Posts Tagged ‘Billy Joel’

The topic for this week’s challenge is silhouette. I chose a couple of old pictures.

Though my grandmother died years ago, we are still going through boxes of papers and photos. My mother recently found this photo of me and my cat Misty, which I had given to my grandmother. I took the photo when I was in my early 20’s as an assignment for a class, using my trusty Pentax K1000 and a timer with a sheet hung up on the wall behind me (that’s about as amateur as you can get). I had developed it myself, and it shows my inexperience: it has a few brown spots from my carelessness with the developing chemicals, and it was also cut crookedly. Despite its flaws, I was happy to have it. I recently put it in a frame and put it on a table in my home; the imperfections only make it a little more precious.

Looking at it now, I realize it is my own modified version of the photo of Billy Joel from the inside sleeve of  The Stranger album. (I liked that photo so much I drew my own version in charcoal for an art class.) The photo on the sleeve was a great example of a silhouette.

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A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post about still life photos created by photographer Elizabeth Handy. Her clients choose items that represent what is important in their life, and the items are paired with a flower. She calls these “portraits” of the people who chose the items.

I love this idea, and I think it fits this week’s Daily Post Photo Topic. The photo represents the “merging” of separate aspects of someone’s personality into a complete and unique picture.

This photo was my first attempt, taken a couple of months after I wrote the blog.

Although I spent some time choosing the items, I didn’t spend a lot of time arranging them or creating a decent background! It was a kind of half-hearted attempt that I didn’t pursue further.

Then when this topic came up, I decided to try again and be a little more deliberate and thoughtful about it. I took a series of pictures, substituting some items. This is the one I chose.


I’ve been a baseball fan my whole life. I love writing/journaling, cats, food, gardening, wine, and music (I used to LOVE Billy Joel and did many drawings of him). I think of myself as a wildflower type of gal; the extra joke is that the wildflower is a Black-Eyed Susan, and that’s my name!

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