Friday, August 16, 2013

Georgia On My Mind

Where do you find photography inspiration? That is a question I am asked often. For me, inspiration is everywhere! Though I love looking at really strong photographs, I also am inspired by artists who work in different mediums.  I have been a fan of Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings for years. Her use of color fascinates me, and I love the strong lines and curves in her paintings. These are elements that attract me when choosing subjects to photograph, especially when I shoot flowers. When I found out there was  currently a show of her paintings at the Hyde Museum in Glen's Falls , NY, I knew I'd be making a road trip. I spent last Tuesday afternoon there, and was overwhelmed at the beauty of her paintings. It was a privilege to be in the same room with them, a truly magical and emotional experience for me.

I came home from the exhibit so inspired, I could not wait to make photos! The next morning I was in a dahlia garden at 6:30 AM, thinking about the colors and compositions I had seen in Georgia's paintings. I made 170 photos,  and got some that really expressed how I felt about my visit to the exhibit.

Here are some of the photos, all taken with my Lensbaby Muse:

What inspires you? Start thinking about that and use it to make your work stronger and more personal.

Happy Shooting!


  1. Really enjoyed this. Your artistic passion is contagious! You know, we all think of a flower in bloom and say Yeah, pretty. But your images, like Georgia O'Keefe's paintings, make the viewer stop and see a flower differently than ever before. And it isn't just a representative image of a flower, it's an artistic creation of lines and color. Bravo!

  2. Fantastic. Purely about the flowers. The rich colors make them exciting, and the tender lines of the petals suggest personality and drama.

  3. I felt the same way last spring when I toured the Georgia exhibit of her work of New Mexico. I had chills and yes, I felt honored to be in the same space! These are lovely and I see the inspiration - that yellow one is just stunning!
    YOU are a true inspiration to so many! xo

  4. No wonder Alfred Stieglitz married her.

  5. Kathleen...such a wonderful collection of images. You all have such a gentility to them. Well done indeed. Thank you for sharing.

  6. Kathleen, your photographs are always pure magic.
    So beautifully captured.