I'm not so sure that it's reaching the goal that I'm so excited about. More than that it's that I can pat myself on the back and say that I have participated in the give and take that got me there. Each day, I try to look at photos from my friends, fresh photos, and upcoming photos. I always vote, fave, and comment on at least three or four. Then, I begin getting votes and comments from those whose photos I recognized in one way or another. I can't stop there. Then I have to thank everyone for their nice comments, votes, and faves. Well, of course, that starts the process all over again. At times, I get so far behind on thanking people that I don't know if I'll ever catch up. But i always do. There's a tiny bit of pressure in all this, but I see it as good pressure. The one thing I try to do, and I hope others do as well, is to be honest in our likes and dislikes. I never vote, fave or comment on a picture I dislike. I also don't press the dislike button because i don't th ...
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As I near my stated goal of an affection rating of 500, I wanted to share my latest project with my friends on 500px:
I was never close to my Father. He was a professional photographer and travelled the country shooting photos for scenic color postcards in the 1940's and 1950's. He and my Mom divorced when I was 9 years old, in 1950. He didn't bother to stay in touch very well, didn't support my Sister and I as we were growing up, and rarely called. I suffered a lot from this total lack of concern.
Recently, I awoke one morning thinking about the relationship that my Father and I didn't have, when it dawned on me that we shared something very intimate that could help me forgive him, even love him. That was our passion for Photography. In fact, I remember now that he gave me my first camera when I was 6 years old, and I loved that camera.
During this year, the 100th anniversary of his birth, I plan to hold an exhibit which I will call "The Connection". I will showcase his work ...
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Over the past couple of months, people have been recognizing my work more than ever. This is a very humbling thing for me. I have worked my entire life trying to figure out what I wanted to do when I grew up. At age 70, I have finally figured it out. I want to be a photographer who creates pieces of art that express my feelings. I have lots of room to grow, but I think I'm headed in the right direction. Some of my friends have told me so. To them, thank you. To everyone else, I'm trying very hard to develop a recognizable style, and I hope I accomplish it before I'm too old to take pictures anymore.
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Yesterday, my affection rating reached the 200 mark. When I joined 500px, I never expected to see that happen. I have worked hard, viewing the photos of others, commenting on them, favoriting them, and voting on them, and it has paid off. Not a day goes by that I don't have emails of support for my work. Now, I think I'll set my next goal at 500. That's a stretch, but I'm beginning to feel a lot more confident with my work. It's taken a long time, and I'm not 100% there yet, but my confidence has soared in the past couple of months. They say that when you take a picture, you should know what the story is that it will tell. In many case, I do. But probably in more cases, I don't. That's where I find myself struggling. In fact, if I knew why I was taking every picture, I doubt I'd take so many. I previously reported that I was working on my style, and I continue to search for the best way to manifest "ART" and "SOUL". Stay tuned as I mature in my photographic excellence.
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I've been saying for all my 70 years that I don't know what I want to do when I grow up. Well, in the last 3 1/2 years, I've decided I want to be an amateur photographer. That has never been enough for me, though. I wanted a style, a signature if you will. Several months ago, a friend was describing my photography and she called it "art". It struck me then that it was exactly what I wanted all my photography to be. But that still wasn't enough for me. I've shot all kinds of photography, but I want something that excites the senses. One day I was having breakfast in a local diner and was watching the short order cook. He turned around to talk to someone, and his face lit up, his eyes widened, and he really had "passion" written all over his face. When I described that to another friend, she said, "Oh, you want to capture the SOUL." Exactly!!! So, now I have found two words to describe what I want my photography to be...ART and SOUL. My final step in this process is to decid ...
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Every day when I go to 500px, I see some of the most amazing pictures. And they're from all over the world, taken by more photographers than you can count.
When I decided to join 500px, I was sticking my neck out because I realize I don't have that many award-winning images. Not that 500px is about award-winning images, but, hey, the majority of the pictures I see on 500px could win awards.
It took me a few days to figure out that you can get your work in front of many people just by looking at their work, voting on it, favoriting it, and/or commenting on it. This is the first sharing site I have seen where you must put out some effort to get recognized. I don't see a thing wrong with that. I know people who want to put their pictures out there and walk away from them and get them recognized. That's not how 500px works. It's really a very democratic website.
I will continue working on my affection rating because it's a challenge for me to get it up to 100. Maybe even higher ...
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