Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Beyond Beyond: From Above

This is my 'from above' photo. I stood up on the dining room table with my tripod and my DSLR to shoot down on these tulips that I placed on a barn wood bench. My seven-year-old daughter saw me up on the table and said, 'Mom, if you get to stand on the table why do you tell me I'm not allowed to sit on the table when we are playing games'. I do not think she really cared for my explanation that it was for the sake of 'art'.


On another note, Kim posted some food for thought for us on the Beyond Beyond assignment post. She quoted from the book The Artist Way. This is not a book I have read; someday I will. The quote was about being a 'shadow artist' rather than a true artist--a shadow artist is one who hides in the shadows and a true artist is one who has the audacity to step out and ask to be seen. Kim asked which we were. For me, there is no question; I am a 'shadow artist'. In fact, the idea of calling myself an artist is hard for me to even consider. She asked if it is time to come out from the shadows? I have taken baby steps toward that, but still live in the shadows of the internet if I do anything at all toward being seen. When I am hiding behind the computer, it is easy to enter contests or post photos on selling sites such as Society6 and just wait and see what happens. Posting on Facebook is a bit harder but still easier than the idea of selling or displaying in  person--in real life.  I wish I had the nerve to walk into a local coffee shop, library, bakery, bookshop or other place that displays local photography and ask if they'd display my 'work', but even the thought of that makes me break out in a cold sweat!


The above image was processed with Lightroom, Photoshop, Rad Lab and a few of Kim's textures. 


  1. Beautiful image Bonnie and you standing on the table make me smile.

  2. Bon-Bon! I didn't realize you were in Beyond Beyond!! Yay! This image is gorgeous. I too chose tulips for my image! xo

    1. Hi Kim! Yes, I am! I did Beyond Layers last year and so decided to sign up for Beyond Beyond this year . . . of course, I am already behind, but I got behind last year (not so early in the year, though) and it was still worth it! I hope to see you soon . . . well, at least at next year's SS event (if not before).

  3. Quite lovely...composition is really pretty. The wood background is a nice choice!!

  4. Love your composition and the tones - gorgeous bench. The Artist's Way is a great book, I really recommend it.
    And I really laughed at your daughter's reaction to your standing on the table - similar conversations have happened with my 7 year old too!

  5. I love your setup for this Above POV. The fresh flowers on the weathered wood is a great combination. Very inspiring! Makes me want to stop my friends from fixing/replacing their old deck until I can go and take pictures on it! Maybe they'll let me have some of the wood ... --Michele at Sweet Leaf