Posted on March 29, 2014
While on my drive home from work I received a call from my husband letting me know that there was a photo challenge all about pollution being held on a photography website. The only problem was that the challenge deadline was that same night. I thought this would be an impossible task since it was already the evening and I was already on my way home. It was a very long day, I had my son in the car and I was exhausted. When I thought about pollution, the first things that came to my mind was garbage, smoke stacks, water pollution, and so on. There was nothing like that on my way home. Plus, that’s what everyone else was going to submit.
It was about 5 minutes after that call that I drove by a tree I see everyday on my way to and from work. I pulled over and reversed back to it and thought about it. This was an old, large maple tree on the edge of a field. This wasn’t just any tree, this tree had probably one hundred or more pairs of shoes nailed to it. Yes, shoes. Kids shoes, adult shoes, sandals, flip-flops, boots, everything. I always saw it as art I guess. It was the “shoe tree”. This challenge made me think about the “shoe tree” in a different way. This was pollution. The poor tree had hundreds of nails in it. People climbing it to the top to get their shoes up to the highest point. When you look close, it was just a bunch of garbage around a tree. Shoes people would have otherwise just thrown out in their garbage at home, is now stuck to a tree.
As I looked up to the top of the tree I could tell that part of it was dying. I never noticed it before. It made me wonder, is it because of all the shoes that are apparently making it look artsy and cool? All of those nails.
I came to the conclusion that it was definitely pollution, especially because all of the other trees around it were alive and thriving and this one was dying. So I took my shots and drove off. That night I entered the contest. It was one of the only ones that didn’t have smoke stacks or garbage all over the ground. I’m happy with the end result. We’ll see what happens with the contest!
To check out the contest and vote, visit: Shadowbox Pollution Photo
Comments are always welcome.
Posted on March 16, 2014
When I look at the above picture, it makes me feel two things. Because of the long winter we’ve had, I look at this and feel like I haven’t seen leaves and grass in FOREVER! But I also feel excited. I know that looking at Kevin and Jessica in this picture lets me know that Spring and Summer is just around the corner. A time of warmth, life and of course, love. Love being the fact that this great couple’s wedding is fast approaching and that is definetely something to look forward to.
Summer has always been so much more inspiring to me. There is always something to capture. There is always beauty. People seem happier and more alive. But I think it’s winters, like the one we just had, to make people (including myself) appreciate the summer weather so much more. Without the bitter cold and tons of snow, we wouldn’t be grateful for warmth and life. It would just be another thing we take for granted.
So I have learned (it took a long time) to appreciate winter. I haven’t always been a fan of Winter, but now I try to find the beauty in it. Even in the toughest of days, right around Christmas when we had no power, the ice storm produced such beautiful images. The picture above was taken the day after the ice storm hit. Right outside of our front door, the tree I see every day of my life, all of a sudden looked more beautiful than I’ve ever seen it before. Jamie came out to take the picture at the right time, the sun was perfectly setting, and the tree was sparkling like it was made of crystal.
On my way down the road, I came across another tree I see every day. The sun was also in a perfect spot, right behind the crystal tree. Winter months tend to make people live each day with their heads down and bearing the cold, just wanting to get to their destination… where it’s warm. But I guarantee you, if you walk with your head up, taking in as much as you can, you will see beauty in so many things.
With Spring coming, I look forward to new inspirations, new life and of course warmth.
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