Imagine

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December 18, 2010 marked the date of the first LadyBudd post.  It was short, and simply welcomed one and all to my Photo Blog!

I have over 10,000 photos – some good, some not so good and some really not so good.  I enjoy photography, especially the automatically point and snap, because it captures the essence of a moment in time that we want to remember.  Memories are like old photography paper – they fade and become mellow with time.   I leave the artistry to others, more proficient in the details of the art form.  Welcome to my moments.  Hopefully this will inspire you to leave your footprint in the “pixel sands” of time.

I held my breath as I tentatively pressed that first publish button. I tossed the words into the air of the blogosphere unknown and wondered, with cautious expectation, where they would land.  Nearly ten years later, I will enter a new decade surrounded by a marvelous community of kindred spirits.

Year 2020!  Another unknown.  But just imagine…

Imagine all the conversations. Imagine all the adventures.  Imagine all the possibilities.  Imagine all the knowledge that will be exchanged.  The future waits for us.  But today, let us continue pressing the “publish button” and celebrate our compassionate and life-affirming community.

With gratitude,

Rebecca aka Clanmother

 

Walking in the Autumn Twilight from Rebecca Budd aka Clanmother on Vimeo.

Going Mobile

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“All photographs are memento mori. To take a photograph is to participate in another person’s (or thing’s) mortality, vulnerability, mutability. Precisely by slicing out this moment and freezing it, all photographs testify to time’s relentless melt.” 

 Susan Sontag

Coventry St. Michael's Cathedral Spire

Coventry St. Michael’s Cathedral Spire

This blog has a simple mandate – to share my photos and random thoughts as they come to me during the day.  My camera is a Canon SX 240 HS with a zoom lens 20X.  I confess that most of the time it is set on automatic so that if I see something, I simply “point and click.”  Over the past few years, I have gained a greater appreciation for photography and those professionals who master the techniques and innovative technologies being developed in rapid succession.

These past four weeks have reaffirmed that photos are a record of the lives we live, a cultural reflection of our time in history.  They form the collection of memories of our generation – fashion, food, architecture, transportation, work conventions and family structures.  We owe a great deal to the photographers of the past.  They didn’t have our digital cameras and they worked with harsh chemicals, yet their photos are a testament to their commitment to witness and record history.

In my recent travels, I embraced mobility via the iPhone. Initially, I thought it would be a good back-up, just in case my digital battery expired or I ran out of space on my SDHC Card, both of which happened.  My ‘back-up’ launched my “point and click” methodology into a new realm where communication merged with photography.  And this is when I had my “ah ha” moment. We intellectually understand that mobile allows multiple stories to be shared, exchanged, amplified and integrated within seconds, across a global world.  It is quite another matter to experience it first hand as an active participant.

Robert Frank once said, “Above all, life for a photographer cannot be a matter of indifference.”  Our ability to take countless photos does not diminish our responsibility for telling our story, for taking our place as a witness to our history.

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.”

Dorothea Lange

A Thought Provoking Blog Award

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On August 17, 2012, LadyBudd received a nomination for the prestigious A Thought Provoking Blog Award by Lizzie Joy and her life-affirming blog, Lizzie Joy’s Photo Suite.  I am honoured to accept the nomination, and even more excited to connect with a fellow blogger who shares my interest in photography. Lizzie Joy celebrates life through artistic expression.  Her photographs capture extraordinary moments that resonate in the hearts and minds of her readers.   Discover the excitement of shared experiences through Lizzie Joy’s Photo Suite blog. Lizzie Joy is on an adventure – and she welcomes kindred spirits along the journey.

Award recipients are requested to:

1)      Thank the person who nominated you and write a blog about it.

2)      Share 7 things about yourself.

3)      Pass the award on to 5 blogs you enjoy.

4)      Post the image on your blog.

The credit goes to Lizzie Joy’s Photo Suite.   I am honoured to have bloggers like Lizzie Joy stop by for a visit.  To me, blogging is about sharing thoughts, knowledge and experiences.  We tell the story of our generation, and link our global village in ways never before imagined.

I’m relatively new to WordPress – my launch was May 1, 2012.  I love art, music, history and travel.  But most of all, I love connecting with others and hearing their stories.  I’m committed to the environment – I walk everywhere and recycle everything I can.  I love reading, dancing and have taken up Italian language studies. We live complicated lives that are exceptional and full of adventures. John Ruskin (1819-1900) said, “What we think or what we know, or what we believe in is, in the end, of little consequence.  The only consequence is what we do.”

Accepting this award has given me the opportunity to thank bloggers for their efforts in creating remarkable blogs. My nominees are, in random order:

Malinka’s Studio  I love the tag line:  A crazy girl living in a small studio, doing lots of things…

Attila Ovari  Attila shares her adventures so that you will be inspired to live your life with passion.

Everlasting Love Of Flowers A joyful exploration into the beauty of flowers.

Cristi M. His thought provoking photos take readers for a tour around the world!

History of the Ancient World  A blog that brings history alive.

Blogging celebrates connections.  I look forward to the shared journey…

Embracing life and open to possibilities,

Rebecca aka Clanmother

Hello world! Welcome to LadyBudd Photo Blog

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Welcome to my Photo Blog!  I have over 10,000 photos – some good, some not so good and some really not so good.  I enjoy photography, especially the automatically point and snap, because it captures the essence of a moment in time that we want to remember.  Memories are like old photography paper – they fade and become mellow with time.   I leave the artistry to others, more proficient in the details of the art form.  Welcome to my moments.  Hopefully this will inspire you to leave your footprint in the “pixel sands” of time.

The Captain