My wise old grandmother died in 2003.
The last time I saw her, we sat down and looked through her many scrapbooks and photo albums.
I remember her putting them together all those years ago to portray her life as she saw it, a joy that words can’t describe.
Unfortunately I did not inherit any scrapbooks or photo albums when she died—just a couple thousand dollars.
However, I will never forget growing up in her house and seeing her sitting at the dining room table with scrapbooks and photo albums, scissors, glue, photo corners, and extra pages, putting things together, composing every bit as much as a writer or a musician.
And I’ll never forget the few words she had for anyone walking by who would criticize her for cutting apart the pictures: “What comes out of the camera is just the basics to start with.”
Today I feature pictures of flowers that were just the basics to start. In every case they could be considered throwaway pictures because each of them had serious problems that made them unworthy of simply being a great picture of a flower. In some cases, they were simply cropped severely to get rid of something annoying in the background. In other cases, I resorted to Photoshop’s Filter Gallery and a Photoshop plugin called Topaz Adjust while keeping in mind something Edgar Degas said over a hundred years ago about his paintings: “Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” Now simply replace the word art with the word photography.
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