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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Enter . . . the exit


an opening, but not necessarily literal
providing access to a place
or from something
a way in, a way out
a departure, an arrival
someone comes, someone goes
in fact one can simply create the other

What am I? An entrance or an exit . . . well, actually both.
And, it's also the theme for Photo Art Friday this week, to interpret how we wish. 

Last weekend we went to watch the reenactment of the Battle of Galveston. And thanks to all of you who kept your fingers crossed that we wouldn't get rained out, it worked, you're awesome! Now if I had only asked you to keep your fingers crossed that everyone else with a camera stayed home that day. I don't think I've ever run into more rude people with cameras and their phones. I was pretty sure I didn't leave the house with an invisibility cloak on, but none the less, I had someone walk in front of nearly every shot I tried to take. So I have no real shots of the actual "battle",  but I did have a great time getting over it with some gumbo and shrimp brochette. :)

And,  I did have fun processing these to look like old photos.

  

Both of these could be interpreted as either exiting or entering, I guess it all depends on where you stand.
But they are exiting to enter battle. . .

(Photo Art Friday )
For the entire weekend both the Union and the Confederates set up encampments and lived as authentically as they would have back in 1862, sleeping in tents on straw beds and cooking their food over an open fire.  


Exiting battle, and entering victorious.


After the battle we made our way to one of the encampments, but sadly many were M.I.A....there was a Texans game going on and we passed many of them sitting in a bar or restaurant.


But I found someone more than willing to pose for me! I'm always so apprehensive about snapping pictures of strangers when they're looking. But going to things like this helps just a bit, because when they are dressed up, ready for the part, they quite like it I think. I kept the one above with a little bit of color so you could hopefully make out the figures a little better. There was a violinist playing in the background with her hoop dress, and a couple was watching.


In this one I asked him if he would blow a couple of puffs of smoke for me . . . love it!

"Every exit is an entrance somewhere else."
- Tom Stoppard


Hope you have a wonderful weekend! I will be having a giveaway on Saturday in a blog hop I'm participating in and it's open to everyone! I can tell you that it's wearable, and handcrafted my moi!

Until then...
Love, Kim
XO




49 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

I love these in sepia! They really look old. Perfect!

Nicki said...

You have processed these perfectly. We have several Civil War reenactments locally, one where they take over the better part of a small town and really do the story justice. I am encouraged by your photography to make it a point to go to that event next Fall.

Sherri B. said...

The sepia tones add so much to the mood of these photos. And the cigar smoking man really brings the character to this experience...bravo! I'm sorry about the rude people - large crowds always bring those, don't they?!

Viv (modifica) said...

So authentic I love them all. And what is it about people these days I'm always ducking down or stopping so someone can take a shot they probably aren't photographers...

Kim C. said...

Kim, these are amazing! The processing is perfect! How fun! Glad you could take part. Sorry for those who don't consider others. Seems to be everywhere.

Carol L McKenna said...

Very creative photography and love the quote ~ it is so true ~

(A Creative Harbor) ^_^

Pride In Photos said...

OMG...Kim, you did an amazing job processing these photos. They should be printed and hung in a grouping in your home!
Laurie

tiarastantrums said...

faBULOUS SHOTS! soUND SLIKE SHUCH A GREAT DAY! I love the last shot with the puffs of smoke!

Mary Gene Atwood said...

these are fabulous! The processing is perfection for this time period. You could easily imagine these being taken back in the day. Nicely done!

TesoriTrovati said...

You are brilliant! I love seeing the world through your lens. Enjoy the day. Erin

Molly said...

These are brilliant. You have captured the vintage look perfectly

Mollyxxx

Katherines Corner said...

wow, great job they look so authentic. Thank you for sharing at the hop xo

Dotti said...

Awesome images and "beyond" awesome processing. Well done, my friend. Very fun post.

Tamar SB said...

Wow! The processing and texture you added makes these beyond worthy of any history book!

Nancy Claeys said...

These are wonderful Kim -- I'm sorry you had issues while trying to capture your own magic. Thanks for stopping by today. Much appreciated. xo

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a wonderful event to photograph! Love your close ups!

SKC said...

These are fabulous. The processing is perfect.

