Adornments. Whether for ourselves or our home spaces, much pleasure can be derived from decorating! Since I moved into a new home recently, I have been enjoying just that! In some ways I have moved quickly placing furnishings and decorative objects here and there. Though I have taken my time with picture and photo placement, waiting for just the right image to come to mind for areas of wall space.
Three new framed photographs are now hung in my bedroom, master bathroom and above the staircase and I am thrilled at how greatly they enhance those areas! I took a few things into consideration when making the selections. First, I am recycling frames that I have used before, so I looked at my frame inventory and pulled out several I wanted to make use of again. Next, I reviewed the folder on my computer where I place images I have taken from travels and being out and about in the world that I want to have made into actual photographs. I then consider the room or wall space where I would like to hang the artwork. Once I have all those elements figured out, I then order the photos and frame them when they arrive.
The first image now hangs above the bottom of the staircase and is visible from the living room. It is titled, Take A Stroll and is an image I captured on a hot summer day in Buenos Aires Argentina last year. The city was the first stop on a Nat Geo expedition to Patagonia. I had arrived two days ahead of my group and had set out walking to explore the city that is referred to as the Paris of the South. At one point I came upon a large garden in the Palermo section called Jardin Botanico. What a welcome natural world respite in the middle of downtown! As I was enjoying the stroll along winding pathways and admiring the flora and fauna and evocative romantic statues, I came upon one section that beckoned to be captured. Searching for the right angle I found a perfect spot to perch and make the image. To have this image now hanging in my home to be admired each day is wonderful. Beyond that it is a reminder of a day I spent alone wandering that far away city and all its splendid wonder!
Go With The Flow is the second image I chose to have printed. Now framed it hangs in the master bathroom and offers a Zen vibe and a gentle nudge to relax and breathe each morning when I enter that room. The image itself I made standing on the patio of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater near Pittsburgh PA. The house itself so blends with the natural landscape it is built upon that it makes you feel a part of the forest. As I stood on the patio there admiring the scenery I was struck by the calm of the woods and the image I managed to capture transports me back to that moment so much that I can still imagine the water flowing downhill in the creek bed toward me. Yes, indeed the perfect peaceful image to look into and allow yourself to be centered for the day ahead, or anytime really.
The final image is one I captured while shopping outside Philadelphia in one of my favorite stores in which I find the coolest things along with never ending inspiration, called Terrain. It was a section of wall décor there. Their designers are brilliant and create vignettes unlike any I have ever seen before. This one I call Be The Light and I hung it right next to my bed.
The three new additions not only adorn the spaces beautifully, they offer memories to surface and good messages to uplift. When friends or family come by to visit, I will be sure to let them know about the images, the titles and stories behind each one. Part of the thrill of traveling for me is documenting, capturing, finding new things to see and hopefully new ways of seeing them. Then I bring the images home, decide on which to bring to life in photographs so those moments can be relived and enjoyed all over again! Let the wonder never end!