Category Archives: fine art photography

Nature as Metaphor

What DO I see in Nature?  Beauty…becoming my metaphor for melancholy.  Not depressing, rather, embracing the fullness of being fully present.

Reservoir Reflection

 


Why We Do What We Do

In her words, this is the reason I do what I do for the POWER OF HOPE KIBERA:

The Reason Why

Kelly Fenson-Hood
Executive Director, Power of Hope Kibera

People often ask me why I do this work. I’m not sure why, but I never give a very straightforward answer. I guess it’s because it’s personal and it makes me feel vulnerable somehow. Well, I’ve been working with Power of Hope Kibera for three years, and I guess it’s time to share.

When I first met Eventa and Emma, they didn’t speak English. They were five years old.
I spoke basically no Swahili.
But somehow I understood Emma ask Eventa if she knew what my name was.
Eventa just shrugged.

That was six years ago.
Now their English is almost perfect.
It’s absolutely amazing.

My first research partner and I sponsor the girls to attend private school in the slum.
These are two girls that got a chance to succeed.
I empowered them to go to school.
And in front of my eyes, I watched them grow up and transform into smart, beautiful, bright girls.
But the thing is that the Power of Soap Project impacted their lives behind the scenes.
This project kept them healthy so they could attend school.

I am proud that I created a program that makes a real difference with big problems.
And to see first hand how it made a difference in the lives of these girls…
Well, there’s the answer.
I do it all for them.
For Emma and Eventa.
And for all the little ones.

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#bestcityintheworld (Barcelona…or San Sebastián?)

This series was featured on Hipstography.com!  Read about it here…

First stop on this Spain journey is Barcelona, capital city of Catalonia. It is an important cultural center, renowned especially for its architecture, particularly the works of Antoni Gaudí and Montaner, both of whose works have been designated World Heritage Sites. The people are friendly, the food is spectacular, and the beaches are bustling with activity.  And, it seems, everyone is an art lover (or at least a lover!).

MOVING right along…we took the train to Pamplona (Iruña, in Basque), a wonderful little city in its own right, first stop in the Basque Country and home of the famous Iruña Café–in what’s known as Hemingway Corner–and the ancient Citadel with walls spread throughout.  I believe it’s most widely known as the location of the “Running of the Bulls”, which takes place every July.  Oops, missed it this time around!

Then, we boarded another train to the NEXT best city in the world…San Sebastián/Donostia (in Basque) !  This is truly my favorite place.  It is close to the region which my husband’s family hails from, which is another reason that we are here.  And I’m enjoying seeing familial similarities in the people here.

Honestly, San Sebastián seems to have it all.  Beautiful weather, beaches, ocean bay, picturesque marina, little mountains, a super clean and interesting old city.  The Basque museum is fabulous: San Telmo Museum, contains everything you need to know about Basque culture. It was here I learned about the “Construcción Vacía” (Empty Construction) movement and fell in love with its form, substance and simplicity. I’ve got two examples below, one by Eduardo Chillida, the other by Jorge Oteiza (both Basque artists).

Lastly, folks here are really into fitness, they run, bike, swim, hike–we would fit right in.  Maybe we will come back and stay someday…


2014 Lucie Award: Deeper Perspective


Thank you Photoawards.com for the Honorable Mention!

Kibera: A Slice of Heaven…see the highlights here…

Balancing Act


Wire Jump Rope


i-Click Andalucía! Join us May 3~May 12, 2015…(NEW DATES!)

Join us for a unique and fun

iPhone Photography Tour of Southern Spain

Hostal Persal View of Madrid

View of downtown Madrid at sunset

Sign up NOW(click here) for this unique opportunity to tour southern Spain, the fabled Andalucía, with Spain travel expert/flamenco dancer Salli Gutierrez of Spain-Connection.com and guest photographer Maureen Ruddy Burkhart THIS COMING OCTOBER 4~13, 2014.  All types of photography enthusiasts welcome!

We will meet in exciting Madrid, soak in the local flavor,  then travel to the legendary Córdoba, home of the Moorish Mezquita Mosque/Cathedral.  Then on to beautiful Sevilla, known for its food, wine, flamenco and extraordinary Moorish/mudejar architecture and the medieval Alcázar palace.

Next, we go to Jerez, home of the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, the famed Central Market, the Jerez Cathedral.  We will explore the ancient squares and avenues where the locals live, work, and play.  (Optional side trips to Cádiz and Granada, home of the Alhambra.)

in Córdoba

Mezquita in Córdoba

 

All photos courtesy Maureen Ruddy Burkhart…shot with an iPhone 4s or 5s, utilizing the amazing array of photo apps (Hipstamatic preferred in this series).

The deadline for registration is fast approaching…don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to capture the essence of the legendary Andalucía region of Southern Spain!  Click here now to register…


Sevilla…feed your creativity! (This adventure can be yours too…keep reading)

Watch for our iPhone Photo Tour…

mudéjar detail

mudéjar detail

SEVILLA in Andalucía, southern Spain, is  home to the Alcázar de Sevilla.  The Alcázar was originally a Moorish fort, then later a palace and now a World Heritage Site. The palace is one of the best remaining examples of mudéjar architecture. This is a photographer’s and historian’s delight.  Also here is the Seville Cathedral, the largest Gothic cathedral and the third-largest church in the world.

They say that ‘flamenco is in Sevilla’s blood’…and this is evident everywhere in this lovely Spanish city.  Our own Salli Gutierrez of Spain-Connection.com, is a flamenco dancer and well-connected with the dance scene in southern Spain.

But the thing I love about Seville is its unique sort of energy, a quirky mixture of Euro-modernism wrapped in ancient, exotic structures.  The people are light-hearted, the food an incredible adventure in varying tastes.  Our room was in a delightful hostel (hotel) right downtown, but so very quiet.  Then, just one step out the front door and we were in a different time in history.  Pure magic!

This adventure can be yours too!  Maureen and Salli of www.Spain-Connection.com will be leading a GUIDED PHOTO TOUR  from October 4 through 13, 2014.  Sign up now at spain-connection.com to spend 9 days with Maureen, Salli, and the camera of your choice (iPhones welcome!).  Space is limited, so sign up right away.  (PS: all above photos above taken with iPhone, courtesy, Maureen).


Medieval, Magical Córdoba!

resting
In the heart of Andalucía, southern Spain, lies the medieval city of Córdoba, with its rich history, culture, and architecture.  I’ve always wanted to visit there but never got around to it until now…and it was worth the wait.

The Mezquita (Great Mosque/Cathedral of Córdoba) of course is the destination, visited and photographed by thousands every year.  I found the architectural styles fascinating, but what truly drew me to it was its history.

Here is my traveling partner…I caught her relaxing before we headed out to see the sights.  It seemed to capture the mood of Córdoba.

This adventure and guided photo tour can be yours too!  Sign up now, space is limited: www.Spain-Connections.com.  

Save the date!  October 4 ~ 13, 2014

(meetup in Madrid)


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