Linda/patchwork said...

Well...in spite of the rude people, you got some wonderful shots. They give that feeling of a time gone by.

We're not so far from Galveston. I think this would be a good reason for a trip over there, next time.

Kathryn said...

Love the processing, glad the rain held off. People really can be so rude, especially in big crowds. Glad you had a good time though.

Melissa Bliss Rich said...

Wow, Kim! These are fantastic! We are big history buffs around here and loving visiting reenactment events. We're lucky to be close to Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg, VA.

Love, love, love your processing of these. Fantastic!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Visiting from Cool Clicks...love what you've done♫ Here's my effort: http://lore-eleven.blogspot.com/2013/01/frosty-etchings.html

Nicky @ Awesomeville said...

LOVING the last two especially! Love the editing and texture used!

Stephani - A Defined Life said...

I love, love, love these. Takes me back in time!

Brenda said...

You have really captured the historical feeling of these images - I feel as if I'm looking at images from that original time. Your toning is spot-on!

Linda R said...

Your editing on these photos look amazing. I love the puff of smoke. Very cool!!

Hugs~

Cathy H. said...

These are wonderful! I imagine this whole reenactment was amazing to see! The close-ups are fabulous!! He was a great subject!

Sharon said...

Perfect sepia tones! The puff on the cigar just makes it.

momphotographer said...

Kim, these are fantastic!!!

Terrie Purkey said...

Cool photos and a great interpretation of the theme.

Edna B said...

I love how you've treated these photos. They are fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing.

Dina Lettre said...

Really cool, Kim!

The Artful Diva said...

Fabulous "vintage" photos. Love the sepia tint!

Deanna said...

Oh wow, I love these captures...they all look just perfectly OLD, what a great job (even thru the rude people) capturing and editing!! Terrific!!

patty said...

you did a great job with the editing... looks like authentically older photos... i also feel a liittle awkward just shooting someone's photo, something i'd like to get over b/c i'm always so impressed by the fact that we all have stories, and those stories are contained within that person, that face.

we are under snow, out from school, so i posted late today. hope you'll come by and join the party. :)

Emily S said...

That is awesome. I love that your processed these to seem like old photos. Very fitting for the theme and time. I very much enjoyed this!

Linda said...

Perfectly done!

xo,
Linda

Ida said...

These are stunning pieces. I started out thinking oh that one is my favorite until I saw the next one and the next one. You've done a fabulous job and the vintage feel is just perfect here.

Marilyn said...

Great shots, Kim....very vintage looking with the sepia touch. The head shots of the guy with the cigar are wonderful!

Currie Silver said...

these are wonderful, Kim!! such a thoughty read, too.

Bonnie said...

You really were successful at making them look like photos from the period, Kim! I especially like the last two of soldier, cigar and smoke.

Pat said...

Wonderful shots and edits. You have beautifully captured the period.

Andrea Dawn said...

Bravo, Kim. Another excellent set of photos, brimming with story, history. I have always been partial to photos of people walking away from me, so those first two shots really make me smile. The third one made me sigh for its beauty and the last two are beyond cool. Saying it again, I LOVE YOUR WORK!

Sarah Hulbert Style said...

What a cool experience, Kim! I've always wanted to see a reenactment, but there haven't been many battles to speak of in Seattle's history. I'll just have to come down to Texas! Thank you for sharing these incredible photos, I feel like I was there. ~Sarah

kathyinozarks said...

Just awesome!thanks for letting me know about this post Kathy

Madge Bloom said...

SO impressive... so vintage looking, love that smokey portrait! I used to work with a fellow who did Civil War re-enactments.. fascinating! I'm so glad you came by to share on Weekly Top Shot #66!

Karen said...

Love those vintage style photos. How fun to go to such an event! The man smoking the cigar is rather good looking, I think. Wonderful authentic looking subjects. Visiting from Madge's. xx

Evelyn S. said...

I really love the first portrait! It is truly so vintage-looking! Of course, the "smoky" one is wonderful, too!

Jill Wellington said...

You did such a great job with these!

Tanya said...

wow, these are incredible and i love the processing you did! the portraits and excellent! sorry you came across so many rude people!

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