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.
LEGAL NOTE: I do not represent or endorse Zoom. Use video chat and video conferencing platforms that best suit your needs. The images may not be sold, printed or represented as your artwork. Refer others to RobertStanhope.com if they ask about your background.
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.
One of my landscape photographs, 'Around the Bend', has been published in Cadence 2020 on page ninety-eight. Cadence is the annual anthology published by the Florida State Poets Association. The photo was taken at Weedon Island Preserve in St. Petersburg, Florida. Copies can be purchased through Amazon.
I've been taking photographs of nature for as long as I can remember. Grasslands, mountains, rivers, forests and more, I love the peace that is offered in these undisturbed environments. Often, I'm exploring nature on my own. Then a deer appears, butterflies flutter into a scene, alligators let out a hiss or a roar from a swamp, and birds grace the skyscapes and treetops. I'll never grow bored with nature. But, as a photographer, I want to expand my focus without straying too far from my specialty.
A couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time to add people to my nature photographs. I wanted to do this in a gentle fashion, not intruding on the pristine. I posted online a call to collaborate on this project. The response has been overwhelming. One of the first people to respond was a co-owner of a vintage clothing start-up company. She wanted to model a few of her vintage outfits in a field. We agreed on a location suitable to feature nature and her outfits.
The photographs I share today are from the photo shoot at The Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida. The photographs are black and white as that meets my original vision of this creative project. The Muse Upstairs will share the photos in color on their product release schedule.