One of the most creative and prolific of my online friends, Viv Halliwell, who blogs at Within the Frame, has nominated some of us for the Sunshine Award. So to thank you, Viv, here are a couple of sunny images for you from my garden. I call them “the last of the cosmos.”
Viv hails from Somerset in the south of England, and we’ve gotten to know each other through the magic of social media, after taking a course in photographic art from Kim Klassen. (We call ourselves Kim’s “groupies” on Facebook.)
Viv is the type of person who brings people together and promotes community. She is unfailingly encouraging and supportive of her groupies and never ceases to amaze us with the inventive composites and textured art she whips up, often using images from her fascinating travels. Really, it is impossible to keep up with her!
1. What is your favourite season?
Thank you for an easy one. Fall for sure. Evidence here.
2. City or country?
Not so easy. Most of my life I’ve lived in big cities and I enjoy their energy, cultural offerings and diversity. New York is one of my all-time favorite cities in the world. So is Paris. So is Singapore. And unlike many Canadians, I really do like Toronto. Oh and of course, Ottawa, where I lived for 30 years. But now I live in a small town, with countryside all around, and I am totally loving it. Being surrounded by nature is wonderful.
3. Do you prefer black and white or colour photography?
Again, not an easy one. I am enamoured with and fascinated by colour in general — “colour is a power which directly influences the soul,” Kandinky said — so most of my own images are in colour. I also prefer colour photography when looking at a computer screen. But I really appreciate black and white prints on a wall — cityscapes, portraits, landscapes, street photography — and I am planning to do more in the future. I just saw an exhibition of Ansel Adams’ most famous images up close and was mesmerized by their power and artistry.
4. Who do you look up to?
Anyone who exudes a sense of peaceful aliveness and embodies compassion, kindness and humility. Anyone who follows their muse to create and contribute from their heart, without worrying about what others think of them. A variety of women writers and artists past and present are on my list. Virginia Woolf, Georgia O’Keeffe, Tina Modotti…to name a few…So are Thich Nhat Hanh and Aung San Suu Kyi.
5. If you could travel anywhere where would it be?
Oh heavens. I’m with Susan Sontag, who said: “I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list.” I’ve had the good fortune to see more of the world than I thought I would as a child, but there are so many places I still want to travel to. If you had to pin me down, I would say Iceland. I’ve been obsessed with this country for decades. I really should have gone by now.
6. Tea or coffee ? What is your favourite beverage?
Coffee would have to edge out tea by a hair, especially in the morning, but I like both. And I’m glad to know that they’re both good for you. Coffee has tons of fibre and tea can prevent all sorts of diseases if you don’t drink it with milk.
7. Do you have a favourite place to visit ? Where is it?
New York City. I’ve been 11 times, and in a few weeks, it will be 12.
8 What is your favourite recipe? Your fallback recipe?
So I just asked my other half this question and he said: “You don’t have a favorite recipe. You always like to make something new.” Then he said a smoothie since I have one almost every morning. Does that count? My fall back recipe would have to be hot crab dip for entertaining. Although I’m getting a bit bored with that.
9. Christmas fan? or do you love another holiday?
My sister is the Christmas fan in our family. She has been known to put up nine themed trees in her house! I love that Christmas often brings out generosity in people and reminds us to share our good fortune with others. But as for the commercialism and the pressure and the high expectations that too often surround it and make people broke and miserable, I’m not a fan.
10. Your favourite film?
Mamma Mia for its sheer joie de vivre. Plus, I love the location.
I’m nominating you because you and your blog inspire me and bring sunshine to my days. It is a small way to honour that…
Laurie Sriver, Pride in Photos
Susan Licht, Licht Years
Lisa Gordon, Lisa Gordon Photography
Laurie MacBride Eye on Environment
Sandra Byles, Reflections and Nature
Gracie Binoya, Frames and Focus
Sherry Smyth, Charlotte Jane
Nicole Meisters, The Art of Living in Every Moment
Indigo Janson, Delightful Discoveries
If you’d prefer not to accept the award, for whatever reason, no problem. Maybe the timing is not right….There’s no pressure and no hard feelings. If you wish to just answer the questions, that’s OK too. But if you do want to join in the fun, here are the “rules”:
1. Include the award logo in a post or on your blog.
2. Link to the person who nominated you.
3. Answer 10 questions about yourself and write 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
4. Nominate 10 bloggers to receive the award. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.
Ready and willing? Great stuff. Here are my questions for you: