Sunday, October 31, 2010

Falling Into Transitions

As I drove through the countryside headed to a little town in Upstate New York, just south of Canada, I found myself in awe of nature's vibrant display. Peering through the window looking at what seemed to be rapidly moving scenery, I was reminded that seasons change. It is inevitable and constant. The funny thing is that just as seasons make transitions, we do too. While change can be difficult, depending on our outlook, it can be beautiful as well. As leaves turn from bold green hues to varied colors with magnificent depth, we know they are preparing to wither away into a new form -- thousands of dust particles on which we will eventually walk. In this transition they make way for new life that will come forth in a new season. What occurs in nature is but a reflection of what transpires in life.

- Marie

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Fall Season: "In a Sentimental Mood"

For the past few weeks I have been pretty stressed about projects and deadlines at work. I complained about this to a friend who suggested that I go for a walk and capture some Fall foliage pictures - a project I have been meaning to do since September :-). Although I sensed that my complaints were bordering on annoying, I agreed to take his advice. After dragging my feet for a few hours, I finally powered down my Blackberry and picked up my camera bag. Boy am I glad I did! It's amazing what a few hours in a park can do for the soul! There is no better way to de-stress than to spend quality time with nature and your camera. I am so happy to have photography as a hobby . . . and friends who remind me of what brings me joy!

- Christine

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Photojournaling at Eastern Market


While at Eastern Market last weekend, I decided to practice my photo"stalking"/ photojounalism skills. My friend Nicole is a super cool lady who loves shopping just as much as she loves activism. She came to DC to celebrate her birthday and asked me to take a few pics of her. Never being one to turn down a photo opportunity, I happily agreed. Here are some pics of Nicole shopping in one of DC's most eclectic marketplaces.

-S. Christine

Friday, October 22, 2010

Pretty Little Things

Earlier this week I paid a visit to Eastern Market, one of the most charming neighborhoods in DC (in my humble opinion). While browsing the marketplace for new artwork, I came upon a vendor who was selling some cool pieces made from recycled materials. I had to take a picture and share just a few of the cool things on his shelf.

- S. Christine

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Let There Be Light

Walled within an Eden-like sanctuary, the front yard of the San Juan Hotel is manicured with lush greens, and the picturesque beach that serves as its backdrop frames the structure ever-so-perfectly. It's easy to have a jaw-dropping moment of awe, stepping foot on the grounds of this Waldorf Astoria owned gem. However, the inside is easily just as breathtaking. The stunning decor exudes richness and the furniture is plush, yet chic. The dark colored fabrics with golden undertones and antique pieces, commingled with modern art selections, create a mysteriously elegant feel. More than anything, I was mesmerized by the lights within the hotel. They were striking. Here are a few of my favorites.


Friday, October 8, 2010

Puerto Rico: Rest and Relaxation

I love the water. I love the beach. Nothing in the world makes me feel more relaxed. Sharing these next few pictures is my way of spreading the R&R.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Puerto Rican Dream -- Images Coming Soon

Two weeks ago, I decided to take a quick trip to Puerto Rico. I left on Saturday and got back yesterday. The area where I was -- Isle Verde, near San Juan -- was quite scenic. In search, solely, of a lot of relaxation and a little fun, I vowed to only take pictures with my point-and-shoot camera. It's low maintenance, I don't have to worry about adjusting the settings, and it's easy to carry around. For most of the trip, I stuck to my photo-snapping pact. However, with one hour remaining on the island, I decided I could not leave without capturing some of the scenes.

This first picture encapsulates what I experienced while on vacation. Whenever I stepped outside, the contrast between the coolness of the indoors and the high temps outside, created a steamy atmosphere. It created an instant moment of relaxation. This palm tree, which sits about 100 feet from the ocean, was the first image I shot when I walked onto the sand from my beachside residence. The film of fog on my camera created a natural filter, making for a a picture which I thought was rather dreamy.

I'll be sharing more images soon.