Texas Winter Storm Pics

I live out in the country, so I knew we’d lose power. Thankfully, my neighbor has a generator so we’ve taken refuge at his house during this winter storm.

I don’t like posting on my phone but I wanted to go ahead and share some pictures. I’ve been braving the freezing temperatures to do some shooting since this is history in the making lol.

And it’s been a fun challenge to have some fresh stuff to photograph. I also have basically no experience shooting in snowy conditions.

These pictures were all shot with my phone. I’ll have to wait for my electricity to come back on and damage control to be over before I can see what I got on my camera.

In no particular order. . .

All that snow makes this walk much harder than usual
This Morning – Day Three
My snow shadow
Never tried snow flower photography lol
My poor yucca aren’t accustomed to this kind of weather

I’ll stop at six pix lol. I’ve laid under the covers for long enough. I’m exhausted and cold and soooo over the pretty snow. We’re on day three, so it shouldn’t be too much longer.

Morgana’s Documentary Photography

Yay, my photography site is finally up. There’s only one gallery right now but I’ll be adding more throughout the year as I get them completed.

My First Photo Gallery

I decided to start with a gallery of Sunny, my dog. I’ve already made a lot of progress going through her photos for her blog, so it seemed like a good place to start.

I shoot the banal so some series you can expect to see will be:

  • Doors
  • Windows
  • Fans
  • Shoes
  • Cars
  • Bicycles
  • People’s Stuff

Stuff like that . . .

Thanks for checking it out and don’t forget to follow.

Photo Blog Coming Soon

I can’t believe It’s been over a month since my last blog post. I’ve been busy working on getting my photo blog ready to launch. I’m happy to say that I’m almost done creating my first collection of photos. I’m thinking it’ll be ready by the beginning of February.

I woke up singing The Long Run by the Eagles. I tell you, taking photos from 2001-2020 and compiling them to create my online gallery has definitely been a long run. I’ve got some great images though and I can’t wait to share them.

Aside from my photography, I’ve gotten very interested in drawing Chibis. In Japanese, the word Chibi means very short. I think they’re sooo cute and I have a lot of character ideas that are perfect for the cute Chibi style.

I bought this how-to-draw book by Mark Crilley. I watched his preview video and decided it’d be a good book to add to my home library. I’m just getting started so I’m not ready to show any of my drawings yet. I’m having a lot of fun drawing them so if you’re also interested in learning this cute style, then I highly recommend his book to get you started.

Current Art Projects

I’ve been pretty busy with a variety of projects lately. I figured a lil’ update would be nice.

Instagram

After Inktober, it took me a while to decide what I wanted to do next on my new Instagram account. I’m just gonna play around with phone photography. B&W, color photos, filters . . . whatever floats my photo boat. It’s something I’ve never actually never put any effort into, so it’s about time I give it a shot.

https://www.instagram.com/hidden_in_plain_view_art/

My Photography

This is a big one. I’m currently going through all my digital photos from 2000-2020 and working to create an online gallery of all of my documentary photography series. As soon as I am able to start adding my series I’ll be sure to announce it here. It’s a very overwhelming task, so I’m not quite sure how long it’ll take but I’m aiming for January 2021. Wish me luck.

Digital Art

I really like my fish drawing from Inktober, so I’m havin’ some fun playing around with that image in Corel Painter.

I originally pictured it in a soft color palette . . . not quite sure where I’m going with it though.

I like how this one is turning out. I love how those blacklight and black velvet posters look. That’s the style I’m going for here.

Come Follow Sunny’s Blog

Sunny Sniffing

I love my dog so much. She’s the coolest cat . . . I mean DOG, in the whole wide world.

Our lovable pets bring healing, companionship, and just brighten up our lives . . . and Sunny shines especially bright😂.

I have a ton of photos of her that I’ll be sharing over on her blog. She has one post so far so go check it out . . .

https://sunnythejackabee.wordpress.com

P.S. I’m still working on it, so there might be some issues with text and stuff that still need to be worked out.

B&W Shadow Photography

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For these Photos I was Focusing on 3 Things:

  1. Trees
  2. Black and White
  3. Shadow and Light

b&w shadow trees -5The sky in this photo is overexposed (too bright) but I was ok with that. One thing I am allowing in my photos right now is little imperfections like that.

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For this image, I prefer the landscape orientation, but I also really wanted to include the portrait orientation. I’ve also allowed the shadows to be underexposed (too dark) and the sky to be overexposed.

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This photo reminds me of a photo taken with a pinhole camera. 

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The roots looked interesting but the sun wasn’t casting a captivating shadow, so I included my shadow. Occasionally, I like to include the photographer in the image.

