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Radius Magazine

I'm really proud and excited to be featured in the current issue of Radius Magazine, though I must say, it's also a wee bit scary to be out there in print.

New shows opening tomorrow

So excited to be part of two exhibitions opening tomorrow. 

 Doggie Dinner at the Pennslyvania Center for Photography's Juried Americana exhibit. Reception is from 6-8pm, 181 E Court Street, Doylestown. Runs through April 8th.

Doggie Dinner at the Pennslyvania Center for Photography's Juried Americana exhibit. Reception is from 6-8pm, 181 E Court Street, Doylestown. Runs through April 8th.

 Two pieces including Urban silhouette at the Conservatory Artists Guild Late Winter show. Reception is from 6:30-8:30pm, 4059 Skyron Drive, Doylestown.. Runs through March 29th. 

Two pieces including Urban silhouette at the Conservatory Artists Guild Late Winter show. Reception is from 6:30-8:30pm, 4059 Skyron Drive, Doylestown.. Runs through March 29th. 

Serendipity

Rivulets of silver rain reflect along the wall of glass

Hopeful and blue

Individual drops of life-igniting pearls

One, then two and soon a thousand heart beats pound against the roof in a confluence of water force

They pour together into pools and puddles and overflowing banks

Becoming streams and rivers flowing deep into the roots of a waking thirsty world

Serendipity? A master plan?

I dwell on this for a second or two

At least until the sun bursts through and brings the change

A new light bends in disconcerting shapes like a kaleidoscope of pent up winter energy

Reflecting greens and pinks and buds exploding out beyond my window pane

Drinking it all in and opening

Trunks and branches, stems and petals, reaching up in gasps and swirls

All new

All fresh

As spring unfurls

 

PhotoLyrics - Poetry by Mark Safran - Photograph by Doré Vorum

 

Frigid Weather

Oh the photographs I would capture on a recent trip to Brooklyn: the river, bridges, and architecture, danced in my head. Alas, my hopes dropped as quickly as the temperature the day I visited. I knew it was time to head inside when my finger could no longer press the shutter, frost nipped. What to do? I went to the Brooklyn Museum which offered warmth, incredible art and an amazing glass ceiling. Lying in the middle of the atrium floor, I took countless photographs of the ceiling including the image above.

Not what I expected or hoped for, but by allowing myself to see new possibilities, something different.

 

 

Reflections

re·flec·tion, noun. The throwing back by a body or surface of light, heat, or sound without absorbing it. "the reflection of light"

When I share my reflection photographs, folks are curious about how I saw the scene.  It is something I find difficult to explain because it is not what I saw, but a feeling that drew me in.  It is the feelings of wonderment, lightness, happiness, curiosity and serendipity that I try to capture with my camera.

Reflections: San Antonio Riverwalk 5. Minor adjustments to exposure, but pretty much what came out of my camera.

Celebrating the winter solstice

Shortening days and falling temperatures are heralding the arrival of winter which occurs at one instant on the shortest day of the year, today at 11:28 am ET.  It is when the sun is at its lowest, or most southern position in the sky.  The transition happens at the same moment around the world, though its local time depends on which of the 24 times zones you call home. Starting tomorrow the days will grow longer, though only a few minutes a day, until we celebrate the longest day of the year, the summer solstice.  And so it goes, one season at a time.

 

 

 

Celebrating lousy weather

On a recent trip to NYC I had preconceived ideas of what I wanted to photograph. All went out the window when the weather turned cold and rainy. Instead I visited museums and when there was a break in the weather, would wander the streets.

The image above was captured as I was walking near the High Line where a lot of construction was underway and it was all being reflected in an existing building. Minor adjustments in Lightroom, but pretty much what came out of my camera. 

Lessons learned ... again. Make lemonade out of lemons. Look up, down and all around, the images surround you.

One image at a time

Like a fine wine sometimes an image or the photographer, that would be me, needs to wait before it can be processed. As an example, recently I made the photograph above yet it was captured in 2011. Did I not take the time to really look at each thumbnail and see the potential? Have the toolbox or skills to make the image in my minds eye? I don't know the answer, but what I do know is, going forward I'm going to slow down and look, really look at my images one at a time.

Dancing with my camera

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I was captivated by a beautiful light sculpture suspended above my head and took many images from above, below, level, and while swiping my camera. When creating photographs, it was the images where my camera and I moved together, as if in a dance, that sang to me.

Reminder to self, be open to all possibilities .. the results may surprise you.