Photographers tend to be creative individuals who love heading out with their gear to nearby and distant places hoping to capture something interesting or meaningful. At times they are hired to document special events, or families or for editorial work. They are content with some of their photos, but feel most rewarded with a client's kind words. They criticize their work more than most and often wish they could improve overnight. They are never content with having only a few lenses or a few camera bags and they like to take photos of what's in them as well. Some will sneak out before the sun comes up to get that great photo while others will set up more lights than are found in their homes to get the perfect photo. Photographers like to share as well as be very independent. They admire the leaders in the industry, but strive to have a unique style and presentation. They dream big and challenge themselves every day. And they hope to have a positive impact on those they meet along the way.
We are a great bunch!
These are the top 10 reasons why everyone should have a photographer friend:
1. You'll always know what cameras and gear are about to be released even if you don't take photos yourself.
2. Your photographer friend will remind you how useful it is to have hundreds of photos on your cell phone.
3. After several critiques your horizon will always be level in your photos.
4. When taking photos of your children playing in bright mid day sun your photographer friend will lift them and move them to a shady area for improved lighting. (make sure to thank them!)
5. When taking photos at a family event your photographer friend will remind you constantly how important it is to have your photos printed.
6. No more awkward silences in conversation. Your photographer friend will always be prepared to tell you exactly how much he/she paid for each piece of gear they own.
7. You are always guaranteed at least one comment of feedback for every photo you post on your Facebook timeline.
8. You will always have an abundant photos of yourself posted on Facebook that you never asked to be taken.
9. You will be trained in never saying "cheese" again when taking a photo.
10. Your photographer friend will encourage you to buy a DSLR and give you a lengthy explanation on whether Nikon or Canon is better.
Photographers are very friendly. Say hi to one today. We don't bite, we photograph.
Earlier today I decided to head out for a photo walk. I also wanted to visit some place new. Looking online the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum sounded very interesting. So, I put it in my GPS and made my way.
I want to say that the photos online don't really make it justice. I'm not sure if it was the perfect weather, or the fact that the sculptures were spread out all over the place that really caught my attention. Even while you're waiting to pay the admission you can see several large sculptures in the fields next to you. It was excited to visit a place that was so different to places I'd been to before.
This is what you see from the main rd as you approach the main entrance.
When you go up the entrance drive way you approach this awesome looking building where you pay admission, get a map, find out about any special exhibits and where to park.
Once I parked I opened up the map and tried to see where to start. The museum was right there so I decided to head there first. So I made my way up the stairs to this really nice looking building.
Just inside there is a lobby area with a receptionist who told me a little more about the exhibits and offered me some pamphlets. The main exhibits were upstairs I was told. This is a look down the stairs from the second floor.
There were some small exhibits on that level which were very interesting. But, I was very curious at that point to see the main exhibit. As I continued walking up the stairs I saw this sculpture hanging from the wall. Really cool.
This is looking back from the top of the staircase.
The sculpture in the previous image as well as the majority of the pieces displayed on this level were created by Lesley Dill.
I will admit that often times I've looked at sculptures and the more abstract they get the more they "lose" me. But, her pieces were simple and complex at the same time. They are the kind of pieces that ask you to look at them a few seconds longer to help unravel their meaning. This is a wide shot to see a few samples. I quite like her work because its all in the details.
This is a closer look at the bust near the center of the previous photo. Now if you look at the shapes and patterns on the wall each is one piece on top of another. You can see human forms, creatures, horses and so much more if you really look. I'd have to say that that wall was about 35 ft long or so.
If you turn around you'll see this figure.
The room is divided by that wall you saw on the left side of the room photo. On the other side is another exhibit.
This next photo is taken from basically where this person was standing looking back at where I took that first room photo. Thinking back now I think there were multiple exhibits on this side of the wall.
This wall was awesome with all these framed pieces.
As you walk towards another set of stairs there is an activity area.
I then continued on up to the next level.
I found this set of three bells which had words on them. These are also from Ian Hamilton Finlay.
I then went all the way up to the roof terrace. I found a pretty cool exhibit up there as well.
