The good thing about studio photography is you can get exactly what you want.-philadelphia photography studios

philadelphia photography studios
philadelphia photography studios

The good thing about studio photography is you can get exactly what you want.
The problem with studio photography is that you get exactly what you want.

Cactus, 1931.

Charles Sheeler.

Oil on canvas.

philadelphia photography studios
philadelphia photography studios

The Directory
The building directory at Studio 2424. Taken with an Olympus OM10 SLR – 35mm, (f1.8) – 200 Fujicolor

philadelphia photography studios
philadelphia photography studios

Liz . Movement
when liz and i met up it was disgustingly hot. Lucky for her I wanted to try out the fan for some new movement stuff….

saying we were both laid back is an understatement. picking out an outfit was ridiculous because neither of us really cared, haha we got really cool shots though.

here’s one!

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victorian buildings-MWg

MWg
MWg

victorian buildings

MWg
MWg

another salt lamp for L + J

MWg

Wedding Candle Favours-candle wedding favor

candle wedding favor
candle wedding favor

Wedding Candle Favours
A photograph of my hand crafted candle wedding favours given to the ladies at the wedding of my daughter & her fiance

candle wedding favor
candle wedding favor

Wedding Candle Favours
A photograph of my hand crafted candle wedding favours given to the ladies at the wedding of my daughter & her fiance

candle wedding favor
candle wedding favor

Wedding Candle Favours
A photograph of my hand crafted candle wedding favours given to the ladies at the wedding of my daughter & her fiance

candle wedding favor

Consultation with your Wedding Florist-wedding florists

wedding florists
wedding florists

Consultation with your Wedding Florist
Contact your florist once you’ve selected the date, time and place for your wedding and reception. If you aren’t familiar with the florists in your area, ask for recommendations from other brides, reception halls or churches. If possible, set up an appointment with the lead designer who will be in charge of filling the order for your wedding flowers.

Look through bridal books and floral guides. Sketch ideas, cut out pictures or take photographs of flowers you like and share them with your florist. Seeing your ideas and personal style will help your florist translate your concepts and special requests into workable floral designs and arrangements that are just right for you.

It will be helpful if you know the colors and style of the gowns you and your bridesmaids will be wearing. Bring pictures of your gown and the bridesmaids dresses, along with swatches of fabric if you have them available.

During your initial consultation with your florist, discuss specific design ideas that fit both your personal style and budget. Make arrangements for your florist to visit both the ceremony and reception sites.

— Photo Courtesy www.aboutflowers.com

wedding florists
wedding florists

Wedding Preparation

wedding florists

Mercury meets Jupiter-Mercury

Mercury
Mercury

Mercury meets Jupiter
The planets Mercury (right) and Jupiter (left) meet in the evening sky on March 14, 2011. First I was a bit annoyed that there were clouds in the wetsern sky, where the two planets were, while the sky was otherwise quite clear. But when I saw the photo, I realized that the clouds do not look bad at all in the image… 🙂

This photo is also featured in the TWAN guest gallery.

Exposure was 2 seconds at ISO 1600, 70mm f/4.0.

Mercury
Mercury

Mercury transit 2006 – closer view
The planet Mercury passes in front of the surface of the sun as seen from Earth. The next time this will happen is in May 2016.

Shot afocally with a Powershot A95 through a 4.5" reflecting telescope with a full aperture solar filter installed, 15mm Expanse eyepiece, and 2x Barlow (same setup as most of my moon photos, other than the solar filter).

Mercury

Newport Folk Festival: Cory Chisel-Wandering Son

Wandering Son
Wandering Son

Newport Folk Festival: Cory Chisel
With Adriel Harris and the rest of the Wandering Sons. Photo by Laura Fedele

Wandering Son
Wandering Son

Newport Folk Festival: Cory Chisel
With Adriel Harris and the rest of the Wandering Sons. Photo by Laura Fedele

Wandering Son
Wandering Son

Newport Folk Festival: Cory Chisel
With Adriel Harris and the rest of the Wandering Sons. Photo by Laura Fedele

Wandering Son

[2] As I walk through the garden of Eden, the sensitive matter of personality comes through the core, who I am, what do I feel? Explore your senses!:)-The World God Only Knows

The World God Only Knows
The World God Only Knows

[2] As I walk through the garden of Eden, the sensitive matter of personality comes through the core, who I am, what do I feel? Explore your senses!:)
View The Canvas Beauty On Black

The Land of Dreaming

Beauty

Effects on society

Beauty presents a standard of comparison, and it can cause resentment and dissatisfaction when not achieved. People who do not fit the "beauty ideal" may be ostracized within their communities. The television sitcom Ugly Betty portrays the life of a girl faced with hardships due to society’s unwelcoming attitudes toward those they deem unattractive. However, a person may also be targeted for harassment because of their beauty. In Malèna, a strikingly beautiful Italian woman is forced into poverty by the women of the community who refuse to give her work for fear that she may "woo" their husbands.
Chinese Jade ornament with flower design, Jin Dynasty (1115-1234 AD), Shanghai Museum.

