A 52-Week Photo Journey

… Mary Nell Moore's Photography


Week 39 – #22. In The Trees

On the little one-lane street where my Tennessee mountain home is located are many large pines and hardwoods. As I was strolling the street a few days ago, I noticed the Wisteria winding its way upward in the trees. Springtime in Tennessee is a beautiful time of year and it seemed to me that it was more beautiful this Spring than in years past. The large purple and white blossoms filled the air with their sweet fragrance and as I stood there, I looked around at the beautiful nature surrounding me and realized how blessed I am. Feeling more artistic than usual, I used a Topaz filter and a Faststone mask for the processing.
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Week 38 – #10 Framed

The Walnut Street Bridge in Chattanooga was erected in 1890 and served as a passageway from the City across the Tennessee River to the North Shore until 1978, when it was put out of service due to disrepair. It remained dormant for nearly ten years until it was repaired and put back into service as one of the World’s longest pedestrian walking bridges at 2,376′ long. The bridge is enjoyed by locals and visitors on a daily basis as an avenue for exercise, an opportunity to enjoy beautiful views and as a means to walk to and from work. It is now a happy place but back in 1906 that was not the case. For you see, it was in that year a place of sadness; a place where a Mother and Father lost a son; and a place which for years would bring a lot of controversy and shame to a young man who in his last breath declared his innocence as he was hanged from the second span. Ninety-four years later, a Chattanooga criminal judge reviewed the case and declared the young man innocent of the crime to which he was charged. After you read his story here, you can decide for yourself whether or not you think he was guilty, innocent or perhaps framed by a group of men who took the law into their own hands.
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Week 36 – #20. I Wish I Could/I’m Sorry I Did

While in NYC last December, there was one photo I had in mind involving light painting that I did not want to leave without taking. Let me preface this by saying little did I know that the temperature would be low 20’s in the City, not to mention what it would be down by the waterfront with the freezing wind blowing off of the water…in the teens! Did that stop me? No. Off I went with fellow photographer, Mindy Towns, to capture my photo. Honestly, I’m sorry I did and I wish I could have waited until Springtime when the weather would be more pleasant. With my teeth chattering, blurry eyes as a result of tears running down my cheeks, toes frozen, flashlight ready and fingers so numb I could not feel the shutter release button, I pressed it quickly only once without looking through my viewfinder. Grabbing our equipment, we ran as fast as possible in our frozen state up to the street corner to hail a cab to take us back to the City and our warm apartment. Those of you who know us can visualize this scene, can’t you? Imagine my disappointment when I transferred my photos to my computer for viewing! In my near death state from being almost frozen, I was much too quick and left off part of what I wanted to photograph…part of the “U” and all of the “L.” When we return later this year, I will go back and re-take my photo…much better this time and more than one frame! Lesson learned!


Week 35 – #45. That’s So Funny

Definition of Forced Perspective: Forced perspective is a technique that employs optical illusion to make an object appear farther away, closer, larger or smaller than it actually is. It is used primarily in photography, filmmaking and architecture. It manipulates human visual perception through the use of scaled objects and the correlation between them and the vantage point of the spectator or camera.

While on a recent photo field trip, Patricia, Mindy and I, along with a male partner in crime, Bob, elected to use a bottle of Ketchup and a rug as props in order to pull off some funny photos. The four of us came up with some very funny ways in order to satisfy the forced perspective theme, almost always with Bob as the center of attention (poor Bob!), but when going through all of the photos taken that day, I think these two are the ones that will make you say, “That’s so funny!”