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Posted by
john4jack (Corvallis, Oregon, United States) on 15 June 2011 in Abstract & Conceptual and Portfolio.

Photographer’s Wife
by Michelle Blanchard

Yes. I know not all photographers are men. But, being that my husband is one, I’ve learned that a photographer’s wife:

Knows that a “going for a walk” really means “stand for long, long periods in one spot”.

Becomes accustomed to seeing her husband lay on his belly in public places.

Knows that ‘the light’s gone’ doesn’t mean it’s dark.

Has learned that photography involves expensive gadgets which break, are easily lost, and are used only once in a very great while.

Has learned that photographic equipment multiplies and eventually fills up what used to be the guest bedroom.

Is resigned to the fact that camera manufacturers build obsolescence into each piece of equipment, and that after a year of use, the equipment needs to be replaced.

Never has to wonder what to get her husband for Christmas and birthdays.

Understands that when they board a plane, her bags will be checked, not his camera backpack.

Wisely refuses to carry that backpack.

Has learned that making statements like “watch your settings” and “did you charge the battery?” aren’t considered nagging.

Has learned that, no matter how many photos he takes, she will never see more than one or two.

Has learned that, “Okay, here we go” is always followed up with “Oh, wait”.

Has learned to check all his pockets for memory cards before washing his clothes.

Knows that “blowing out the whites” doesn’t involve explosions or Caucasians.

Cannot get her husband to sit still for a family portrait.

Canon PowerShot G11 1/640 second F/8.0 ISO 200 7 mm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Very rich grays. I love these textures, Jack. Love the prose, too. Very, very nice!

15 Jun 2011 5:48am

Pierre Joubert from Cape Town, South Africa

Stunning shot, i love all the different textures in the image. it is also beautifully composed. and a very nice, but sooo true caption. :)

15 Jun 2011 5:51am

Pascale. from La Bonneville sur Iton, France

first,I love your very funny note.And that's why I ask you if your husband remarked those branches that are,with a little bit imagination,like embraced bodies,and did he remark the beautiful textures. Yes,certainly! Anyway,this is excellent!

15 Jun 2011 7:14am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I don't think I've seen a more expressive piece of driftwood than this . . it is like a monster eating breakfast ! Cool narrative to this, too.

15 Jun 2011 9:26am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

I love the shot, and the words-some great truisms in there!

15 Jun 2011 9:42am

@CElliottUK: ellie liked it:))

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great vertical compositon, a very nice texture rendering !

15 Jun 2011 9:43am

cristoF from montbéliard, France

ah oui excellente composition!!

15 Jun 2011 10:48am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Wonderful reflection of the intelligent and beautiful wife that you have ... exciting story born of the trunk strong and always exposed to light.
Today a gold medal around your neck of the patient companion photograph ...
Congratulations to both ... her for her patience and for your success in life and in the photographic art! .... Muchos besos y abrazos para los dos...!!! Adela

15 Jun 2011 11:18am

@Adela Fonts: Actually my wife didn't write it. I saw it on Mike Moats' blog.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

More that a bit of truth in Michelle's words! Despite it's craggy surface there is a wonderful softness to it! Nicely captured Jack! ;-)

15 Jun 2011 11:44am

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Super find and framing . Great texture .

15 Jun 2011 11:55am

tataray from france, France

Belle texture.))

15 Jun 2011 12:05pm

Mhelene from Paris, France

A splendid capture . Reading your text it's better to be also a photographer ...!!

15 Jun 2011 1:39pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Oh I love these words and I need to show this to my wife who will definitely relate. She really does not give much of a hoot about photography ...likes the odd landscape here and there, but doesn't think much of it one way or another unless family members are in the frame. So I know from whence this photag comes as versed, above, by his wife. Mine supports my joy and she tries to be patient and understanding....she still can't quite figure out why I take "five million shots of the same thing"...stuff like that.... I rather think that those bones stuffed inside that log are actually those of the photographer who finally succeeded in sending the spouse "over the edge," ballistically speaking, by turning a 45 minute "walk on the beach" into a 3-1/2 hour "take three steps, stop, compose, shoot, take three steps, stop, compose, shoot" death march to Bataan. Great piece here, always!!

15 Jun 2011 1:41pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Ellie got a good laugh out of it.

Photographs by M.E. from San Francisco, United States

splendid black & white tones! I am drawn toMichelle Blanchard's Photographer’s Wife writing - I can relate (in an opposite kind of way!)

15 Jun 2011 1:44pm

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Cool shot of nature's own sculpture - and lovely tones you get here, Jack. Words of wisdom in the text as well!

15 Jun 2011 2:12pm

Don from United States

A fine shot of that textured beach wood...which is a prize-winning example. Very funny, and too true, description of life in the photographic lane.

15 Jun 2011 2:29pm

Oleg from Podolsk, Russian Federation

Thanks a lot for smile!

15 Jun 2011 2:49pm

Harry from United States

Your choice of B&W for this shot works well, allowing attention to both the pitted sand surface and the weathered wood.

15 Jun 2011 2:58pm

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

A masterpiece of nature that you have beautifully captured. Magnificent shot. Good day.

15 Jun 2011 3:29pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

J'aime ces iamges de nature morte, sueprbe compo quel rendu sur ce vieux bois, quel dessin

15 Jun 2011 3:54pm

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Beautiful tones, textures and details!

15 Jun 2011 4:05pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Beautiful textures, excellent processing.

15 Jun 2011 4:28pm

Ansie from Paarl, South Africa

Lovely textures!

15 Jun 2011 4:34pm

marci from in, Morocco

brilliant words. I think we could be friends!

15 Jun 2011 5:12pm

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

I like this texture and tones of your bw

15 Jun 2011 5:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Lovely tonality and textures.

15 Jun 2011 6:48pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love it - could also be The Photographer's Husband in my case, but so true! Love the textures and almost abstract quality here.

15 Jun 2011 7:38pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Great textures and grain patterns captured in this B&W!

15 Jun 2011 8:06pm

STEED from D, France

Wow !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GREAT !!!!

15 Jun 2011 8:37pm

kerfendal from Paris, France

I like the definition and contrast, great pic

15 Jun 2011 8:41pm

Becky from los angeles, United States

This is SO beautiful. Something about drift wood that thrills me. Fabulous image and tone.

16 Jun 2011 2:57am

PATRICK from miramas, France


18 Jun 2011 7:48pm