Creating With Light and Memories

Cyanotypes – Printing With the Sun  Lazy summer days. These are the days I long for. Summer days hold the most beautiful treasures. Summer is slow and hot. Sometimes it brings the adventure of long-awaited vacation, sometimes endless days of boredom. And somewhere in between something magic happens. An unexpected new interest pops up.. Summer memories linger and stick together and ask [...]

Sunflowers

Weekend Wonder My father in law always shares his newspaper with me when my family and I come up for a visit. This particular visit there was an article about a farmer and his sunflowers. Five acres in bloom. Only a few days remaining for the golden-yellow field. I knew I had to go and see. We follow the route on the GPS to [...]

The Thing About Photography and Beauty

I recently had an assignment to photograph twenty one women. Spending time preparing the images for the client filled my heart with joy. I saw these women on my screen and saw beauty in each of their faces. But I heard something familiar when I photographed the women, "I hate how I look, I never look good in photographs, I hate [...]

Cliché Photography

I read someone's post on Instagram which stated the biggest cliché  in photography are sunrise and sunset photos. As a photographer I wondered about this statement. I thought about all the photographs that have ever been taken. Photographs taken by masters of photography, like those of Ansel Adam's photographs of the American wilderness or Clyde Butcher's photographs capturing the beauty of the Florida Everglades. I thought about all [...]

Nursery Rhymes

Nursery Rhymes A Puppet Treasure Book This is the last book in my collection from children's book artists Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata. This one is full of nursery rhymes including selections from Robert Louis Stevenson to Mother Goose, counting rhymes, and "Little Nursery Rhymes" –Little Tom Tucker, This Little Pig, Jumping Joan, Jack Horner, Little Boys and Little Girls, Little Bo-Peep, [...]

ABC Book

  A late night Throwback Thursday in Picture Books –My sweet girl was sick today. And even though I had more down time with her home than I usually do, I find it very hard to multitask when my sweethearts are sick. She's feeling better and I'm a happy mom. So, here's my third book from the puppet photo illustrated series [...]

Baby Animals

 Baby AnimalsA Puppet Storybook1969 -illustrations by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi HijikataI bought this book with two others by T. Izawa and S. Hijikata. The style of the others two books I bought were different from this one, so I didn't realize at first what was missing from the front cover. I could see glue lines on the cover of [...]

Little Friends

  Little Friends Storytime Pals Series 1971/1982 Illustrations by Tadasu Izawa and Shigemi Hijikata Another fun book featuring some of my favorite things  –A board book and with photo illustrations. Although Little Friends is quite different from the cute photo board book The Farm. Little Friends is illustrated with puppet figures on a set, not photographs of real animals. I love the little created [...]

On the Farm

  The Farm  A Golden Book Published 1980 Cover photograph by M. Salamon Back Cover by M. Barrows Found: Salvation Army I was so excited when I found this little book at Salvation Army. It combines two of my favorite things in children's books, it's a board book and the story is told through photographs. A little gem to teach little ones all about a day [...]