Tag Archive: reflection


All four of these shots where taken with my crappy cell phone. The first one was at my parent’s house. The other three were in different bathrooms, haha. The only one I like is 247. I really like the water on the mirror and how it distorts my reflection. Other than that these photos SUCK!

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“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.” ~ Attributed to both Jonathan Swift and Benjamin Franklin

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“Hair brings one’s self-image into focus; it is vanity’s proving ground. Hair is terribly personal, a tangle of mysterious prejudices.” ~Shana Alexander

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” I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet.” ~Mahatma Gandhi

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“We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” ~Thomas Fuller

Two hundred and thirty four

I really love this photo! It was evening and the sun was shining just right through the window of my old bedroom at my parent’s house. My daughter and I were hanging out. She was playing on the floor and we had the radio on. I decided to take some shots using the lovely light. It took a few trys to get the angle and composition right. It came out better than I anticipated. I love the lighting, composition and reflection. The reflection looks so different from what I myself look like in this photo. It really brings up questions about perception and reality. The fish bowl theory comes to mind. How a fish in a bowl sees the world distorted through his molded glass. Is that how we see the world? Through our distorted eyes, views, beliefs and experiences? Just a little deep philosophical thought for you. Discuss! 🙂

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“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” ~Leo Buscaglia

 

These shots were taken at another of my all time favorite places in the world, Maymont. It is a huge estate park in Richmond, Virginia. It has a petting zoo, wild animals and birds, beautiful gardens, trails, a waterfall, a mansion, the list goes on. I have been going there since I was a kid and I have SO many good memories. I wanted to get married there, but it was beyond my price range. This day was my first time back after living in Texas for 3 years. I can honestly say that every spring I would long for Maymont. It was one of the things I missed most about Virginia. Just talking about it makes me want to go there now! 🙂 The first shot is in their Nature Center, which is a large exhibit all about local Virginia wildlife. I was taking photos of the turtles in one of the aquariums and realized my reflection was in the glass. Why not use it for this project? Love the abstractness of this photo. I’m a sucker for reflection anyway, and turtles are frickin’ awesome. The second shot was sitting by the eagle exhibit while I was waiting for family to use the bathroom. The shot is ok, nothing great. On the other hand, it was a great day at Maymont, as usual!

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“If all the beasts were gone, men would die from a great loneliness of spirit, for whatever happens to the beasts also happens to the man. All things are connected. Whatever befalls the Earth befalls the sons of the Earth.” ~Chief Seattle of the Suquamish Tribe

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“You can’t be suspicious of a tree, or accuse a bird or a squirrel of subversion or challenge the ideology of a violet.” ~Hal Borland

Both of these shots were taken shortly after my kids and I moved back to Virginia. We had to live with my parents in the house that I lived in as a teenager. It is a small 3 bedroom rancher. There was my Mom, Dad, adult brother, myself and 2 children, plus their 3 dogs, my sister-in-law’s dog, our dog and a cat. We stayed there from August- October. It was a long few months. The first night back I woke up in a panic. I felt like I was having a panic attack. I didn’t know if we were going to be able to stay there. We did and it was really just fine. Glad that we were able to get out on our own again though. The first shot was in the bathroom mirror from the hallway. Just a fun little shot with a crooked perspective. The second was out in their yard on the bench swing on a lovely late summer day. Both of these photos are pretty crappy, but they capture that particular time in my life when I had to move back in with my folks.

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“Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.” ~Samuel Butler

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“The best things in life are not only free, but the line is shorter.” ~Robert Brault

One hundred and sixty-six

We had some rain! I took my camera outside to take some photos of the world as it was covered in a layer of water. I thought it would be neat to take a photo of my reflection in a puddle. It was much harder than I thought it would be. The sun had to be in just the right direction and angle to even get a reflection. This is not how I envisioned the photograph, but that fact that I got anything at all isn’t too bad. I do enjoy the rocks, grass, etc… that are in focus underneath the water.

“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”  ~Roger Miller

Another neat photo I took this day.

Another reflection in the kitchen window. I was first interested in this shot as I was at the sink, probably rinsing dishes off, and saw the cool reflection of my full bloom orchids on the glass. Then I noticed how the light was hitting my face and that I was actually having a good hair day. I went and got my camera, set it on a slow shutter speed and took a few shots. There were a couple good ones, but this was the best. I’m very happy with this one, I didn’t have to do much to it, just bump up the lights. Oh how I love reflections and the abstractions they create with shapes and color.

“Blank face in the windowpane   Made clear in seconds of light   Disappears and returns again   Counting hours, searching the night” ~Mikael Akerfeldt

One hundred and thirty-six

I must have been taking photos of something outside; the sunset, flowers, I don’t remember now. I do know that I took this shot of my reflection in the window of our back door. I love the abstraction of it. The obscureness of my face. The reflection of the outdoors behind me. The strange little design covering my face. I couldn’t have created a better layered image in Photoshop than I got with the reflection on some dirty glass.

“On a windswept hill by a billowing sea, my destiny sits and waits for me.” ~Robert Brault

 My husband being in the Army has its perks. We got to go on a couple’s retreat to San Antonio and stay in the St. Anthony Hotel for a few days. It was a beautiful place in a really awesome city, with many opportunities for great photos. My camera was glued to my face almost the whole time we were there. The following are some of the self portraits I was able to capture during our little mini-vacation.

 “We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements in life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about.”  ~Charles Kingsley

“All photos are accurate.  None of them is the truth.”  ~Richard Avedon

“Reverie is not a mind vacuum.  It is rather the gift of an hour which knows the plenitude of the soul.”  ~Gaston Bachelard

“History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days.”  ~Winston Churchill

“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” ~Albert Einstein

Ninety-five

My Grandma had sent me this hand mirror, because she saw it and thought of me. I had it for a few days and thought it would be cool to get a reflection shot. I took many photos, most were bad. It was much harder than I thought it would be to get a decent shot. This was my favorite out of what I did take. The composition is nice, you can see that it’s mirror, I like that my eye is missing and that you can see both my hands, one reflected and one not. It’s not the best technical photo, but it is interesting.

“Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.” ~Jean Cocteau

Fifty-eight

A few months before this image I had taken an almost identical one with my cell phone. Once again I love reflections. This is obviously a mirror, my bathroom mirror to be exact. Squished my face up against it and squeezed the camera in there for a shot. Change to black and white and add a blue tint, viola! Easy, peasey, lemon breezy.

” From mirror after mirror, No vanity’s displayed: I’m looking for the face I had. Before the world was made.” ~W.B. Yeats