Wood Carvings

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I don’t have a fondness for defacements such as this on trees or otherwise in nature. But as a photographer, and as a writer, I am an observer. As a photographer I play witness and I document what I see. I try very hard not to disturb the environments I photograph. I walk carefully and I don’t remove parts of nature, leaves, roots, or otherwise, that might make the photograph less appeal. I photograph nature and the environment as I see it, not disturbed by my human hand, if at all possible. Mindful, is always a word I try to keep at the forefront of my thoughts as I photograph, whether it be in an urban setting where people are gathered  or in a wooded, natural landscape.

From the Unplug Collection

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One of the images included in my 2018 Autumn Collection, “Unplug.”

Unplug
Unplug
2018 Autumn Collec…
By T. A. Gallup
Photo book

 

 

Unplug. Open up, unclog, clear away. Reveal and free up…

This busy world can leave a person frozen and totally blocked as the world whizzes by, making us feel dizzy and clogged with activity, city smog, worldly clanging noises, trying to stuff more and more into our brains, into our phones, into our life. Stop now! Take a breath. Ease in, ease out. There’s no better place to escape, than into the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forests infused with a primitive, magical silence and scents and sounds that refill the well. Step back, breathe, set that phone aside come with TA Gallup, along the trail, and see what the photographer sees when she gets outside and lets nature have its healing way, and emerge refreshed and invigorated, able to see through the noise once again.

More than 100 images predominantly from Thurston and Lewis Counties, of Washington state’s temperate rain forest experience as the photographer sees it, and photographs it, both intimate moments and breathtaking landscape vistas. Colors that spark the imagination, walks that ignite inspiration. Unplug. Open up, unclog, clear away. Reveal and free up… This busy world can leave a person frozen and totally blocked as the world whizzes by, making us feel dizzy and clogged with activity, city smog, worldly clanging noises, trying to stuff more and more into our brains, into our phones, into our life. Stop now! Take a breath. Ease in, ease out. There’s no better place to escape, than into the Pacific Northwest temperate rain forests infused with a primitive, magical silence and scents and sounds that refill the well. Step back, breathe, set that phone aside join TA Gallup, along the trail, and see what the photographer sees when she gets outside and lets nature have its healing way, and emerge refreshed and invigorated, able to see through the noise once again. More than 100 images predominantly from Thurston and Lewis Counties, of the Washington state temperate rain forest experience as the photographer sees it, and photographs it, both intimate moments and breathtaking landscape vistas. Colors that spark the imagination, walks that ignite inspiration.

Snow Falling

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Snow falling. I like to play with settings on my camers to see what different effects I get. Could I preset to obtain different effects in a more concrete fashion? Sure. But that’s not how I like to do things. Alhtough I do carry a small waterproof journal with me in order to take notes of various things on my travels. But the settings I find challenging and rather creative to work with. I actually like being surprised at the results, and with this digtal age I have a lot more flexibility about what I can do, what I can delete, withat I can save for other purposes such as textures and backgrounds and colors, and an assortment of other uses. Blurs are particular fun.

But snow falling, just like rain, can be fun to play with. At the first sign of snow falling, I’m usually out the door, striding across the back field, peering at weeds and flowers. New snow, no footsteps, pristine paths. Of course, then there’s after the snowfall, the next morning, and animal’s traveling imprint the pristine white.

And there’s that quietness thing again. That special snowfall quiet and solitude.

Looking Up From Our Daily Lives and our Cell Phones

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Animals and their actions, their patience, their alertness can teach us so much about relating to our environments.

Magical moments are everywhere, as we gaze around us. Intriguing as we note the outline of a shape, spot something move, eye an irreguliarity that captures our imagination. Curves and outlines and shadows, the way the clouds sift across the sky, cottony or flattened stripes, or sheets that mingle and intertwine to form recognizable shapes. Tree branches creating shadows, pine cones and pine needles of different curvatures and sizes. Acorns with caps and without. The slow progress of a snail. A single feather lying among fallen leaves. These are the subtleties of nature.

Broaden our vision, narrow when necessary, stop, study, refine patience and an attention to really see and experience the world around us.

Intimacy and Snow

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There is an intimacy with nature that I truly enjoy with photography. I do like to do some landscape stuff as well, but I am about the detail, the things we miss when we move too quickly through this world. I think I’m more about my impressions of nature, the dreamline quality of removing ourselves from civilization, form city pavements and roadways and experience the sublime peace of walking through a forest, or by the side of a lake or river.

In winter, there’s a certain  quality of stillness in the morning, a muffled sense of solitude when snow blankets the ground. There’s a subtlety to winter in nature that I trully embrace.

Rock 2019 with new goals, new adventures…

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A new year is here. Fresh year, new chapter, so many adventures to take. Time to begin. We don’t know what the year will bring, but it’s up to us how we move forward, what mood we move forward with, and deciding what goals we want to achieve, both short-term and long term.

One of my goals is to visit 52 different parks this year, and I know that’s a doable goal. That’s other part of goal-setting is making goals that have a chance to succeed.  That doesn’t mean they should all be easy, we do need to reach somewhat. But a mix of goals is always good and it helps to motivate and be able to move on to the next goal we have set.

Mr. Squirrel just walked across the fence in front of my window. It’s a sunny day and I expect he’s other gathering some stores to carry him through. Planning is an important of making progress for humans as well. And be it photography or writing, having a list of goals helps to keep one rooted to progress. It helps to redefine periodically if we have that written list.

This weekend I think I’ll plan those 52 park adventures, and by year end I’ll see how well I’ve done. I’ll revisit my list every three months or so to keep me grounded on moving forward, but whether I hit 10 or 52, it’s all about progress. Do you have your goals set for 2019?

Happy New Year, everyone!