Category Archives: Portrait

Selfie Project – April

So I’ve made a decision about THE SELFIE PROJECT. I’ve decided to start it backup tomorrow. Saturday, May 1.

I did a few selfies during the month of April. They weren’t for this suspended project, per se, but I threw them in that gallery and I will share them here, now.


Day 91 - April 1, 2021
Day 91 – April 1, 2021

Day 93 - April 3, 2021
Day 93 – April 3, 2021

Day 94 - April 4, 2021
Day 94 – April 4, 2021

Day 99 - April 9, 2021
Day 99 – April 9, 2021

Day 104 - April 14, 2021
Day 104 – April 14, 2021

Day 105 - April 15, 2021
Day 105 – April 15, 2021

Day 106 - April 16, 2021
Day 106 – April 16, 2021

Day 107 - April 17, 2021
Day 107 – April 17, 2021

Day 111 - April 21, 2021
Day 111 – April 21, 2021

Day 115 - April 25, 2021
Day 115 – April 25, 2021

Day 116 - April 26, 2021
Day 116 – April 26, 2021

Day 120 - April 30, 2021
Day 120 – April 30, 2021

Something I’ve noticed on social media is people badmouthing people that share pictures of them getting vaccinated or with their vaccine card. I just don’t get it. I didn’t share my vaccine-selfie on social media, but that is more because I just really haven’t been on social media much lately. Getting a vaccine is a pretty big deal and it is the key to getting out of this pandemic. Celebrating and marking this important event seems like a logical thing to do.

So if you are one of those people that posts things like, “Does the vaccine work without a selfie?” Get over yourself.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE is TRAVEL:


WEEK 294 - TRAVEL
TRAVEL

TRAVEL! Another great theme for Year 8 of THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE.

A TRAVEL image is pretty simple. It is merely a picture that involves TRAVEL. It could be the result of TRAVEL. You could TRAVEL somewhere and then take a picture of something. You could take a picture of things that are involved in TRAVEL. You could take a picture of things that are involved in preparing for TRAVEL. The possibilities are endless.

Think about the following quote while you are contemplating your TRAVEL image:

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.
-Marcel Proust

Meditate on this quote and I have no doubt your submission will help others see the world with new eyes.

Happy photo harvesting!

2010-08-06 & 2010-08-09

The folders 2010-08-06 & 2010-08-09 are pretty small, so I combined them into one post. Half of them are pictures of a hibiscus. The other half are pictures of butterflies. Then there is one random picture of my feet. On a personal note, I really miss those shoes. Actually I miss any shoes that were remotely comfortable. As we are hopefully starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel for this pandemic, I’m probably going to need to invest in some shoes and some clothes. Definitely clothes.


WEEK 31 - PATHS - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT

Personal Photo Project of the Week #40 Alternate - Self Propelled Flower

Personal Photo Project of the Week #40 Alternate - Self Propelled Flower

Personal Photo Project of the Week #40 Alternate - Self Propelled Flower

Personal Photo Project of the Week #40 Alternate - Self Propelled Flower

Personal Photo Project of the Week #40 Alternate - Self Propelled Flower

Personal Photo Project of the Week #40 Alternate - Self Propelled Flower

Inferiority Complex

Inferiority Complex - 2010

Inferiority Complex - 2010

Inferiority Complex - 2010

Unceasing Effort - 2020

Inferiority Complex - 2010

Inferiority Complex - 2010

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entries to their original glory:

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #39

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK #40

RWPE #31 – PATHS

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a flood and possibly more flowers and possibly an appearance by the Howards.

Austin & Porter 2020 C

Here is the final collection of images from the 2002 photo shoot with the Degeneffe Boys:


Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

I look forward to the 2021 Degeneffe Boys Photo Shoot.

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This is your reminder that this week’s THE WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE theme is HANDS:


WEEL 293 - HANDS
HANDS

A HANDS image is pretty simple. It is merely a picture where the composition involves either HANDS or things that HANDS use, like gloves. It should be an easy theme, since almost everybody has HANDS or knows somebody with HANDS. I mean, even a clock has HANDS.

