Friday, February 22, 2013

Focus On Life 52 Photos ~ Week 8 ~ Monochromatic

 Monochromatic  ~  consisting of one color

Sally's prompt for us this week
Monochromatic photos tell a story, evoke emotion and uncovers the soul with the simple contrast of one color. Monochromatic photos enable the viewer to see a deeper meaning behind what may be concealed by multiple colors.
This week look deeper through the lens to the story your photo captures and then process it to one color! Or be daring and shoot in B&W (monochrome).

 Faded photos.
Edges bent and even torn.
 Lying in a pile of memories
 tucked away in some long forgotten musty cardboard box.

Old friends.
Family gatherings.
 Momentous occasions.
Snippets of a life captured on film
 to be revisited time and again over the years.

 Heartwarming thoughts of times together.
  People and places once visited.
Stories told.
Dreams and secrets shared.
And food.
Hugs and laughter exchanged.


 Old times that take on a dreamlike quality
Living in our memory and our hearts
Forever revived with a simple photograph.


original photo before processing for monochromatic

This past week I had the opportunity to visit with my dear friend Carol and her hubby as they were in the process of cleaning out their other home to be sold.
We enjoyed a wonderful lunch together followed by conversation and laughter back at her home by the fireplace all nice and toasty.
 
Before leaving, I spotted this amazing old school desk that Carol had used to create on and would not be making the trip to their townhouse.
The next day Carol contacted me to come and get the desk, knowing it was going to a good home where it would be loved and appreciated.
 
I wonder how many papers were corrected on this desk,
lessons planned, books and reports piled,
 how many gifts to teacher placed there in the morning,
a shiny apple perhaps, a flower from someones garden?
 
Then all the artwork and jewelry that Carol created sitting at this same desk.
Letters written, books and papers piled.
 
Now handed down to me to carry on the tradition.
Thank you sweet friend.
Hugs.
 
Be sure to visit The Studio Sublime for more monochromatic memories.

47 comments:

  1. Lovely story, sure you will make many more wonderfu moments at that desk.

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    1. Thanks Marlene, I can't wait to carve out a space for it in my studio!

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  2. Nothing better than a visit with a close friend. And the photographs to remember them by. And quite a score with the desk.

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    1. You are so right! I will hte it when they sell the house soon, then we will be 4 hours away from each other again!

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  3. Lovely post...and photos...and there is nothing better than friendship time, is there? And I agree...what a beautiful desk!!

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    1. Yes Staci, and where I live I only get to see all my friends at either retreats or at times like this which makes them extra special and memorable!

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  4. I love this post and your photos! Time spent with a friend is time well spent.

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    1. Thank you Annette, it is the best time!

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  5. What a wonderful post and a great photo.

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    1. Thanks Patty, when i saw the STUDIO awning over her door i knew we had to get under it for a shot!

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  6. what lovely memories and beautiful smiles you two have!

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    1. Thank you, those smiles come from a genuine love for each other!

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  7. Those are wonderful photos. I love the first one. It brings such a great feeling with it.

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    1. Thank you Tanya, we really do enjoy our time together even though it is few and far between!

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  8. what a lovely story captured in some great pics! there is something timeless about b&w...

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    1. I agree, once I finished I really liked the B&W better with the nostalgic feeling.

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  9. The desk is lovely and the story of your friendship with the owner is too. I think I like the black and white photo better than the original of the the two of you.

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    1. Thanks Mary, me too, more nostalgic feeling to it.

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  10. What a sweet gift from a friend.

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  11. What a wonderful story! I love your writing, and what a gift - her desk. Love it always. :)

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    1. Thank you Courtney, I am figuring out a special place in my studio for it, can't wait to be able to sit at it and dream!

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  12. A wonderful set of photos to commemorate a great friendship.

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    1. Thanks Beti, I will miss her when she no longer has this house to come and visit, we will then be 4 hours away!

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  13. Lovely photos all around. I love the desk. What a beautiful way to always think of your friend when you see it.

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    1. Thanks Shel, I'm sure I will be inspired to create when i sit down to it and of course think of Carol the whole time!

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  14. Wonderful when a photo is filled with so many memories!

    (no. 43 this week)

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    1. I know, just looking at them makes me smile all over again!

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  15. Great story, Laura! Lucky to live near each other!

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    1. Actually Sue, we live 4 hours away, this is their other home that they visit from time to time and are now putting up for sale so it will be sad not to have those few times at least when we can visit each other!

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  16. A very interesting story. Thanx for sharing.

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  17. Great pictures, and great desk. So wonderful to keep it in the "family" :-)

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    1. You're right Elisabeth! I will be reminded of Carol when i sit to work at it and it will make me smile just thinking of her! Hopefully she feels the same knowing I will be the one using it!

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  18. Great post Laura! Great friends are hard to beat. Ones that share excellent furniture should be treasured even more!

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  19. The challenge did make me think of my old family photos. Lovely friend post - sweet.

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    1. Thanks Janet, that's what prompted the writing, seeing that photo turned sepia, reminded me of so many photos I remember from my family piled in boxes that never made it into albums, some with scalloped edges, some bent and creased, faded early ones and polaroids, but wonderful to go through all the same!

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  20. Friends!! What would we ever do without them!!!

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  21. As always...your writing is exquisite !! I loved your post...so happy you have such a good friend so close to you...what a wonderful gesture to give her treasured desk to you...enjoy it & your friendship...

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    1. Thanks Mom! Actually this is their other house which they are putting up for sale, so i will probably not get many more opportunities to visit like this with her, she will be 4 hours away again. I can't wait to find a spot for the desk, it is wonderful!

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  22. Laura, how nice to have a chance to spend the day with Carol. I know you two must have had a blast....I bet I could have heard the laughter all the way in Virginia! :-) I love the picture of the two of you in both B&W and color. And the desk! So sweet for Carol to give it to you..and yes, there is no doubt you will treasure it. Your words have such meaning and really brought images to my mind's eye - the teacher, papers, students, through the years...

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    1. Thanks Cindy! The time goes by too fast when we visit, there's so much left to share and say and laugh about but I am grateful for at least the short time we did have. I will miss her visits to this other house of theirs when it sells, then we will be 4 hours away again!

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  23. I just love the desk and the photos

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    1. Thanks Shaiha, me too! Wonderful memories both!

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  24. I must have been in that "other" world when this was posted. You are such a dear, sweet, loving friend! And I'm so thankful that at least one treasured item from the homeplace has a special home!!! Our visit was such a refreshing time that was so NEEDED! We will be back soon and am looking forward to seeing you and Ray - maybe over some shrimp! We must make good use of these last visits to the shore home!

    Love you, sister!!!

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