Tuesday, July 7, 2015

The Sun and the Moon


This evening, I’m only going to share one photo. Mainly because I’ve been working since 5am (oh dawn shoots!) and am really anxious for dinner to FINALLY be done.

This image has two very special meanings for me.
First, this happened by accident while photographing the flowers that MustacheMachine had surprised me with when I returned from a work trip a few weeks back. Sadly, I was only able to spend a little bit of time with my beautiful present, but it brightened up my day regardless. Getting this happy little accident with the extra flower petal was pure magic.
Second, this image reminded me instantly of something that would be found in “Le Petit Prince”, by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry. This happens to be my little sister, @melanieadavis​ ‘s favorite book. And one of my definite all time favorites. Oddly enough, on my wedding day, we both unknowingly gifted each other with the exact same quote. It was amazing.

So, for all you dreamers out there just remember:
“...here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

Monday, July 6, 2015

Back to the Beginning.

When I was in high school, the GE plant my father worked for decided that it was going to shut down causing my dad to transfer himself, and eventually the family, to a whole new town (in our case, state).
Although this process was devastating to a teenage girl, there were some bright spots that have, in a way, changed my life forever. The one photographic bright spot was the Minolta 35mm camera that my father had found in the lab that they hadn't used in years. Apparently, someone had literally put on the lens upside down. I know...impressive, right? Not only is it impressive that someone managed to actually force the lens on upside down, but that caused the people in the lab not to use it for decades; subsequently putting it in the trash pile when the time came. I'm forever thankful my father saved that camera and its lenses for me.

That Minolta was my first true 35mm camera. 

And with that 35mm camera came the lenses that the scientists used in the lab to take macro photography of various things. As soon as my father managed to wrench the lens off the camera, I fell instantly in love with what I could do. He explained the basics of the aperture and shutter speed settings to me, told me not to touch the ISO at the moment and said, "Go experiment".
I took photographs of EVERYTHING close up. It got to a point where I was actually kind of wasting film (and money) but I couldn't stop. 

The first photographs that I took that were really SOMETHING and showed my family and myself that I could really become a photographer were photographs of the flowers (and one GIANT weed my Mom and I thought was a flower...literally as tall as our front porch) that were around our house on Ridgewood Drive and also around our second family's home on Moccasin Lane. These photographs I was beyond proud of. I couldn't believe I was able to create something as amazing as that with a film camera. One of these days I'll have to scan a few and share. For a girl who taught herself how to use a 35mm camera...they were gold.

As many of you know, it has been a long time since I have been consistently proud with the photographic work that I have done. Now, this doesn't count the MustacheMachine & BlackBetty work, and I do realize that is my work as well, but what I mean is the other photographic work I do. 

So, one day, MustacheMachine and I were sitting outside, and I was explaining my utter lack of creative drive and how I used to be so proud of my work, and haven't been in so long, and he held up a leaf and then some radish flowers and said, "Well, why not go and shoot this?".
At first, I thought he was silly. And then, after some liquid encouragement, and me getting so frustrated with myself, I marched over, grabbed the "weeds" he had said I should photograph and went upstairs and got to work.


What I found has been gaming changing for me. I'm now proud of my work again.

Are the images similar to what I first started photographing when I received that Minolta camera? No, but the idea and the feeling is the same. I'm photographing nature and exploring the differences one sees with plants when photographed at a normal focal length and then also at a macro focal length. Many of the plants you will see in the first handful of photographs are dead. Now, some may say that this is some subconscious thing playing out in my artwork, and that may be true, but let me tell ya...the one great thing about being an artist is you can find the beauty in so many things. Including those sunflowers and roses that you received after a long trip of being away from the one you love the most.

I hope you enjoy the work that you have seen throughout this post and the days to come.

- BB

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowflakes and why photographers should save everything

Two years ago, on November 29, 2011, I was working on an idea for my first Christmas card to send out to my friends and family. I sent out a pretty adorable Christmas card (if I do say so myself) using an ornament an old friend gave me, snowflakes my mom had made for a photograph I took two years prior, and a piece of fabric that I simply liked the color of. Going along with my usual photographic process, I took a ton of shots slowly building into the winning shot. Along with that winning shot, I took some other photographs that I felt were good, but not that great and I liked having the robot hanging out anyways.

To this day, I still have every single frame I took and all the props (especially my snowflakes) that were used. Sometimes I feel like I'm hoarding, but then something pops up, like a Christmas email blast for my work, where these things may come in handy -- like one of my favorite shots of the snowflakes which we are now using on our Christmas card.

Basically, what I'm saying is save everything... you'll never know when you may need it again! : )

Snowflake Shot that I took during my Christmas Card shoot on November 29, 2011

Christmas card that I photographed on November 29, 2011.

Monday, November 18, 2013

New Light & Shadow Work pt.1

New Light And Shadow Work!
So, I’ve been falling in love with lighting again….and most importantly the most beautiful things it can do when combined with nice crisp paper.
What are your thoughts?

Monday, June 24, 2013

Shoe Series Portrait # 4

This pair in particular belonged to my Papa…a well worn shoe for a man who worked so very hard all his life. I miss you a ton Papa.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Shoe Series Part 1

 I love shoes. Always have, always will...even if I spend most of my time barefoot in the summer. Regardless, I believe somebody's shoes can tell a lot about a person, giving the shoe itself a type of personality. Don't we always tend to label a style of shoe to what that person is? For example: Flirty, casual, hipster, hardworking, business man, diva, dancer, etc.
In my Shoe Portrait series I am merely giving the viewer a glimpse into the "life" and "soul" (no pun intended) into pairs of shoes that have been worn, which in turn, I feel, gives them tons of character.