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Dazzling. Kristi Hager.

For the past two weeks, even before the official arrival of Spring, the scent of jasmine has permeated the air here in Marin County.  Mr. F and I breathe it in and count ourselves lucky to be in this place!  The array of blooms here has been breathtaking.  Doesn’t it always seem as if the first flowers of spring are exploding with excitement?  Like they’ve just been itching all winter long to dazzle you with their color and scent.

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And dazzle they do.  And dazzle we don’t do often enough.  Why?  Because we’re so worn down by the monotony of life.  Go to work, cook dinner, take the kids to soccer.  Rinse, repeat.  We don’t allow ourselves the freedom to sparkle.  To find that moment to feel worthy of shining.  The flowers know their worth.  Why don’t you?

Photography featured today by Kristi Hager.  To see more of Kristi’s work, please visit her website.

All images via the artist’s website.

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Place. Rebecca Clews.

Every place we land has a different personality, a different vibe, if you will.  Yeesh, I just used the word vibe.  Methinks I’ve been in California too long!  The same way there is a person for everyone, there also is a place for every soul.  In her work, Kansas City photographer Rebecca Clews uses microphotography to create imaginary worlds, her own sense of place.

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You can tell the folks who have found their place because they will tell you it is the most beautiful wonderful place ever and you’ll never find one like it and but wait, why in the world would you not want to live here, too??  It’s true each place has it’s beauties but in order to know which spot of earth is The One for you, it has to touch your soul.  If you aren’t there, you’re longing to be back.  If you haven’t found it yet, you’ll know it deep inside when you do.  I hope.

To see more of Rebecca Clews‘ work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Focus. Ori Gersht.

We like to whine and complain that we’re so busy, we have no time for fun anymore, wah wah wah!  I know I’m guilty.  But the truth is we do have time.  We just don’t give it to ourselves.  We choose where to place our attention and too many times it is on the things we truly care about the least.  In his Exploding Mirrors series, photographer Orly Gersht  captures what the camera sees as the mirrored reflections of flower arrangements explode.  And what the camera focuses on is truly telling.

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As the glass breaks ( electrocuted to the point of explosion ), the camera focuses not on the beautiful arrangements of flowers, modeled after paintings by Jan Brueghel the Elder, but on the surface of the glass itself.  The lens picks up what is happening most immediately in front of it.  Unlike us, it doesn’t choose its focus.  It can’t block out the chaos in the foreground to focus on the beauty in the background.  What really strikes me is that it is that false surface that changes– the beauty remains unchanged.  Yet the camera’s capture of the exploding surface fragments and destroys it.  Ignore that surface.  The good stuff is safe and waiting.

To see more of Ori Gersht‘s work, please visit CRG Gallery’s website.

All images via the CRG Gallery website.  Artist found via DesignMilk.

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Presence. Jane Krupp.

As Mr. F and I continue our travels, sometimes I think about the way we drift into and out of a community– for a time, we’re locals, we begin to become recognized at the local coffee shop and grocery store and then *poof* suddenly we’re gone.  It’s as if we were never there.  I do wonder, are we missed?  Do folks speculate about happened to that bearded man and his lady? Miami photographer Jane Krupp, in her Day Ghosts series captures the way daily our interactions are so fleeting.

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Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow.

This quote by Anita Desai came up in my Facebook feed this morning and it’s something I think of often.  How each place we go, whether a physical location or mental, emotional, or spiritual spot, influences us in ways we may not realize until we have vacated it.  I think it is the same with the people we come into contact with.  We never know the impact we make, for better or for worse, on the people in our presence.  I hope our fleeting existence leaves a wake for good.

To see more of Jane Krupp‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Composites. Patrick Winfield.

It’s interesting sometimes, to think about all the influences, large and small, that have contributed to the people we’ve become.  Whether we grow up among those who are like us, or always feeling like the outsider, we feel their affect, regardless.  We become composites of all those experiences that we encounter.  Photographer Patrick Winfield creates his own composited scenes in which disparate elements come together as a unified whole.

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Each individual photograph, beautiful on its own, becomes an integral part of the larger composition.  We take in each whole in its entirety, finding it lovely, yet each individual element draws us in, we go in search of the undiscovered detail.  How like meeting a new friend, don’t you think?  We meet, find ourselves attracted to the whole, whether through mutual interests or similar personalities, but then over time, we discover all that has gone in to making the individual.

