bedside camellias.

Recently I was out with my camera and someone asked me "what do you take pictures of?". Thinking about it, I told her the truth : "mostly, I take pictures of flowers ... and out-of-focus pictures of people" 

I know that when I get older, others will want to know how the world looked - the buildings and the clothes and the people. I've been trying to take more pictures of human beings. But, the table tops are still my favorite.

 On a spring Sunday, I took out my clippers and walked a few blocks to a camellia bush that I pass during my bus ride. The branches were over-flowing with more flowers than they could hold - so many of them had already fallen and were browning on the ground.  I tucked away the flat, fragile blooms until my tote bag was filled to the brim. The bush showed no signs of my being there.

The arrangement on my bedside table only lasted a day. But here I always have it, sitting on a cabinet filled with film  ... and now, a couple frames of camellias.

(photos) on film with Pentax K1000  (p.s.)  more camellias : by Brian Ferry from his show This Is What Was Once All Yours and waxy leaves by Queen of the Carrot Flowers 
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13 comments:

  1. I take pictures of everything and it's the things that I'm not even focused on that are really worth the photo.

    Your photos are lovely and so are your stories. :)

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  2. Every time, you make me bring my camera everywhere and try to be a better writer.

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    1. I've carried this with me for the whole weekend.

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  3. i'm having a hard time taking photos of people. it never really clicked with me. i'd rather wander around and capture landscapes, architecture and such. i never got asked that question by a stranger, but curious to know what my answer will be when it happens.

    these flowers are quite beautiful. i don't think that i've seen this kind before.

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    1. I get that, Leyla. It really takes a conscious effort me to point the camera at people. And when I get the film back my favorites are still of the flowers.

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  4. Those are like storybook flowers, or wallpaper flowers. They are so perfect-looking, and their leaves so shapely.

    Quite l o v e l y . . .

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    1. Amanda, the word order in "their leaves so shapely" is so poetic. I've said it over and over to myself.

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  5. I love how full and rich camellias are--the green of the leaves and the petalsboth.

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  6. Love these! Thanks for the flowers today, Sam!

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  7. ooh thank you for the mention on your beautiful blog Sam :-)

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    1. of course! I saw your camellias right after I had nestled myself in that shrub in my neighborhood and your photos were just like the real thing. I must have pulled them up a dozen times - the waxiness of the leaves is so accurate ... and the dark moody color is so interesting (spring is usually a time for those bright, bouncy, blown out photos)

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