Winter Light (Abstracted Landscapes)

draw and shoot

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Winter-Light-and-Shadow10I made the above series of photographs a while ago and had decided that they were pretty much failures. Except.

Except there is something about that luminous winter light and those subtle tones. And perhaps I am reconsidering these images because I recently saw the visually sumptuous movie ‘Mr. Turner’ and these sort of ‘landscape sketches’ have taken on a slightly different meaning. Or perhaps they are still failures, I haven’t quite decided. Either way they are an interesting part of the image making process (for me) so here they are.

Light-and-Shadow-_-GrassesDifferent light on a different day.

[Each one of these images is a ‘drive-by’ photograph, made from the passenger seat of a moving car]

© Karen McRae, 2015

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Letters from Afrika

madikwe-10There are moments in life where experiences and places envelope the soul.  It may be as ordinary as sharing a cup of coffee and meaningful conversation  or as extraordinary as standing on the edge of the world.  Whatever it is, these moments are balm for the aches left by the daily grind, and they remind us that all the noise in life is just fluff filling up time and space.  Ultimately, they re-focus us and tune us into the things that matter most.

In 2009, David and I were privileged to visit Botswana and South Africa with a church group in college.  It was during this visit that I fell in love with the beauty of southern Africa.  Its people, culture, and natural splendor captured my heart.

After our time in Botswana, we took a two day safari through the Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa.  My group stayed at…

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