Ever since I received a Kodak Disk camera for my tenth birthday, the love of photography has pulsed through me. My early subjects were mostly pigs, from the farm — they are very fun to photograph by the way. I’d snap a roll of film and then beg my mom to rush me to the local drug store to drop off the negatives for developing, which would return back a week later. Two of the fifteen shots, at best, would turn out to be masterpieces (in my own mind, of course).
So much has changed since the era of film cameras — both in my life and via the rapid escalation of technology. Today, literally anyone with a smart phone has a wide berth to express their vision in remarkable imagery that can instantly be uploaded for the world to see — and we can all be artists.
But sometimes in order to become the best artist possible we need a little help. I admire photography by fellow bloggers, who continue to inspire me to improve my focus and techniques. For example, I really enjoy Jen’s work with her blog Dabbling In Jetlag. She has an eye for scenes with just the perfect amount of light and provides a lot of great tips for improving your own craft through a number of articles on her site. In particular, I really appreciate (and agree with) these two articles:
The photo collections you see below are specially curated groupings of places and concepts that inspire me.
From flowing bonsai trees to dramatic seascapes of the Pacific Ocean, you’ll find most of the articles on Kessi World loaded with photos intended to inspire the soul. Almost everything is my own content, produced in a collaboration between my vision and heart. Some are snapshots capturing fleeting moments, while others express patient and careful spiritual deliberation. For more inspiration check out all the Destinations available on this site, or Pacific Northwest maps, to get started planning.
Enjoy this gallery, and may these collections refresh your own wanderlust and “artist eye” for the world.
Calm mind and body with this 20-photo meditation from ShiShi Beach Trail, in Olympic National Park. Get lost in the textures and colors.
Photo gallery highlights Big Four Ice Caves, including wild flowers and berries on the forest hike and waterfalls on the mountain peak above.
Photo gallery of my recent road trip around Oregon. This curated set of pictures details the portion of the trip between Bend and The Dalles by way of Joseph, Oregon.
Photo gallery, map and information to inspire a visit to see the 60 intricate miniature trees at Pacific Bonsai Museum, near Seattle, Washington
Photo gallery, map and information to inspire a visit to the lush forest oasis of the Rhododendron Species Botanical Garden, near Seattle, WA
20 photos of the Painted Hills in Oregon that uniquely bring to life the colorful layers of ancient geological history.
This photo gallery of the outdoor art and architecture of Seattle University brings to life local creativity and inspires ideas for things to do in Seattle during quarantine.
Photo gallery of Greenland Qamutit “Sled House”, displayed at Nuuk Nordisk Kulturfestival in Greenland October 2019 — designed by Swedish architect Konstantin Ikonomidis
Learn how to sweep away on a magic green carpet of forest moss in this photo essay about Bloedel Reserve on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
Photos to inspire a green thumb — the Emerald City is alive with community spirit that brings the world bright flowers and fresh produce.
The Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle has a colorful past, including this photo essay of the most recent CHOP zone art dedicated to Black Lives Matter.
This grouping of flowers and plants in springtime bloom in Seattle offers a different way to tell the story of the corona virus crisis currently in the world.