Friday, January 15, 2010

Picture Happy

Meg, over at House Notes, had asked to see some of my art. I have very mixed feelings about sharing my photographs. Even though I love creating art, I never felt that my work was good enough or worthy of sharing. Throughout my school years, I devoted so much time and energy into trying to find what makes me want to create. I don’t think I ever found that reason I searched so long for. I know, it’s complicated.

What I want to show you are photographs that I love, but not because I think they are good pictures. Many of them give me feelings that I never want to lose.

Rusted, unused farm equipment.

My Grandmother visiting my grand-pap's marker at the Veterans Memorial, for the first time.

San Francisco series:

My birdie, Sweet Pea, that had passed away a few years ago.  We always had fun with him at Easter. 

Clint and his father visiting his grandfather's grave in Clincho, VA.  This trip meant a lot to me.  It was the first time I met his extended family, who live in a very small town in the hills.  Clint's grandfather passed away a month after we started dating.

The rest of the pictures I have to show you are hanging on the walls our home.  They are all taken with film, instead of digital.

Lily Pads taken on Henry Ford's Estate in Dearborn, MI

First signs of Spring!

The rest below, are pictures of the very first game at Comerica Park, where the Detroit Tigers play.  The stadium wasn't even fully complete and it was freakin freezing that day!  Many of you may not know, but last year, Tiger Stadium was torn down.  Growing up, my father use to take us to Tiger games during the day and read the paper while we ran around the stands.  So, you could say Tiger Stadium was a second home and a great past time.  These pictures hang in Clint's game room.   

As you can see, I LOVE black and white photography.  There is just something that I feel tells my story better in black and white.  I hope you enjoyed them!


Kasey at Thrifty Little Blog said...

Thanks for sharing. Those are great images... and I love how you were able to incorporate them into your home!

Kim at Yellow Brick Home said...

Danielle, I love that you use your own photographs throughout your home as art. Same with us: as a photography major in college, I have so many dusty prints that I've been meaning to frame. So far, only a select few have made the cut.

However, your intro paragraph makes perfect sense. Sometimes a photo doesn't have to be oh-mygoodness-amazing to evoke strong feelings. You hit the nail on the head.

Great job!

Kristi W @ Life at the Chateau Whitman said...

Hi Danielle. I can really relate to the first paragraph you wrote. I love creating (both photos and paintings), but I am also sometimes very reluctant to show others. I think it's a mix of not always having confidence or sometimes fearing criticism. I don't know how to explain it exactly. I know that I enjoy the process of creating. It's important and meaningful to me. For what it's worth, I think you are really talented! I think you have a great eye, and your images are moving. I especially love the first signs of spring. Thanks for sharing!

Meg said...

First of all, your photographs are beautiful. You love to do it because you have something to share. Second of all, these photos are all deeply personal, and I almost got a little emotional looking at them. I love how tender they are. Truly worth sharing!

P.S. - Thanks for the shout out!

Scientific Housewife said...

Great photos! I love B&W as well, and it can go pretty much anywhere!

alanna rose said...

We should love the art we hang in our homes - I have some crayon scribbles hanging in the kitchen that I love more than our best piece of "real" art.

And this displaced-Detroiter loves the Comerica pics!

Jen @ homeinthecountry said...

Wow! Beautiful photography... I do love the black & white! Thanks for sharing!

Janean said...

enjoyed indeed!!! adore all of them. the blue and rust was eye-catching.

thanks for leaving a sweet comment too!


uh, and a request for you to share more of your talent.

elizabeth said...

Wow - your pictures are amazing - I am like you too in that I don't think I am good enough. I feel there is so much more I need to learn and I look at other peoples work and think the are so much better then I.
I love how you use them as art in your home - they are wonderful.

You have inspired me to print some shots I have taken and hang them up!!!

Thank you for your inspiration this saturday morning!!!
Have a great weekend.

elizabeth said...

sorry forgot to add:
Could you post where you purchased your black frames -
I love the wide matting around them makes the pictures really stand out.

Amanda said...

Thanks for your photo tour! I agree, there is just something extra-special about B&W photos. It's like they have more history behind them. I need to use more of them!

micah @ the yellow front door said...

Your photographs are beautiful!! I love that each one has a story behind it. Thanks for sharing!

Kelly@TearingUpHouses said...

very nice! i absolutely love the first one.


Danielle and Clint said...

Thanks everyone for your awesome responses. It's nice to know my work is viewed for what it was intended for!

Kristina said...

I love black and white photography, too! I've never played around with it on my blog, though, but I should. Thanks for the inspiration!

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Mrs. Chic said...

I know what you mean its hard sharing your artwork because its personal to you....I really like the art in Clint's gameroom - perfect B&W prints - the mattes looks great and the love frames you choose with it

Ashley M. [at] (never home)maker said...

Those photos are GREAT! I love 'em!

LizzieBeth said...

I did not know you were such an accomplished photographer! I love the lilly pads!!