I was born and raised in a small town in Indiana, as was my best friend, a truck driver, who after more than 35 years can honestly say he’s been in every state in the continental U.S. except North Dakota and Montana.
I have lived in North Carolina and traveled to Mount Rushmore and Sturgis, S.D.; Devil’s Tower, Wyo.; Myrtle Beach, S.C.; Chesapeake Bay and Virginia Beach, Va.; Washington, D.C.; Wisconsin Dells; New York City and Long Island; Chicago; Memphis; New Orleans; Disney World, Orlando, Clearwater and Key West, Fla.; Houston, Galveston and Plano, Texas; Nashville, Tenn.; and Honolulu … and still have places to go, things to do and people to see on the “Bucket List” I made about 15 years ago. As a result of my travels, I’m picture poor but rich in words by the thousands!
My best friend and I celebrated 10 years together in July 2012 despite the fact that he hates to have his picture taken. My youngest of four children is still in high school and rolls her eyes at the camera. I witnessed early on that even the pros can’t make a toddler do anything they don’t want to do during a photo shoot. That’s when Grandma uses video mode.
Photography is my muse. No degree. Just 30+ years writing and editing at the Terre Haute Tribune-Star and picking up Photoshop along the way. I started this blog in October 2011 using a 2006 Kodak EasyShare P850, 5.1 megapixel with 12X zoom. Capturing a Kodak moment was/is down right challenging, sometimes frustrating but most times rewarding. It is now my backup camera to the Nikon D5100 with 18-55 mm kit lens I started using in June 2012.
In this blog I will share my Take Life to the Matte© photolosophy©.
My work defines me. A Charlie girl since the ’70s. Serious, yet precocious. Reserved, yet daring. Shy, yet flirtatious. Content, yet adventurous. An unabashed tourist. The sore thumb in a crowd.
So what if people stare. Take a picture. It’ll last longer.
© Take Life to the Matte, Oct. 12, 2011