Portraits from the Renaissance Faire

Back in May I attended my first Renaissance Faire right outside Los Angeles. As a history buff, I'd always been curious about them. I wondered how people interpreted history and where and how they saw themselves within that context. It's a very interesting subculture that is made up of genuinely sweet and lovely people. The faire that's held here every year is a massive event that goes on for two months in the spring. I got such a kick out of walking around and seeing everyone in their costumes (period or not). There was an infectious enthusiasm that I found quite fun and refreshing. Not only did I want to go to see what these fairs are all about but I wanted to shoot portraits! Approaching strangers and asking to photograph them is still quite new to me. Fortunately I was met with kindness, patience, and curiosity by all of my subjects. Here are ten of my favorites! I'm already looking forward to returning next year.

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Afternoon at The Getty Center

A few weeks ago we spent several hours walking around at The Getty Center. I wanted to see the latest photography exhibits: A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography and the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibit. Both were excellent and they're on display until June so do check them out if you're in the area!   It was a windy and chilly (by LA spring time standards) day so there weren't too many people there. Always nice. I was happy to just wander around my camera. Here's what I saw.


Casting Shadows: Norton Simon Museum

As mentioned in my last post, here are the images I shot of the wonderful shadows being cast by some of the Hindu and Buddhist statues at the Norton Simon Museum. This small room is located on the bottom floor and has a huge window that looks out onto a beautiful statue in a garden grove. Due to the influx of natural light, the statues cast such incredible shadows from their pillars. I noticed this as soon as we walked in and became much more interested in photographing the shadows than anything else. In a way, it brought these deities to life more so than the statues themselves. Rather than seeing them stuck on their own individual pillars, isolated, their shadows mix and mingle and interact with each other.


Art and People: Norton Simon Museum

Today we swung by the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to look at a few exhibits. The weather was pretty nice and we sat out in the garden for a little while between exhibit hopping. I also bought a Sunprint kit in the gift shop and am quite excited to take it for a spin. One of my favorite things to do in museums is to watch people experiencing the art. I'd been to the Norton Simon several times so I was already familiar with their permanent collection which meant I could spend more time people watching! There's something so quiet, reflective, and personal about photographing people while they're studying a painting (or just relaxing in front of one). Rather than disturb them I like to photograph them with their backs to me. It's interesting to see how posture and body language change depending on the piece of art. The way a person holds themselves in these moments tells me a lot about them and I'm fine to leave the rest a mystery. Stay tuned for a second post from the Norton Simon. I'll be showing some images of the shadows cast by Hindu statues!


Reaching back...

So, it's been awhile. I've been meaning to get back into my blog for a long time. This time around I simply intend to feature my own images which removes a lot of the pressure of creating perfect layouts of other people's work. I want to showcase more of my own photography here as I continue to rebuild my portfolio and website. That said, I wanted to give my neglected little blog a pretty flower and to let it know I still love it. 


Happy Easter, folks!

Happy Easter and Happy Spring to everyone! Enjoy a relaxing and (hopefully) sunny day with your favorite people. I'm off to find myself some chocolate...couldn't resist.

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I planned a trip to The Huntington for some tea and garden action (yes, action). Normally, I take my cumbersome camera bag with me. This time I decided against it and ended up hijacking Luke's iPhone. There is so much to see there that I had to shoot something. I wasn't expecting to really enjoy using the iPhone camera but it was quite fun and liberating. Sometimes it's nice to forget about being technical and just play around and not care too much about what you end up with at the end of the day.

Images by Maureen Price



Lately I've been biting at the bit to get out of town for a little while. I need some quiet and some new experiences. There's so much of California that I haven't seen and I want to start picking away at my list of places to visit. That being said, we're going up to the Sequoia National Park in a few weeks for a quick break from the modern world. I plan to spend as much time as possible outside with zero technology. I can't wait to spend the evenings on the porch of the lodge or in front of the giant fireplace. I can't wait to see the stars and enjoy the quiet and the air. I can't wait to hike and explore. In a nutshell, I can't wait.

The beautiful image above is by Marc Fischer. He's a multimedia artist and musician currently living in Portland, Oregon. Check out his site Dust Breeding for some great polaroid images.


Finding beauty...

So, the quote above the picture is from a fortune cookie. Not much of a fortune but I liked it enough to keep it and pop it on my fridge. It's something I always try to remember...especially when I'm walking around with my camera. This picture is of pollen (and pond gunk?) in a stagnant fountain. I couldn't walk away without shooting it. I love the way a bit of pollen and dirty water can look like a beautiful aerial image of some exotic location. I guess it's the little things in life.

Image by Maureen Price. Please don't use without permission.



I'm totally astounded by these videos from BETTY WANTS IN (a Melbourne-based design studio created by Chas Mackinnon and Brad Goble). These were created for InfinityList.com which is a platform for cinematic adventure sports video. I've never really had a burning desire to hurl myself out of a plane but these folks have made it look seriously appealing. Granted, the athletes featured here are all professionals. So, yeah...just keep that in mind.

Experience Human Flight from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

"This chapter we will take you to Norway, Switzerland, and France where people are jumping cliffs as high as 6,000 feet."

Experience Zero Gravity from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.

Experience Freedom from Betty Wants In on Vimeo.