Creating a Photography Challenge
My wife is a quilter which means I am often accompanying her to quilt shows. By the way, I’m a willing participant because seeing this beautiful fabric art is very inspiring for my photography. One of these quilt shows was held at the historic Kirby’s Mill, a restored grist mill, in Medford New Jersey. At this show my inspiration turned out to be not just the quilts.
What usually happens at these shows is that I walk through relatively quickly while my wife stops to examine the quilts in detail and talk with her fellow quilters. This usually leaves me with a bit of free time. The vendors at the Kirby’s Mill show were sporting signs urging the quilters to “Shop Local” which inspired me to use that free time to do a little “Photograph Local” project. The idea was to photograph the mill and create some images that I would really be proud of. Here is the result with both a regular camera and an iPhone.
Photographers should always be challenging themselves. Every photographer from beginner to master will improve by taking on projects, or coming up with ideas, that stretch their skills and creativity.
Great story and I didn’t know this place existed. Thanks for posting the impressive shots
Thank you David, I appreciate the compliment. Let me know if you want more information on Kirby’s Mill.
Beautiful work Rich!
Thank you Karen.
Very nice shots. Such a beautiful spot with all the old buildings.
Nice canoeing on the Medford Canoe Trail up to the mill as well.
Thanks! It is a great spot. We’ve done that canoe trail too and it is a nice spot to paddle. North of the pond get’s very interesting as there are quite a few blowdowns.
You succeeded! The second photograph is very evocative and makes me wonder about the mill – a good thing! I went to high school in northern New Jersey – Morris County, a very congested area now. But New Jersey still has so many interesting nooks and crannies, if you know where to look, and I’m sure you do. (I got here via Denise Bush’s blog).
Thank you Lynn. I appreciate your comment. Denise is a great photographer and person. She’s been a big influence in my work. You are very right about New Jersey. We have a reputation for being crowded and polluted, but we have some of a lot of beautiful places too.
Nice Rich! I really like your found still-life … great find, composition and processing!
Thank you Denise. Yeah that old scale with the flower bag was too nice, especially with the way the light was falling on it from the window.
So nice to see a place, so over looked because of location and the constant drive by… get a fresh look!!!
It’s funny how we tend to ignore the obvious because we get used to the things we see all the time.
Hello Richard, I was asked to find out more about a presentation you do about taking pictures of quilts. One of our quilt guild members recently read a review about you and asked if we could get you to come to our guild. We could discuss this through am email which is probably better. Thank you.
Hi Loarraine. I have your email address and will respond to you shortly.