I arrived at Siesta Key beach before sunrise. With just a hint of light as I stood in the soft white sand, I was inspired. The beach had been beautifully groomed during the overnight hours. I reached down to grab a handful of sand. The grain of the sand inspired me to bring grain to the photography of the day. The slideshow is of Siesta Key and Sarasota. Enjoy!
The pop music group TLC had a song titled "Waterfalls". In the lyrics, they advised against chasing them. I didn't heed their words. As I enjoyed the winding roads through the mountains of North Carolina, I made a stop at Dry Falls near the community of Highlands. Below are a few photographs I took to capture these mighty waters that fall freely as collective drops on a journey down the Cullasaja River.
I photographed The Swan wedding a couple of weeks ago. The wedding was held at the beautiful Oaks at Devonshire in Arcadia, Florida. A native Florida landscape of live oaks provides a wonderful background to mix and match photos in black & white, spot color, and full color. It was my honor to capture the scenes of their big day and I wish them a lifetime of happiness.
The Florida Botanical Gardens are among the most beautiful in the state of Florida. I was honored when asked if they could feature one of my photographs from the venue in the Foundation's annual report. I didn't know which photograph they had chosen until I saw a finished copy of the report. The cardinal is my favorite bird. How did they know? Learn more about the gardens at this website. Visit the actual gardens when you can. You won't be disappointed.
I prefer the waning gibbous to the full moon when it comes to photography. The moon has a sense of mystery in a deep dark space.
Photo taken from Anna Maria Island., Florida
These photographs are from my first visit to Hardee Lakes County Park in Bowling Green, Florida. I feel it's a hidden gem for the naturist and for landscape photographers. I only explored about half of the grounds, leaving me an opportunity to return. Enjoy!
The Bradenton Riverwalk offers a variety of views and sights along the Manatee River. There's plenty of room to walk, run, and ride a bicycle. These photographs are a small sample of what you'll see along a 1.5-mile walking route.
The artwork on this page was all inspired by photographs that I've taken somewhere on a countryside, along a sandy shoreline, or looking into the sky at the stars. I'm thankful for the inspiration that nature provides. It grants me an opportunity to share the world with you.
In 2020, many people have lost touch with nature during the pandemic. We find ourselves connected through video conferencing and video chat. Each of these platforms allows us to customize the backgrounds that others see. You can right-click on any of these images to save them to your computer, to use in a Zoom meeting.
The images may not be sold, printed or represented as your artwork. Refer others to RobertStanhope.com if they ask about your background. Thank you!
Some of the art shared on this page is available in printed formats on my gallery.
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We can generally agree that the face is the most often captured part of the human body. We've all taken selfies. There are engagement photos and wedding photos of couples. On birthdays, there are photographs of the birthday boy or girl blowing out candles. The chest and the backside are also popular vantage points to capture the natural art that is the human body. So what's overlooked?
In my opinion, the feet and the hands. The foundation and the tools we use more than any other parts of our body can be afterthoughts. I did a fashion shoot recently that could have included shoes, but it wasn't the focus. I can argue that we're missing stories when we overlook these areas. The photos below spotlight the hands and the feet to deliver stories.
My father worked in construction his entire life. It wasn't until I looked at his hands, on his last day on this Earth, that I heard those stories through calluses and cracked skin.
I encourage other photographers to capture the less popular stories our bodies tell.