Wednesday, October 12, 2011

100 Prints Project #15 - Stone Monuments

I received a special request for some cemetery photos. We're getting close to Halloween and such. This one was taken in the church cemetery in Freeport, Minnesota - my home town. It's another one that started it's life on black and white film and then made it's way here.

4 comments:

  1. What a fabulous halloween present. Incredible detail and depth with razor focus in just the right spot. Must...push...you down now.

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  2. So glad to have found you! Gorgeous light in this image. And so - do you do photography for a living?? For work?? Would love to hear more...

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  3. Lisa Van Heel MathreOctober 13, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Awww...... this was taken in Freeport....Visit this cemetery often....Thanks for the post.....lovely and is very dear to my heart!
    Beautiful work!

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  4. Jane - I don't know if you follow the comments on my blog so I wanted to make sure you got my response to your comment this morning:

    DON'T STOP SHOOTING! I think the thing about photography (and probably every other creative expression) that feels so intimate is that it reveals how we see the world to the world. That makes us vulnerable. Plus, there are just so many damn images out there that it's hard not to measure ourselves against them. So yes, I still feel scared about my photography all the time.

    One of the fabulous women at Camp pulled out this quote from the amazing Ira Glass, which made me feel better: “What nobody tells people who are beginners — and I really wish someone had told this to me . . . is that all of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, and it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase. They quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know it’s normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”

    So this is the fight, filled with love. Don't stop.

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