Wednesday, March 25, 2009

A Springtime Photo Shoot

Out by the south fence is the old playhouse my dad built for me when I was a little girl. Now only gardening supplies and memories live there. But on a recent Sunday afternoon, I attempted to gather all the elements of warm weather, backyards and childhood for a series of photographs - library cards and the scent of pink jasmine vines, t-strap sandals and sidewalk chalk, worn white Keds and a trusty pup at my heels. Set against crackled paint, rusty coffee cans and patches of moss, they're reminders to find beauty in all things.

Just like the elementary school library. Remember writing in your name on the line?

My little assistant.

Traveler with a straw hat.

Chalk pastels and a bed of moss.

Keds on the porch.

Tennessee Williams.

What's beyond the back fence.

The littlest porch.

Color on a garden spade.

67 comments:

La Femme Chic said...

These photos leave me speechless. And The Glass Menagerie is a great great play. Love Tennessee Williams.

Amy Esther said...

Gorgeous, as always! I just got a new camera and I have to try some experimenting... I just love how you set up each shot!

Alice said...

oh la la, these are just beautiful, i'm in awe. what kind of effects are you using to get those amazing colours? (or doesn't a magician ever reveal her secrets?) xxx

Gemma Mortlock said...

These are lovely! great images. The Glass Menagerie brings back fond memories of secondary school.
The photo's have a kind of dreamlike quality to them as if you have stepped back in time i love them!

~*"*Dia*"*~ said...

Childhood memories...Is there a sweeter thing in the world?

Northern Gal said...

I love looking at all the photos you have on your website. It make me think that perhaps I should try taking some still life photos. My style is usually nature photos. I guess I should expand myself and try something new.

Thanks for the inspiration!

PS what are keds?

Moa said...

Oh, these shots are SO gorgeous!!

alphawoman said...

Beautiful pictures.

Anonymous said...

Sun-drenched perfect pics ...it is lovely looking at them ...

Rebecca said...

Your photos are amazing!

Elizabeth said...

Springtime sweetness at it's finest. Lovely.

Hestias Gem said...

Spectaclar!

Pattern and Perspective said...

Lovely. Love your little assistant.

RhiannonM said...

Beautiful. That's all there is.

Char said...

gorgeous work - very inspiring

Amy said...

These are really wonderful; the spirit of childhood summers past is rich and warm. I love them; they made me smile.

Samgoose said...

Your photos are stunning and really evocative of a sadly lost era. You're lucky to still have it in your back garden :)

edyta szyszlo photo said...

springy for sure! love the traveler and puppy shot!

Viewtiful_Justin said...

These are beuatiful, although I find the wash on them a little distracting, honestly.

chelsea said...

SO lovely!!

Megan and Melissa said...

Love..Love...Love..Can you PLEASE tell me where you got those T-strap sandals? I LOVE them and WANT a pair. That would be great if you would share where you got them from. These pictures really are lovely. Sometimes I wish I could go back to the carefree summer days when I was a kid and run around without a worry in the world. Thanks for the inspiration and for showing your beautiful work.
xoxo-meg
fiddlesticksandfunnygirls.blogspot.com

Heather said...

Wonderful photo shoot! I love the photo color on a spade and the photo traveler with a straw hat....and thanks for reminding me that i need to read The Glass Menagerie again...so great!

Livy said...

Just wanted to pop in and answer some of the shoe questions.

I love those t-strap sandals, and I've been looking myself for a pair just like them that are flats (you can't exactly tell from the photo, but they are wedges, which is cute but not always practical). Anyway, the brand is "White Mountain," but I picked them up at Ross about two to three years ago.

And keds (keds.com) have been around since about 1916, and the brand is probably most well known for its original white canvas sneaker which it still makes.

Helen said...

Livy, you've captured the exact right tone and mood of youthful summer days. These are delightful and toasty.

Caitlin said...

These are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

blossom said...

so very lovely.....makes me wish I was 6 again, on a hot summer day, when your back garden was your own little world
take care xx

Sonia Luna said...

Lovely pictures!
They make me long for hot summer days!

leila wylie said...

This is so beautiful!

A "cheery" disposition said...

I am so in love with all these pictures! Truly beautiful work!

jen jafarzadeh said...

Swoon! So so pretty. I love the shot with the library card. Library cards are so sweet — I'd love to use them at a dinner party for fun sometime.

StickyKitten said...

very pretty and nostalgic! you have a great eye for photos and I love the soft color palette.

~ Being Woven said...

