Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Outside: photography

I have taken a lot of pictures. I couldn't ever explain why. It's not like I thought I was going to be a photographer when I was a child or something. I guess I just kind of came about doing it.

When I was a kid, my mother bought me and my sister cameras. She actually bought my sister a better camera than the one she bought for me. My sister is 3 years older than I... so, I guess maybe this somehow made sense. But well, no not really.

I was always the artistic one and she was always the one who did very well in academics. That's not to say I'm a slouch or something... just that my goal in life was never fixated on being a "straight A" type of student. So, really, it was completely absurd that my mother bought my sister who is so much less artistically inclined a better camera.

Sure, there's that whole argument to be made that the greatest artist can make the most magnificent things with the lowest quality materials... but really, I think my mom was just being cheap. And I also think my sister probably actually asked for a camera, where as I didn't. And my mother was the type who treated us the same regardless of the age difference.

Whatever, I haven't used that cheap camera in years. I took it on one outing with my high school art club to New York. And the only memorable shot I took was of the John Lennon "imagine" thing on the pavement in the park.

Taking slides for AP art in High School I somehow ended up snatching my mother's Pentax SLR. I still have that camera. To be blunt, my mother is not the greatest photographer. So, me taking that camera doesn't really cause much of a loss. I did, however, gain most of my experience with photography from that Pentax. I've taken hundreds of pictures with it. Believe me, I have them in envelopes which reside in boxes in my office.

The Pentax did end up being usurped by the digital camera I bought about 2 years ago. It's a Kodak, and it didn't come with much of a manual, and I'm not the sort of person who has the patience to try and find one on a website. So, I pretty much figured things out by trial and error.

I'm pretty happy with that camera... and while I suppose in this digital age it may seem like it's taken me forever, I decided to format my photos and offer them for sale on my etsy shop "sarahknight".

It's been entertaining going through my vast collection on my iphoto and picking and choosing... but at some point, those labeled envelopes in those boxes on the shelf starting looking pretty interesting. So, I've been spending quite a bit of time in front of the computer, going through the envelopes and scanning and formatting the photos lately.

Since they're printed photos being scanned in at a high resolution, the blips and dots and fibers create an interesting effect. Not being too fixated on any one theme or idea, I kind of like the look.

So, in the near future these will be available in my etsy shop:

tiger swallowtail on tigerlily

midnight enchantment

bee on blue globe thistle


Anonymous said...

very nice! i really like the texture, gives it a lot of visual interest. can't wait to see more! said...

Your photos are lovely and very artistic.

Sharon said...

The photos look dreamy and ethereal--very lovely!


DK Miller said...

You have beautiful photos!

Purely Paige said...

Wow I really like the texture in these photos! I can't say I have seen anything like it before!

Mami Made It said...

Absolutely awesome pictures! Great!

lollywood said...

I'm loving these photos! I, too, love the texture!


stitchntyme said...

Love love love the Bee on Blue! Thank you for sharing. :)

lisaroy said...

I love the look of these - the texture is great!

Kate and Oli said...

Hi Sarah, thanks for your comments :) I LOVE your photography, it's amazing :) Would you be interested in a feature - tentatively scheduled for May? You could do a giveaway if you wanted, but it's not required. Let me know if you're interested!

cabin + cub said...

Lovely photos! They have a very dreamy quality. ;)

SleightGirl said...

Love the pictures espcially with the texture in them, it makes them, much more intimate.

Confections said...

Beautiful photos, Sarah. I, too, am an accidental photographer with quite an archive. Now to sift through it and scan.... Great that you are going to offer your photos in your Etsy shop.

kanishk said...

can't wait to see more!
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