Photography and E-Books:  The Art of Reality

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast. I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!! The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity. Today’s podcast and blog post centers around why I love photography as part of my writing and how it can also be frustrating. If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…

On one of our walks, it looked like it would rain. It had earlier and did after we got home. So, as a result, I didn’t bring my camera. It’s a good camera and I don’t think I could ever replace it. So, when it is going to rain, rather than endanger my source of photographic bliss with my Canon EOS Rebel…such a good name for a camera Rebel, I leave my little Rebel at home. Of course, every time I do, I miss a fantastic picture. For example, today I got out the door and halfway down the driveway and what do I see but a lovely waxwing sitting on the branch staring at me. Long enough to get an amazing picture. Alas Rebel was sitting on the computer desk at home. I’ve seen woodpeckers at a good distance for photos, missed other amazing pictures. But, of course, when I am out with my camera 90% or more of the time, I do get some pictures of lovely animals, plants and insects of the area. There are always things worth taking pictures of. Of course, with my e-books, it gives me a chance to showcase the area and show everyone the beauty of rural Prince Edward Island life.

Sometimes even with a camera, one misses some great shots. I’ve missed some wonderful shots of herons because I couldn’t get the camera set up quickly enough. I’ve lost pictures of butterflies and birds for the same reason. The problem is one has to get it focused and most wildlife don’t seem to have the dedication to being photographed that I have to taking their pictures. It’s not productive to leave a camera set on during walks as one doesn’t always see something they want to take pictures of. This draws me to another topic which is the importance of choosing what to take pictures of. I find my picture focus in my e-books results in me looking to take pictures that will bring the photographic subject to life. I focus on finding pictures that show nature as it is. With nature, it is not always easy and not always perfect. They don’t always pose nicely. You can’t always get it to look the way you would envision. So, with nature photography of any sort, you are not the master of the situation, rather just a recorder of the reality around you.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are the shots of sunsets and landscapes that you can take a little more time and focus in and get the area you want. It is an easier thing to do. You are still not the manager of the area or of the situation. You are just a spectator and the one who records the momentous events. Every sunset, every landscape is beautiful and enduring yet always changing. The picture you took today may not be the same picture that will exist in 100 years or even tomorrow. You record what is there. It is dependent on angles of photograph and the focus and distance variables that you can manipulate. This makes photography in e-books rather a magical proposition as you get to use a new event art form with another somewhat younger one. It is different from artist drawn books where the topic, the visual representation is controlled by the artist. In photography the artist is generally the one who captures what is real and what is there. We cannot put our own spin on it unless you count editing. Editing the photos is something I don’t use much of. I tend to either remove parts that aren’t what I want in it or keep trying to capture how I want it. Some of my children’s e-books, I edit to change number of items as in The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers. Otherwise, I find editing just destroys the picture more often than not.

Photography is, as author Walker Evans says, “Leaving aside the mysteries and the inequities of human talent, brains, taste, and reputations, the matter of art in photography may come down to this: it is the capture and projection of the delights of seeing; it is the defining of observation full and felt.” I believe that this defines what photography can be and that it has its place in e-books and in books in general. It is reality, it is true and it is natural. Yes, one can change a photograph with various editing programs. They do it all the time when it comes to fashion, but when we actually show nature or anything in its full and regal natural beauty, then we do justice to the art form. For me, the photographer is an artist who records what is real and true in life. It gives reality as it is and not as how we want to see it. To edit it into oblivion is not making it more an art. The real art is in seeing what is actually and really there and taking it and putting it out for the world to see. It is giving people the ability to appreciate a reality that is beautiful and fragile and not shy away from the reality, but revel in it. Each photographer has their own preference for subjects which is great because it opens up various and different areas for people to see. Some photograph people, some places, some nature, etc. It is an ever changing landscape for those who are interested in photography as an art form.

For me, adding my work of photography into e-books and children’s e-books opens up, to a whole generation the real art of photography being natural and beautiful. It is something to help children get their feet firmly planted on the earth and see it as it is. Showing the world as it is. Insects, butterflies, flowers, water, birds and all of life as it is. My flowers are not always perfect flowers, some have misshapes and some don’t have all the petals. Yet, they are beautiful. Some of the flowers are perfectly shaped. But they are shown as they appear in nature without editing out their imperfections. I think, as far as photography work, we could learn a lot from nature photography when it is dedicated to capturing what is there and how the animal, plant, or insect etc is and not change it to fit some idealized version of itself. They are all lovely. I don’t hide the insects, slugs or any creature. They all have their place in nature and thus also show up in my art and my e-books in which I share my art.

The only control the Photographer has is the subjects they choose. In photography, one can find out about a person from what they choose to photograph and how they do it. It is not meant to replace art forms such as painting or drawing, it is a separate and viable art form of its own. As Author Ansel Adams said, “A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense and is thereby a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” So, someone choosing nature shots and views of water and sunsets likely has a love of these things or some interest in them. They want to capture them and share them with the world. Many don’t think to put their work in the form of e-books. This seems to take two separate art forms and makes them into one. To me, this is the essence of what I do. I take two different art forms and make them one. I bring people the beautiful realities of rural Prince Edward Island life. I show people the beauty that surrounds us. I bring the animals, birds, views and insects into the world view as they are. No corrections, no alterations. They are created as they are and perfect as they are. All life is created and there is no need to hide them. I keep it to the more positive light. Though I have saved some of the more negative for a more adult e-book I am still working on. There is one that is going to be a longer term project. It is unlikely to be available for at least a year or more. But, don’t worry, I’m working on projects that will come out much sooner than that. I just have to get the e-books sorted and corrected that are now up. I have to change my author information and update. One of the downsides to being an author. When you change your pages, you have to change your information to reflect the changes. So, here’s hoping I can get my work caught up again so that I can get my next project out. Fingers crossed to have it ready by Halloween!

Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!

Just one more thing. I have one of my children’s e-books up for a 2021 TCK award Category is General Non-Fiction. The Big Kids Magical Path to Colours in Nature ( If you have a moment, we could use some votes.

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This week I discuss my choices of e-books and photography and why they are important..  Not every flower is perfect, yet they are as created (buttercup not perfectly symmetrical).  The art of photography and reality based e-books is to capture the beauty of reality!  If you want to find out more, then….stay tuned!
Not every flower is perfect, yet they are as created.  The art of photography and reality based e-books is to capture the beauty of reality! 
The particular podcast can be found on:–j-pei-treasures/episodes/Photography-and-E-Books-The-Art-of-Reality-e17rg06

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E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treaures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards ( ​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada, ​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- *(Canada Book Award winner​​​​​​​) ​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner ​​​​​​​From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). You can find us at: ​​​​​​​ (Pinterest) (Twitter) (YouTube) (GoodReads) (Amazon) ​​​​​​​ (BookBub) ​​​​​​​ (LinkedIn) (WordPress) New addition, we have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor (Anchor). Anchor also distributes the podcast to: Breaker Google Podcasts Pocket Casts RadioPublic Spotify Apple iHeart Radio: ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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