Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Color Collaborative: May: Photograph









"Photography helps people to see." - Berenice Abbott

When I scroll through my photo files, a few main themes emerge: my hobbies, my family, my home and its immediate surrounding area. I don't travel much, and in fact, would rather be at home than just about anywhere else. It's where I feel comfortable; it's who I really am. You've probably also noticed these themes in my photography; I tend to take pictures of the same things over and over again, in different seasons, at different times of the day, from different distances. I am a creature of habit: I like predictability, I feel better when I know exactly what's coming.

One of my favorite subjects to photograph is Sandia Peak, the mountain overlooking Albuquerque, my adopted home. I have an excellent view of the peak from my backyard and I can often be found snapping photos of the peak during my waking hours. I write about it often - possibly too often - but I can't help it; the view fascinates me. And there is this: it's mine. I can look as long as I want, I can take a million photos if I like. It never gets old because it never looks exactly the same way twice, even within the same day. My photo archives contain hundreds of photos of the peak; I think I may be peak-obsessed. I've been up there a few times, to hike, ride the tram or eat in one of the restaurants, but mostly, I'm happy to watch from my yard, or from inside my house when the weather is disagreeable. But even then, I'm usually willing to bundle up and stand out there as long as I can, camera in hand, perched atop a small brick stoop outside my bedroom, right shoulder leaning hard against the door.

Everyone has a unique perspective; everyone knows exactly what they will see when they look out the windows of their own home. I see rock, sky and cloud. I watch the color of the granite change throughout the day, moving through a spectrum of gray and pink as daytime turns to evening. The sky over the peak is my best indicator of the weather coming our way: crystal-clear bluebird skies or lowering, angry skies; innocuous cotton clouds or roiling, tumbling ones. The plants in my yard pinpoint the seasons; the mountain's shifting tableau subtly suggests them. With my camera, I capture the ever-changing, never-changing mountain as the days, seasons and years pass.

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Don't forget to visit the other Color Collaborative blogs for more of this month's posts. Just click on the links below:  
Sarah at mitenska
 
What is The Color Collaborative?
All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a color related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about color in new ways.

30 comments:

  1. This is a great take on the theme, Jennifer - I love seeing photos of the same subject taken over time. And I can see why you love photographing that mountain. The light's wonderful, particularly at sunset.
    Sarah.

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  2. You are so lucky to have a breathtakingly beautiful view like that from your home x

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  3. A wonderful set of photographs, I could never tire of seeing photos of that view as it is truly beautiful. Those of us lucky enough to have such wonderful views from our windows should count our blessings!

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  4. Love the series of photographs in this post Jennifer. x

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  5. That view is wonderful, absolutely wonderful, I'd never tire of it either. It's a fantastic thing to have a nice view from your home, especially of a wild place where you can watch the play of the light and the change of the seasons. I always love to see pictures of "your" mountain. CJ xx

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  6. What a wonderful selection of the same but different views. I'm sure you could have put up twice as many and not had a duplicate.

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  7. Fabulous photos. It's amazing that the same view can look so different, you've captured it all so well.

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  8. You are certainly blessed with such an amazing view, the same but so different.

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  9. You have a view I don't think you could ever get tired of, each photo was so different it seems impossible that it's the same view.

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  10. You will never tire of that view will you? it is fascinating to compare the photos directly like you have - it is like Claude Monet painting the Cathedral in Rouen in different lights. Jo x

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  11. How do you ever get anything done with that view?!! It's spectacular and your photos are beautiful!

    -Soma

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  12. That mountain looks different in each and every photo.. I don't think you take too many photos of it. I like seeing the different personalities of it. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  13. What a lovely view to photograph and to see the changes x

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  14. I would so love a view like that, although I think it might prove too much of a distraction as I'd never get anything done! I will never tire of photos of your beloved peak; keep them coming. xx

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  15. Beautiful photographs that capture so many different moods. I can understand why you love it so much. Thank you for sharing. x

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  16. Such a gorgeous series of photos Jennifer. Each one has a personality all of it's own, yet the same. I so enjoy your blog. I think we are much the same. I love being in my home and my trailer. If I never had to travel again, I think I would be very content. A few years ago I loved to travel, but now, I prefer my familiar surroundings. Unfortunately, as you know, in order to see our kids, we have to travel.
    Thank you for sharing your life with us. I feel I know you and we would be fast friends if we were ever to meet in "real" life. Have a lovely weekend.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  17. Wonderful post Jennifer! I always love your pictures, and the way you capture the beautiful landscape where you live. It always makes me long to visit New Mexico.

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  18. those are beautiful photos! I also love being home... it's a place that gives me the quiet, rest and refreshment I need for living! :) I remember feeling as you do about when I lived in BC and saw the Mountains everyday. It's a great mystery to me that they will, unless something unexpected happens on a large scale (like an epic earth quake or volcano), that the Mountains, and the view I see, will be there long after I am not. I have lived so many places, that I can see beauty in many locales, though at times it takes a little more work to see them. Someday perhaps I will be back where it is less urban and there is more greenery. But no matter where, I can always make my home a place of beauty and quietness and this is a great gift! Blessed weekend to you!

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  19. This post ranks as one of my favorite of yours, Jennifer. It is amazing to see your mountain photos and how colors play differently in each photo...the same subject...but unique in time, and your narrative so satisfying to read, your grand opus about the extraordinary ordinary! Thanks! xx

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  20. What a beautiful series of photographs - the different colours in the mountain range and the sky is quite extraordinary.

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  21. Beautiful series of photos! The scene is the same, and yet so different!

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  22. Fabulous! I'm sure I'd be obsessed with this view if I lived where you do and I always love seeing photos of it here. There's something about mountains that connects very deeply, I think. Wonderful photo series, Jennifer. Sam x

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  23. Breathtakingly gorgeous! I can see why you're obsessed with this peak. I would be, too.

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  24. I always love your mountain photos x

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  25. It's a fabulous view. You are very lucky!

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  26. Absolutely gorgeous! I love that the same subject can look so different at any given time. Amazing! Your images would make great bookmarks. :)

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  27. I love these photos! I think my photo archives would contain pretty much the same themes as yours. I always enjoy seeing this view, and any pictures of your local area Jennifer, as you know. From our home we can see other houses and lots and lots of trees. From the balcony outside our bedroom window the view west provides dramatic and changing sunsets which I enjoy photographing too. x

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