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Photography Class Adventures

So, this term I am taking another photography class, this one more around composition than technical stuff.  Every week we have a theme – our instructor talks about the theme and shows examples which we discuss.  Then for the next class, we send in photos representing the theme to talk about in the next class.  And so on, and so on…  There are people in this class at all levels of intermediate-advanced, even people who take pictures for actual $$!  So, it pushes me, but is fun at the same time.

I was just sending in my submission for this week, and I thought, hey!  I should share some of this adventure here.

So, the first week was Architectural Abstracts.  So, basically pictures of buildings or building-like things, but abstracted so they are weird and wild and potentially unrecognizable.  I call this “A night at emerg”.

Week 2 was Geographic Plants – looking for shapes and lines in plants, flowers, fruits, veggies, etc.  I call this “The Last Tomato”.

And finally, this week is Vanishing Victoria – pictures of things that are gone, going, or old next to new, etc.  I didn’t get out this week to shoot this specific topic, and today I was not able to go out because of the rain (it is the rainy season after all), so I just sent in a shot from a photo fieldtrip from last March.  I call it “Sentinel”.

If I remember, I will keep posting to show what’s going on in this fun class!

A to Z Challenge: A is for Abandoned (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2017 Great and Powerful 2017 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (The A to Z of Wabi Sabi: an exploration of wabi-sabi photography (and accompanying commentary), and as I have every year, I am going to be blogging my theme letters more on the fly than I originally planned 🙂

Anyway, here we go…A is for Abandoned.  Farm buildings, in this case.  In Saskatchewan to be more specific.

So, just to be clear, my A to Z challenge posts will contain photos I have taken, preferably recently (like, this month – even on the day of my posting!) but sometimes, photos from the past (because I couldn’t, or didn’t, find anything to take a picture of more recently…)  Then, I will tell you a bit about my daily word choice and about the pictures that go with it, in the spirit that is Wabi Sabi.  Ready to begin?


On my trip last fall, I found myself drawn to abandoned things.  Broken things.  Things that other people might sat were not beautiful enough to take pictures of.  Susan found the word for my photography muse:  Wabi Sabi,  And nothing represents this more for me than abandoned buildings.   There is a wistfulness about them; I was going to say sadness, but I don’t feel sad when I look at them.  I wonder who lived there, and what kind of life they had, and why they left.  But I especially love the way these man-made structures slowly melt back into the natural landscape.  Also, they make great scary pictures when you make them black and white!

Here are some of the abandoned buildings I saw last September:

Thanks for visiting my first A to Z Challenge post of 2018.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z Challenge Master List (Google Docs).  Stay tuned for B is for… Tomorrow!!