Some leaves I collected from a tree near my house.
For a while I resisted the end of summer. I didn’t want to bid farewell to the feel of the warm sun tickling the back of my arms and neck and throwing my windows open to welcome in the heat. But, change is good and inevitable and when change involves something as beautiful as autumn in New York, it is welcomed with open arms.
I have been enjoying a little time off in between contract gigs and have been soaking up all the autumnal beauty that I can in my treks throughout the city. Many of these images are giving way to some ideas that I have been photographing and will be committing to paper. Here are some of the things that I find inspiring:
Central Park ©Jaimee Todd
Inkblot with bronze and gold metallic acrylic paint
Brooklyn Gold ©Jaimee Todd
Work in progress; large scale inkblot on brown paper with red and black acrylic ink.
Happy Autumn! You can see more of the shots I took in the last few days through my slideshow on Flickr. I’m considering adding these photos as a postcard set on my online store and am currently gauging interest, so if you’d like to see that happen, leave a note in the comments section or shoot me an email at email@example.com.
Serenity, ©Jaimee Todd
As you might have guessed from my falling off the blogosphere for a few days, I was on a little holiday vacation and took a much-needed trip to visit my family in Michigan. I didn’t realize how burntout I was until I got there. When you are constantly trudging through an urban cacophony on a daily basis, it is absolutely pure bliss to be able to stand in the middle of a Michigan summer evening and hear nothing but crickets and the ripple of a nearby pond. I ached to experience that tranquility so much that it was pretty hard to get on that plane to come back to the concrete jungle this week. I’m still trying to regroup in a sense, so until I get to that point, I still have some images to take me back to that special place.
I’ll be adding more photos from my trip to my photo blog, Lulueye, which you can see by going here.
I was at the UN last night attending a concert with a friend when I glanced up at the ceiling of the General Assembly and took this shot. I love it because it feels like you’re looking out at space from the inside of a spaceship.
©2011 Jaimee Todd
There’s a beautiful old graveyard near this church across the street from where I work. It seems like an odd place to find a sense of zen but it very peaceful, especially in the Spring. It’s not uncommon to see people sitting peaceful amongst the old tombstones, some of which dates back to the 1700′s. It’s such a beautiful contrast that I had to capture and luckily, Lulu was with me to do that.
© Kelly Saadiq
Don’t you wish you could be sitting next to this bird as it takes in the warm, beautiful tropical rain of Dominica in the late Spring? I know I do. This lovely shot was taken by Kelly Saadiq on her honeymoon last year. I thought I’d share this picture since this weekend marks Kelly and Charles’ one-year wedding anniversary. All the best to you, Saadiqs!
You can see more of Kelly’s photography by visiting her Flickr stream here.
This shot was taken with the fun, new macro lens filter I bought for Lulu. Who would’ve thought such a neat little gizmo could make a simple house plant look so interesting? Lulu is having a ball with her new toy so please stay tuned.
image courtesy of Introvert Images LLC
This week’s MOZ is courtesy of Charles Saadiq. Charles’ is known for taking everyday objects and transforming them into a totally new sensory experience or as he explains it: “I appreciate the power of manipulation so I try to extend my creativity to bring life to lines, tones, shadows and shapes that often go unrecognized. I even find beauty in darkness”.
For his photo entitled Emerald City, Charles explains his approach:
“In ‘Emerald City’ I stitched five photographs together to give a fish-eye lens effect. This image exemplifies how art is infinite. I tend to be patient and wait for nature to provide shadows in certain areas. By focusing on lines and angles, I wanted ‘Emerald City’ to be something beyond a predictable city landscape photograph.”
You can see more of Charles’ photography by visiting his online portfolio.
©2011 Greg Stowell
“[This] was taken on my 2010 trip to Nicaragua. Spent some time in managua, and a few days in blue fields. The shot I posted was taken at the harbor area of blue fields. After getting up at some ungodly hour in the morning to capture the incoming fishermen where they have their “farmers market”, I caught these ladies making tortillas of some sort. I think people work for pennies a day(if they have a job!), but they were very friendly and happy nonetheless.”
You can see more of Greg’s work by visiting his online portfolio, which you can find here.
Thanks, Greg, for sharing!
Remember, anyone and everyone is encouraged to share their Moment of Zen. You can do so by checking out the MOZ group right here!
Open Call for Zen:
Every week on my blog, I have a little feature called Moment of Zen (MOZ). I post photographs that I’ve taken of something that I find especially beautiful or peaceful. MOZ is my way of reminding myself that beauty is found in the everyday things that we often take for granted. To me, capturing MOZ is a way of saying, “Slow down. Look around you.”
Now I’d like to invite you to share your MOZ. I’ve created a MOZ Group on Flickr so that people can show off their photography skills within this theme. Each week, I’ll select and feature some of the most outstanding MOZs on my blog. Each featured photograph will also include a link (if applicable) to the photographer’s site as well as a brief description of their MOZ and what it means to them. The group is open to anyone so whether you are a seasoned photographer or just starting out, grab that camera and share your MOZ! You can learn more about the MOZ Group right here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/moz/
That’s it for now!