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Photographing Snowflakes Part 1

So today, among all my other errands and tasks, I had to consider the coming snowstorm. Albeit, for me it doesn’t mean shoveling any snow or trying to drive in it, or being far from a grocery store (or anything else); it just means I can’t wait to wake up in the morning and look out at a city blanketed in snow. I LOVE it!! I’m actually really excited. I’ll probably put on my hunters and go around my neighborhood with my K1000 for some snowy photos. Growing up in the suburbs spoiled me with the beauty and quietness and gentle grace of a snowy landscape. In NYC it still looks very cool, but…… after about 36 hours I can’t stand it. It’s beyond ugly.

So, I’m all excited about the coming snow. But by Monday, I’ll be over it.
wendy g

PS: Now for something really different: A hundred years ago a young guy named Bentley figured out how to photograph individual snowflakes using a microscope and his large format camera. He understood that there was art there and captured it on film. He said, “Under the microscope, I found that snowflakes were miracles of beauty; and it seemed a shame that this beauty should not be seen and appreciated by others. Every crystal was a masterpiece of design and no one design was ever repeated., When a snowflake melted, that design was forever lost. Just that much beauty was gone, without leaving any record behind.” See some of his stunning work here.

When I look at his work my first thought is that even snowflakes (their beauty, symmetry, and unique design) declare the glory of The Lord.

WENDY G PHOTOGRAPHY | Film Photographer New York


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