Think about the following quote while you are contemplating your image:

A man who works with his HANDS is a laborer; a man who works with his HANDS and his brain is a craftsman; but a man who works with his HANDS and his brain and his heart is an artist.

-Louis Nizer

Meditate on this quote and I have no doubt your submission will rise to the level of art!

Happy photo harvesting!

Selfie Project – March

THE SELFIE PROJECT PROJECT came to a halt on the day Mom had her heart attack. At this point, I don’t know if I am going to continue it at all or not. My tentative plan is maybe to pick it up again starting in May, but we will see what happens.

Here are the pictures I took in March before I stopped:


Day 60 - March 1, 2021
March 1 – In My Office

Day 61 - March 2, 2021
March 2 – After Voting on the School Bond Issue

Day 63 - March 4, 2021
March 4 – In Graffiti Alley

Day 65 - March 5, 2021
March 5 – Dickcissel Park

Day 66 - March 6, 2021
March 6 – Beeds Lake State Park

Day 67 - March 7, 2021
March 7 – At Church

Day 69 - March 9, 2021
March 9 – Mailing Application to the Boone County Historical Society

Day 70 - March 10, 2021
March 10 – After Haricut

Day 71 - March 11, 2021
March 11 – Pruning Raspberry Bushes

Day 72 - March 12, 2021
March 12 – Dickcissel Park

Day 73 - March 13, 2021
March 13 – John Wayne Birthplace Museum with Mom – Last picture I ever took of her.

Day 74- March 14, 2021
March 14 – In front of the First Presbyterian Church

Day 75 - March 15, 2021
March 15 – Backyard Snow

Day 76 - March 16, 2021
March 16 – In Mom’s Alley

Maybe we will revisit this project in June. Maybe we won’t. Those are the two options.

2010-07-29 & 2010-07-30

Combining two folder as one folder only has a couple images in it. Most of the pictures from these folders are from an event know as Hedgegeddon. That was when I took out the hedge that surrounded my backyard. It was truly the battle of battles, but eventually with the help of a few great friends, the battle was won!

The other pictures are from what used to be annual meetup with Mark. We used to get a meal once a year when he would come back from his mission work in Taiwan. But now Mark is back in the United States and lives in the Dallas area. I think it has been 6 years since I saw Mark. I think his wedding was the last time.

Here are the pictures:


Mark and I

Mark with his 2009 Trophy

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Megiddo

Scottie D. likes to claim that he hated taking down the hedge, which he referred to as “Nature’s Fence”, but It was necessary to put up a fence so I could eventually get Naima.

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entriy to its original glory:

Megiddo

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve my Mom’s retirement.

2010-07-21

The pictures in the folder 2010-07-21 are from a photo session I had with Jen and Derrick while she was pregnant with Evie. We had 6 of these photo sessions as I documented the pregnancy process. This was the third of those sessions:


3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

3 of 6 Alternate

By adding these pictures to the Photography 139 Gallery, I was able to restore the following historic “An Artist’s Notebook” entry to its original glory:

PERSONAL PHOTO PROJECT OF THE WEEK NO. 27

Next Saturday’s walk down memory lane will involve a trip to Minnesota and people trying to make flying machines.

WPC – WEEK 287 – PICTURE IN PICTURE

I need to start today by wishing my sister Carla a happy birthday. Happy birthday Carla!


05-12-08

Slice of Life Volume 1

Stensland Family Photo Shoot - 2016

Stenslands- 2020

Canvas No. 10

I hope your birthday is as wonderful as you want it to be!

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I also need to wish Monica a happy birthday. Happy birthday Monica!


Monica

04-10-08

Roland VFW Fundraiser

Cheaper than Therapy

I hope your birthday is as amazing as you want it to be!

