A few years ago, I began a series of photo swaps that required pairing a photo with an appropriate quote and making the quote part of the photo. My partner for the recent round, in October, was Diane, Midteacher on swap-bot. We swap quite regularly, so if you have been following Pics and Post for a while, you may have seen her work many times before.
Midteacher sent three quote photos. She used the first photo, captured on a morning walk, to make a card:
When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive–to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.
Oops. Forgive her typo on the word “precious.” She’s still working on getting the crop right with her photos. Digital photography is pretty tricky when it comes to printing on standard 4×6 paper. I created templates in Pages (for Mac) and Photoshop Essentials to avoid losing critical parts of photos or having them cut off at the edge.
I’m intrigued by Diane’s card-making techniques. She typically uses card stock, torn paper, fabric, metal, paint, metallic paints, and other embellishments. As soon as I have time, I’m going to work with some of the tips she shared with me to make my own unique photo cards.
Diane shot this photo at an apple orchard:
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. –Buddha
And this one on another foggy morning:
Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
I’m pretty sure integrating quotations is my favorite thing to do with photos. I sent Diane at least three photo inspirations; I’ll share them in posts later this month, so keep your eyes open.
If you need more inspirational photos, head to P.H. Fitzgerald’s 365 Polaroid Quotes on Flickr. You’ll especially love his album if you like vintage Polaroid shots. His work makes me want to find the Polaroid camera I know is buried in a box somewhere and put it to work.