Sunday, September 6, 2009

finding beauty in all things


Since I was a little girl I've been fascinated with patterns, lines, form, texture and color. I remember in elementary school being bored at times and looking up at the ceiling, counting the tiles and noticing the patterns. My mother was a sewer and I grew up going with her to fabric stores...I was intrigued with the color and patterns of fabric and even the feel. What photography has done for me is help me look at the world a little differently and appreciate all the small details...I've always been a very visual person but it's like now I view everything from a different perspective and appreciate the small things that are gifts to us all...

The vibrant colors and varied textures of a sunflower...

The pop of color of Grace's skirt and flower in her hair against the muted blue of the old wooden porch...

Sunlight through a crab apple tree...


My little boy's sweet soft feet...



A dapple gray horse that I see every time I drive from our town into the city near we live...I think of him as a friend.





A wagon of gladiolas for sale on the roadside not far from where I live...

A metal wall with bumps on top of the Wabash Ave. bridge over the Chicago River...I liked the light reflecting on the metal and texture of the bumps.


The many tones of green in a field of Queen Anne's Lace contrasting with the old basket and floral top Grace is wearing...

And finally, the lovely curved arch of an old window, and lines on the outside of a barn and peeling paint...somehow these images are pleasing to me and make me smile. And in my busy and at times somewhat stressful life make me stop for a moment and appreciate what is beautiful, for beauty is in everything.


15 kind words:

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

BEAUTIFUL..
All I can say is that your photography along with your words are PRICELESS...
Have a great week..
Love ya girly..

Jill said...

Your photography is nothing less than GORGEOUS!
And Grace as always is stunning!
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
Hugs, Jill

Marla said...

These are all just gorgeous! I definitely look at the world differently since getting into photography. It's nice to notice the little details, isn't it?

Kayce said...

So beautiful Gail! The pop in Graces skirt is amazing!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

What stunning photos!!! I love the details you captured in each of them. Our love of photography definitely makes us look at things a little differently, doesn't it?

Hope you and the family enjoy the holiday!

xoxo,

Lisa

kerri said...

Oh Gail I love this post!!
I just love your photos, beautiful!!
For me, I don't know if it's my love for the camera, but I too am seeing things in a different light, everything is so beautiful. I just could wear my camera around my neck 24-7. I just want to capture everything!!

Jboo said...

So beautiful -- thanks for sharing! You have a great eye!

Janet

The Morris Family said...

Lovely, inspiring images...you have a real gift, Gail!

Kris said...

stunning photos!

Truly Blessed said...

Your photography skills and eye for detail are wonderful.

Gorgeous photos!

Casey said...

STUNNING!!! Love them all... my fave is Grace's red against the muted blue.

Dita said...

Gail:

What can I say except that your impeccable images and your words so true really struck a cord with me.

I too have found that having my camera on hand has given me a chance to pause and linger a moment or two longer on the things that truly touch me, no matter how small. I wasn't able to put it into words but yours really spoke to me....yes, I was a ceiling tile counter too AND my grandmother worked in a fabric store and I used to collect remnants (still do) for rainy day projects and rembrances of things past (her).

This post was just so beautiful and it also made me feel like I was able to come along with you on a journey passing the sights you see along with you.

xoxo
Dita

McNew Family said...

Thanks for sharing your words and a peek into how you like to see the world. VERY nicely done!

Laura L. said...

Oh wow, these photos are so wonderful. It's very cool, seeing the awesome photos you are getting and to hear about what you are learning, and "learning to see"!

Steffie B. said...

Bravo girl....fabulous!

 
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