We got out of the house, my daughter, my wife and I to investigate the snowy, colder (-20C+) world surrounding our community of High Level, Alberta. I gave my daughter and wife, each, a camera to use, and, off we went. For me, having spent so much time inside seeing this year through to its conclusion, it was good to be outside in the air and seeing landscape, thinking through photos and working with camera, lens and settings. Good. Feet and hands were cold to start, but then image-making took hold in each of us. An hour’s plodding perambulations found us cooler, but several images richer and in good spirits. And, it was some fun to explore the photos we had taken together and to see where edits could take us. Here are a couple of my images.
Quotes to Consider / Inspire: (1) ‘The only photographer you should compare yourself to is the one you used to be (unknown).’ (2) ‘Don’t shoot what it looks like. Shoot what it feels like (David Alan Harvey).’ (3) ‘I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed (Annie Liebovitz).’
Listening to: Arvo Pärt’s ‘Spiegel im Spiegel,’ Blue Suede’s ‘Hooked on a Feeling,’ U2’s ‘Magnificence,’ Angus & Julia Stone’s ‘Big Jet Plane,’ Rob Thomas’ ‘Little Wonders,’ Louis Armstrong’s ‘What a Wonderful World,’ Norman Greenbaum and ‘Spirit in the Sky,’ Bob Dylan’s ‘Shelter from the Storm,’ and José González’s ‘Stay Alive’ and Junip’s ‘Don’t Let It Pass.’
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