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long exposure lights streetview

The stars we are given. The constellations we make. That is to say, stars exist in the cosmos, but constellations are the imaginary lines we draw between them, the readings we give the sky, the stories we tell.

-Rebecca Solnit

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Clic-Clac photo marathon, 4th prize, old woman, strollerIn June, I was awarded the fourth prize for the Clic Clac Photo Marathon (see my post about it here). The prize was a week-long photography course at the Kunstschule in Offenburg, Germany. So all last week I got down and dirty with my DSLR.

The course was taught by art photographer Axel Bleyer. He walked us through all the manual settings of our cameras. We talked about the golden mean. We discussed ISO and aperture. And our project was to shoot images that included the color red. Seems pretty easy, right? Well sort of, the class was 100% in German and, sadly, my German skills are pretty mediocre (Hallo. Ich bin Melissa). Luckily my classmates and Axel were keen on helping me understand. Good people. It was a cultural, linguistic and artistic experience that really stretched me. By Friday evening, at the open house, I felt just like a kid on the last day of summer camp – exchanging numbers, hugging, making plans. It was great. Below are some of the images I made during the week.

spring, shadow

ladders, construction site

sewer, drain, dead leaves, garbage

bench, shadow, dead leaves

Mehr Liebe - Graffiti

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Eating vegetables

vegetables on table

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