By Robert Stanhope
If my math is correct, I traveled to 20 states in 2022. Most of the travel was in a car. As I was sorting the 1000+ photographs taken this year, I decided to share some of my favorites, one from each month. Enjoy!
Heron's Nest Nature Park, Lakewood Ranch, Florida
Sarasota Cityscape, Sarasota, Florida
On a sandbar in the intercoastal waters near Anna Maria Island, Florida
Mystery Musician, Bradenton, Florida
Sunset at Siesta Key, Florida
Loggerhead turtle release on Anna Maria Island, Florida
From home, a gorgeous sky at sunset.
Somewhere in South Dakota
A morning walk at Celery Fields in Sarasota, Florida.
Wall decor in Austin, Texas
Car show in Sarasota, Florida
Reserved for live music.
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!
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.
Sarasota, Florida has many art and history treasures. Yesterday, I returned to The Ringling, one of my favorites. There are a few different admission options to this attraction. I chose the free one. You can walk the grounds for free and at your leisure. You'll see flower gardens, banyan tree and bamboo forests, and as was the case for me yesterday, an Osprey having lunch in a tree and dolphins feeding in Sarasota Bay. For a photographers, the rounds offer a variety of options from nature to architecture. Instead of rambling on, I have put together a little collection to give you a sneak peak.