"Go as far as you can see; when you get there you'll be able to see farther." ~ Thomas Carlyle
There are rules to the acceptance of this award and I honestly didn’t think I would follow through, since I want this blog to be more about my photography and my experiences with that in particular. However, I decided that perhaps I could adapt the idea somewhat and incorporate the two.
These are the rules:
So here are the “7 random facts”, illustrated.
One. If given the choice, I prefer the warm lustre of gold to the cold sheen of silver.
Two. Someday I hope that process will become instinctive and content will be intuitive.
Three. The enmeshed narratives in abandoned ruins enchant me and simultaneously check me with a humbling sense of intrusion.
Four. I see no difference between the manipulation of “truth” in a photograph and the careful composition of a painting unless there is a claim made for documentary veracity.
Five. I once spent a magical year in Australia but discovered I missed the domineering shove of northern seasons in an elemental way. The cycle that transforms nature orbits also within: the seasonal rhythms of adapted routines and habitude, annually reborn and affectionately received.
Six. As I sit at my computer desk with technology all around me, carpet under my feet and natural gas fueled central heating keeping the spring chill away, I cling, like to a cherished memory, to a dream of living self-sufficiently, naturally, with no more impact on nature than the bear leaves in his winter den.
Seven. I will have been married for 35 years this July, have 2 sons and 3 granddaughters, and work full-time as a school librarian. On the surface, this may not seem to be related to photography, but it is a huge factor in my journey. My priorities are always at war with one another and time spent on ‘art’ has always felt like self-indulgence. It is difficult to get into the ‘zone’ of creativity, to have the luxury of truly loosing myself, but when I do, it feels like a gift from Old Man Time.
Now for the 15 blogs. I have chosen blogs for this award that have not recently received this recognition that I know of, like Bob and Michael linked above, and Holly, who awarded Bob. (I am beginning to feel that I am part of a community here.) Even still, choosing 15 was really tough. I read a lot of blogs, but as some of you know, I am very irregular and over the years, since before I learned I could ‘follow’ blogs, I have probably lost track of more than I now know. To help me weed down to 15, I have not included bloggers whose focus is primarily commercial, although there are many very admirable bloggers struggling to make a living from it. I have also skipped blogs by multiple photographers for, I think,obvious reasons given the nature of this award. I have chosen ones that primarily feature creative writing and the writer’s own photography. (That left out one of my all-time favourite daily reads TYWKIWDBI, a clean and classy collection of fascinating miscellanea from around the Internet.) Sorry, I had to slip that in.
If ‘versatile’ as the award is titled, means adaptable, changeable or variable, I have perhaps broken the rules. I admire the bloggers on this list for reasons other than the versatility of the authors. Some of these are very specialized, but as a person that spreads herself far too thinly sometimes, I admire strength of focus very much. A few I have just discovered and some of these have no idea who I am, as I do not comment as often as I probably should. (I just hope they don’t think this is spam.) 🙂
So in alphabetical order (I am a librarian after all), I am pleased to have a chance to recommend the following blogs to those passing by here.
Alex Mody is just an incredibly talented young landscape and nature photographer from British Columbia and he has great stories to tell of his photography adventures.
Amy-Lynn‘s blog is one of the first I discovered once I realized I could ‘get-to-know’ other bloggers in the way that I have. Informed and perceptive, Amy-Lynn shares her sensitive observations of the nature around her in Cow Bay, Nova Scotia.
I only just today discovered Aubrey’s Blog and immediately fell in love. A unique mind, fabulous imagination and lyrical writing style combine to make a visit to this arts and history focused blog a delightful holiday in spirit.
Cait is also a keen observer of nature and very adept with the macro lens. She shares large and tiny wonders around her farmhouse in Ontario.
Dan Jurak knows light. With a daily routine of rising before daylight and searching out stunning beauty close to home, he teaches us all that there truly is beauty everywhere, just not necessarily every-when.
Fish to Fry is a new blog I’ve only recently discovered. Although the anonymous writer describes herself as cantankerous, this blog is nevertheless full of subtle humour and beautiful photographs from Alaska.
Heather is a professional naturalist living on Lake Winnipeg in Manitoba. She shares her knowledge and discoveries with a teacher’s deceptive simplicity and illustrates them with her beautiful original photographic art.
Jill is from Western Australia. If you go there now you’ll see some beautiful images of welcome rain drops on beautiful garden flowers.
John is an artist that I’ve come to admire through his Flickr postings. His fairly new blog explores process and concepts in photographic art.
Julian Hoffman is a writer living beside the Prespa Lakes in northern Greece. I admire his writing so much I feel unequal to the task of describing it to you. His descriptions are poetic and vivid, and his accompanying images impart an enduring sense of place.
I laugh and cry with Lynda as her new life on the “farmlet” in Alabama presents her with joys and challenges beyond anything I’ve every experienced.
Paul Zizka is a professional photographer and adventurer whose blog is an adventure in itself. I find myself vicariously exploring the Rockies with him and dream of producing such spellbinding images.
Roberta is a fellow Albertan who works in pictorialist photography. Her dedication to her art and unique vision is inspiring.
Rosekate is a self-proclaimed dreamer and idealist from Bucharest, and she is also a very good photographer.
Shelly has taken on the daunting challenge of recording her life in Georgia (U.S.) with a photo each day. Not just any snapshots, either. Her images are artistic and skillful, and always accompanied with entertaining and often informative descriptions.
I recently ‘met’ Sybil through Amy-Lynn (above). With a wonderful sense of humour and detailed photographs, she conveys her love for her home in Nova Scotia.
Tobias is a very creative photographer from Germany. His unique eye is always inspiring.
Hmmm. I see now there are 17. Oh well, there’s nothing there I can bring myself to take away. So 17 it is.
I do not give this award with any expectations. It was actually quite a daunting task to complete these lists, taking up much of my Sunday. (I must get that laundry done now.) If the recipients do not feel inclined to continue this chain-letter-like project, I do not want them to feel compelled to do so. Just know that I, for one, admire your work.
If you do, however decide to ‘play’, please take the award with you by saving the image or its location to post in your own “acceptance speech”.