And make sure you look at these photos on the browser because they look good against my black background. 

Drawing and Painting Page

Next week I’ll share some dessert drawings.

Banal Photos – A Grill, A Bike, and A Ceiling Fan

“It quickly came to be that I grew interested in photographing whatever was there wherever I happened to be. For any reason.” – William Eggelston

That’s pretty much how I feel. No matter where I’m at or what I’m doing, a photograph will present itself to me. In today’s post, I’d like to share three of my photos that are similar to the three William Eggleston photos I talked about in last week’s post.

Food on a Grill

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Just hanging out with my dad grillin’ a bunch of meat.

An Electric Scooter Bike

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A girl in my neighborhood would ride this little electric scooter all over the place. In this picture, it’s parked directly behind my car. She’s lucky I looked before I left.

A Friend’s Ceiling Fan

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In my last post, there’s a quote from Eggleston about his Red Ceiling photo. He shares his memory of the moment he took that photo, which is very similar to my memory of the moment I took my photo.

This is the ceiling fan at my friend’s house in his room. (He’s Speedy.) We went to high school together and we were pretty close for a long time, until the last couple of years when we drifted away. We were just chillin’, watching something on tv, talking about whatever and I looked up and thought, “That’d be a good picture.”

You can see the pink trim on the walls and window. I would always make fun of his pink paint job that he claims he just didn’t feel like painting over after he took the room from his sister. He’s never fooled me though. I think he just likes it. (Nothin’ wrong with likin’ pink.)

Beauty in the Banal

Those are just three of my banal photos. I have 1,000’s. All the little moments of my life are so precious to me and I just love photographing as much as I can. My goal is to post my banal photography on the first Thursday of each month. I might shake things up a bit and share other type’s of my photos too.

Next week I’ll post some more sketchbook work. I haven’t decided what yet . . . maybe some figure drawing. And if you have a favorite photographer who shoots the banal, let me know in the comments.

 

William Eggleston – The Peculiar Photographer

“Life, today.” – William Eggleston

That’s the answer William Eggleston has been able to come up with when people ask him what he’s photographing. I’ve also been asked that same question many times because I take the same kind of pictures he does. Sounds like a pretty good answer to me.

The oven photo on the left is Eggleston’s, and my oven photo is on the right. I took that picture in my very first photo class in college. I wasn’t even aware of him yet. 

His photos are all of the banal everyday ordinary subjects that most people look at as boring. He can point his camera at some trash in the road and come out with something interesting.

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William Eggleston

As a Southern aristocrat from Memphis Tennessee, many of his photos were taken in the South, in and around Memphis, and they serve as an authentic documentation of his time. I just love that and I also do that with my photography.

The image on the left is Eggleston’s, and the one on the right is mine. I took that in a small town called, Looneyville in my area. It’s down the road from Loco Valley 😂.

It may have taken a long time for people to appreciate his unique view of such “boring and ugly” subjects but eventually he became one of the best and most influential modern photographers. He was a pioneer in elevating both color photography and banal photography in the world of photographic art, and he has a giant collection of compelling images worth looking at. 

Let’s take a look at three of my favorites: The Grill, The Tricycle, and The Red Ceiling.

The Grill

Grill

William Eggleston Memphis c. 1972

From the first time I saw this photo I liked it and I was reminded of so many times when I was standing around a grill with family and friends.

“You must not take anything for granted when you’re looking at a picture. Every single little tiny space on that page works and counts.” – his wife Rosa Eggleston

Every single part of this image works and counts. The lighting, the composition, the fire in the grill, the car, and the bike seem like a boring scene, but it’s full of so many interesting parts of humanity and everyday life. This is a great example of how he elevates the banal to fine art.

The Tricycle

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William Eggleston Memphis c. 1969

William Eggleston rarely names his photos. Most of them are untitled as far as I’m aware. However, his photos have sparked so much conversation and interest that people have just made names for them.

It can be hard to capture a bike in an interesting way but that wasn’t a problem for Eggleston. He positioned the camera at a low angle so that it makes the bike fill the frame, which makes it bigger and more important than you might originally think. To the kid who rode that bike, I’m sure it was very important.

The Red Ceiling

Red ceiling

William Eggleston, Untitled, c. 1973

I found an interesting article called Perfectly Boring, written by Will Stephenson, that’s worth the read. The section below is directly from the article and it’s from William Eggleston about The Red Ceiling.

“Brenda and T.C. and I were the three people who were lying in bed when I took that picture,” he said. So he did remember that day? “Of course,” he said. “Yes. We were just having a nice time, talking about this and that, talking about nonsense. The three of us lying there in bed—it was a big bed. And I remember one split second I looked up. I thought, that’s a great picture. And then I took the picture. After that, I don’t know what happened.” He closed the book and gave it back to me. “I don’t think anything much happened.”

