On decorating

March 24, 2008 at 8:45 pm | Posted in Photographs | 5 Comments

You would think that as a photographer I would be able to find some pictures suitable to my liking to hang around the house. Maybe the sole reason that my walls are blank is because I can’t chose which ones to hang. These blank walls have so much potential, and yet I can’t settle on just a few photos when I have so many that I love.

Take this one, for instance. This little long-eyelashed beauty is a small Jersey cow named X-mas Candy. She was one of my favorite subjects back in 2006 and she forever flirted with my camera. She’d stick her cute cow tongue towards the lens and flash a big smile, and if that didn’t make you fall in love with her she’d bat her eyelashes.

I spent a lot of time in those cow barns back then, falling in love with the cows over and over again.

But when I think of art that people hang on walls, photos of cows don’t come to mind too quickly. Maybe that’s why my walls are still blank. Those photos that mean something to me would make my house guests think I was the worst interior decorator on the planet.  Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t Cow go with everything?

My goal for tomorrow: sort through my photos and frame some.


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  1. We have a very similar problem with me and painting. Having spent a couple of years drawing and painting people at college, I am well capable of turning out pictures good enough to hang – and yet I have never done so beyond a huge cartoon cat that has pride of place in the playroom.

    I think your photography is wonderful.

    Perhaps it’s a vanity thing? That you don’t want to blow your own trumpet? That you would rather have somebody elses work you like on the wall?

  2. You should decorate your house with things you like, after all you are the one that is going to be looking at it day in and day out. If you hang things that have meaning to you then you surround yourself and your guests with little pieces of who you are and that’s what turns a house into your home. If the cows make you happy when you look at them then hang the cows chances are your guests will enjoy them just as much!

    Your photography is extraordinary, you should hang it proudly!

  3. I think the best decorated homes I’ve been in are those that reflect the owner’s personalities. Those that do not conform to what a magazine photo would look like. Those that display pieces and parts of its inhabitants.

    I would frame X-mas Candy and let your guests wonder. I’d venture to guess that those coming over to see you, like you, and therefore can appreciate all of those bits and pieces that are a part of you. They’d probably love it!

  4. Jlo and Kristy I couldnt have said it better.. My passion is decorating and have been told I should have gone into it professionally. The truth be told. I dont think I could decorate for someone else, because my decorating is my expression of myself. Our home is filled with the things I love. My best peices are things that I have from my and Uncle Tommy’s childhood and my own children’s home and my irish heritage.Also junk that is discarded and given a new life.. is my idea of creativity. So Laur I say put the cow up.. Its an expression of you and and what you love.A home takes on a feeling of love and warmth when you truly express who you are . Your home is allready a home.. as I can see the love you have for each other and your animals and your family.xoxo A.Sanny

  5. i l.o.v.e. your photography!

    the problem will be pick just a few to hang on your walls, when you have so many wonderful photos.

    not such a terrible problem, eh?

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