Friday, February 27, 2015

A Friday Photo and Limitlessness


Today's Friday photo is from April 2013 and it's from another trip to Avebury. I've been to or through Avebury a lot over the years that I've been here. It's one of my favorite places to visit because you can enjoy just wandering around the fields around there.

This is a photo of the church there, St. James. I took this from across the road and through some trees as you can see. I was just getting ready to cross the street, but I thought that the church looked beautiful peeking out of the trees like that. I took the photo in black and white on purpose because I loved the contrast of the dark tree branches punctuating the sky. It looks as if there's no top to the photo. When I look at this photo, it makes me think of limitlessness. There's no lid on things so you can go as high as you care to go. I like that idea.

That's my photo for today. I'll be back next Friday with another one. If you've missed any you can see some of them here, here, here, and here.

Also, I'll be back a couple of times next week before my Friday post with more stuff to share. I hope that you'll visit me again.

Have a great weekend! 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Book Spotlight: Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs

Photography is a wonderfully artistic medium and it can convey so much without one word being attached to a particular image. When you look closely at a photograph there is so much to examine as you gaze upon this moment frozen in time.

Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs by Jonathan B. Wittenberg, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com

In the book,  Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs by Jonathan B. Wittenberg, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com , the beauty of capturing time and place is definitely evident. Wittenberg takes readers on a journey through the Dinetah, the land of the Navajo people.

Jonathan B. Wittenberg
The photographs in the book are truly beautiful and feature desert landscapes alongside portraits of medicine men, weavers, and many others on the reservation. There is a noble air to the portraits that depict the Navajo people and it makes one grateful to be allowed a peek inside this amazing culture. This collection of photos is extra special because Wittenberg was the only non-native photographer to have access to the Navajo people and lands during the years 1950 to 1953. Readers are given a very rare look at the lives of the Navajo people. As a reader, I was moved by the beauty and realness of each image.

Weaving a rug depicting corn, the tree of life

There is such great beauty in seeing the day-to-day lives of people depicted in photographs. When photography is done really well in the way that Wittenberg has, there is an intimacy that is shown without compromising a person's privacy. We are given just enough to see our shared humanity while there is space given to the person being photographed.

Hosteen Bahe Slim, Singer

I found this wonderful book to be a great reminder of the sheer beauty of humanity. The culture of the Navajo Nation is a rich one and as readers we are given the gift of learning as we gaze upon these glorious photographs.

The Rolling Mule, standing rocks

In the front flap of the book, there is a beautiful Navajo Proverb, which reads:

I have been to the end of the earth.
I have been to the end of the waters.
I have been to the end of the sky.
I have been to the end of the mountains.
I have found none that are not my friends.
(Navajo Proverb - From Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs by Jonathan B. Wittenberg, published by Glitterati Incorporated, http://glitteratiincorporated.com )

Willie Cly overlooking Monument Valley

This proverb perfectly encompasses the spirit of this amazing book by Jonathan B. Wittenberg. It evokes the serenity and real beauty of the Navajo Nation and their beautiful world view.

Navajo Nation 1950: Traditional Life in Photographs can be purchased here.


*Disclosure: I was sent a copy of this book for review. All opinions are mine.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Phone


Hello :-)

Just a quick post today...

The photo above is from June 2014 in better times for my phone. Sadly yesterday, my phone decided to die! Ugh!

I'm not looking forward to spending money on a new one :-/

Oh well. It is what it is. All will be well!

Have a great Monday and a great week! :-)

Friday, February 20, 2015

A Friday Photo and Dreaming of Warmer Days


Hello :-)

Today's Friday photo is from July 2013 and as you can see it's a colorful butterfly hanging out on a sunny day. Since I posted a photo yesterday showing those optimistic daffodils trying to pop out, I decided to continue with that theme. Even though it's still cold here, especially too cold for my southern blood...Lol...and it's truly freezing back home and all along the east coast of the United States, I'm gonna think warm thoughts! ;-) I know we shouldn't rush time because time is precious, but it's still fun to dream of those warmer days ahead.

So here's to dreaming of warmer days, sunshine, and beautiful butterflies that decide to pay us a visit!

Happy Friday and have a great weekend! :-)