You Could be Dancing

Taking Off

Today’s Flower a Day is a departure from the usual in that it is a multiple exposure, not taken with the Helios lens. It was taken a few years ago for a different project and has been changed a bit to better fit this current one. We have all done that, I think – changed to better fit the present situation. It’s different, yes, but is this any less lovely than it was originally? No. We, too, are different, but still the same beauty is there in each of us. Let’s remember that. Adapting is what we have learned to do. And adapting is no doubt what we will continue to do. Look at this and keep smiling if you can today. Even under that mask. Or into the mirror. See? It’s still there. Put on some good music and do a little dance like this flower seems to be doing. I’m about to do the same. Until tomorrow, friends. Hugs all around!

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Blurry Insight

Blurry Insight, Night Reflections - Ellie Kennard 2019
Blurry Insight – Ellie Kennard 2019

It’s been a while since I published an intentionally blurred image, but the other night, this scene was irresistible to me. Blurry insight, and night reflections, are we inside looking out or outside looking in?

Ipswich Town Upside Down

Ipswich in reflection - Ellie Kennard 2016
Ipswich in reflection – Ellie Kennard 2016

When we lived in England, I spent a number of years working in the town of Ipswich, in Suffolk. In those days (1980’s) we tended to park a vehicle and walk around the friendly little town, both during the day and at night. The last time we were there, however, in September of 2018, we parked our car (at a very expensive rate) to walk to a restaurant in the town at night. There were 3 of us including my husband Steven, but even so we all felt so uncomfortable, so unsafe, that I resolved never to enter the town on foot again at night. The streets where we walked were in the same part we had known so well. But they were so different that it was as if we were in an entirely unknown town. Where was my friendly, familiar Ipswich?

As in this reflection, my perception of Ipswich was turned upside down. This photograph was taken during our visit of 2016 when, even then in the friendly daylight, I was marvelling at the fact that it looked totally unfamiliar.


peony - Ellie Kennard 2015
A peony photographed through a plastic bag with a hole cut in it – Ellie Kennard 2015

During 2015 I was part of a mentorship about creating intentional blur, which was the most fun I had had in as long as I can remember. It changed the way I looked at the world through my lens immeasurably – in so many good ways. These photos were both taken during that mentorship and bring back warm memories of my experiences at that time, the great people who taught me so much and the lovely warm summer we had that year.

A peony photographed through a plastic bag with a hole cut in it - Ellie Kennard 2015
A peony photographed through a plastic bag with a hole cut in it – Ellie Kennard 2015