I recently honored one of my mother’s last wishes and entered some pictures in the Friends of Claude Moore Park Photography Expo, and Betsy asked to enter a few too. Everything we submitted made it into the juried show, and we even won a few awards! We can vividly recall when and where we took each of these pictures, so we’ll give a little background with each.
From Betsy, age 9: We were taking a walk at Claude Moore Park about three weeks after the blizzard we had last winter and I saw this “stream in the snow” and I could not resist. I just took the picture not knowing it later would be…3rd place at a photo expo!
The rest of the descriptions are by me:
I took this on one of my walks around the park while Henry was in preschool last fall, right after we’d returned from my mother-in-law’s funeral. The day was cloudy and I couldn’t get the blue-sky-and-fall-foliage pictures I’d hoped to capture, but I was drawn to the soft golden colors of the meadow next to Frogshackle Pond, where I saw this milkweed.
My husband and I were walking around the park one November morning, in the free hour between various school Thanksgiving events, when the form and texture of this skeletal flower caught my eye. I also took several pictures with two flowers in the frame, but in the end I preferred the simplicity of just one bloom.
This was taken at Ordinary Times several summers ago. Abigail was barefoot and wearing a dress hand-made by my mother, and was playing with the doors of Lanesville House just the way that I imagined a child would have done 200 years ago. The two front doors lead into the separate parlors for male and female guests of the Ordinary. I liked the composition of the shot, especially the angles of her arm and foot.
I had never entered the photo expo before due to my close connection to the park, although it turns out that judging is done by pros that I’ve never met, and it’s all anonymous. The judges don’t know the names of the photographers, or even the titles of the photographs. I’m also pretty new to photography; you can see the evolution of my work even over the short time I’ve had this blog. At any rate, it’s nice to have validation for something I enjoy so much.
Congratulations to all those who entered their work in the photo expo. I’m honored to be in such great company.
I wish my mother could have been with us this weekend. She would have been so proud.