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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 43 of 100

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Today’s shot is another one of Palos Verdes. I wish the day had been a little clearer that morning when I went to the coast with my camera, but you often don’t get all the right conditions weather wise when shooting.  I liked the look of the winding trail in this picture and matching blues of the sky and ocean. I think I’ll take another trip to this location soon, perhaps on an afternoon, to see what else I can capture and what else will surprise me.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 42 of 100

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It’s Valentine’s Day and I’m heading out soon to have dinner with my girlfriend. I’m sure we are bound to see a ton of people at the restaurant, and I’m a little worried that our reservations won’t be on the list when we arrive (I called on the phone to confirm, but no one answered). It’s a first world problem, I know. I’m aware that I’m lucky I don’t have the problems we see in the news, so I keep that in mind as I head out for what I hope to be a lovely meal with lovely woman.

Today’s picture is from Palos Verdes. Please enjoy.

-Vincent (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 40 of 100

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Poem: Care

Stretch, reach, find it
Don’t just let it come to you
Because it often won’t
Find the ill
The lost and outcast
The stranger at the door seeking refuge
Unfold your heart in ways uncommon
Know that if it’s a fight upstream
That it feels awkward
Difficult
Unsafe or impossible
You are on the narrow path
The route you were born to take
The journey to another in need
And when you find yourself in the light
Don’t be frightened by what you see
As your reflection stands before you

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 30 of 100

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It’s sometimes best to ignore politics when given a creative project. Today I was asked to shoot the Trump golf course. I handled the assignment just like any other assignment–to try to capture the beauty of the place as best as I could. I’m not a fan of shooting golf courses for my photography. I don’t like the artificial feeling of them. I know golfers love the scenery, but as a landscape photographer I’ve seen much better out in nature–such as waterfalls, mountains, canyons, and lakes.

But today’s assignment was quite peaceful.  That artificial feeling I mentioned wasn’t with me, and I was able to enjoy capturing another part of California’s coastline. I let the outdoors calm my mind and open my spirit. It’s a sensation I get often when using my camera, traveling from site to site.

And I hope it shows in the picture for my customer.

-Vincent Lowry (Author of American Vineyard and #LucysLetter)

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Following a Dream in 2017 – Day 6 of 100

fullsizerenderMy girlfriend just left to use the restroom; I’m not certain she is going to return. I’m sitting in a couch in a stylish lobby at the Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, California, and I have two large 24×36″metal prints on a coffee table in front of me. The hope is that passing guests will see the prints, fall in love, and make an offer of some sort to take the artwork home with them. That is the hope. Unfortunately, it’s not looking promising.

My first problem: guests think the metal prints are part of the table itself. I obviously didn’t consider this issue when I first placed the photos down, and I’m now stuck wondering how I can prop the art up on the surrounding leather chairs in the lobby and not get kicked out by management. I’m already seeing suspicious glances from men dressed in sharp suits, wondering what the in the world I’m doing at the resort with such ridiculously oversized shots of the Santa Monica Pier and the Maine coastline. Nothing has been said to me yet, but I know words have been exchanged among the staff. My girlfriend believes so, too.

Say, where is that girlfriend?

I stop a marketing program on my laptop (more sales advice for rookies such as myself), place the computer beside me, and move one of the metal prints so that it’s leaning against the coffee table rather than laying on top of it. It’s my sad attempt to prove the table and the photo are separate items. I’m not selling a fine art photography coffee table. But should I? Hmm…it get’s me thinking.

The sun is setting on the Pacific, casting a warm orange glow behind a layer of scattered clouds. As a photographer, I’m itching to get outside and capture a few shots before I miss the opportunity–especially ten minutes after sunset, when the day’s last light sometimes produces amazing, ignited horizons.

I put the computer back in my lap, look up, and smile. I see something better than the view outside. A beautiful woman strides gracefully toward me carrying two large cups of cappuccinos. I had forgotten that there was a café near the restroom.

I’m a lucky guy, even without print sales.

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