A couple of weeks ago I received an unexpected invitation from Iris Greenwald of Wandering Iris asking me if I would like to participate in the Virtual Blog Tour. I accepted her invitation feeling very honored and flattered that she thought of me. I can tell from her blog that Iris has got to be one of those fun-loving free spirits who enjoys her photography and loves finding those little out-of-the-way places and the treasures they hold! If you haven’t yet run across her blog, it’s one you should really check out!
The Virtual Blog Tour is a relatively new project for bloggers. The rules are fairly simple:
Compose a one-time post which is posted on a Monday. Answer four questions about our creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires us to do what we do. Then pass the tour on to up to four other bloggers.
The four questions with my answers are:
What am I working on?
Staying sane… Staying alive… Oh, wait, you mean for my blog!
When I first started blogging about a year and a half ago, my intent was to focus on my genealogy and to share the ancestry stories I have. The funny thing is, after a few posts I realized I don’t really have many stories of my ancestors. It seems I come from a long line of non-recorders! At least that’s how it seems so far. I’ve never found any diaries or journals. My parents didn’t talk much about their childhood or families. And the photographs ended with my grandparents. So, I was either going to have to (1) make family stuff up, which I didn’t want to do; (2) post only dates and locations of ancestors (dry, dry dry), which I certainly didn’t want to do; (3) not post anything unless I found something interesting, which meant posting maybe once a year if that, which I didn’t want to do; (4) or try branching out and experimenting with new ideas. I chose #4! So, my blog became about photography, family history and life in general. Yep, I think that might just about cover anything and everything! Last year, I ran across a photo challenge at Lens and Pens by Sally. Her challenge is only for non-DSLR cameras. I thought, I have an iPhone, I should try taking some pictures and posting them. The rest, as they say, is history. I have found a new creative outlet and I am having so much fun with it. I haven’t abandoned the genealogy angle; it’s just slower in coming together!
How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not so sure my work differs from other non-DSLR photographers. There are so many talented photographers on WordPress, both professional and amateur. I think most of the photography blogs that I follow, the photos are taken mostly with some form of a DSLR camera. Some are professional photographers, some are serious hobbyists, and some are just in it for the fun of it and documenting their surroundings like me. As I’ve continued, I find myself thinking more and more of different types of cameras. I call myself a lazy photographer! I don’t really care to carry around a heavy camera and lots of lenses and equipment. I do drool over the photos from those who do. But that’s not me (at this point in time!). I like to think of myself as a spontaneous photographer. I always have my phone with me so I always have my camera available to point and shoot.
Why do I write/create what I do?
I do this because it’s just plain fun. I was looking for something that would help me regain some creativity in my life. For almost 40 years I worked in jobs that didn’t require much creativity (legal secretary/paralegal) and I was afraid I had lost it — the creativity angle, I mean! Back when everything photographic was on film, I had to be selective in what I photographed because, once I filled a roll of 12 or 24 pictures, then came the cost of having it developed. Once I discovered the digital camera on my phone and that I could take hundreds of pictures at no extra cost, I was hooked! I wish I had thought of this years ago! I must admit, though, that the one thing that really keeps me going and loving this blogging are all of the wonderful people out there who have taken the time to visit and comment on my efforts. I feel I have made so many new friends. Even if the day may never come that I can meet you face-to-face, I know you’re there and feel your acceptance. And the talent that I see through blogging, well, that is sheer motivation!
How does your writing/creating process work?
As mentioned above, it’s more of a spontaneous thing with me. If I like what I’ve photographed or written, I’ll share it. If others like what I’ve done, then that’s icing on the cake! I love catching my animals in play, nature photos in my yard and neighborhood, and just whatever strikes my fancy wherever I am! I have in the past year and will continue in the future to plan little day trips to different places specifically to take photographs. But my spontaneity comes with the fact that I have no plans about what I’m going to photograph. I just keep the camera out and if something catches my eye, I snap it. If it turns out decent, I’m excited. If it’s not that good in my eyes, well, I still have documentation of my trip!
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Genealogy: Collecting dead relatives and sometimes a live cousin!
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
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Pass the tour onto up to four other bloggers. If I thought answering the four questions above was difficult, well, it doesn’t compare with trying to narrow down the number of blogs I absolutely wanted to include in this Virtual Tour. Here are three absolutely fabulous and fun blogs that I hope you’ll take the time to check out! Just click on their blog title and it will open in a new page for you.
1. Mum…How Much Longer? From Joanne’s About page: This blog has come about through our travels as a family and the need to document these moments for not only family or friends, but as a keepsake for ourselves. Life seems to go by so quickly these days I feel it’s important to capture these moments in time.
I love her sense of humor, her stories and her photos and I think you will, too!
2. “There was a time” -the runes of the gatekeeper’s daughter and other tales - From Cybele’s About page: I am a rather simple soul, somewhat introverted (but passionate), living on the west coast of Canada. Though college educated with a major in English Lit, way back when, I remain an enthusiast without credentials. However, I am a traveler in many realms, where I still seek old bones and philosopher’s stones,- and other such treasures.
When I read that Cybele had only been doing photography for two years, I was floored! She does the most amazing things with her photos! And her stories are fascinating. Don’t miss out!
3. The Day After – From Dawn’s About page: I love meeting new people and hearing their stories. Every experience is a story to be told and or to be photographed. It is my story, or my vision; you might even say it’s Visions by Dawn. I like to travel but have limited resources so I don’t go far. I am usually with a friend or on my way to visit family but I am not afraid to go alone. I always, always have my camera by my side.
She is not just into photography but she writes, too! She has a fun and fascinating blog. She hosts a couple of photography challenges that I hope you all will check out and, if you’re into photography, will participate!
[Pictures sourced from Google]