janthinaimages

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Photography is not something I have been doing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. However, I have always been fascinated with the shapes and shadows of things, the ever-changing nature of light, and the beautiful patterns made when light filters through the structures of man or nature.

It was that fascination that led to the purchase of my first camera when I was eighteen. This was 1969, my father was in the MACV (Military Airlift Command in Vietnam) Program, and our family lived on Clark Field Air Force Base in the Philippines. There I learned to scuba dive and became mesmerized by the splendor of light streaming through the restless, liquid medium of the South China Sea…its rays flickering along the bottom, highlighting the translucence of various sea creatures, and gleaming off of the reflective bodies of fish. So, we went to Japan and I bought a Nikonos II underwater camera!! This camera today gathers dust in my closet, but I cannot think of it without recalling both my attempts to capture beauty undersea and the fact that many of my dive companions were airmen already living with images of darkness.

My old camera has a life of its own; it has been places; dark places and light places, and when I touch it memories flow. I feel exactly the same way about photographs. It is tempting to look at a photograph as merely a technical capture of the reality in front of the camera lens. What is viewable on paper is the whole story. Right? Not quite! Every image has a story behind it…a story of creative vision, a story of interaction with the scene, a story of adventure, a story of supreme joy or even a story of how fast you raced back to your truck in an attempt to outrun voracious, blood-thirsty mosquitoes while trying to capture the beauty of the Everglades on an oppressive summer day! Whew! Yes, a photograph is more than a record of what something looked like at a particular moment in time; it has a life!

With these galleries, I’d like to share my images and the life that each holds. While I live in South Florida and enjoy exploring my own back yard, it is a great source of pleasure whenever I have the chance to travel and capture the unique beauty of other lands.

Your comments, criticisms and questions are welcomed in equal measure, here onsite, or drop me an e at janthina50@hotmail.com. All images are copyright ©jalovell.

In closing, enjoy this quotation by Roy J. Cook, editor of my favourite book of poetry “One Hundred and One Famous Poems.” The quotation is from his preface and I include it here because although written of the need for poetry, it also translates to the need for retreat into the natural world and why we love the great masters of scenic photography so much, such as Ansel Adams and his modern descendants in the art, as Clyde Butcher here in south Florida:

“There are souls, in these noise-tired times, that turn aside into unfrequented lanes, where the deep woods have harbored the fragrances of many a blossoming season. Here the light, filtering through perfect forms, arranges itself in lovely patterns for those who perceive beauty.”....Roy J. Cook

©2007 jalovell

Galleries

Selected Images For Sale

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Greeting Cards for Sale Online

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Updated: Oct 28, 2013 1:33pm EST

Florida Birds

Updated: Jan 05, 2013 11:51pm EST

Forever Florida

Updated: Aug 12, 2011 12:10am EST

Lighthouses

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Updated: Sep 28, 2010 1:08pm EST

Everglades Note Cards for Sale

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Updated: Jul 30, 2010 11:39am EST

CLOSE OUT SALE on CARD SETS:Lights, Birds, Doorways

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Updated: Mar 29, 2010 5:35pm EST

Eternal Egypt Card Set Sale

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Updated: Nov 29, 2009 7:36pm EST

Shades of Florida

Updated: Mar 01, 2008 3:46pm EST

Family and Friends

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Updated: Feb 24, 2014 11:10pm EST

2010 Lighthouses of Florida Calendar Sale

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Updated: Jul 21, 2009 5:15pm EST

Janthina at Sales Events

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Updated: Mar 14, 2010 4:38pm EST

Green Heron Images

Updated: Nov 08, 2009 11:43am EST

Red Right Returning

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Updated: Aug 19, 2007 7:34pm EST

Miami-by Day, by Night, by Boat

Updated: Jan 11, 2009 7:13pm EST

Watchful Trees

Updated: Mar 15, 2008 2:36pm EST

Flower Play

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Updated: Jan 06, 2008 2:51pm EST

Eternal Egypt

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Updated: Sep 21, 2007 10:05pm EST

Guam-Saipan

Updated: Oct 06, 2007 9:42pm EST

Ambient Geometry

Updated: Feb 26, 2007 10:36pm EST

Bill's Docks

Updated: Feb 08, 2008 12:24am EST

Crepeteria-March 23, 2012

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Family Order Gallery

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Virginia Riorden Memorial

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Updated: Jun 22, 2012 8:46pm EST

john hech

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Jen's Wedding Shower

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Blue Book Pro View Pictures

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Canaveral Light - What Was Can Be

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