In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Monochromatic.”
As a graphic designer, my eye is trained to automatically find contrast and balance in my compositions. This image of a fireworks display from the fourth of July this year, has a rich gradation of pink to burgundy. Even though this shot is monochromatic, it is still full of color and energy. Capturing this color on my iPhone was surprising to me.
What surprising photos have you uncovered this Summer?
July 4, Northport, Michigan 2015 by T. Meyer Clark
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Connected.”
Starting out in the world as a first-grader can be frightening, but not in Germany. Parents help their children make the transition from kindergarten to primary school more enticing. They give them a “schultuete” or school cone. The large cone is decorated and filled with candy and gifts.
Ceramics and Photo Styling of the Schultuete by Tresa Meyer Clark
A Little History
My Oma (Grandma in German) gave me a photograph of my Dad on his first day of primary school, holding his schultuete, in Hamburg, Germany in the 1940’s.
The expression on his face is priceless. That photo inspired me to create a collage, and a ceramic piece, as pictured above in a shadow box display. Spending creative time to stylize all the German items my Grandparents saved over the years is one of my favorite ways to decorate. As a graphic artist, combining old hand-written letters from Europe and postcard memorabilia helps me to connect the past to the present in a collage.
A way to capture the light, or bring the old stuff up from the basement storage and make it meaningful again.
Just for giggles, here is my first-grade portrait. I took the time today to retouch it for spots and crinkles. Obviously my parents had great sense of style. ( :
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge:
“From Every Angle.”
The tiny single flower caught my eye along side of the dock.
I’m glad I took the time to photograph this. Looking forward to seeing how it’s changing, or if there are more, later in September.
A close-up, side view of the tiny flower in Lake Charlevoix, Mi
A tiny slipper shaped flower growing in water next to the dock.
A look inside the pretty speckled yellow and orange flower.
After further research, I decided to reference, Artfire.com. where I found the definition of the flower, and its medicinal uses by Bonnie Klisiewicz Bartley.
“The Jewel weed grows up to five feet tall and likes a cool shady environment,
often along a river bank. There is a clear, liquid inside the stems and along the
nodes. This sappy liquid is often applied to the skin as a relief for various irritations
like poison ivy and insect bites. The morning dew sparkles on the leaves like little jewels because they are water-repellent, thus giving it the name, Jewel Weed.”
iPhone Photography by Tresa Meyer Clark.
Meyer Clark Studio 2015
To Learn More about Bonnie Klisiewicz Bartley, the “Soapsmith”, visit her facebook page.
“We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.”
~~~~This sunset photo was taken from a moment on July 1, 2015 at Northport, Michigan at the Marina. Dad and I were trying to capture the image of the moon on my iPhone, when the Martin flew into the picture frame.
❤ Dedicated to our little Morgan who passed away in a fire on April 1, 2015. He was only nine months old.
Soar little one, Soar.
This metal compass and nautical symbols can be found when walking the downtown area of Beaver Island.
In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Half and Half.”
It was a quiet morning at the marina on Beaver Island. I decided to photograph the morning light and capture the stillness of the water, and its reflections from the lighthouse. This is Lake Michigan on a misty, gray morning in June. As I stepped off
the boat onto the dock, I remembered a photography tip from my Dad, “watch the horizon line, make it straight.” I quietly walked down the dock to an open boat slip, not to disturb the other boaters still sleeping. Normally, I don’t divide a landscape image in half
when I compose a shot, but this time it was a perfect opportunity to blend the sky
with the water.
Beaver Island Chart
Beaver Island is a great boating destination if you want to get away from crowds of vacationing people from down state, what we refer to in Michigan as, “fudgies”. It offers great sunsets, and a laid-back atmosphere. It is approximately 30 miles off the coast, with two ferry services from Charlevoix. It is the largest Island in Lake Michigan.
More information about its history, recreation and Beaver Island Boat Company at Beaver Island.org
Everything was quiet around 6:45 a.m. The best part of the day for me to photograph the marina with no interruptions.
We are blessed to be here. It’s a misty morning on Beaver Island, but a perfect way to say, farewell to June.
Aaron and baby Morgan
Last week there was a tragic fire. I never imagined going to a funeral for our happy little baby, Morgan. I’m so heart-broken. He was my Sister’s Grandson, nine month old, Morgan, (my nephew Aaron’s baby) who perished in a tragic house fire, along with his brother, Mason, a 4-year-old, and their other Grandmother, Julia Earl, 57 in Michigan Center, Michigan one week ago. The children died of smoke inhalation.
Please pass this info on to others who would help support and pray for my Nephew, Aaron Tello and Lexi Earl who lost everything. Here is a link to the “gofundme” account. http://www.gofundme.com/qgg95w4
Baby Morgan and big brother Mason
How many stages of grief are there?
Relentless pain, Sorrow, Anger, Numbness…and trying to stay strong and imagine babies with angel wings. Trying to write feelings regarding loss…this terrible, horrific, tragedy, is so confusing. Going in Faith is my pathway. Please save time today to pray for Aaron and Lexi, and all the families shocked by the terrible loss of life.
Our sweet baby Morgan
Our little ones were so loved and cherished.