Looking Back: The Process

Did you ever have a hard time cleaning your room as a kid (let's face it, adults struggle, too)? I always did, and sometimes still do, because I would always come across something that I'd forgotten about and would pull me away from the task at hand.

For example, I'd come across my childhood journal. I was given this probably as a first or second grader, and although I'm sure it felt like hours to write my journal entries, when I re-read my entries they were very short and very amusing. My spelling would be incorrect and the issues that would bring me to write were humorous (friend "drama", a long car ride among other things) compared to my life as an adult. However, at the time I was doing the best that I could, and it's a good lesson to see how far I've come and how I have changed since I was a little girl.

Recently, I'd been fretting over the fact that I couldn't find some of my very first photographs from when I was in college. They weren't fantastic by any means, but they meant a lot to me. Fortunately, I found them! I'm so glad that I had some amount of foresight to download them onto my computer after graduating. Great job preparing for the future, past Rose!

The photos themselves? Not amazing. What I love about them, though, is that they are a great way of showing me how far I have come. I was doing the best I could with what I had and what I knew, and I was capturing things that meant a lot to me. 

Most of these photos were taken for a Web Design project. I don't remember the specifics, but I was taking pictures of things around my home. Just so you know, I'm obsessed with the idea of home, and what "home" means, and it's basically the theme I explored through my writing and art while in college.  I'll write about it more in the future. Let's get to the photos.

 

 Pleasanton, IA City Hall.

Pleasanton, IA City Hall.

 

Pleasanton City Hall. This is where I cast my vote in the 2008 presidential election behind a burlap sack. So primitive and meaningful. 

 Harvest.

Harvest.

I'm pretty sure that "Harvest" was the caption I used way back when, too. Looking at this, I can see that I was trying to get on the same level as the gourds because I was trying to get them into focus and hoping for a 'blurred' background. For being a complete newbie, I think I got what I was after!

 White Cat

White Cat

A picture of a beautiful white cat at Lapland Christmas Tree Farm. One of my absolute favorite places and family traditions. I'm still working on those angles (there's a slight tilt to the picture), but I'm pretty proud of the way I composed this photo.

 Trees.

Trees.

What can I say? I like trees and I was trying to be artsy fartsy. I'm not sure if I achieved that effect or if things just look out of focus. Ha.

I'm looking forward to sharing more "throwback" photos with you. If you've made it this far, thank you so much. I'm pretty new to blogging and how to generate an eager audience. If anything, these posts are a great way for me to document my creative process and ideas. In fact, I think that's a lot of what art is. It's as much for the artist, if not more, as it is the viewer.

It's all about the process.