Narrow.

In response to this week’s Daily Post photography prompt, “Narrow,” I give you a couple of images of a charming town in southern Spain, Arcos de la Frontera.

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Quaint, beautifully whitewashed, and boasting a stunning valley view, Arcos is one of Andalucia’s many gems. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring its narrow, winding streets when I visited six years ago. At that time, the place was was virtually unspoiled by tourism, but I suppose things could be different now.

Speaking of traveling…I head to the beach tomorrow and am thus taking a brief hiatus from the blog. Until next week! 🙂

The things we leave behind.

This week’s WordPress Discovery Challenge is titled “The Things We Leave Behind.” Here are a few interesting photos that I think fit the theme.

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Top left: Greenbriar, Arkansas; Bottom Left: Petra, Jordan; Right: Manhattan, NYC.

Such found objects, in my opinion, truly tap the essence of “the things we leave behind.” I encountered all of these  exactly as you see them; the photos were not staged in any way.

Vestiges such as these have always piqued my curiosity.  Some seem abandoned, others intentionally left behind for a purpose. They are literally and figuratively perplexing, as they cause us to ask questions regarding the who and the why. I have always loved photographing them.

DIY decor.

Here’s the deal. I’m really interested in photography, but I can’t afford a high-quality camera. So I take pictures with my iPhone and then painstakingly doctor them with my app until I’m satisfied.

I’ve seen a lot of criticism hurled at iPhone photogs–criticism that seeks to undermine the merit of their photos. Well, all I can say is that I like my pictures. And while quality-wise, they may be lacking in certain aspects, I legitimize them because I find them artistically pleasing.

The point of this post–and there is one–is to encourage you to display your own creativity in your home, in whatever form that may take. Showcasing your own artwork not only saves you $$$, but it fosters a sense of personal accomplishment. I don’t believe it to be vain, and I haven’t met anyone else who thinks so.

Here are some of my photos that I’ve framed and hung in my home.

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Top left & right: Baltimore, MD. Bottom left: Lancaster, PA. Bottom right: Wadi Rum, Jordan.

I’ve received tons of positive feedback from friends and family who have visited, and it just makes me happy to see my own work on display. In terms of affordability, I buy my frames from IKEA and print most of my photos using an app called Postalpix. You select the photos directly from your phone and they mail the prints right to you. The quality is pretty decent, in my opinion, and the cost is minimal.

Don’t hesitate to comment or send me a message if you have any questions about printing or framing your own creative work. Also, feel free to check out more of my photography on my Society6 page.

Happy decorating!