In this post we are lucky enough to have another body of work from an award-winning photographer, Margo Kessler Cook. She has traveled extensively and has had the opportunity to photograph many different types of subjects. If you missed the first post, be sure to check out the post named: Guest Photographer: Margo Kessler Cook. There are some remarkable photos on that page as well. The first two photos in this grouping were referenced in that post. I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of Margo’s work in the future.
OUT AND ABOUT – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
This photo was selected and exhibited this past April – June in the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens 33rd Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition: Natural Florida. Found this turtle (think it’s a Peninsula Cooter) on a log while I hiked around Myakka River State Park. He stayed long enough for me to grab this shot.
EYE SEE YOU – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
In February this year, I took 3rd Prize/Amateur Category in the ‘Sticks and Clicks’ photo competition by Ringling College of Art + Design and the Sarasota Museum of Art. All photos submitted were based on sculptor Patrick Dougherty’s Stickwork sculpture, ‘Out in Front’, on the grounds of historic Sarasota High School. This was a difficult shoot for some reason. Went back three different dates and times to try and capture something unique. I was determined to find a shot. Happy to say that determination paid off with the prize and cash award.
PEACEFUL – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
My friend knows how much I love trees so he took me out on a foggy morning specifically to photo trees. The trees I like to shoot I refer to as ‘winterized’; you know, standing there naked, no leaves, just waiting for the new spring-summer-collection-to-come-in-naked. Those are the best trees. We get to see so many different designs in the branches, they pose well and don’t need a release form. Took this one in Texas on a foggy morning. When I look at it, I just feel peaceful inside.
LEAF ORIGAMI – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
Found this little frog on my lanai one morning. He jumped up on a leaf and grabbed it like he was doing some leaf origami. Had my camera handy so caught him before he hopped away. Enjoyed the different shades of green.
ICONS – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
On my recent trip to Greece I was on the island of Mykonos. It’s a great place to meander around the maze of seemingly endless lanes, climb tiny whitewashed steps, and peek into churches. There are lots of shops, boutiques, cafes and art galleries; trendy restaurants and bars. I stumbled upon this shop that had the most beautiful icons. As the photo reveals, most are hand-painted on tree bark. I could not resist taking a photo of this unique iconographic collection. A joy to behold.
WOUNDED – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
While in Turkey, traveled to ancient Ephesus. After seeing all sorts of relics of the Hellenistic, Roman and early Christian era, I got to watch a live re-enactment of some Gladiators. It was like a time-travel experience. I stayed in the moment and managed to capture these two armed combatants in, dare I say it, the swing of things.
LET THERE BE LIGHT – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
Abstract art. You either love it or you hate it. I happen to love it. Three elements that I try to incorporate into most of my art: abstract, organic and sensual. This photo is a work in progress. Played with a ray of light that came through the crack in the door. Aperture f/8, Shutter speed 1/20, ISO 160, White balance set on Incandescent. No, that’s not digital noise in the shot. Just playing with textured material.
STUCK ON YOU – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
Cruising through the San Francisco Aquarium this bright red-coral colored starfish was adhered to the glass tank. It was interesting to see its tube-like feet and mouth in the center while watching the fish approach from the bottom as well as the school of fish swirl behind.
SHANGRI-LA – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
This was taken at Shangri-La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center in Orange, Texas. They have a Wetland Demonstration Garden with a series of shallow rectangular pools which grow aquatic and wetland plants. I took a series of photos at these pools and when I downloaded the images this one looked like it captured the Shangri-La experience quite well. Photo has almost an oriental quality about it.
ON TOP – Margo Kessler Cook © All Rights Reserved
Love those classic car shows. Hood ornaments are one of the things that catch my eye. Not too sure of what vehicle this one was on. It was taken this past February at the Ferrari Clubs of America 9th Annual Cars on Fifth (Naples, FL). Fun event with lots of good photo ops. I liked this shot as the color of the car was so intense and the ornament looked like it was ready to fly right off the hood. The Florida sky reflected nicely in the oh-so-perfect paint job.
Until next time…
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