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So so busy! This will just be a quick post before I have to head to the theatre to get ready for tonight’s performance. This will be a simple show, but it’s kind of a big deal for me as it will be the last time I perform at my University, at least as a student.

This image is of the Český Krumlov Castle Theatre that has been designed for Baroque Performance. This type of performance is worlds away from theatre as we know it today, but it is really neat that there is a place we can see textbook theatre history in the flesh. I wish I could take a trip to the Czech Republic to see the facility and a show! It looks like a beautiful place to perform.

If you’re in the Atlanta area, come out and see us at 8:00pm! The show is relaxed, free, and super fun.

Have a beautiful weekend!

-DH

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This post is probably going to seem pretty lame.

And it kind of is.

And I’m kind of a slacker because I don’t have a legitimate post for you today.

That’s primarily because I am trying DESPERATELY to keep up with all my real life stuff.

Not that blogging isn’t real life, but I have so much going on right now.

Show going up on Friday with lots of lines and music to memorize, oodles of writing, photo work with some AMAZING models, planning and producing an award ceremony for All Of Time and Space, getting everything ready to move in less than two weeks (!!!!), working out logistics of adopting another cat… this is my life, you guys.

It’s serious business. And I’m trying not to panic.

BUT, I believe in me (I think). Because I can do this (Probably).

Conclusion: This post is kind of lame because my week, though hectic, is kind of awesome.

If you’re in the Atlanta area, come and see the show. It’s fun! And free!

Here’s a pretty picture:

Love the capture on this. Unfortunately, I do not know the origin of this photo, so if anyone has any clues about who the artist is, I would appreciate the information!

Thanks for reading. Found Photo Friday soon. Real posts eventually, I promise. I will survive the week!

<3
-DH

It has been quite a week. Not the best week. Not horrid, but between getting ready for finals, graduation, and moving into my very own place to be a grownup, things are rather stressful around here. All these are positive changes and I’m happy and super excited about them, but they are also just a little bit terrifying.

In light of all this stress that is oh-so-fun, I’ve been trying to take bits of time out of the day for me. I try to still be productive during these mental health breaks — like yesterday I spent a couple hours with a friend, shooting some portraits and having a wonderful talk — but sometimes I just have to take a few minutes to shut off my brain and browse Pinterest or read food blogs. It was in yesterday’s Pinterest browsing that I found the images that I’m sharing for today’s  FPF.

These photos are in an article called “Creative Dad Takes Crazy Photos of Daughters” and I love them. They are such happy pictures. You can really see the love that went into them and it must have been such a fun process for the little girls. Can you imagine your dad saying to you, “I want you to jump in the air and I’ll take a picture so that I can make it look like you’re flying.” How awesome would that be? And can you imagine how your five year old self would react to seeing a photo you shrunk to coffee cup size?

Too cool.

The “creative dad” is Jason Who, a wedding and lifestyle photographer, and you can see more of his work on his website. The same care that he takes with this personal work shines through in his professional work as well, really capturing the emotion and personality of his subjects.

And speaking of personality, how could these expressive girls not bring a smile to your face?

These photos certainly brightened my week, so I wanted to share some smiles with you to start your weekend off right. As always, I’d love to see your thoughts on the work in the comments below, and if you’re interested in what I like on Pinterest, feel free to follow!

Happy Friday everyone! Pass the smiles along :)

-DH

I am working on something new today. It’s a writing project that I have been planning for a few weeks, but today I am trying to dive into it head first. I wanted to post about it here, partly to get my motor running, but also because I’d love to know what people think about the question that I am exploring:

Why do we care?

From Grounded: Untitled No. 0077 -- Kerry Mansfield

More specifically, why do we care about art?

I have always been a lover of art of all kinds – visual, performance, music, etc – and I can usually find and understand some value in any piece that I see, even ones that I do not particularly like or enjoy. I guess that means I have a sort of empathy when it comes to art. An empathy with the artist, perhaps, and his or her feelings about the art that is being created. I’m not sure if that’s it, but it is a start to how I’m feeling.

But what I’m not sure how to explain is why art touches me in the way it does, why it is able to affect so many different people in a variety of ways, evoking emotional, intellectual, and physical responses, and how. Is it a function of the artist taking something that matters to him or her and capturing it in such a way that displays their personal passion for the subject? Does seeing someone else’s passion make us care? Is it because “art” has some sort of magic property that has been acquired from social constructs? Why are we able to relate to art and why does it elicit such strong and uniquely human reactions?

