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Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME

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“I feel every shot, every camera move, every frame, and the way you frame something and the choice of lens, I see all those things are really important on every shot.” Roger Deakins

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME – Captured moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME - Captured moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME – Captured moments

For example, in painting the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents – as an element – the greatest difficulty in manipulation. Sergei Eisenstein

Frankly, as I pondered this exercise, what came to me was that to some degree, all of life is a series of frames we capture in our hearts. As we go about our lives, we spend portions of our time in the company of others. Each exchange becomes part of our energetic imprint and the connecting emotions that were part of our interaction gets saved in our memory bank. In the same way, each snapshot we capture on our camera carries embedded memories attached to it; where we were, what time it was, and the relevancy of the shot. I would argue that even the most innocuous shot has a memory attached; albeit, a fleeting one. This is why I love photography. I can step back in time and reminisce… even reinvent a frame and its setting.
The two big shots above were taken in the fall on different days. The bird perched after a feeding, and I loved the way the branches framed it so, I took a shot. The other indoor shot is of the hallway in the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Manhattan. I was meeting a friend and decided to take a few photos of the architecture and, as I focused my camera on the hallway, I captured a precious exchange .. It was either an arrival or a departure but, definitely a sweet, emotional exchange.

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“Each man should frame life so that at some future hour fact and his dreaming meet.” Victor Hugo

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME - Captured moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME – Captured moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME - Captured moments

Weekly Photo Challenge: FRAME – Captured moments

Mindfulness helps us freeze the frame so that we can become aware of our sensations and experiences as they are, without the distorting coloration of socially conditioned responses or habitual reactions. Henepola Gunaratana


While I’m still mulling over what to say about our challenge this week… I have had some time to reflect on the subject and to frame my ideas and thoughts in a cogent manner that will help explain my choices. When the word FRAME surfaced, I thought of snapshots, momentary images that float before our eyes and get caught in the cross fire of our fast lens. I loved the idea of choosing photos that helped me frame a perspective. The young lady taking a photo of the Hudson River, caught my attention and I loved the idea of a photographer in action being photographed. The pink Mandevilla bloom beckoned me and I couldn’t resist. I have four potted plant containers with a mixture of flowers, climbers and ornamental plants on my balcony, and three downstairs outside my front door. Some hold pink ones and some red. I added a colorful bokeh filter to the shot and quite like the outcome. I love using collages because they help me choose more than one shot to feature on my post.. I’ve uploaded a few individual shots from the collage I created and I hope you like them. The photos I chose represent some aspect of framing; albeit not perfectly. What would you choose from your collection of captured photographic moments? Frame it if you wish.

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: FRAME For this week’s challenge, I’d love for you to look at things a bit differently. Whether it’s through an actual picture frame, a few stalks of grass, or even the spokes of a bicycle tire, find an alternative frame to the world around you and share what you see!


Positive Motivation Tip: To some degree, all of life is a frame we capture in our hearts.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos from my personal collection.

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet




34 Comments leave one →
  1. Michigan Saving (@las930) permalink
    29/08/2016 12:03 pm

    What beautiful photos and inspiration. Great way to start my week off!

  2. Ana De Jesus permalink
    29/08/2016 12:22 pm

    Hmm its interesting to think of the world as having a frame and I agree that life is a series of mini frames x

  3. Ave Hla permalink
    29/08/2016 12:33 pm

    Your photos are always so inspiring! I think I would have taken the easy way and would have taken photos of different frames. I really like the photos you chose for this challenge.

  4. Sarah Bailey permalink
    29/08/2016 1:00 pm

    I love this! I especially love the last quote about all life being a frame we capture in our heart. So true!

  5. Liz Mays permalink
    29/08/2016 1:03 pm

    I do think we remember things in terms of specific moments rather than long periods of times. It would be great to be able to recall more than just the standout moments.

  6. Michele permalink
    29/08/2016 2:15 pm

    Interesting concept–to see things through a frame that is not ordinary–I think you captured it perfectly!

  7. Violinkit permalink
    29/08/2016 2:47 pm

    This is a very thought provoking post. On the surface one may think your simply talking about using the right frames for your photographs, but probe more deeply and you are also talking about using the right frame in your life. Great!

  8. Alfonzowords permalink
    29/08/2016 3:11 pm

    I recently was coached on a mindful exercise that truly, for the first time, brought me, wholeheartedly into the present moment. That feeling was like no other.
    While when I think of framing, my mind goes to the rule of thirds and such haha. These photos are great shining tributes to the post topic.

  9. Neely (@Neelykins) permalink
    29/08/2016 3:11 pm

    I never thought about life like that. I really love this idea!

  10. Amer Phils permalink
    29/08/2016 6:14 pm

    I love all your picture collage. You always capture beautiful and inspiring images.

  11. 29/08/2016 7:04 pm

    What a thought-provoking prompt. Good to pause and remember that there are so many ways of framing anything; it’s very important to consider other perspectives.

  12. katyashadeofteal permalink
    29/08/2016 7:08 pm

    I love your photo collages. This one definitely represents “frame” since each individual picture focus’ on something so unique and amazing.

  13. tiffanyhathorn permalink
    29/08/2016 8:51 pm

    I always love your photos. It’s so impressive that they are pictures you shot yourself. Nice!

  14. Shub permalink
    29/08/2016 9:05 pm

    This is quite a though-provoking topic. I have not really consciously thought of framing my life or important moments. Need to ponder.

  15. toughcookiemommy permalink
    29/08/2016 9:08 pm

    The concept of framing events and experiences is a profound one. It allows you to truly put every moment into perspective.

  16. Nicole Herose Cochingco - Escat permalink
    30/08/2016 12:20 am

    I love your photos! If you’ll open my heart, you can see a lot of different frames- good ones and bad ones but they will always be my treasured frames!

  17. momi berlin permalink
    30/08/2016 12:21 am

    I picture as a beautiful frame the sight of my little boy sleeping as i stand at our bedroom door. Such a beautiful sight.

  18. Lisa Rios permalink
    30/08/2016 7:18 am

    Some beautiful photos from you and the concept is quite amazing as well as you always do. The quote from Roger Deakins is amazing enough to sum up the concept very much.

  19. Chubskulit Rose permalink
    01/09/2016 8:15 am

    I love that photo you took of the young lady taking a photo as well. These days, my frame of ind is always stressed out!

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