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Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G is for…Laura Gilpin (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) was an American photographer most well known for her photos of Native Americans, but also for her sweeping Southwestern landscapes.  I love her images of life and a time long gone.

“Laura Gilpin applied compassion to the relationship between the landscape and the native people, a trait that distinguished her from most male landscape photographers of the West. Many still regard her as the only significant woman landscape photographer of her time.” (https://www.cogreatwomen.org/project/laura-gilpin/)

Here are a couple of her images, in the public domain.

Sunday After Church,1919

Mission Church at Rancho de Taos

Resources:

Laura Gilpin at Wikipedia

Laura Gilpin at Colorado’s Women Hall of Fame

Laura Gilpin at Britannica

Laura Gilpin and the Tradition of American Landscape Photography

Laura Gilpin at Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd (you can see several of her works here)

Laura Gilpin on ArtNet

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter G.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: F is for…Trude Fleischmann (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Born in 1895, Trude Fleischmann was a portrait photographer initially in Vienna, where “she became one of Vienna’s leading portrait photographers soon after opening her opening her own studio at the age of 25. Her studio became a gathering place for Vienna’s cultural elite and she became known as the “Photographer of the Famous,””

Fleeing persecution before WWII, she landed in New York in the late 1930s where she continued to photograph celebrities like Eleanor Roosevelt and Albert Einstein.  She died in 1990.

Trude Fleischmann

Resources:

Trude Fleischmann at Wikipedia

Trude Fleischmann at ArtNet

Trude Fleischmann at the Getty Museum

Trude Fleischmann at the Jewish Women’s Archive

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter F.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: E is for…Rena Effendi (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Rena Effendi is a social documentary photographer from Azerbaijan.  According to National Geographic, “Rena Effendi uses her camera to document people and cultures, as well as issues of conflict, environment, and social justice. Effendi was born in Azerbaijan and witnessed her country’s rough path to independence from the U.S.S.R., a place she learned to make sense of through photography.” (https://www.nationalgeographic.com/contributors/e/photographer-rena-effendi/)

Effendi’s photos tell stories – I can’t think of a better way to describe them.  The vibrant colours, the lighting, the faces and locations leave a sense of a moment in time, a way of life that may not exist any longer.  I would love to see her work in person some day.

Effendi is active on Instagram, so you can follow her at @renaeffendiphoto.

Resources:

Rena Effendi

Rena Effendi at Wikipedia

Rena Effendi at National Geographic

The Search for Hope: Azerbaijani photographer Rena Effendi on capturing humanity’s will to survive

Rena Effendi at the Photo Society

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter E.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

April Writing Prompts, Day 6 – Words of rediscovery

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt, April’s Writing prompts.

Today, “Words of rediscovery“.

My words of rediscovery today?  Guess what?  It’s a short work week, with an extra long weekend coming up!  And then…look!  Another short work week!  Boo, and yah.

 

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: D is for…Rineke Dijkstra (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

Rineke Dijkstra is a Dutch photographer, and much more contemporary than the other photographers I’ve introduced so far in this challenge.  Born in 1959, and living in Amsterdam, she is another portrait photographer – something I am definitely not – “[k]nown for her single portraits, usually working in series, she often focuses on particular groups and communities of people, such as mothers, adolescent and teenage boys and girls, soldiers, etc., with an emphasis on capturing the vulnerable side of her subjects.” (http://www.artnet.com/artists/rineke-dijkstra/)

You can view a whole raft of Dijkstra’s photographs using Google search .  Personally, I find them stark (maybe it’s the full-body nature of many of them) and sometimes a bit disturbing, but her use of colour and light is striking, and I encourage you to find out more at the links below.

Resources:

Rineke Dijkstra at Wikipedia

Rineke Dijkstra at ArtNet

Rineke Dijkstra at the Marian Goodman Gallery

Rineke Dijkstra at the Guggenheim

The Vulnerables: Interview with Rineke Dijkstra

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter D.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Share Your World – March 30, 2020

And now for this week’s Share Your World

Pancakes, waffles or French Toast as your breakfast favorite? 

No.

Do you think a person’s name influences the person they become?

Makes me wonder about people who name their babies “Waldo”.  (https://www.boredpanda.com/where-is-waldo-coronavirus-edition-book)

Would things get better or worse if humans focused on what was going well rather than what’s going wrong?

Yes.

Is math something that humans created or something we discovered? Is looking at reality mathematically an accurate representation of how things work?

This question did to my brain what math does to it…

 

Three Line Tales – 218

This challenge comes from Sonya at Only100Words , and here are the rules:

“Write three lines to go with the weekly photo prompt (the photos I use are either royalty-free or I’ve been given permission by the photographer to use them; please credit where appropriate) – sideways interpretation is encouraged. The photo is the launch point – take us wherever you fancy.”

K?
Yeah Em?
Nice try, but I do NOT look that good while I am working from home these days!  (true story…)

photo by Elijah O’Donnell via Unsplash

 

RagTag Daily Prompt: Better

A response in starting over with a new daily avoidance (or non-avoidance, as the case may be), here with the Ragtag Daily Prompt , today is  Better.”

Every day is better with fire – a fire table on the deck while we BBQ, that is!

April Writing Prompts, Day 4 – Suburban stays

From Putting My Feet in the Dirt, April’s Writing prompts.

Today, “Suburban stays“.

Well, I don’t live in the suburbs, but I am staying where I live.  But whether you are urban staying, or suburban staying, or rural staying, you are all doing your part for the current cause of keeping this F%^&ing virus from taking over your town, city, province, state, country.  So, we can all call ourselves “suburban stays” as far as I’m concerned.  Cheers!!

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: C is for…Julia Margaret Cameron (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2020 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I did NOT think I would get this done today – I have been online literally all day, and I think used every kind of web conferencing system out there for all my online meetings.  But, I am doing this, so it’s short, but hopefully you will find time to explore some more yourself.  Hoping to get ahead of the game a little bit over the weekend….

Julia Margaret Cameron was a British photographer of a different century from the last two photographers I talked about.  19th century all the way!  Born in 1815, Cameron took up photography in her 40s (making me feel better about myself!) and established herself as a portrait photographer, sometimes called one of the greatest portrait photographers of the 19th century.

I was inspired as I read about Cameron, being a female photographer not only at a time when photography was not always well thought of as an art form, but as a women in a male-dominated profession.  Her use of focus and lighting is quite astonishing, and while some of her contemporaries were not impressed with what they termed as her amateurish style, “Later critics appreciated her valuing of spiritual depth over technical perfection and now consider her portraits to be among the finest expressions of the artistic possibilities of the medium.” (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Julia-Margaret-Cameron)

I am able to include a couple of her images here as they are in the public domain:

Beatrice, 1866

John Herschel (1815-1879)

Resources:

Julia Margaret Cameron at Wikipedia

Julia Margaret Cameron at The Met

Julia Margaret Cameron: soft-focus photographer with an iron will

Julia Margaret Cameron at MoMA

Julia Margaret Cameron at The Art Story

Julia Margaret Cameron:  An Introduction

Thanks for visiting my 2020 A to Z Challenge – Letter C.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2020 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

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