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July 29, 2010


michael snyder

Well done!

And some beautiful photos. Are they yours?


susan fish

Jeanne, You are so brilliant with this that I got chills. You offer a brand new (to me) perspective and I'm completely intrigued. I also love the cross-pollination of different art forms, but for me it has tended to result in either intuitive inspiration or just general feeding of my creative side. I like the idea of deliberately considering what works in another medium and how we apply that. I tend to be most inspired by music and sculpture so I need to think about how it actually works and what I want to take from it. Thanks for this!

Jeanne Damoff

Thanks, Mike! Yes, these are all my photos. I'm glad you like them.

Thank you, Susan. I'm so pleased this concept opened new ways of thinking for you! Can't wait to hear the results of your investigation. :)

Jennifer Lyn King

Wow, Jeanne!

Thank you for writing this post, and inviting further thought on a subject I love! You have illustrated all of your points so well with your own photography. (I especially love the movement in the photograph under #10, the first.)

My favorite photographs usually are the result of this unnamed method :0) : I step back as far from the subject as possible, then zoom in and focus only on the subject. The surroundings blur out and make for a crisp image for the subject. (a combination, perhaps, of your #1 and #2) An example:

Thank you again, Jeanne, for such an excellent piece on Art inspiring Art. I love it!


Jeanne! Wow. You're gifted with a pen AND a camera, I see ...

I've been playing around with a camera for just a few months, trying to figure out how to operate the contraption and make a good photo or two. :-) This rookie appreciated your advice. I'm inspired!


I love this. Sometimes butt-in-chair time is actually butt-at-museum time or butt-at-concert (or theater or camping or family barbecue [yes, there is even art at a family barbecue!]) time.

Jeanne Damoff

Thanks for your kind words, JLK, and for all the ways you add beauty to the world through your art. Nice shot! I like the sense of distance and motion, the changing horizontal layers of blue from water to mountains to sky, the subjects' backs, their varying heights, and their matching hats! Now I'm curious. How would you distill that image into a one-sentence writing tip? :)

Thanks, Jennifer@GDWJ! "Playing around" is the best way to get to know your camera and your photographic tastes. So glad you're inspired. Enjoy!

I agree, Heather. If we're never in our chairs, writing won't happen, but if we're never out of them, the writing that happens may get a bit stale. (I have no doubt your presence at a family barbecue would make it a feast for the imagination.)

Patricia (Pollywog Creek)

Beautiful, Jeanne. What a gifted wedding photographer you are. I want to linger on each photo, tracing the angles and studying the expressions. I long to be a better portrait photographer, to preserve the feeling of the moment on lovely and charming faces. There's that element of mystery in photography and writing that captures our attention and draws us into the story. Good ones, like yours, also stir our senses. I look at these photos and like good prose I can smell the roses, feel the warmth of the sun through my veil, hear the rice as it rains onto the walkway and taste the communion wine. Thanks you for this lovely post, Jeanne.


Love displayed. In art.

Jeanne Damoff

Thanks, Patricia and Nicole.

Love your description of the mystery, Patricia. You evoke the same response in me with your nature photographs.

Jennifer King

Hi Jeanne--

I'm back (thanks for letting me know you left a question... a difficult one at that). Hmm.

One sentence cue for writing: Sharp focus on where action and contrasts clash, and only hint at the blurred surroundings-- for the focus point is where the story is most powerful.

What do you think? Truthfully, this is how I like to write: less descriptive detail and strong lead active elements.

Thank you, Jeanne, for sharing your gifts with all of us.

Forever your fan :0)


Jeanne Damoff

Good job, Jennifer. You get a gold star. :) You could even go with your summary: (Use) less descriptive detail and (focus on) strong lead active elements. That's great writing advice. Thanks!

The fandom goes both ways.
Love, Jeanne

A Simple Country Girl

For me, as a writer, a photographer and a daughter of God, it's all about the often-overlooked details...

Frankly, I don't have anything to add to your strategies. Perhaps you should write a book about the marriage of photography and writing. What a beautiful love story you have shared.

(I am ever so grateful for finding you. Thank you for your kind words at Kadish's place today. What an unexpected, yet most wonderful gift!)

I have so much to learn.


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