There is such a calming, yet vibrant effect to your photographs. The thoughts behind the frames definitely comes from your heart. As a children's librarian and teacher, the library card brings back the fondest of memories for me! As a young girl, my Mom got me a few dozen library envelopes and empty cards. I catalogued our family books and checked them our to my sisters! Kids and their delightful ways!

Tina of Pfeiffer Photos said...

Super shots--love the misty-colored-vintage feel, and yes, I remember those little library cards...miss 'em. :-)

sara said...

I love the springy themes woven through these pics! The idea of a landscape painted pinned to a branch is especially enchanting. More info on the adorable assistant, please! :)

Georgie said...

How lovely.

badmintonman said...

The Photos in this article

Make me remind the past ...

Apples and Mums said...

Great therapy session this morning. "What are keds?" cracked me up. Reminded me of the question "Who is U2? on a forum after they sang with Green Day in New Orleans. Is this possible? Just sayin.

elaina said...

so beautiful! what a lovely little blog you have here. i'm also a history/art history student so it's nice to find someone who shares my obsessions...

Karen Chaffee said...

Spring comes late here in Michigan. These photos, so imaginative, make me long for it to arrive.

Karen

StellaForStar said...

So Lovely! I'm absolutely smitten by your blog. Its so whimsical.
I love the Glass Menagerie, its one of my favourite plays.
Why did you choose it for your shoot?
xS

Jutta said...

Your photos just blow my mind. Wow!

nancy said...

Hello, I agrees with Jutta. LOve the crafty stuffs you show on your blog. I haven't gone to the far back posts. I love how you put your immaginations to the photo shoot. I got put some old vintage postcards my grandmother collected in the early 1900's. I will post them soon.Thanks for sharing. Nancy

julie king said...

i find these photos simply delightful!

me, myself, I said...

Your photos are simply amazing! I'm absolutely smitten by your whimsical and "feel good" blog - lovely to satrt my week :)

Vanessa said...

Beautiful! You have such patience and it shows.

R. Cezar said...

Your blog is the cuttest thing I have ever seen. Im still in love with all your images and all those little details. You are such a great creative artist. Good work, actually, EXCELENT. You made my day a little better. All i can say is WOW.

Jolie Morgan Musick said...

Did you know that they make library card sets for you to use when you lend books to friends that you would like to see returned to you? They are wonderful! They come with a stamp and all.

Emily said...

I absolutely love your pictures :)

Matt said...

Livy - very nice photos. The dog is cute. I sent you an email about a new partners program at Hoorray.com (relaunching in June). You're obviously very creative, and would probably like the program we're coming up with for scrapbookers and creative people. Email me at matt.smolsky@hoorray.com - thanks! Matt

Gina said...

I love your spring photo shot!!! Beautiful pics. I really like the one with the girl holding the hat & wearing the sandals. Never seen sidewalk chalk look so feminine. :) Great Job!

Laura said...

So beautifully nostalgic.

Dani said...

This is beautiful! Lovely blog! Thanks for dropping by my blog too!

Grace@PoeticHome said...

Your photo shoot is just gorgeous! I think you did a wonderful job capturing childhood memories for all of us. I distinctly remember scribbling my name on those wonderful library checkout cards and always looking to see who else had read the book before me.

Zaina said...

its so nice to see people capturing and remembering how to be young
these days children seem to want to grow up faster...why?
xx i love your blogs :) zee

Melissa Mix Hart said...

Beautiful photographs...enjoy your studies.

pinklegwarmers said...

beautiful beautiful photographs!!

moseyblog said...

These pictures are so pretty and inspiring!

ccna said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!
ccent

zabetheli said...

soo soo pretty!!!

Bee Designs said...

Absolutely stunning imags, you have such a wonderful talent, I love your blog.

Melissa said...

Your photographs are beautiful!

Emily said...

Just beautiful photos, a very polaroid dreamy quality to them, though I have no idea what you used.
The styling, everything, was so lovely, and really made me long for the card catalog library days so long ago.

Ashley L. said...

Oh my goodness. SO beautiful. I love this. The girl's sandals are to die for. Beautiful color capture!

anniken zahl furunes said...

Sooo nice!!! your photos gives me such a good feeling... Holiday greetings from Norway!

IfraLahell said...

I LOVE your pics- absolutely fantastic :)

lauragray said...

Wow! The photos are so great, i really love your photography. Your photographs are so beautifyul! Thank you sharing this blog.

Juma said...

without words ... just beautiful, magical ... the elements just to move to those wonderful years, thanks for this delight!

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