The bell at Felsendorf

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Daniela Brocca on June 17, 2008

Are you sure this is Canada,Marilyn? Very nice.Cheers,Daniela

Marilyn Whiteley on June 17, 2008

Daniela, that's what was so fun about the photographic excursion I did yesterday. I, too, wondered where I was!

Today I stayed in our hotel room and started work on a short (25 minute) photography program I'm going to present this summer. Tomorrow I hope to go our again. I may have found all the interesting churches, but there are lots more abandoned buildings in the area! Cheers, Marilyn

Daniela Brocca on June 18, 2008

Tell us more about this photography program.Or did you maybe already in another photo? Cheers,Daniela

Marilyn Whiteley on June 18, 2008

Daniela, a friend has asked me to do a program for a seniors' lunch. Last summer, instead of doing the obvious thing, a travel show about one of our trips, I did one on "sacred spaces," and showed pictures of churches from many parts of the world.

This year it's going to be on "contemplative photography," though I'm not calling it that. No, I'm not trained in contemplative photography. I signed up for a workshop once, but not enough others registered, so it was canceled. Of other workshops I've read about, at least two of three factors are present: (1) too far away, (2) too expensive, and (3) connected with Eastern religions, and I don't think I'd be comfortable with that.

So I'm NO expert, but I'll try to say what attracts me. It's about receiving rather than taking a photograph. Not going out trying to record things. Not going with a preconceived idea about what photos I will take. But being open, receptive to what I see. Feeling related to what I see and what I photograph.

For example, sometimes when I'm intent on taking a photo, I turn around and there is the image that speaks to me, not the more obvious one I was looking at. And sometimes I'm disappointed that the weather is wrong or the light is not right, but when I look again, I see an image that is better than what I thought I wanted!!

This may be unclear and/or more than you wanted to know, but I hope it answers your question. Cheers, Marilyn

Daniela Brocca on June 18, 2008

Marilyn,I hope I understand.Not always what you look at but what you actually see,and maybe not even in the same direction.But how will you explain this to people with your pictures? It seems much more difficult to me than to show pictures of churches.Will you use photos you already have or take some others? I have always a lot of question. ;D Cheers,Daniela

Marilyn Whiteley on June 18, 2008

Daniela, I enjoy your questions! I'm not going to try to explain everything. I'm going to talk briefly about how I've changed from thinking I need to make a record of everything. (I've written a little about this in my Panoramio profile.)

Then I'll show some pictures that seem to me to show the "wonder" of nature and some that make me feel connected with people from the past (recent or ancient). Finally I'll show some that are not the picture I expected to take or wanted to take (like, for instance, Milford Sound, New Zealand, on a day with "too many" clouds).

I wish we could sit and talk over a cup of coffee! Cheers, Marilyn

Daniela Brocca on June 19, 2008

Marilyn,How it shows that you are a professor.You always find the words to explain.

You know, I think often too I would love to meet you.The only problem in this case would be that I speak not very good English,much worse than I write it and would have some problem to understand.You should speak a little slowly ;D


Marilyn Whiteley on June 20, 2008

Daniela, I'd thought of that problem, too. I'm fairly sure that your English is better than my French. Once, long ago, I met a nice Italian woman in a quiet museum in Denmark. I certainly don't speak Italian, and she didn't speak English. We toured much of the museum together, speaking as well as we could in French. My French was certainly imperfect and I think hers was, too, but we communicated!

Cheers, Marilyn

Daniela Brocca on June 21, 2008

Hi Marilyn, the last problem I have it's to communicate,believe me.I'm a chatterer in every language I know.;D I'm sure we would communicate too.I read a lot,books too,and understand the most at once.What I don't understand very much is the sound,because of the accent and pronunciation.That come from learning a language by yourself. Let me know if you ever are coming to Europe.We could try. Ciao,Daniela

Marilyn Whiteley on June 21, 2008

**Daniela, I'll certainly let you know!

Of course you can't learn pronunciation just by reading, not even in your own language if that language is English! At work I once knew a man who had limited education but was intelligent and very well read. His pronunciations showed that he had learned both names and words from reading, not from hearing them!

Cheers, Marilyn

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