The following is from a monthly newsletter I receive from an Australian photographer I stumbled upon during the food photography phase I went through last year. She’s a portrait photographer, and her site was mentioned on a food blog I was reading at the time. I clicked on the link, read a few of her posts and found myself nodding in agreement at what I read. And I have been keeping up with her ever since.
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? It is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
- - - William Shakespeare
I visited the teeny tiny town of Prairie Grove Wednesday afternoon to do some thrifting and try my hand at street photography. All these photos were taken within a one block radius of where I had parked my car. A funny little story about the image with all the bright chairs lined up in front of the Ace Hardware store: as I was lining up my shot, an SUV stopped in the street to the left of me. I waved him on, letting him know that I could wait, that I was just wanting to get a picture of the colorful chairs. I saw him laughing as he pulled into the parking lot where I was standing and got out of his pick up truck, holding a camera, and told me that he wanted the same photo, too.
We both laughed and took our pictures, standing side by side.
It was pouring down rain this morning, Joe woke up feeling achy, and with his AP exams coming up next week, I decided to keep him home today, feeding him Tylenol. I had an old paper bag, a bag of Starbucks coffee beans and a coffee grinder that I found at the flea market last weekend that has seen better days. I couldn't think of a cozier way to spend a rainy morning than playing with my camera and that bag of beans.
Goodness, those coffee beans smelled good!
And Joe is feeling better. Sometimes it's good to have a mental health day every so often.