Wednesday, July 7, 2010

A Year Later............

©2010 Dianne Poinski

It's hard to believe, but it was exactly a year ago this week that I arrived in Paris. I had a lot of expectations going into that trip, but for the most post it was a dream come true and an amazing experience.

While the point of the trip was to celebrate a milestone birthday and spend time with my family, I also believed I would come home with more images than I knew what to do with and that I would be sharing them well into 2010. Well, that's not exactly how it happened, and it was pointed out to me recently that I had very few images from that trip on my website.

I shared in a post shortly after I got back, about the difficulties in editing those photographs and the criteria I used when deciding whether or not to print an image. I think one of the things I was trying to avoid during that editing period were those classic and somewhat clichéd French landscapes and architecture. I also seemed to have a constant dialogue going on in my head. Technical perfection was required as well as originality, composition and (I hate to say this, but I covered it in that earlier post) the potential sales from an image.

I got the chance to revisit many of those images recently when I sat down to the huge task of clearing space off of my hard drive. The voices seemed to have quieted down and I found myself drawn to certain shots that I had avoided before.

With this being the anniversary of that trip, I thought it would be the perfect time to experiment with and share some of the photographs I discovered during this more relaxed edit. All of these were only worked on in the computer and I must admit I had a lot of fun. The pressure was off and it felt like playtime. Isn’t that why I took up photography in the first place?


©2010 Dianne Poinski

©2010 Dianne Poinski

©2010 Dianne Poinski

©2010 Dianne Poinski


5 comments:

  1. Such beautiful photos!!!!! Love your work :)

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  2. Thanks Rachel! I appreciate that.

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  3. These are lovely - thank you for sharing your thought process about your art and artistic journey. I can appreciate your early fears about clichéd images. I think the first one of the "ivy covered" cottage and the third are wonderful.

    Must have been a great trip.

    Lillian

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  4. Thanks Lillian! Those two are my favorite ones as well.

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  5. Very beautiful, and enjoyable to view! My fave is second from the last.

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