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We did it! 76 straight weeks of double digit submissions! I was worried about PICTURE IN PICTURE for a bit, but we came through!

But you didn’t come here to listen to me talk all tommyrot about participation rates. You came to see the submissions:


WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - JOE DUFF
Joe Duff

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - TAMARA PETERSON
Tamara Peterson

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - AARON BARNETT
Aaron Barnett

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - CHRISTOPHER D. BENNETT
Christopher D. Bennett

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - ELIZABETH NORDEEN
Elizabeth Nordeen

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - KIM BARKER
Kim Barker

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - SHANNON BARDOLE-FOLEY
Shannon Bardole-Foley

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - JEN ENSLEY-GORSHE
Jen Ensley-Gorshe

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - KIO DETTMAN
Kio Dettman

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - MONICA HENNING
Monica Henning

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - DAWN KRAUSE
Dawn Krause

WEEK 287 - PICTURE IN PICTURE - MICHELLE HAUPT
Michelle Haupt

But enough dwelling on the past. Time to look to the future. We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives. And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future! This week’s theme:


WEEK 288 - STREET PHOTOGRAPHY
STREET PHOTOGRAPHY

It is here. Judgement Day. The last theme that didn’t get double digit submissions. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. 76 weeks ago. September 23, 2019.

There were only 7 submissions from 7 people:

+ Jen Ensley-Gorshe
+ Andy Sharp
+ Kim Barker
+ Humble Narrator
+ Stephanie Kim
+ Tamara Peterson
+ Jesse Howard

But what is STREET PHOTOGRAPHY? Why is it so scary and intimidating?

Sorry, Chris from 5 seconds ago. I reject your premise. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY isn’t scary or intimidating. It is awesome!

Some of the best and most famous photographers in history were STREET PHOTOGRAPHYers.

+ Dorothea Lange
+ Helen Levitt
+ Diane Arbus
+ Robert Frank
+ Fan Ho
+ Vivian Maier
+ Robert Doisneau
+ Henri Cartier-Bresson

Okay, great, you are thinking, but you still haven’t defined STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. Is it pictures of a street? No, but it is photography that often takes place on the streets.

Here is the best definition: “conducted for art or enquiry that features unmediated chance encounters and random incidents within public places.”

The 2 most important things. RANDOM and PUBLIC. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is often mistaken for CANDID PORTRAITS. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY has to be done in a public place. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a portrait. It can be a piece of art. It can be a building. It can be a sign. It doesn’t have to be on a street. It can be at a sporting event. It can be at an art festival. A farmer’s market. The most common place would be a business district. It only has to meet those 2 criteria: public and random.

What is public? I mean that is pretty obvious. It can’t be in your house or in your friend’s house. It has to be somewhere in the public. Where other people can be.

What is random? That simply means that you didn’t go to wherever you went with the intent of taking that picture. Something about the place you went to compelled you to take that picture. You may have went there to take a picture, but not a pre-planned picture.

Some people think of STREET PHOTOGRAPHY as candid portraits. It isn’t, but it certainly can be. However, the picture can be of street art like the example. Egene Atget, was the first STREET PHOTOGRAPHYer. He took pictures of buildings.

I’ll make one last comparison. STREET PHOTOGRAPHY is to photography what jazz is to music. It is all about improvisation. This is perhaps why I love it so much.

Okay, one last thing. Most of the great STREET PHOTOGRAPHYers worked in black & white. I’m not saying your submission should be in black & white, but it is something to think about.

Also, think about this quote before thinking about your STREET PHOTOGRAPHY creation:

“The marvels of daily life are exciting; no movie director can arrange the unexpected you find in the street.”
-Robert Doisneau

Meditate on this before you go out looking for some STREET PHOTOGRAPHY images.

Then send me your submission(s) by 11 AM CST next Monday. The picture has to be taken between 12:01 PM today and 11 AM next Monday. This isn’t a curate your photos project. This is a get your butt off the couch (unless you are taking your picture from the couch) and take pictures challenge.

