Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Summer Scenes

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Lijiang, Ancient Town, Yannan

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos with colors that show summer in all its glory.

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Five Dragon Pond, Jinan

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Dog Days of Summer, Lijiang

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Summer in the City

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Spring Scenes

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos with colors that show spring in all its glory.

 

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Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Winter Scenes

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Tianjin, China

Each week Cee of Cee’s Photography challenges bloggers with a fun prompt. This week we’re to share photos with colors that show winter in all its glory.

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Chicago, IL

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Images of Notre-Dame

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Jean Fouquet, 1410

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Noel Ballemare, 1525

Notre Dame is still on my mind. Here are some images from its past. Clearly, it’s fascinated artists through the ages.

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Charles Negre, 1853 ( a negative)

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Paul Signac, 1910

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Matisse, 1902

 

The Salt of the Earth


Another great recommendation from the Skokie Public Library’s Fall Movie Challenge, The Salt of the Earth introduced me to the photographer Sebastião Salgado, who traveled the world capturing beautiful images of cultures in every corner of the world.

The beginning covers Salgado’s early life when he left economics and became a photographer, a risky career change for a married man with a young son. His photos are breathtaking and his books show events like the famine in Ethiopia and the war in Bosnia. This Wim Wenders film, contains lots of Salgado’s images as well as his observations.

The last third of the film presents Salgado’s efforts to take his father’s drought-ridden farm and restore it to a forest. The land was parched and most plants and trees had died from poor management. Salgado’s wife, Leila suggested they return the land to how it had been before the farm existed. As wild an idea as that was, knowing little about forestry, the pair began to plant trees. Decades later it’s a rain forest with waterfalls and creeks. This land had looked like Oklahoma during the Dust Bowl. Astounding.

All in all, The Salt of the Earth is a change of pace. There were times when I couldn’t take much more of the photos of famine victims, but there’s plenty of captivating photos that aren’t of such dire situations. So I do recommend The Salt of the Earth.

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Ghost images

This week’s prompt urges bloggers to delveinto the eerie realm of ghost images. In the Victorian and Edwardian eras people believed these ghosts that appeared in photos were spirits. Even though most were double exposures or such errors, they still give me the willies.