Where to begin with this chapter of my challenges. Challenges is one word to describe how my life has been as of late. As many of you know I lost Kya, my Shiba on February 12th. 2019. She was my everything, her and Seras, my Dachshund are among the very few best things that I have ever had the pleasure to love in my life and because of her passing, I needed to breathe, or learn how to breathe again. I needed to escape after enduring weeks of sorrow and pain from losing her, and so here we are with my week seven challenge that is three weeks behind. Folklore and myth have always helped me escape in the past, and it’s no different here. I have a strong love for works of fiction, and a strong love for stories and tales of old, so for the past few weeks I have been slowly trying to recover by escaping into a few of my favorite books. The first one is Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones and then the second one is and always will be one of my favorites, and that is the magical works known as Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. Each of these tells the story of courage and becoming into your own when you or no one else thought it was possible, and it’s definitely something I needed. Reading and writing will always be an escape for me, and I’m so glad for it.
Already six weeks into the new year! I can’t believe how fast everything is going so far, and with that another photo down!
I’ve been doing a lot of thinking during these photos and something has changed in my mindset. I've realized that I don’t need to have fancy rarities or locations to make absolutely stunning images, but instead, I can use my talents and make all the ordinary things around me extraordinary. So the other day I had the opportunity during a wind storm to really look around and create something. I don’t know why, but I’ve always had a love for the simple things in nature, and as a result I give you my week six photo, wind.
The story of this feature is a little funny in my opinion actually. While on my usual weekly outing to scout and discover something worthy of photographing I came across a beautiful cemetery where all the tree’s where being hit with light from golden hour. So I immediately went to a clearing and started snapping some images of the branches, the pine cones, the shrubbery, anything that really caught my eye! After about 10 minutes of shooting my fingers were so stiff I couldn’t even press the shutter anymore, and decided it was time to head back. Once I got to my computer I found two really beautiful images, both that you will find in this selection because I honestly thought it was to funny to not include. One looks particularly interesting, and I realized that right as I came to terms with how happy I was with it, which was unfortunate. So please do feel free to leave a comment if you see what I mean and tell me which one you prefer!
One amazing feature that we do have in western NY is our stunning sunsets. Surprisingly, I ended up taking this photo a few days before my week three challenge and it just so happened to work out! Hunting for decent sunsets can be hard, but this one was absolutely stunning. On another note, sunsets are the one thing I genuinely look forward to during the winter. I typically suffer from a very long seasonal depression, and the ay of colors and depth really help fill me with hope and positivity. Does anyone else around her suffer from something like this? What helps you. Leave a comment below and let me know 🙂
This week’s challenge was Warm. Again for the life of me I can’t remember why I decided that doing all these colorful warm photos would be such a great idea in the middle of the winter, but here I am again going out, hunting and searching for something that proves it does exist. Golden Hour, my favorite time of day, even in winter we get to see the light golden haze that effects everything around us, including a barren field that has nothing left but the snow lingering over its corpse. The sun provides warmth and shows us that even in the bleakest times it still exists.
When I decided to make my list for 2019, I really hadn’t thought to much about how hard it would be to portray color, until I realized that I lived in Upstate NY and it was in the middle of winter, where everything is either dead, hibernating or white from snow. So this was definitely a challenge when I had to come up with what to do. For the past week I have been searching all over for something that would really jump out at me, and then I remembered we had the most beautiful sky’s shortly after sunset, I just needed to pick a day and figure out which twilit sky I preferred the most. This image was actually taken on the side of very long inclined road, through my mirror and I think it came out stunning with the small twinkling lights of the car coming down the road towards me.
For the first week of the year, I wanted to do lines. Line’s can be made of many things, but I love finding things that you typically stumble upon rather than look for. This image was taken at Memorial Art Gallery in Rochester NY.
2019 is here, and I really want to challenge myself as an artist this year! In the past I've had things I've wanted to do, but didn't or I've lost motivation. This year I've decided to jump on the bandwagon and create a 52 week challenge. To all my artist friends out there if you'd like to tag along, please feel free to use my list! I will be updating weekly and trying my best to complete this all year round :)