think the picture of you with the sander
    is more you.I hope this comment makes sense.

  4. I'm struck by the little shadow on your grandson's shirt...just really neat! And so nice to see who you are, too. I think your hair looks great, and makes me wonder about growing mine out! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. Wasn't it fun!


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