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Fog on the James, #3


[ James River, Richmond, VA ]

“Distance has the same effect on the mind as on the eye.”

Samuel Johnson, The History of Rassalas, Prince of Abissina

Fog on the James, #2


[ James River, Richmond, VA ]

“It’s okay, girl, we’ll make it till the sun goes down forever. And until then what you got to lose but the losing?

We’re fallen angels who didn’t believe that nothing means nothing.”

Jack Kerouac, Book of Blues

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  • Debbie WibowoApril 20, 2014 - 5:25 pm

    Love the leading line, kinda reminds me that there’s hope at the end of the road.ReplyCancel

Outtakes: Peaceful


Model: Destanie Taylor    Hairstylist: Danielle Ballard


While working on last year’s 12 Emotions in 2013 project, I typically had to choose just one photo to illustrate each month’s emotion. It wasn’t easy. Often, the vision I had in my head changed once I was on location and shooting. Different usually turned out to be better. But there were times I had to scrap the first, second, or even third idea and go with the unexpected vision that presented itself in front of my lens.

Here, then, is the start of an occasional series that will feature images that didn’t make the cut for a project or assignment, but have become favorites of mine over time.

This image came from a 20 minute October shoot at Sunday Park in Chesterfield County.

The emotion was Peaceful. This alternative image would’ve worked had I stuck with my initial thought of going for something serene.  The problem was, my life at the time was anything but serene so to produce an image contrary to my reality was not an option. I wanted to show power, determination, and courage. All things I needed to muster each day.

Months later, on the other side of some struggles, I can see some of the same qualities in the second image. Yet, the feel is brighter. That new perspective is what makes looking back on one’s life and experiences through images so intriguing. What once seemed so bleak really did have rays of calming peace and light.

Here is the image that made the cut for Peaceful. You can read the post here and review the entire project here.


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  • Debbie WibowoApril 20, 2014 - 5:26 pm

    Her beauty is striking and the dramatic light on the 2nd image really makes it powerful.ReplyCancel

PROJECT: 12 Emotions in 2013 (Hopeful)

_DSC0573_web[ Hopeful, December 2013]

“Hope is but the dream of those who wake.”   ~  Matthew Prior



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  • Debbie WibowoFebruary 18, 2014 - 11:44 am

    What a beautiful motion blur, Penelope!ReplyCancel

Project: 12 Emotions in 2013 (Thankful)


[ Thankful, November 2013 ]

Life’s small bits take me back.

Back to when I sat under my mom’s sewing machine table catching the strips of quilt that inched their way over the edge. Back to when I chatted about the weather in the laundry room of the la Universidad de Puerto Rico dorm without translating first in my head. Back to when I snuggled the wind through my children’s laughter.

Now my not-so-little ones want a seat at my sewing machine and translations for milk and cookies. They chase leaves in fall’s swirling winds and power their own breezes on swings that tease the sky. Soon enough, they land and sit idle.

And I? I sit back, waiting. The next bits, you see, will thankfully be … landmarks on our journey back to the future.

Now visit Cris’ blog to see her inspirational view of this month’s theme.

  • […] follow our circle and check out the the lovely Penelope with her interpretation of this months […]ReplyCancel

  • Kristina GorokhovaNovember 17, 2013 - 4:24 pm

    I admire you so much! i love coming to your web-site and read and re-read your posts…you are always able to find the right words, the right image to tell your story!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie WibowoDecember 29, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Love that you captured the shadow, Penelope. I love shadows 🙂 Isn’t life made of tiny moments? I also love remembering back all those tiny moments that now become memories.ReplyCancel

Project 12: Words Through Images

[ November 2013 ]

“I don’t need anybody’s permission to be remembered. I will be. “

~ Lady Gaga




Don’t stop here. Check out what my friends, Cris and Francesca, had to say and show this month.

  • […] follow this link to a special post by my friend […]ReplyCancel

  • francescaNovember 4, 2013 - 11:40 am

    It is a true blessing to be able to bask in the gloriousness of our children’s accomplishments. a very special series of your mighty girl.ReplyCancel

  • CrisStephensNovember 10, 2013 - 2:22 pm

    I love the way you capture emotions and you make the audience feel like if we were there. Love these images. Love that quote. It is always a pleasure to see life through your eyes my friend. You are so inspiring!!! <3ReplyCancel

  • Debbie WibowoDecember 29, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Congratulations on the accomplishment, beautiful girl. I am sure you will accomplish more and more moving forward.ReplyCancel