Launched May 1st, 2009 with a tentative start... this blog evolved into a space to bring things I'm curious about or fascinated with whilst adapting to life in a new city, a new direction with my work and in the online realm. Early on postings were frequent and wide-ranging in focus. Attention slowly spread to new online engagements as ideas developed and formats trialled to extend those ideas. However, this blog has always remained at the centre of all that followed ...the conversations, journeys and glimpses into creative worlds generated here have long enriched my days beyond all imagining and I return always to pick up the thread with gratitude for the experience and for those who've passed through, perhaps joined up or stopped to converse!
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Monday, August 27, 2012

still enchanted...


Two years ago I put together a post called 'enchanting'  which featured images from the camera of a French man called Jeff from his blog 'Life is beautiful'.

Jeff wrote to me the other day... so chuffed I had liked his photos... a little time lag... and I realised I still loved his images for the fact they somehow allow me to feel i am walking in the midst of these places he has shot. I find them honest somehow... they completely drew me in because of an innocence and freshness...something very alive in his seeing!

I struggle with a lot of photography. I dont want it to be too perfect and too contrived. One part of me can 'ooh and aaah' over the perfection of brilliant work but feels left out of it... not drawn in. These on the other hand make me feel like I live in this world and I know it... and in case I've forgotten about the inherent beauty of small things in nature here is a reminder.

The camera moves , we move...its filmic I guess! If you visit his blog remember I took the photos from his blog in 2010... so you might need to trawl around.

I have been writing a little post on my header...long story... I tried about 8 times since friday to get a header image right. I was laid up for 4 days with a nasty cold and caught up with crucial computer tasks.
Dont know why it became so laboured a task to change the header... seemed my fluey head was not at  its most organised... yet this header, the result of a last ditched scan of my images to find something, anythng... seemed to be 'the one' for the moment...and when I started writing about this image I realised a whole lot of things were on my mind that are embodies or symbolised by the equidistant cross. So next post on that. Visual eclectic it most certainly is!

And now to the enchanting world of Jeff!


















































































Do go see what you find over there...
may your week be filled with promise  and all good things,
Sophie

ps read about OPEN STUDIO WEEK here for info on the weekend event coming up ... much to do in preparation ...but an interesting time indeed!
x Sophie






10 comments:

roz said...

wonderful images..the colour is so gorgeous !
thank you for sharing these.

Valerianna said...

Beautiful images... I've been traveling slowly through the garden seeing many of the same structures. Good week to you, too!

nance said...

i like the photographs too. they are like companions.
oh spring...i want to come there and see it again.
peter (husband) and casey (youngest daughter) will be going to NZ tomorrow as some of the wine he made there will be bottled. i will stay here in oregon.
hope you are feeling all better now...it's always fun to see a new header.

nance said...

i like the photographs too. they are like companions.
oh spring...i want to come there and see it again.
peter (husband) and casey (youngest daughter) will be going to NZ tomorrow as some of the wine he made there will be bottled. i will stay here in oregon.
hope you are feeling all better now...it's always fun to see a new header.

ArtPropelled said...

You have summed Jeff's images up well.....honest, innocence and freshness. The last image is particularly beautiful.

Sophie Munns said...

Hello Roz, Valerianna, Nance snd Robyn...
loved that Jeff discovered my posting and wrote to me two years later...I did contact him then... perhaps left a comment on his blog. Language problems no doubt. It was great to be taken back to this post.

wonderful cplour Roz,

Val, your garden holds up all these delights too..I know!

Nance, photographs...like companions.... lovely!
New Zealand...your husband....wine he made...oh...do tell more!

I do love that last image Robyn... glad your se those qualities too... makes one think!

best to all...
x SOphia

suzi poland said...

Thanks Sophie, these are beautiful snapshots of life, alive and ever-changing, and full of abundance, thanks. :)

annamaria said...

Hope you are feeling better Sophie;)
Your new header is quite striking.
And your friend's photos have these delicious ,crisp colors that make me feel energized and excited about the world around us. Lovely of you to share them.XX

Sophie Munns said...

Suzi...
Glad you liked... they do have movement and a feeling of abundance thats heartening!


Annamaria,
mostly better thank you.
Still wondering about this header ... so good to hear your thoughts...esp since they are so positive...
Good creating over there!
S xx

Printed Material said...

I shall have to go over and look at more of Jeff's photos Sophie. I think they work so well because of that wonderful light they are imbued with. He has a good eye for the beautiful. Good luck with the open studios. A bit far for me to come but I'll be there in spirit!