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Photo of University of Toronto window, May 2013, by Lily S. May

I don’t think of myself as a photographer, but since I take my camera with me most days, I’ve decided to show you some of the photographs I take.  The ones in this post are from the University of Toronto campus last week.   

 Sometimes a scene calls out to me to be taken in black and white as I’ve done here.  This is often an intuitive process.

 I do very little editing of my work because of severe eyestrain when I’m on the computer too long.  Generally, the most I do is optimize and resize the photos, as I’ve done with these, so they load easily online.  Sometimes I crop the images and, on the odd occasion, I adjust contrast and brightness. 

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Photograph of windows and vine covered wall on University of Toronto campus by Lily S. May, taken May 2013

In the photos I take I frequently focus on the composition of shapes—the design element—as I have done in much of my work.

 I find the photos help me remember things that I would not have—for example, I can recognize specific trees in the woods that I’ve photographed and studied.

 At times I’ve found that photographing can take me away from the moment and into a place of acquisition.  To help myself with this, I pause and take in what I’ve photographed, so that I am present where I am.

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I have made visual art works all my life. Arts of May shows some of my explorations in different media and the inspiration I take from other artists and works. An earlier blog, of humans and nature, concentrates on my photographs of natural places that help my spirit.

2 thoughts on “Photography”

  1. It’s a good habit to develop– keeping your camera with you, easily accessible in case something interesting happens. I’m trying to do that myself. Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. It’s great to get your comment. Whenever I don’t take my camera with me, I end up seeing something I wish I could have photographed. It practically never fails.

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