The last, I think, this season, of the iris planted outside the offices of the Longview…

The last, I thought, this season, of the iris planted outside the offices of the Longview Center, where Unity Church of the Triangle has its home… it was a frosty morning, this past Sunday, when I shot this “last looks” portrait. That cool blue shade really suited the story of the moment.

+Tamara Pruessner +FloralFriday  #floralfriday

Update: there were a few more, before the plant finished, however.

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Wayne Upchurch

For years, as a “professional ogler” (a newspaper staff photographer), I simultaneously explored photography as craft/process/medium in its own right. The photojournalism work –credentials and mindset– got me into (and out of) places I would certainly never have had access to on my own. I was also practicing the discipline of getting a picture where there didn’t appear to be one and getting it Finished in a timely manner, to professional standards. I also learned to create imminently readable images despite poor reproduction in a small size. Though it took me several years to get this, the value of making photos that illustrated something already laid out in the story was suddenly Not Enough, and I began to make assignment pictures that added dimensions not already in the writing, or better Yet, raised questions so that the reader would go to the story for more answers. Having gained more than dreamt of, when starting out, I left to pursue my own personal photography, mounting exhibits along the way. I also worked with commercial photographer friends doing studio product photography, and making headshots for actors. Later, I also helmed a Public Radio “spacemusic” program, and acted in a Wilmington, NC drama company. I put the cameras away for a few years, to finish shedding the habit of self-limiting my identity as just “Photographer”, and can now pursue personal pleasure and expression through the freedom that digital imaging offers. Sharing photos on Flickr and participating locally in meetups and outings has renewed a passion for making new images and for sharing the process with others. For some time, I’ve found myself writing detailed comments on other people’s photos, as well as thoughts and pet ideas about photography, in general.

4 thoughts on “The last, I think, this season, of the iris planted outside the offices of the Longview…”

  1. Thank you, very much, +Wendy Baker , for making the effort to know my stuff; that's more than many of us usually do, when we get +1's . I also appreciate your leaving comments on the shots you specifically like.
    I won't ask more than that; I'll just say that if there's anything particular that you notice about any image of mine, specifics help a Lot, as you know, to understand what a comment means.

  2. Ok +Wayne Upchurch. I find that I mostly just feel an image– whether it speaks to me or not.  I usually don't analyze too much.  I know that isn't helpful, I'll try to do a little more reflection in the future.

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