This past summer, I fell in love with the Canadian Rockies and had this image (from Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park) made into a large canvas. Every time I see it, I am transported back to this place of indescribable beauty and peace.
In 2016, I wasn’t very good about blogging. I started a Project 52 (Dogwood Challenge) with good intentions but only made it up to week 14. And I still haven’t gotten around to sharing the photos from my most recent trip to the Christmas markets in Germany. We’re talking 2015…yikes!
(In my defense, I did take a class on filmmaking last spring and have been busy dabbling and having fun with that ever since.)
Still, I’m going to try again this year to stretch my still photography skills and creativity, this time through the #PortraitsofMe weekly self-portrait challenge started by Click It Up a Notch’s Courtney Slazinik and Megan Cieloha (Instagram: @clickitupanotch and @megancieloha).
I’m really not crazy about being on the other side of the camera, and I find it technically quite challenging, too. But I tend to be the one missing from family photos and videos, and I think I should make an effort to change that.
So, here it is: Week One. Assigned theme: goal (get in the picture!)
While waiting for my aunt to complete her last chemo infusion last week, I looked up from my reading to observe a pair of clowns making their way through the lobby, spreading smiles, sharing stickers, and taking selfies with patients and caregivers.
I watched quietly, remembering how much my mother appreciated the silly jokes and magic tricks that her oncologist liked to perform. I watched how they did more than generate laughs; they sat down with patients and listened, took an interest in each individual.
When “Dr. Hugga Bubbe” approached me, I learned that she and Tim are volunteers with Bumper “T” Caring Clowns, an organization that provides therapeutic clowning for hospitalized patients mostly locally here in Pennsylvania and New Jersey but also in Maryland, South Carolina, California, and Washington.
It’s a non-profit that has been in operation for 15 years, and I guess the fact that I’d never heard of them before now says something about how lucky I’ve been. They certainly deserve more recognition for the meaningful work that they do.
Heartfelt thanks to the Bumper “T” Clowns for the support and inspiration!
“The world seems dark and ugly sometimes. But there are still good things in it. And good people.” – Jim Butcher
A bit behind in this project. Here is my attempt to catch up (mostly):
Week 8/52: (Landscape) Panorama. Courtesy of my iPhone.
Week 9/52: (Artistic) Shadows. Bought this set of matryoshka dolls in Prague last spring following a visit to the Museum of Communism.
Week 10/52: (Portrait) Environmental. Dad working in his garden. The man never stops.
Week 11/52: (Landscape) Reflection. Welp, no. Just empty space. I didn’t like the outcome of my attempts for this week’s assignment, so we’ll just keep moving right along, shall we?
Week 12/52: (Artistic) Transportation. Not really going anywhere here, which is fitting because Munchkin’s not that into riding her bike. Wonder if this spring/summer, we’ll be able to take off those training wheels.
Week 13/52: (Portrait) High Key. Haven’t had a chance to attempt this one yet. Need to do a little more learning. So, another skip.
Week 14/52: (Landscape) Zoomed in. Gotta love that early morning light.
For the faceless portrait assignment, I decided to photograph my colleague and friend Christy with her blinged-out cart. Since Christy co-teaches in different classrooms throughout the day, she needs the cart to carry all her teaching materials as well as supplies and fun stuff she shares with the students. This cart tells you a lot about its owner. She is full of joy and positivity and is adored by students and colleagues alike. Love her style!