On Recognition

There has been a flurry of activity in my little photography world of late. It seems all of the learning and shooting and promoting I’ve been up to is starting to catch some attention. My friends have always been my biggest cheerleaders and I love them for it, but lately my photographs have been recognized by strangers. Yes, people I don’t even know. People who have no obligation to like my work, yet liked it so much they wanted to share it. I coudn’t be more honored.

I’ve always been a big believer in sharing my images. What good do they do sitting on my hard drive? Yes, they bring me joy but I think it’s kinda selfish to keep that joy all to myself. Facebook has always been my go-to place to share, but lately I’ve been having fun with my iPhone 4s (hurry up iPhone 6!) and sharing on Instagram. I’m still trying to figure out Google+ and slowly making some headway. Most recently I’ve embraced Flickr and some of the specialized groups found there… and was totally blown away last week when THIS happened!

Social media can be pretty fabulous, but let’s not forget good old word-of-mouth. I think every single person in my neighborhood has a dog. And through my nightly dog walks I have met many fun and talented people. One such person, a photographer himself, suggested I submit my street photography for a gallery show spotlighting Hollywood photographers. What did I have to lose? So I submitted and was accepted into my first juried group show. It was such a cool experience.

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I have been thinking about recognition a lot lately. Being recognized. And how good it feels. I think it’s so important to let others know when they have done something extraordinary. Created something unforgettable. And that got me thinking about the community of creative friends I have and how being surrounded by creativity simply breeds creativity.

To follow is a gallery of images that have knocked my socks off during the past year and I would like to recognize the people behind the photographs. I have watched every single person featured here learn and grow and become incredible photographers. Yet, not a single one of them shoot professionally… just passionately. I hope you enjoy this gallery as much as I enjoyed putting it together. :D

 

NOW THAT’S DIFFERENT  Jules Clark 

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WIPED  Nikki McAnary

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STUDENT CHEF  Joe Susca

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RECOVERY ROOM  Katrine Dunn

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SUNSET ON THE COAST OF OREGON  Jack Nitowitz

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FATHER/SON TIME  Kelly Webb

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Rainy Day Dog

Last weekend was a wet one here in Los Angeles. Looks like the rain dances finally worked and this parched state got some much needed precipitation. There were heavy downpours and even some hail. My dog Delilah found her first encounter with thunder and lightening, mighty, mighty frightening.

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#365greatful

I am a visual person. 100%. I’ve never been great at scrapbooking or journaling but have always wished I were.

At the end of 2013 I saw this video. It really moved me. And got me thinking about how fast time flies, how I may be missing some important stuff and how a photograph a day was not out of the question.

I decided to commit on a level that was realistic for me. A snap a day with my iPhone was doable and I wanted to get better at iPhoneography anyway. Win-win? I have been posting each day to my Instagram and am happy to report that 40 plus days into this project I am so happy I committed.

A friend (thanks Nicole!) turned me on to this sweet little app (and it’s free!) that not only reminds me daily, but also makes pretty little monthly calendars like the one I have posted. Below is what my January looked like. Just one glance at these tiny photo squares takes me right back to that moment. I cannot wait to complete a whole year of tiny squares!

Join me? Start anytime that feels right. Just don’t ask me what I had for lunch yesterday, I’ll probably have no idea. Unless I have a picture of it. ;-)

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