Wednesday, May 29, 2013

100 Prints Project #58 - Mary's Hands

Those of you who follow the blog or know me well know that I am drawn to cemeteries.  I find them peaceful and beautiful, like stone gardens that are lovingly tended.  Some days I am most interested in the architecture and the long shadows that the light creates, but some days it is the statues that speak to me the most.  On this particular day I couldn't get past these hands of Mary - folded in prayer, gentle yet strong - strong enough to carry many burdens and sorrows - like all women who are mothers themselves.

Monday, May 20, 2013

100 Prints Project #56 - In Memorium

Today marks the 35th anniversary of the death of my father.  Some of my warmest memories are of the time we spent in church and then gathered at my grandmother's house for egg coffee afterwards. 

My hometown church is beautiful and full of wonderful sculptures and stained glass windows.  There is a statue in the back of church of Mary holding the body of Jesus after it had been taken down from the cross.  I've taken many images of the statue, but have never been moved by any of them.  I revisited this one over the weekend and tried something new by taking a texture file and using it as a overlay.  It brought me to tears when I saw it come off the printer on some beautiful velvet art paper.

Miss you dad.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

100 Prints Project #55 - Strand revisited

This image is another one that I took on Stoney Point near Two Harbors a couple of years ago.  It's from the same series as the image that kicked off the 100 Prints Project way back in August of 2011.  The boats are gone now.  I'm not sure if they were being vandalized or if the Lake simply claimed them after many years. 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

100 Prints Project #54 - South Dakota School House

This was taken in a combination church / school house somewhere in South Dakota.  I normally don't do much playing around with images, but I found a really cool HDR type preset for Lightroom and liked the way it made this image speak.  I hope you like it.