I am a photo enthusiast for whom photography is more about storytelling than art. Sure, I'd love to create perfectly exposed photos with just the right focus, but I'm no longer going to obsess about it. My tool of choice -- the compact Canon S3 -- puts certain limits on me, especially in manual focus and depth of field. And I can't stand spending hours at the computer learning Photoshop to improve less-than-perfect pictures.
I don't feel qualified to engage in a discussion of what is really art. My goal is to be true to myself and my own vision of the world. I prefer to call this storytelling because nobody can argue with what "my story" is.
So when you view my blog, see it as a partial representation of my journey through life. Nature, places and events that are beautiful to me. Vacations where I was able to relax completely. Moods that cannot be explained in words. Colors and patterns that jump out at me. Occasionally I will post pictures of people and animals that capture a spirit or moment that moved me. Sometimes I experiment with reality-bending filters in Photoshop. I'm learning to think more outside the box, and if I can't beat Photoshop, I might as well have fun with it!
Thanks for visiting.
-- Jackie Smith
September 30, 2007
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I am not usually a dog person. But I fell in love with this little mutt at the 300-year-old farmhouse where we stayed in the Azores. There were three little dogs (not much bigger than cats) and one big dog who lived on the streets in a nearby village and spent lots of time at the farmhouse because the innkeeper could not resist feeding them. The dogs had dirty, mangy fur, but they formed such an enthusiastic welcoming committee every time they saw us, that we could not help but laugh and play with them. (We just made sure to wash our hands afterwards.) Piro Lito was the littlest and spunkiest of them all, using his considerable charm to melt the hearts of human beings, while showing Big Dog who was really in charge. (We actually felt kind of sorry for Big Dog, but that's another story.) Panda, resting in the background, was older and mellower -- she was my husband's favorite.
Galleries: Azores 2006 and 2007, People & Pets