You can send your images to either bennett@photography139.com OR you may text them to my Pixel 5.

That is all I got, so if the good Lord’s willin’ and the creek don’t rise, we will all be sharing our idea of PICTURE IN PICTURE in this place that was born on the streets next Monday.

Austin & Porter 2020 B

In case you couldn’t make it to church this morning, I got your back. Here is a devotional for the fourth Sunday of Lent. Here is a devotional from Reverend Dr. Heecheon Jeon.

God so loved the world

Rev. Dr. Heecheo Jeon
John 3:16

Greetings!

My name is Heecheon Jeon. I am the central district superintendent. I am very honored to share with you one of the Lenten series from the lectionary today.

Let us pray:

Holy God of love,

We give you thanks for this journey of the lent that gives us a space to reflect on our life in you. May our hearts be attuned to your spirit. May our thoughts and words be acceptable to you, O God. Amen.

I want to begin with the famous passage, John 3:16, that you might recite from your heart:

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”

I grew up in a Christian family in Korea. When I was a child, I loved my home church. I always went to the church ground to play. I had so many friends and families in the church I could play with, and the church was always a place for relationships and a sense of belonging, and for me, the church was another family. As I grew older, my grandmother took me to an early morning prayer service at the church every morning. For some reasons, I enjoyed that early morning service. It gave me joy, happiness and peace. I even followed a loud prayer in a room full of adults, singing hymns and listening the pastor’s message. As I reflected on those days, I realized that the everyday spiritual practice nurtured my soul, and more than that, it really helped me to sustain my faith in my early ages. It eventually strengthened my deep love for God and for the church. And then when I was in high school, I was introduced a book about Korean Minjung or people’s Liberation theology. I was so enlightened by how the church courageously spoke up against the unjust and evil power of military dictatorship that oppressed the people. The church has really taught me how to respond to that evil and unjust world. It strengthens my love for the world, because the church eventually taught me how to heal the broken and suffering world.

During those days, John 3:16 was always grounded in my heart.

“God so loved the world…”

Christianity is about the world that we are living in. More than that, it is about God’s love for the world.
The world is a place where we live together with all other beings; it is an “oecumene,” the household or dwelling place of all beings. It is a community for all beings. It is the whole ecosystem on the planet. And God loves the whole universe.

There is a plenty of reasons why we might be fearful of the world. Violence, hatred, discriminations, wars, divisions, or natural disasters are threatening human lives and lives of all things around us. However, in spite of all these, God still loves the world that the Son of God who is with us is the manifestation of God’s saving grace that may sustain our lives and lives of others, because love is the only way to overcome the radical evil and to transform the world.
Likewise, John Wesley boldly stated at the brink of a worldwide Methodist movement, “I look upon the world as my parish.” I feel his profound passion and love for the whole world. The world is my parish. The world is my church. The world is a place where God is dwelling and God’s love is manifested. The world is where I can bear witness to God’s saving grace. God’s love for the world breaks down all the walls and barriers and chasms between us, and between the church and the world. That is what the churches taught me. This is what John 3:16 is all about. The world is my church, my community, and my people that I am belonging to. We need to embrace them and we need to love them all, because God so loved the world.

I hope we imitate God’s love for the whole world that may unite us all, embrace us all, and make us whole in peace.
I hope our journey to the Easter morning be blessed and guided by God’s love for the world.

Gracious and loving God,

We give you thanks and gratitude for your love for the world.

May we overcome all the barriers, divisions, and discriminations against each other.

May the Holy Spirit unite us all as the people of resurrection hope.

Amen

Next Sunday I will share a devotional from Mr. Jodie Cue. Also know as Reverend Doug Cue.

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Here is the second collection of images from the annual candid portrait photo shoot with Scottie D. and Melissa’s progeny:


Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

Degeneffe Boys - 2020

There is still one more collection of photos from this photo shoot in the hopper.