Friday, December 18, 2015

~~ It's All in the (Vintage) Details ~~

"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."
-- Confucius

We've all heard the phrase "It's all in the details" but most of us are so busy 
it's easy to miss the beauty in those little things that fill our everyday lives. 
As the frantic holiday season is upon us, 
let's take a breath and try to savor those details before they slip away. 

In photography, as in painting, we must notice the details 
in our compositions for our pictures to work like . . . 

a candle in a twisted metal holder reflected in a mirror,

simple lines of a birdcage against a sheer curtain on a winter's day,

white flowers reflected in an oval mirror,

scalloped lace edging against a contrasting texture,

feathery seed heads on ornamental grasses in the winter sunshine,

brass and enamel knob on an old oak cabinet,

intricate designs on vintage silver,

delicate detail in a gesso mirror frame,

a preserved leaf in an old book,

and the way light and shadow play on a vintage metal stand.

When your families and loved one gather this season, 
take a moment to notice the smallest details of your life:
your mother's hands, a child's smile, snow floating by your window, 
the colors of the flames in your fireplace. 

Life is in the details.
What little things would you photograph for your composition? 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

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  1. Loved this encouragement.....mindfulness.....awareness.....gratitude flows from this when we take time to slow down and notice the details like you suggested. You have a new follower!

    1. Thanks Toni. You get it! I'm excited to have you as a new follower. Merry Christmas!

  2. This is a timely reminder! I have been trying this year to slow down and live mindfully and with intention.

  3. It is all in the details, vintage details, isn't it?! Just beautiful photos you shared with us, Victorian detail images that I so adore! I especially like the oval frame! Thanks for the inspiring words too!
    Have a blessed and happy Christmas!

  4. This is brilliant. My husband can't see something that is in the same place for 30 years...and I'm pondering a spiderweb in the middle of the windmill. I have so enjoyed this, I shared it everywhere I could...will be pinning this too. Thanks for the real reminder....Merry Christmas, Sandi

    1. Oh my! This has to be one of my favorite comments ever. Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing my post. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sandi.

    2. Oh my! This has to be one of my favorite comments ever. Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing my post. Merry Christmas to you and yours, Sandi.

  5. What a beautiful post. I love the stillness in your photographs - a wonderful reminder to take time to notice the little things.
    Best wishes from Scotland.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  6. I enjoyed the photos. They are exquisite.

    1. Thanks so much Debra. I hope you come back again. Merry Christmas!

  7. Beautiful post! I like to look at the details within photos or works of art. Noticing the smallest details of our lives is so important. When one does that, I find that my heart is filled with gratitude. Thank you for this thoughtful post!

    1. Hi Sarah. What a lovely comment. Hope you visit again. Cheers!

  8. Thanks for reminding us of the importance of slowing down to notice and enjoy the beauty around us. Lovely photographs and blog post, Pat. Thanks for sharing it at Vintage Charm. Happy New Year!