Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Winter Highlights

In spite of the frequency of snowfall, mountains of drifts, and sub-zero temperatures today, I enjoyed a stroll amidst the trees to inhale the crisp air of the waning grip of winter.  The scene is actually Holy Sepulchure cemetery where I visited my Mother's gravesite on what would have been her 89th birthday. With the current weather conditions it was evident I was the only visitor so I relished in the quiet solitude, leaving pink roses to add a splash of color in sharp contrast to the sparkling white snow.

Now wandering off, as I so often do, I came upon beautiful sites that simply took my breath away.  This time of year is a favorite of mine for capturing images because of the incredible shadows, and I also love seeing the true growth habit of a tree that the bare branches so willingly exhibit. I'll let the following images showcase the special treats nature provides us.  It's there for the taking.... if only we'd take the time to really look and SEE.

The iridescent oak leaves still clinging onto the branches, awash in highlights from the overhead sun.

@2014, Joanne Scherf
Or open spaces with trees scattered about, often leading to fields of snow, so white it actually appears blue in color.  Even the natural drifting of snow forms a welcoming pathway that offers a closer look.

@2014, Joanne Scherf

©2014, Joanne Scherf

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Special V-Day Promotion

February 14 is V-Day, a global campaign founded by Eve Ensler (activist, author and producer of Vagina Monologues) to bring attention to the movement dedicated to end violence against women and girls.  This special day is when over One Billion Women strong will be rising and dancing for gender justice.  It's about calling for an end to all forms of inequality, discrimination, violence and outright demand for dignity, respect, and full rights for all women.

In celebration of women, I will rise for justice by offering 5 abstract images from my award-winning (national and international) Venus Rising portfolio at a discount for the entire month of February.  The images represent a design performance as my capture and development takes place with an iPhone.  Beginning with a traditional landscape or still life object I literally swirl, twist and shape this raw image until it evolves into an abstract translation of the essence and beauty of the female body, representing women's emotional power and spiritual energy.  The image below, Venus Embrace, is one of the five images available for the special promotion.

Venus Embrace
@2012, Joanne Scherf

For details on my special promotion, go to a page on my website called, V-Day Special Sale;!/p/features

More details on the V-Day celebration can be found at