Friday, December 19, 2008

Round and Round We Go...

Lately I've found myself adding several similar pictures to my favorites. Different materials, but almost the exact same composition: lots and lots of circles.

I'm not sure what in my sub-conscious is drawn to circles, but, here are a few of them. Enjoy!

photograph vintage french thread spools

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A bit of color for today...

After last week's winter-y posts, I could use a change of pace. So I went hunting for green and yellow -- bright, fresh and cheerful.

Here's a macro (love the lines)

linear macro bright green leaves
Hawaiian leaf, originally uploaded by photomandala.

A landscape..

bright green and yellow landscape tractor tracks

5/365- Tractor tracks.-, originally uploaded by blagayfer

And a sunny little flower hiding in the shadows

yellow daisy flower green leaves

Friday, December 5, 2008

Something new to browse

Something new to browse...
the commons on flickr logo

Poking around on flickr today, looking for something interesting to post, when I found this The Commons,

elizabeth freeman campaigns for votes for women

So now you can go through the Library of Congress's photostream (among others)

Thursday, December 4, 2008


I'm still thinking about chilly weather, and I'm not the only one. Flickr is suddenly full of frosty pictures




Saturday, November 29, 2008

A quick post for a holiday weekend, with finals coming up soon (eek!)

Here in Massachusetts, it's getting cold, and Thanksgiving marks the end of fall for me (it's not officially winter until the Solstice in December, but in New England, that never really worked for me) so, I'm trying to psyche myself up for how beautiful winter can be(and avoid thinking about digging my car out of the snowdrift to get to work)

So, here's a picture from a snow storm a couple of years ago...

light and blue shadows on snow, tree truncksSnow


Thursday, November 20, 2008

A sad conclusion: There are more artistic photographs of onions, on flickr, than books. By a long shot.

I'm a bookworm, so I decided to go book-hunting on flickr, which is when I learned that although flickr has many many photos tagged with "book" and even a 5000-item group pool - the vast majority fall into two categories: "the cover of my favorite/newest/would-take-it-to-exile-on-a-desert-island books" or "look at my huge/crazy/messy/just-organized bookshelf" which are interesting as far as they go (I love book recommendations, have shelves of my own that could use a brilliant organizational idea and even picked up a tip I might use for displaying favorite books), they're not exactly compelling pieces of photographic art.

After much digging (well, clicking and scrolling...) I found some examples worth the hunt.

"White Books" by Vicki's_Pics

No 16. by _cassia's_

Home Memories by Mamluke

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Monday, November 17, 2008

I started playing with onion skins this weekend...

abstract photograph yellow onion skinsPurchase Abstract 4 (above) fromParallax


... So this week, I started browsing flickr, to see if anyone else was taking photographs of their ingredients.

In the search, I saw lots of lunches -- french onion soup was popular -- and discovered there's a whole group dedicated to drawing faces on onions, and finally found other photographs of onions (slices of red onions are surprisingly popular).

A golden-lit macro from E_journeys'

And possibly my favorite, from lesbru

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


And going all the way to the other end of the spectrum, this week I've been hunting for photos in black. (Look close, these are subtle)

First, a photo I adore, from a fellow etsy seller, Truis

Little Grey Kitty

And technology old and new on flickr

Long Time Silent from Fabio Fusco

Y We Do What We Do from DownTown Pictures

And one of my own personal favorites:

macro photograph vintage camera, black
Old School from Parallax

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Saturday, November 8, 2008

Working with White

I'm drawn, in my photography, to intense saturated colors and high contrast, so exploring all white photographs is something different, but I found some beauties.

This one is from Still Life, a simple architectural composition in classic lines and arches


Stairs, originally uploaded by still. life..

And here's a still life of my own, a study in white with eggs ...

white still life of eggs in bowl

And a more modern image of a sail and all of its lines from Jerret Taylor


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Saturday, November 1, 2008

Now that's a good flower pic! (Flickr Fave's)

Prickly, originally uploaded by PhantomWard.

The letter of the day is F -- A Flickr Favorite of a Flower...

Flickr is full of pictures of pretty flowers, groups and groups full in fact. But, pretty as flowers are, the pic's start to look a little boring and a lot familiar after a page or two.

Unless, that is, your flower pic. is cool lime green and fuchsia close up with great detail. This one is definitely not boring!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

It's alive....

Sinking Leaf, originally uploaded by Darrell Wyatt.

It's been about two months since I've posted -- I started a new job and graduate school and just wasn't finding time. But I'm back, and trying a new format -- showcasing some of my favorite photographs from flickr, instead of just my own work.

So, in honor of fall (which I've almost missed, we had a few snowflakes fall here yesterday!) a simple, but gorgeous, leaf.

I love the contrast of golden-orange-yellow and the greens of the water (olive-y to that beautiful turquoise at the top) in this one, and the subtle movement in the water.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Summer Vacation...

