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MMDT #6: ARTIST INSPIRATION

I cannot tell you how excited I was for this challenge! For this challenge we were to get our inspiration from a famous artist. I knew immediately what I was going to do. I have always loved the work of Ansel Adams. His black and white prints are so classy. (The challenge did not specify "painter", and I think photography IS an art!)

Years ago, when my mom and I went to Alaska, I took a roll of black and white film, and loved the photos. To this day, I try to take photos that are somewhat architectural, different, and that I think will translate well to black and white. They are not always "conventional" photos! Unfortunately, I never really get around to printing them in black and white. SO....here was my big opportunity and I went crazy! I converted 54 various photos in b & w, printed them all, and ended up using a lot of them....in FIVE pages (all on white grid paper)!! While my photos are not nearly the caliber of Ansel's, he is truly an inspiration to me!

The main layout for did for this project is a two page spread. The photos are a collection from various places over the years...Antarctica, Jamaica, Alaska, Costa Rica and the middle one was taken at a museum in New York City.  I used page pattern #56 (flipped) and the mirror image. 

The second layout consists of all photos from my last trip to Jamaica. There were two I especially loved, so I blew them up to 5X7 and then featured them on the first page of the spread. I used a photo of the stone stairway and another of a fence to fill in the "spaces". Page 1 is page pattern #19 turned, and Page 2 is page pattern #44 without the title. The font is "Blackletter" from Cricut.  

The last layout is, what I call, a "true" mosaic.  All one-inch squares!  This layout is a compilation of 8 photos.  I was at a scrapbooking weekend last weekend and the gals there always want to see me do a mosaic.  So this one is for them!  (Though it looks like there is nothing in the top left, the light blue of the sky fades out on line...especially when on white grid paper!)

Enjoy! :)

Shared by Lori Hanson on March 17, 2013 | Memory Date: March 16, 2013
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It's really amazing how photos in black and white bring such clarity. I love this layout.
Posted By: Dale Hill  |  March 23, 2013 at 2:53 am   
I love the black and white! This is a concept I am just starting to dabble in myself, they can have such a powerful impact. Your pages have inspired me to use the black and white setting more!
Posted By: Tonnya Sayah  |  March 22, 2013 at 12:06 pm   
Stunning, dramatic, powerful, and a true celebration of opposites. From the snow-covered mountains to sun-drenched islands, you've captured the diversity of nature. I love the whale tail, the penguins, and the musicians. What a story!
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  March 22, 2013 at 11:58 am   
Stunning, dramatic, powerful, and a true celebration of opposites. From the snow-covered mountains to sun-drenched islands, you've captured the diversity of nature. I love the whale tail, the penguins, and the musicians. What a story!
Posted By: Diane Cook  |  March 22, 2013 at 11:58 am   
LOVE your layouts! ALL of them!! Great idea for black and white photography! And it really needs no journaling...the pictures make such a bold statement. My favorites are the whale tail and the mountains that look like they just fade into the white background. Awesome job!!
Posted By: Heather Cartland  |  March 21, 2013 at 11:30 pm   
Lori, what a great idea with Ansel Adams! Love your photos too and what a great job!! Never realized how Jamaica pics look so different in black and white. This is something I will have to try. Just beautiful :)
Posted By: Julie Oconnor  |  March 20, 2013 at 11:29 pm   
What a great idea and a wonderful artist to design your layout after. I especially love the photos of the penguins and the whale sighting. Beautiful job!!!
Posted By: Billi Glenn  |  March 19, 2013 at 5:57 am   
Beautiful, beautiful pages! Black and white photos are the best. I did a layout with them once and in my opinion they make the best layouts. Very nice, thoughtful layout. It is amazing to look at!
Posted By: Shannon Nixson  |  March 18, 2013 at 10:37 pm   
Love b/w and Ansel Adams. These pages are terrific!!
Posted By: Libby Wiers  |  March 18, 2013 at 4:40 pm   
Black and white photography is a powerful medium and Ansel Adams is the master. It looks like once you decided "who" to do, your imagination kicked in and took over allowing you to enjoy the ride! You have some very interesting photos that stand out all the more, because they are B&W. Nice Job!
Posted By: Andrea Fisher  |  March 18, 2013 at 5:32 am   
     

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