From Lust: Erin -- Heather Musto

I began my exploration by visiting the local Jennifer Schwartz gallery (which I highly recommend if you happen to be passing though Atlanta). There I saw two exhibitions: Grounded and Lust. I spent a very long time looking at the images, taking the time to really study them, but also to step back and enjoy. I left excited to write up a review of the exhibitions and the gallery, and I am beginning to see how to approach my Big Question, but this is definitely going to be a case of needing to “write my way in” to decide how best to answer it. Hence the blog post.

From Lust: Pomegranate Seeds -- Wynn Myers

And this is where I’d love some help from the world-at-large! Oh lovely readers, what are your thoughts? Tell me, please:

Why do you care?

Comment below if you have a little something to say. Share with people you know and encourage them to comment as well — the more voices, the merrier. Let the conversation commence!

-DH

Happy Friday everyone!

I found this photo via Freshly Pressed this week and I love it so much:

It was in this post on Maria Stavang’s photography blog. All of the images in the post are wonderful, but this one is my very favorite. I love the use of a shallow depth of field — it lends an interesting perspective to the precious creature making this coo-worthy image into an art piece. The composition, focus, lighting, and, of course, the adorable subject make for a rather lovely photograph.

Have a fabulous weekend!

-DH

This post is so late. I’m sorry. There’s really no excuse, but my excuse is that I had a performance last night and I was panicking all weekend. Remember the aria I mentioned in this post? Yeah. That’s what I had to sing in front of people. It all ended up going really well in spite of (or maybe because of?) my panic and now I am back to the land of the living.

And speaking of living, can we talk about spring? It seems like winter just didn’t bother to show up this year, but spring is definitely picking up the slack! Everything is so green and beautiful… and here I go showing the world that I’m a card-carrying tree-hugger.

But really, watching spring happen is so exciting. It’s like the nature decides to celebrate the sun moving closer to the planet and decorates, letting new life and new growth explode all over like confetti. I couldn’t resist capturing this beautiful transition, so today I have a tiny photo documentary for you. Most of these images are close ups of small things, so I primarily used the macro setting on my camera. I found some fascinating things – that leaves are fuzzy when they first grow on the branches, that oak trees hatch out of acorns like baby birds from eggs, that the already unfathomably beautiful spring colors become like living oil paintings when touched by morning sun – and I felt I could be perfectly happy if I never went inside again. These images are some of my favorites of the ones that I shot. I hope you enjoy!

This was such a cool find. This little oak tree was literally hatching out of its acorn shell when I found it. It has since escaped, but I had never seen anything quite like this before.

I hope you enjoy seeing these as much as I enjoyed making them. As always, comments and critiques are appreciated!

Happy hump day everyone!

-DH

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today I want to chat about an interesting conversation I had last week about photo composition. A classmate asked me about composition saying that she understood why it was important and the rule of thirds and the theory of it, but not how to do it. She wanted more than just the broad strokes that we have all heard before. She wanted to know details on how to make good composition happen.

I looked at her with what I know must have been a completely blank stare as I realized that I didn’t know how to answer that question. There were a few other people in the room, pretty talented photographers themselves, and we all gave variations on the same answer:

You know it when you see it.

This is a photo I took several years ago when I was just starting this whole camera business. I still use it in my photography portfolio because I was happy with how it came out, primarily because of the composition.

I wished that I could give her a better answer, but it’s true. There are lots of rules for making good composition, but with any kind of art, rules are made to be broken. There wouldn’t be anything new and interesting, otherwise. We would just have a lot of images that look the same. You can learn what makes good composition, but it takes practice. Some people are lucky and have a good eye for composition and light right off the bat, but even those lucky artists must practice to be able to have consistently successful work. That’s why Henri Cartier-Bresson said, “Your first ten thousand photographs are your worst”. Every artist, no matter the innate talent, no matter the medium, needs and will benefit from constant practice. Someone can teach you the “rules”, but no one can teach you how to see. You’ll know it when you see it, though a seemingly unsatisfactory answer, might have been the best advice we could give.

I’ve included these images from my own portfolio to illustrate a little of what I mean. The photo above has a fairly standard composition while not being a dull, stamen shot (not that I’m against stamen shots, they can just be a bit generic). This one, however, has a slightly more unexpected structure, but it still works. The unexpected can add interest even though it doesn’t adhere to a rule.

From a shoot by the Chatahoochee River.

What do you guys think makes a good composition? Do you know of a good way to explain composition? I’d love to hear your thoughts and see some examples in the comments below!

As always, thanks for reading. Check in at the beginning of the week for some new originals!

Have a wonderful weekend!

-DH