Dunga Brook Diary

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Home Is Where The Herman Hesse Quote Is

Home Is Where The Herman Hesse Quote Is

“…Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.”
~ Hermann Hesse

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Because I did something Crazy…

Because I did something Crazy...

Because I did something crazy (bought a house sight unseen from a post on Facebook and gave up my career and my 25 years of LA memories and connections to move to the middle of nowhere), because in order not to go crazy within the crazy of this move I started taking pictures with my iPhone (it was a two pronged habit- one it soothed and two it helped me tell you the story of where I landed when I moved to the middle of nowhere) and because people responded to my iPhone photography habit and the thousands of pictures I’ve posted on Facebook, I’ve had three iPhoneography shows with one more on deck and three web based articles about my special brand of crazy, I’ve also sold a bunch of these iPhone photos (printed on metal which pops the color because I am a color HOUND- want one? Let me know…). Crazy how all this good stuff happened because of a crazy decision.

Crazy cool.

http://themailifiles.blogspot.com/2013/04/one-bold-step_30.html

http://beekman1802.com/palm-of-your-hand/

http://www.neworldreview.com/vol_6No_43/portfolio.php

Peonies. Enough Said.

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Art In The Palm Of Your Hand…A Quote On iPhoneography By Brent Ridge, Fabulous Beekman Boys

Art In The Palm Of Your Hand...A Quote On iPhoneography By Brent Ridge, Fabulous Beekman Boys

Say “Hey” to my newest art collector, Kathryn Rehrig of Syracuse.

Kathryn saw my work at BANK Gallery in Sharon Springs and remembered The Beekman Boys post about my work on their blog- which featured the image Baby Steps- and requested a 10 x 10″ of Baby Steps (sold out in the 8 x 8″ series of 5 at Cherry Branch Gallery).

http://beekman1802.com/palm-of-your-hand/

Kathryn now owns Baby Steps 1 of 5. There are 4 left, pm me for more info before the 10 x 10″s are gone, too.

Baby Steps is an iPhonic image of a Chickadee landing in my hand to feed on a cold winter morning. I had been feeding the Chickadees out of a bird feeder but had forgotten to feed them for a day, this little one started flitting about and tapping me on the shoulder to remind me to fill the feeder. Before I did, I thought I’d see just how hungry he was and held out my hand full of seeds. He landed promptly, grabbed a sunflower seed, again and again. I love these little guys. Alas, it is summer and they can get their feed in other places so no more tapping me on my shoulder as I walk the dogs. Yes, I held the iphone/camera in one hand and the Chickadee in the other.

XO,

V

Making Pictures Of People…Dunga Brook Diary

A portrait! What could be more simple and more complex, more obvious and more profound. ~ Charles Baudelaire, 1859mother's day J1536x2048-05124 boyswimming margocake J2048x1536-10685 J2448x3264-28873 J2315x3087-119641 mh boycello leslieandadina handsomehazards hny TPTD chevyandbobbie forsaleorrent beautydeux IMG_9786 IMG_9732 IMG_0991 IMG_1711 IMG_2039 IMG_2100 IMG_2113 IMG_2380 IMG_2675 IMG_2677 IMG_2991 IMG_3020I am an iPhoneographer shooting with natural light. I document the rural life of central New York- those things that are closest to me…the flora, the fauna, the people. With people, I like to capture the portrait in a nano second, even if the sitters are posing…I wait for the moment between breaths, the second where the guard drops in order to capture the essence in front of me. iPhones are tricky in situations with movement so patience is key.

It’s Spring in Central New York & A Tiny Tutorial via Mary Oliver

It's Spring in Central New York & A Tiny Tutorial via Mary Oliver

“Instructions for living a life.
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.”
― Mary Oliver

Yesterday was a prefect warm and sunny spring day in Central New York.

I live in the country, down a rural road that has little traffic aside from the occasional tractor and day laborer using it as a cut to bigger things, perhaps a town of 200 or more.

There is no town where I live, no there there and that is how I like it, right now.

I lived in Los Angeles before this, another town with no there there but many more people, millions of cars, relentless sunshine and a level of stress that is almost nuclear in its intensity.

Not here.

Yesterday, the spring breeze was smooth, no nip at all, the clouds were white and fluffy and I meant to sit down and tell you about it as it went along.

But I was too busy.

Living in the moment.

I fell into the day like Alice in Wonderland fell into that great hole of wonder…I got lost, I got macro, I got panoramic…one with the earthy and the sky.

Here are a few photographs that document the day.

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https://dungabrookdiary.com/2013/05/19/bright-light-by-greg-dember-vicki-whickers-dunga-brook-diary-iphoneography/

Dunga Brook Diary, Cherry Branch Gallery, iPhoneography Exhibit and a flash of Rumi

 

“Don’t be satisfied with stories, how things have gone with others. Unfold your own myth.”
~Rumi


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Dunga Brook Diary ,at Cherry Branch Gallery in Cherry Valley, NY,  is an iPhonic love letter to Central New York.

These are the prints that are currently available at the Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley, NY.

These photos chronicle my transition from LA fashionista to Central New York nature iphoneographer.

If you’d like a limited edition 8 x 8″ photo printed directly on metal and ready to hang, please call Kristen at 607-264-9530 or email, vicki@dungabrookartisans.com

XO,

V

Mother’s Day Selfie and a Thought…

Mother's Day Selfie and a Thought...

We are all Mothers, all of us. Of invention, of ideas, of light..darkness becomes brilliant shining off the diamonds in our eyes.

Ladybird Traffic Jam and a kernel of Keats

Ladybird Traffic Jam and a kernel of Keats

“The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ~John Keats

Each morning I rise early to let the dogs out. They frolic around my acre as I scour the lay of the land for the new, the unusual, the “hey, what is that?” and the “woah, that wasn’t there yesterday.”

Each day, no matter how similar, is completely different if you take the time to truly see.

I was sitting under my favorite Frickin Tree (so named because I photograph him/her every single day) and turned over one of the fallen branches beneath it and found this gathering of beetles. I love the yellow one in the middle of it all.

Spring is finally well and truly here and my photographs are multiplying exponentially as are the colors.

What I notice about the spring is how similar it is to fall, there aren’t many leaves on the trees and if you look at a hilly range you will see the same crimsons and yellows as fall as the trees bud out.

This year the Maples are flowering and I feel so lucky to be here, in the middle of it all.

The Indiana Tree For Maili

The Indiana Tree For Maili

http://themailifiles.blogspot.com/2013/04/one-bold-step_30.html

Wow, my friend Maili wrote about my journey on her blog, The Maili Files. She is a wonderful chef, a dedicated mom and a gifted writer.

As I read what she wrote about me, I could feel my heart increasing in size, like the Grinch when he hears the Whos in Whoville sing their song even after he stole all of their Christmas presents.

Well, I didn’t get my presents stolen but I have been, as she wrote, putting one foot in front of the other on this wonderful journey that I embarked upon when I bought a farmhouse, sight unseen, straight from a post on Facebook.

This is just a brief note of gratitude to Maili for following my journey and cheerleading me every step of the way.

I will, of course, return the favor and write about her journey (we are all on a journey) but it may take a bit, she is such a delicious morsel of a human that I want to get it just right.

She admits that she attempted to write about me for a few months and spent the whole day sequestered (in her pjs…shhhhhh) to get it just right. And she did. She got it just right.

So that sound you hear? Its the birds signing in the trees and baby green leaves unfurling and my heart growing three sizes on this gorgeous spring day.

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