To see more of Patrick Winfield‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Dissections. Jean Faucheur.

Mr. F and I have been doing a lot of breaking it down lately.  No, that isn’t some sort of euphemism and no, I don’t mean breakdancing.  We’ve been apartment hunting in Marin County, where we’ve just landed for the next three months ( and hopefully by the time you’re reading this, we’ve found a home! ) and have been analyzing every possible rental backwards and forwards.  It’s pretty amazing how a place might look like a fabulous bargain until we start breaking down extra costs associated.  These photo collages by Jean Faucheur remind me of the way our perspectives change once we come at something from all possible angles.

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Just a minut shift to the left or to the right can alter our perception completely, perhaps allowing us to become aware of details we just couldn’t see before.  Have you ever found yourself going steadily along one way of thinking only to suddenly experience a revelation that causes a monumental shift?  Feels like I’ve been experiencing a lot of those lately.  Dizzying at first, but ultimately clarifying!

To see more of Jean Faucheur‘s work, please visit his website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Nocturnes. Carla Berger.

It might surprise you to know that Mr. F and I are kind of homebodies.  At night, any way.  We get out during the day, hiking, adventuring around each new town we find ourselves in, but we often like to just spend our evenings at home with a nice dinner and a bottle of wine.  I do get the itch sometimes, though, and tell Mr. F that I need a night out.  There is something about being out when the sky is black that feels special.  It’s that sexy I’m-out-on-a-school-night-after-curfew kind of feeling.

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The work of photographer Carla Berger captures the alluring provocative quality to the night time.  Her blurred, often closely cropped images are like fleeting glances into a film noir world.     A world filled with seductive characters and intrigue.  Proof that sometimes we all need a little escape into the night.

All images are via Carla Berger’s Instagram.  Follow her for gorgeousness in your IG feed!

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Awash. Nick Knight.

While much of the country is still slogging their way through snow and ice, here in Northern California, the rains have returned.  But the other day, I was caught by surprise by the first cherry blossoms beginning to make their appearance on our backyard branches.  I find myself checking every day to make sure they haven’t been washed away with the rains.

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These large format works by photographer Nick Knight, with their melting liquidity, seem to be disintegrating before the eye, just as the rain beats upon the new blooms of a coming spring.  The colors run with a painter’s touch, some petals fall but others remain strong.  We don’t always know why some flowers are allowed to remain on their branches while others spill to the ground before they’ve even had a chance to fully bloom.

To see more of Nick Knight‘s work, please visit his website.  More from the Flora series can be seen at Show Studio.

All images via Show Studio.

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Utopias. Sandra Kantanen.

Mr. F and I chat frequently about our ideal spot.  But we often wonder, does our ideal really exist?  I mean, I’m sure it does, but will it be in the cards for us when the time comes?  The photographs of Finnish artist Sandra Kantanen explore the idea of a vanished paradise.

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As the artist’s photographs reference the vanishing idyllic landscapes of China and Japan, often Mr. F and I think about whether a perfect little spot we’ve found will remain that way forever.  We have a particular favorite, wonderfully isolated and beautiful, but we’ve seen it gaining exposure and fear what may happen to it.  We hope that development may be kept at bay, but we may very well find that one day we return to find our ideal being slowly erased.

To see more of Sandra Kantanen‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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Dealing. Ann Woo.

Do you believe in fate?  I haven’t decided yet whether I do or not.  If it is true that events in our lives are predestined, then it must be true that “fate is a cruel mistress”.  This series of photographs by Ann Woo of a facedown playing card drove home to me the idea that we never really know the next card in the deck.

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I find, though, that it isn’t the hand we’ve been dealt, but how we play it that is the faithful test of who we are.  We’ve watched our best friends deal with crushing blows that might have destroyed others, yet they continue on full of grace and courage and love.  Cancer patients unwilling to be a victim fight back with everything they have.  A son turns tragedy into a life’s work in order to prevent others from the same pain.  We may be dealt a full house or a just a pair, but if we know best how to play the cards in our hand, we can still come out a winner.

To see more of Ann Woo‘s work, please visit her website.

All images are via the artist’s website.

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