Sorry everyone, other things keep getting in the way of blogging, and so I'm way behind.

It mid-August already, I start graduate school in just a few weeks and I can't quite believe the summer's almost over. This happens to me every year, sometime around late August I realize the summers almost over and I better hurry up if I'm going to enjoy it before it's gone. So, this weekend, after many weekends relaxing and not doing much in particular, I got my act together and went on a nature walk, to my favorite flea market, and to the local art museum.

So, before summer's gone, a bit of the beach...

This one's from a trip to Cape Cod, MA earlier this summer. One afternoon on the beach I got away from the rest of the group for a walk with my camera and a pocketful of shells and pretty stones (inveterate beach comber, one of my all time favorite books as a kid had pictures of all the different shells in it)

I love this point, right where the sane and water meet and play, the very edge of the land. The contrast of shiny smooth water, and rough sand, and the shapes left by the waves are always gorgeous. And, of course, the perfect spot for a walk.


Sunday, July 27, 2008

Today, a rainy Sunday full of thunderstorms, I'm drawn to this picture of elegant white roses.

The roses were a gift to myself; pretty casual, old-fashioned miniature roses from the floral section of the grocery store. The ivory you see here were all mixed up with peach and pale pink and shiny green leaves -- completely charming.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

New Photo!

A new photo to show you all today:

abstract photograph metal bridge blue skyI live in a river valley full of old mill towns, so we have a number of these old metal truss bridges. The paint is a bit flaky and rusty (when the mills left, they took the economy and the bridge-painting budget with them) but the structure is still solid, and full of great angles and intersections.

Most of them are a pain in the neck to get close to on foot to take pictures of. As a result, this one is an impulse shot: pulling my camera out of my bag and shooting out the open car window. Not ideal, but I'll take the results. : )

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Gold Stars!

Thanks to MFIPC for featuring my photograph "Lush" in her Treasury west!

Here's a close up of the photo:

abstract photograph sunlight on water

MFIPC stands for My Flat in Paris Couture and her shop has a sort of retro-glam feel to go with the name. I may just have to go rent Breakfast at Tiffany's after looking through it, so two Audrey Hepburn inspired items:

Breakfast At Tiffanys My Paris Flat In London Blue Handbag

Breakfast At Tiffany's Blue Paris Eiffel Tower Audrey Hepburn Movie Party Invitations

Thursday, July 10, 2008


About my name...

Small "p" parallax -- that is, not my shop -- is originally a scientific term that refers to the apparent movement of an object when viewed from two slightly different positions. Here's the Wikipedia article. But the best way I know how explain it is to show you:

Close one eye and hold up your index finger. Line it up with something across the room -- vertical is best, the edge of a door or window works great -- then, without moving your head or finger, switch eyes. (If you had your right eye closed, open it and shut your left instead) Suddenly your finger isn't lined up - it's as if it moved. It didn't of course, you just looked at it different.

I love the metaphor.

And now, I promise, I'm getting to the photography.

orange macro photograph close up of Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, California
Anyone recognize it? Think before you scroll down. I can almost guarantee you've seen it before.

It's the Golden Gate Bridge, yep, that one

"According to Frommer's travel guide, the Golden Gate Bridge is "possibly the most beautiful, certainly the most photographed, bridge in the world"[23] (although Frommers also bestows the "most photographed" honor on Tower Bridge in London, England).[24] " (Thank you, once again, wikipedia -- informative, and a bit snarky, catching Frommer's hyperbole)

Somewhere I have the same photograph as everyone else who's been to San Francisco with a camera. You know the one, even if you've never been near California, the bridge cuts left to right across the bay --with or without fog -- with the Marin Headlands in the back.

(Fisherman's Wharf, a tourist-y area a good photographing distance from the bridge actually has the spot to take it marked with a Kodak-yellow "Photo Spot" sign. There are a couple of these, apparently to help hapless tourists to take their vacation snapshots of Alcatraz -- not very photogenic -- and the sea lions -- even less photogenic)

Now, there's a chance someone else picked the exact same bit of the bridge, and focused exactly the same angle, with exactly the same light to cast exactly the same shadow. But, well, I doubt it. And that's what's so cool about the idea of parallax, and about photography. Everyone's seen that bridge, but you look at it a little bit different, and everything shifts.

People might not "ooh" and "ahh" when they see this photo. But they take a second to look at, tilt their heads, study it. That beautiful picture from the "photo spot" -- no-one studies it anymore, we've see it so many times we stop really looking. I doubt people stand at the "photo spot" and study the bridge very long. Which is a shame. Looking at a thing of beauty shouldn't be quite so perfunctory. Getting this not-so-dramatic, close up, angular, abstract, not-quite-recognizable picture, made me take a second look at the (maybe) most photographed bridge in the world.