This is a view looking out towards the main entrance of the park. Those cylinders on the left side are a huge sculpture. Later on I got a little closer.
Looking out the other side you see this great vista.
So I walked back down a floor and headed out the back entrance of the museum. I was curious to see some of these outdoor sculptures a little closer. But when I came out I turned and saw how amazing the museum looked. I was thinking to myself, I wonder if they do weddings here, this is beautiful!
The building almost looked like a castle!
Naturally, I had to find someone who worked there and offer them my business card. I would love to photograph a wedding there!
So I then continued to walk around checking out the sculptures along the various paths.
This is that large sculpture I had seen from the top of the museum. This is pretty much the opposite angle.
These were about 10 feet tall. Here's a closer look.
I then found myself near the parking lot, but I had seen another path going towards other sculptures so I headed in that direction.
As I passed the park store I saw this sculpture.
And I passed this awesome car as well.
I saw signs for a cafe nearby so I had to make a stop there and pick up a refreshment.
And I ordered an orange sorbet. But, this was no ordinary buy it at your local store sorbet. It was a hollowed out orange with the sorbet inside!
The sorbet is just one of many reasons why I would go back.
But wait, I'm not done yet. With the sorbet in one hand and my camera in the other I continued on.
I passed their administrative office building. Even that building looked awesome.
This next piece is by Steven Siegel. It is site specific and just awesome. Its made out of Telegram and Gazette newspapers, thousands! And, the growth on the top of them is there on purpose. If you look at it long enough and try to get meaning from it, you'll be amazed. To me this is a very powerful piece that can mean so much.
The newspapers symbolize time. Time is linear and as new things happen it pushes things further down. The growth on top is the present. We are alive and we grow and live our lives as best we can regardless of history. We always overcome. There are stacks that are separate from the main group and to me those are our goals, ambitions and important decisions that only affect us as unique individuals. We are all the same and follow a similar path in our existence, but we can exist or we can truly live. We live once, so dare to dream.
As time passes history stars to fade a little.
Sometimes you just need to look closer to find what you're looking for.
I was looking at this piece for quite some time that next thing I knew.
I walked on some more, but was really content with everything I had seen. I know I will be coming back again as there were several sculptures I had missed on the periphery of the property. Also, it seems like they rotate exhibits from time to time, so it'd be interesting to see some new art as well.
Sorry for my delay in posting another photo walk. I have gone out and about here and there, but only for an hr at a time so even though I've gotten some good photos they weren't enough to showcase a location properly.
I've been to Moore State Park many times, but I realized I hadn't blogged about it yet. I've done two photo sessions there and many wanderings there as well. They have some nice paths, plenty of spots for photo sessions and even some open areas.
I would like to do some more senior photo sessions there as there are so many nice spots to choose from.
This is the main entrance. You go up this path and you'll find the parking lot on the left.
It is a dog friendly park as well. This is one of the many trails you can follow.
If you look left from the previous photo you'll find this roadway. Its only use for maintenance and park vehicles, but that's the main path to get down to the pond and waterfalls.
I stopped along the path as I noticed there was some nice light coming through the trees.
This was another patch of greenery that caught my attention.
This is another trail that met the main path.
This is the lake near the end of the path on the right. Its always very calm and pretty. There are a few wooden seats there and you'll often find people enjoying the day with their family and pets.
This body of water continues on underneath this covered deck type structure. And it continues on down to another waterfall. This is also a very nice spots for portraits.
I really liked the light and shadows in this area and felt it looked better in black and white.
This is a reflection on the water. Not my usual photo, but I like how it turned out.
This is another angle where you can see how the water flows beneath the small building and falls below.
This is from further down the path looking back.
A couple days ago I headed out to Peabody to photograph the Baptism of baby C. The intimate Baptism was held at St. Adelaide's Parish. Close family and friends gathered to enjoy one of the very first, but very important, milestones in baby C's life.
The Baptism was held without a service so we were able to enjoy the parish to ourselves. So as you can guess we all got the best seats in the house.
Congratulations Baby C!!
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