Researchers have found that good looking students get higher grades from their teachers than students with an ordinary appearance. Furthermore, attractive patients receive more personalized care from their doctors. Studies have even shown that handsome criminals receive lighter sentences than less attractive convicts.

How much money a person earns may also be influenced by physical beauty. One study found that people low in physical attractiveness earn 5 to 10 percent less than ordinary looking people, who in turn earn 3 to 8 percent less than those who are considered good looking. Discrimination against others based on their appearance is known as lookism. St. Augustine said of beauty "Beauty is indeed a good gift of God; but that the good may not think it a great good, God dispenses it even to the wicked.
BY
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beauty

WHEN WE FELL, WE WILL SEE, AND WHEN WE DO BOTH, WE WILL FIND BEAUTY IN THE WORLD! WE WILL BEGIN WITH US, BELIEVE IN US, ONLY AFTER THIS TRIAL AND ERROR REGIME, WE WILL STAND UP, EXPLORE, AND FIND BEAUTY! CELBRATION WILL FOLLOW ON OUR PLANET! CHEERS!

The World God Only Knows
The World God Only Knows

~day 74: what i see~
There’s a stillness in the world today
A rustling in the leaves that lay
Still scattered on the ground…
Skies that tremble loftily
Winds murmuring softly
A coolness in the air that brings
Memories of a thousand springs,

They swiftly passed us by:
And new life is daring yet to live,
Old souls are praying, ‘Father, forgive!’
And clouds are floating by…

I hear the nagging moans of some
Who think He is not quick to come
Some within themselves conspire
To frame all but themselves a liar–
And others say, ‘let’s live for now,’
Not caring wherefore or how.

But in myself I can afford no room
For ceaseless ‘whys?’ and fatal gloom,
I look and listen to the skies
Not asking to be great or wise
But to know only what God would impart;
And looking up, I see—a heart.

The World God Only Knows
The World God Only Knows

~day 109: i need You~
"For those who believe in God, no explanation is necessary. For those who do not, no explanation is possible."

These are the words that open the 1943 film, The Song of Bernadette starring Jennifer Jones. It’s the story of Lourdes, of the apparition of Our Lady there to a young peasant girl named Bernadette, of the healing waters that flowed forth from the site of the apparitions, of the miracles wrought there, and of the faith of the pilgrims who came to Lourdes—who continue to come there by the thousands every year.

But we might apply those words to something even simpler—and yet even greater, and more mysterious—than the apparitions themselves: Love. If we believe in God, we don’t need a reason that love exists, that love is good and that love is what we live for. We understand that love is truth, and that love is the only thing that justifies itself—that is its own reason for being.
We know that God is Love.

But for those who do not believe in God (and I once was counted among this set), there is always either a seeking beyond—or a sinking before. A constant straining to get beyond the simplicity of love itself in order to achieve some higher meaning that always remains shrouded—or else, the cynicism that makes belief in God impossible has also formed a blockage to faith in love. Love does require faith, because love does not exist without trust. The key to love is the willingness to become vulnerable; and what I remember most vividly from my ‘atheist days,’ was the deep-seated fear of vulnerability.

Lourdes is a special place of pilgrimage particularly for the sick and paralyzed. Every day, hundreds of wheelchairs roll into and out of Lourdes, its grotto and basilica. There are some atheists who say that religion is a crutch for people—well, these pilgrims are far beyond a crutch. They’re already in wheelchairs. Real wheelchairs. Many of them can’t even move. They are wheeled in by nuns and caregivers. They need others to be attentive to them. These pilgrims are vulnerable—vulnerable by nature, by default, whether they like it or not. Perhaps this is why such great faith often springs up in the midst of adversity—because when we find ourselves out of control, already vulnerable, the fear of becoming vulnerable slips away. We’re simply ready to say, ‘I need you.’ We may say it to God, and to others. Watch the sick and the older people in your lives—the ones who are wisest among them are the ones ready to say, ‘I need you.’

On this feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, we also celebrate the World Day of Prayer for the Sick. I ask you to join me in my own special prayer intentions, and to add yours to the list:

For Larry Giacalone, who suffered a heart attack this week. May God bring him healing

For Mrs. B., who is currently undergoing chemotherapy.

For Silvia’s mother.

For Arline Lumpkin.

……………………………………………………….

Hail Mary,
full of grace,
The Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary,
Mother of God,
pray for us sinners,
now, and at the hour of our death.

Amen.

The World God Only Knows