The girl with the hats was taken as I wandered through a street market across from Cambridge University. This image was a complete surprise to me and the first one I thought was good enough to show anyone else! The more I have looked at it the more meaningful it has become. I’m taken by the reflected sunlight on her face.
I’ve traveled to England numerous times and love everything about it from the people, to the architecture, the food, and the centuries old traditions! The photo of this precious little girl was taken on a busy side street in Oxford. She caught my eye because she appears to be just a little impatient and on a mission to explore something wonderful. She has others on her journey who are also good-naturedly wondering why the hold up. She is motioning to “come on!” There is a strength and an independence about her.
The Hot Sausage man was a welcomed sight because I was thirsty and hungry. It was also familiar because it reminded of many vendors I’ve photographed while visiting New York City and other places in the US. He was different, though; he seemed to bring a professionalism to what he did for a living. I loved the way he was dressed up and the seriousness with which he served his customers. When no customer was in front of him, he was still cleaning, rearranging, and preparing for the next one.
I was riding a Great Western train somewhere between Oxford and London in late June. I liked the reflections in the window offset by the peacefulness of the neighborhoods. This helped me to understand more clearly that something doesn’t have to be perfect to tell a story; perfection wouldn’t be reality.
ESPN Game Day came to my town, Fort Worth, and I was so excited! I got up at 2:30 a.m., dressed as much as someone who is NOT a morning person can, grabbed my camera, and set out to find the best parking space available. I found this young man with his face brightly painted in support of his team. When he saw that I wanted to take his picture he couldn’t wait to pose for me. He really represented all the fun I had imagined would be part of ESPN Game Day activities! His eyes were shining almost as brightly as was his smile. Now when I watch Game Day, and I do often, I am reminded of what it feels like to be there, and I re-live the experience all over again!
Graduation Candle Lighting ceremonies are a religious experience on the Campus at DBU. Although this is a favorite time for me every semester this one was especially meaningful because my dear friend was graduating the very next day. This picture says to me a bright future, a well-lit path, and exciting opportunities await all those who venture forth. The picture is about unity, a sense of community and family. This is my favorite photo of all I have taken. The only retouching done was to erase the red Exit sign that was a distraction.
Initially, my attention was drawn to the sound of boots walking quickly. It was a feminine stampede at ESPN Game Day in Fort Worth! Next time I would pay more attention to the distraction that can come from negative space.
When first rescued from a shelter Benjamin would run and hide in his “happy place” every time there was a sudden noise or loud voice. He had been starved, abused, and abandoned; so inhumanely treated! I had taken lots of pictures of this little dog as he warmed up to his new surroundings but this is my favorite .
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