World Photography Day

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I have always loved taking photos. It took me quite some time to switch from film to digital, and more recently have I forgone using an actual camera for my cell phone. As the online world is more interactive and visual I try to take photos to accompany my writings. I think it adds to the layers of my writing life as well as much of my spiritual life. In looking for photos to include on this day, I did some googling and research into photography. Living in New York, I’m partial to Kodak and the Eastman-Kodak company, not to mention their connection to Paul McCartney and his family.

In reading up on National Photography Day from the National Day website, I was reminded of a postcard that I carried with me for the longest time. It is one of the few pieces of artwork that I recognize immediately and draws me into the black and white mysteries of the art world as well as a bygone past and of course the romanticism of Paris.

The Kiss by Robert Doisneau

Kiss by the Hôtel de Ville, photographed by Robert Doisneau. Fair Use. (c)2022

There is so much going on that it inspired me throughout high school and college in creating characters, writing their stories, and including myself in the background of the photo, perhaps in the lobby of the Hotel de Ville.

A picture is worth a thousand words as the saying goes, and in many cases more than a thousand words in descriptions, feelings, dreams, and spirit. Although not all of them need a caption; the picture is often enough. Here are a few of my own:

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Clothes Make the Woman (er, Photographer) or Something

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I grabbed a jacket I haven’t worn in months if not longer than that. I got to the car and realized said jacket would look great with my new (at Christmas) green snood. I also realized that said outfit with jeans and my new Ellen boots make a great outfit if I were a cool, hip photographer.

I also realized that this outfit belongs to someone who smokes – don’t ask me why – it’s the fiction writer inside of me.

My entire life is a cosplay, isn’t it? 😉

Halfway through typing this and trying to figure out what it was going to be exactly, I’ve decided to wear this outfit (and possibly the boots) on Tuesday and after Mass, go to photograph one of the churches on my list as a way to kind of honor Brittany on her birthday.