Wednesday, September 30, 2009

365 Project: September

“Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still.” -Dorothea Lange

Summer is officially over, and my palette will increasingly feature the Autumn colors: rust, gold, deep reds and browns.

Retirement seems more real now, and I'm still working to find balance in my life. Short hikes and visits to local attractions are helping ease the transition. I'll deal with winter when I must.

The most viewed photo this month was Dots. It is actually a close-up of a newspaper photo of one of my husband's paintings: a picture of a picture of a picture.

The most comments were generated by this portrait of Gretel, my daughter's kitten.

My favorite macro/nature shot is Jewel. It's always fun to explore the "hidden world" of plants and insects.

My favorite "story" photo for September is this capture of actors portraying General Ulysses S. Grant, and his wife, Julia. The spot where they are standing was a favorite overlook on Mount McGregor in Wilton, NY. The former president, dying of throat cancer, spent his last days at Grant Cottage feverishly composing his memoirs, so that Julia and their family would be financially secure after his death. Grant's devotion and courage in the face of tragedy are worthy of remembrance.

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It's about finding something interesting in an ordinary place... I've found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” -Elliott Erwitt

You can see a slideshow of the 30 September photos here or view all of my 2009 photos to date here.

The two groups to which I contribute are 365/2009 and 2009/365.


Unknown said...

I do love the insect in the flower, but the rare expression on Gretel, the kitten, priceless. Thanks for the September wonders.

Debbie said...

That last quote really speaks to me. Last weekend, we went to the local HS football game and I took DH's new(er) DSLR to play with (I didn't bother before his Africa trip so he could get used to it, but now it's my turn!). I discovered that I naturally tune into nature photography - I could hardly find anything to photograph at the game, though there must have been hundreds of potential images.

diane said...


Thank you! I agree that Gretel's annoyed expression is fun - I smile whenever I see it.


Our choices really define us, don't they? If you gave 20 students (or adults) a camera and asked them to photograph their environment, you'd get 20 vastly different pictures, each with its own unique background story.

Makes life interesting.