I feel the same way about looking at other people's 'slides.' After color film was easily available, everybody who took a vacation had 'slides' they brought back - slides!!. They would rent or own a projector and show endless pictures of mountains or farms, frequently Yellowstone National Park, and occasionally people. So boring. I can see better pictures in a book if I'm interested. Pictures of people are preferable, but not if it's one person here and here and here and here. My brother-in-law, Lowell, teases me by telling me how many slides he has to show me.
When Amy was about 10, she went to Denver to visit her Aunt Alice, Uncle Dick and her cousins. Those were the days when one dressed up to go on a plane. Probably the last time I ever saw Amy in a skirt except for her wedding. Tennis shorts and barefoot all the time -- even in winter.
And oh, how she loved that little brother.
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A few weeks ago, I had lunch with an old friend. We've been trying to get together for months. We worked in the same department, Financial Information Systems at UGA. Becky had two boys about the same age as Wes, so we had a lot to talk about back then, although I don't think we solved anything. The boys were all in their late teens or early twenties. Difficult years for young men -- and their mothers.
This time at lunch we talked about our families, about work, because she retired a few years after I did, but we knew the same systems, the same people. I knew she was into photography in the same way I was into writing, but I didn't know how extensively she had traveled and that she had a web site with her photographs, had entered some contests, etc. Becky, not knowing my aversion to looking at 'slides,' gave me her card with the URL on it when I asked her how to get to her site.
I entered her world with some trepidation. But all that went out the window. Yes, she has taken some of those 'perfect' photographs that might be used for a postcard, or to illustrate a book, and believe me they are perfect, balanced, colors exquisite, all that, but the ones I like the most are the odd ones, pictures you wouldn't think would fit. There's one of cave dwellers' homes that I can still see in my head. Those caves go back centuries, The same place in Turkey is into hot air ballooning. Of course I looked it up. That's what I do! Also there were some unusual photographs of and over water. Becky seems to like to photograph water when it is mirror-like and reflecting something. Beautiful! Some of them remind one of impressionist paintings.
She has an anonymous quote on her online pages: "Nature sets before us a banquet of things to celebrate . . . every day."
Evidence of the banquet she sees comes forward in all of her photography. The ones I liked the most are the flowers and birds, where you give the picture a second look, because at first glance it looks off balance, not a perfect picture of a flower or a bird. Then when you look closer, you realize she was going for the unique quality of a certain part of the bird or flower, its center, how the light plays on it, or a shot of an insect that has alighted for a brief moment. In her pictures of humming birds, you can hear their wings, but you have to listen carefully.
So from being a skeptic, I've become a fan. Becky has traveled extensively and used her camera to capture some amazing stuff. I don't know how many awards she has won, and I wouldn't know what they mean, anyway, but she has listed them on her site, so those of you who know about photography can find them.
She has shown certain photographs locally. That's where I first found her work. She had shown them at a summer art display at OCAF, in Watkinsville, where I meet with a writing group every Wednesday. We got in to the exhibit for a few minutes one evening before group because they were late closing it. The museum is usually closed when we get there at 6.
|A Beautiful Cloud Reflected in the|
Tide Pools of Pawley's Island
It was not an exhibit of photography, but an art exhibit. Everything was there; but I remember oils, sculpture with various materials, water colors, and photography. I was drawn to Becky's immediately and surprised when I saw the name on it. I had to get in touch with her and tell her how much I enjoyed it. Even then I was skeptical -- after all, one picture? It's still a favorite, but now I have more than one, and I go to AKINIMAGES to see if she has something new or I missed something.
Go to visit her site. You will be so pleasantly surprised at what you find there. I don't know if she sells them or not, so for that, you're on your own. The first one I saw still sits there in my mind as an amazing piece. What do you call art work like that? I want to say 'picture,' but the word seems too mundane.
|St. John the Baptist Catholic Cathedral in Fira Santonini, Greece|
I was most interested in the birds and flowers and was never disappointed. She also has photos from her travels. I don't find myself hurrying through these photos either. I'm amazed at my impatient self slowing down for Becky's work.
Below, I've noted some special works that I like, but you can just go HERE, or cut and paste here http://www.akinimages.com and proceed from the home page. Then forget about what I have written below. I promise you won't be disappointed however you use Becky's Images, but be sure you see water and reflections, and don't miss the wildlife section. I couldn't even identify the orangutan until I looked at the enlargement.
There's a bow-legged egret, the egret pulling on a stem, the ruby throated hummingbird with his bill all the way into the flower. Go to one of these sites and then go through page to page on the carousel. Her photography of birds is amazing. One looks as though he's coming right at you. To start your visit with the birds, you can pick birds from the portfolio dialog box of choices, or you can jump right in HERE to start with the hummingbird (http://akinimages.com/birds/#jp-carousel-404)
or you could begin with the bow-legged snowy egret, so elegant in flight, but on land not so much, and this bow-legged snowy egret is such a fine looking bird. See him in all his glory
in other pictures.
Be sure you look at the black-necked stilt HERE (http://akinimages.com/birds/#jp-carousel-423) I could look at him for ten minutes and continuously find something new, in fact, I did.
and the flowers: Go HERE (http://akinimages.com/flowers/#jp-carousel-468) to see the back of striated petals on a morning glory with a small visitor peeking above the bloom, or look at this bloom,
|A Blooming Onion|
When Becky says miscellaneous,
she really means it, a menagerie mixed with tree bark, a door in San Diego, and a skyline trail in Canada.
On the Greece and Turkey carousel I found the photo I liked so much, The Whitewashed Stairway in Oia, Santorini, Greece. I have a feeling I won't be able to google that, but I'm going to find the Cave Dwellings in Cappadocia, Turkey.
Have a wonderful trip through Becky's images, and don't get caught in the spider webs.