A Sunset Break: Writing Sagas 13

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NQ Sunset, on cane – June Perkins

This week has been so busy that blogging has had to take a back seat.  I’m trying to FINISH things.   Ever had that problem of being a great starter but a slack finisher.  I realise I have really fallen into that danger and it’s time to climb out of it!

I did a creative audit and found that I have about four projects that need only a few final touches, or a send off to publishers, or a final edit or review.  There are another five that are well progressed but needing the final lap.  I can’t believe how much writing and photographing has built up in the last four years.  It seems the country has been a muse.

I plucked up the courage to format something properly and send it to a Literary Agent.  Now I have to keep up the momentum and send the other manuscripts off, before I am too deeply into writing the next one.  I may have to look to send stuff to a few agents, or publishers. I’ll content myself with researching it for a while.

I worked on putting together a community photo book to sell through Blurb, which has had all the material sitting there for months whilst I am busy with other things.

I am very excited to about to begin Story Cartel!    I have been thinking of doing this for a while, and got myself organised and booked in.  I love that I can do it from home.

The other thing this week was that it finished with a beautiful clear sunset.  I have to be on the look out for them now as we have some clear evenings and are surrounded by some amazing spots to photograph.

It’s always good to be out in life, finding things to be inspired by.  Sometimes my heart is a little too busy taking care of my family and my health.  I have an ongoing skin condition psoarsis which likes to flare up every now and then.

It’s always a reminder to me to slow down, and go and drink in those sunsets and show extra love to my beloved ones.

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NQ Sunset – By June Perkins

Abstracting Sunset

Abstracting Sunset – June Perkins

I enjoy the process of abstracting in my photographs.  This involves removing some elements to simplify what I am seeing, like an abstract artist.   The element  I am removing in the above image  is the sharp focus.

Below is a gallery of recent abstractions of sunset.  I’d like to try more of these and explore an idea of a person, light, a drop of water – but by deliberately reducing the focus.

What does making the shape and colour of it less sharp do for the viewer?

I wonder what these abstractions say.  Do they say we see more clearly the less we focus on the sharp outlines and the deeper we look?  Do they invite the gaze to look more closely at the essential nature of things?

Do the show a process of a loss of eyesight?

What do they say to you?  This gallery shows the process of ‘abstraction,’ with the aid of my manual focus.

Sunset Flares

Reading Sunset – By June Perkins

This was my favourite picture of today.

I love capturing interesting portraits in the sunset.

I’ve taken heaps of these now.

They all have a different mood.

Sometimes the kids have props.

Today’s prop – a book.

Will organise a flickr set sometime to link to.

I love the lens flares on this one.

So many more ideas to explore.

Uncaging the Bird Story in 8 – (3)

Chasing Sunset

Mother bird chases the sunset.  She remembers when she was a young bird. She sees the feathers of the lost brothers and sisters in her dreams.

She made it.  She stayed in the nest and was fed and cared for. Most days she barely wonders about where her brothers and sisters went.  There are too many other things to think about.  Like, what she will eat?

She does not know she is one of the worst 100 feral pests.  She does not know many plan her humane death.

She is singing and looking at the other mynah birds on rooves of the houses.  She is going back to her home.

The native birds watch out for her, because she is mean.  They are keeping clear and will come back when she is gone.

Sometimes she sees a bird just like her with humans.  ‘What is that bird doing?’It chases her away and then the foolish bird is stuck in a tree.

She laughs at it waiting for the humans to rescue it.  It is like a pet cat.  Silly, silly bird.

(c) June Perkins

Wonder a day 18: Sunburst

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Sunburst at Mission beach – June Perkins

I looked back through my photographs of the last year to discover lots of images of light peering through trees – why do I love these little bursts so much?

They symbolise the power of light to reach out and change what you are looking at.  A cyclone broken tree with a slice or shimmer of light is poetic, hopeful, and uplifting.

The sky is a place free from sad faces and sorrowful buildings – cracks and tarpaulin, tempers and impatience, it follows its sunrise – daylight, to sunset to moonlight cycle regardless of people.

Sunset still captures the heart into peacefulness even when all else is a hurried pace of coping and moving, running and packing, and moving.

Sunset over farms, canes, beach – the light and patterns of colour on the sky inviting a smile and a gasp.

Please note:

When photographing sunbursts I use my flip out screen on the nikon, just to protect my eyes.

I love sunbursts – how about you?

(c) June Perkins