Thursday, April 17, 2008

Beauty In Everyday Life

Sometimes I get so bogged down in work that I forget to revisit files of photos that I have taken for personal pleasure or projects. This semester, I have been working on a project with the Metcalfe Museum in Durham, Oklahoma. The museum pays tribute to Augusta Metcalfe, a pioneer woman who cared for a farm and a family as a single mother and still managed to find time and energy to teach herself fine arts such as painting. She became well-known for her art, being inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and even being featured in an issue of Life Magazine. Her paintings depict scenes of everyday life for the pioneers of western Oklahoma: feeding cattle, hunting, landscapes, etc. Our society has placed a heavy emphasis on the unusual in life (celebrity and such). It seems like we get so caught up in the unusual that we forget to see the beauty in everyday life around us.

So, without further ado, here is a little piece of MY everyday life. A simple windmill (probably a working windmill used to water cattle) and a big, blue, open sky that stretches for miles in the prairies of Oklahoma.

And, for the record, there have been almost no adjustments to this image in Photoshop. This is my world in real life!


Bethany said...

WOW! It's just stunning.

Jennifer said...

this is absolutely beautiful, I love the colors and simplicity!

Megan said...

Thanks, y'all!

Liss said...

Great work. I love looking at un-photoshoped pictures. Good works such as this that have has very little adjustments done to them in photoshop show the real quality of the photographer.

I myself have only just acquired photoshop and it is very Overwhelming, I need to spend some time to experiment with it.