That’s exactly what happens to me. I’m just hanging out doing normal, “boring” things, and then I see something and think, “That’s a great picture.”

The quotes from Eggleston and his wife were from a five part documentary I watched that you might also enjoy. It showed his large collection of photos as well as a very interesting look at the photographer. William Eggleston – Imagine Documentary Part 1.

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William Eggleston – Now

In my next post I’ll share some banal photos I took of a grill, a bike, and a ceiling.

References and Articles Worth Reading

Banality and Cliché in Photography

https://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/item/1442-perfectly-boring

William Eggleston – Imagine Documentary

 

Some Pics Around Town

These are just a few pics I took around town and at the park. Pictures 1, 2, and 4 are the main ones I want to share, but I went ahead and added the others too.

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I saw this on the way to the park. I like stuff like this that looks kinda junky or cluttered. I wasn’t planning to stop but then I noticed the No Mattresses sign next to the mattresses, so I decided to pull over and snap a few pictures. I didn’t even notice the security camera when I was there.

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Here it is again using the cross process filter and at a slightly different angle.

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I took this at Pecan Park. This bridge just got added a few years ago and I always want to get a good picture of it, but I never do.

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I liked the colors and the shadow though so I went ahead and snapped a few pics.

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I was trying to get an interesting shadow picture and I used cross process again.

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There’s another using the Retro filter.

Walking Around Downtown Nacogdoches-Color Photos

In my last post I shared the black and white photos from my walk around Downtown Nacogdoches, and in this post I’ll be sharing the color photos I took.

Before I Get Started with the Photos – A lil’ Artist Statement:

Lately, I’ve really enjoyed playing around with my in camera filters. The cross process, the toy camera, the low quality and high quality.

I’m also trying to just focus on things like shadow and light, sometimes overexposing and underexposing. Sometimes I’m focusing on the colors and the angles. I also shoot vertical just with the intention of shooting vertical instead of horizontal.

I’m just enjoying breaking rules and trying to capture something interesting. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a perfectly exposed or perfectly composed, I just want to grab something cool and hopefully different.

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I’ll start off with the WoW building. If you read my last post, you got to see this bad boy in black and white. Nacogdoches has some great architecture. It’s one of the biggest tourist draws and very much worth it. I was standing further away and again, you can see the little black spots on my lens. It’s actually not too bad of a photo. I like that tree over on the right, and that fence at the bottom is apart of the Best Water Store. I purposely included both in the frame.

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Here’s the Fredonia Hotel, which I shot from a different angle in the b&w post. I purposely included the power lines at those angles, and the trees at the top and bottom. I shot it with the cross process filter. And my dog was pulling and yelling at the dog across the street who was pulling his human and yelling back at my dog. I’ve gotten pretty good at shooting while she’s doing that. I like how it turned out.

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Just shooting up at weird angles, vertical, including sky and shooting in cross process again. Not my most interesting, but I still wanted to include it because I like it.

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I like this one a lot. I just love the pastel colors and I thought it worked well in vertical orientation. It’s just a banal photo with some pretty colors and textures. The window was actually busted and you could easily crawl inside the abandoned, gutted, historical building. I didn’t though.

I included this one in the b&w post. I took different angles for these so that I could include the white building, the green overgrown plants, the blue sky, and the red building. I liked how all the colors looked together.

I didn’t care for these two photos but I included them so that you could see the colorful setting. Usually this place is so packed with people, that I can’t just go shoot in peace. People are always questioning me and taking me out of the photographic process. So, thanks to the lockdown, I grabbed my chance. I liked the pretty blue on the right, at some yoga studio, but the photo wasn’t very interesting. I just love the blue.

And here we have a green door. I took it both in vertical and horizontal. (Portrait and landscape.) I liked the lamp because it was made from an old bucket. And I thought it was casting a good shadow on that bold green. I just love how old and worn everything looks too.

And here we have a bright red wall and door. Another banal subject, just a bench with some flowers. I really liked that big ole’ shadow that I put smack dab in the middle of the image. One of those rules I was breaking, where you really shouldn’t put something in the middle like that. You need to obey the rule of thirds and all that. But, I like it.

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I found this fancy gold doorknob on the back door of a hair salon. I thought it looked neat shining in the light, and I used a high quality filter. I don’t use this filter a lot but I think it works well for this one. Not one of my favorite photos, but I still like it. I struggled to get an angle I was really happy with.

Well, that’s all the color photos I want to include from that day. I hope you enjoyed them and I think for my next post I’ll share some more pictures I took around Nacogdoches.