Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Local Color

Fruit
Spending so much time over the past 6 years traveling and exploring new countries has given me a greater love for color, pattern and design. As I walk through the streets I find myself seeking out those sites that are not only unique to the local but that showcase the color, pattern and texture of each city. India was so rich in this way that it sparked my interest in photography. Until I started spending large amounts of time there, I routinely said I was a terrible photographer and had given up trying. But in India I became determined to improve - I so badly wanted to create the kind of photos that would capture the amazing things I saw every day.

Plates
I still have so much to learn, but I love knowing that Istanbul is a city full of inspiration that will encourage me to keep trying.

What motivates you to keep creating - even when you aren't improving at the rate you thought/hoped you would?

I heard this song on a TV show last week and it drove me nuts until I tracked it down. I knew it was a cover, but for the life of me I couldn't remember who had released the original - maybe because the two sounded so very different, which for me is a sign of a great cover. Lissie with a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters." Pin It

20 comments:

Laloofah said...

I certainly see no room for improvement in either of these gorgeous, vibrant photos! I adore them both, and what a cheerfully bright and colorful (never mind delicious and interesting) start to my day! If these are examples of the sights you've been enjoying, I can see why you're inspired to try to capture it to the best of your and your camera's abilities. Well done!

Like you, the beauty around me and desire to share it, along with the innate creative drive I think is in all of us, are my motivations.

Dorian Susan said...

I've always thought your photos wonderful and yes colorful and full of texture and vitality. Such great examples here-the patterns on those plates are amazing. I wouldn't want to each my breakfast off one, but such inspiration....and the fruit is beautiful-stuffing berries inside citrus. So different.

Nicole said...

That first photo is GORGEOUS!!

Angie Willis said...

I think your photos are absolutely great - the focus on the fruit is brilliant and the colours truly vibrant.

urban muser said...

a perfect burst of color on a dreary winter day. love these shots!

Rikki said...

You are so talented!! I love the picture with the pomegranets. Hope you are having a great time!

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

Your images are perfect. No need for improvement from my point of view. What motivates me? Like you, I simply what to capture what I see ... sometimes what I see is "eh, so so," but after processing it, it's beautiful ... sometimes what I see doesn't look so good in the picture and never will. I guess I'm a lot like you.

~Kristina said...

I've never seen pomegranates cut like that and they are one fruit I very much enjoy. I think you're pics have a vibrancy and perspective all of their own and like that. Cheers!

tinajo said...

I think these are just perfect - looove the plates! :-)

iris said...

Oh man, fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice is so cheap there! I'm still jealous.

I guess my secret to continuing through slow improvement, is that I have small expectations. It makes it much easier to surprise myself ;)

Shannon@vintagerestyled said...

The first photo is unbelieveable!

Cindy said...

love the bokeh on the pomegrantes, which makes the seeds look like jewels. love the vivd colors! yay for india to get you to pick up a camera.

Joanne said...

beautiful pictures!! I am tying to decide which one of those plates would look the best on the plant shelf in my dining room. :)

Stampmouse said...

oh that first shot had my mouth watering. boy they look yummy. I go through phases like now where I don't take many shots for some weird reason, don't feel like it, winter blahs, to busy to get something decent. but I always come back to it because I love it.

justine said...

that first shot is so good! makes you want to reach out and start eating!

Ms. Becky said...

the video isn't available in this country - drats. guess I'll just have to rave about your photos instead. that fruit photo is delicious, I want to dive into it. oh the senses! I'm drawn to the colors and shapes in both photos but the first one is over the top.
I need inspiration to keep going creatively, but sometimes that takes a hike. Developing a daily practice (like doing the 365) opened my eyes to how important it is to push myself even when I don't feel like doing it. I read a thoughtful post today (Marcie Scudder's) about creativity, awareness,and the space around them (energy, if you will) with a daily practice. hope you're having the time of your life there Jamie. and I'm happy to be able to share it with you. happy weekend.

The Felix Family said...

Is that display of food real? It's beautiful, but I cant imagine selling/buying fruit like that. It definitely looks delicious though!!!

Diana Joy said...

Those two photos are beautiful. I create with paper, as you know, and strive to create more intricate embellishments by hand. Trying new things keeps me motivated.

Dagmar said...

hi Jamie,
The photo of the fruit and plates is stunning..love the colors grouped together..you sound so busy..glad you have had time to get out and share what you have seen! Good work and you have a great eye!
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blue elephant photography said...

i love the pop of colors on the photos! and it looks yummy too!

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