Monday, January 21, 2013

In Which I Call Upon Your (Visual) Opinion for a Good Cause

To make a long story short, some dear friends of mine recently learned some bad news about their baby. Her brain did not fully develop, so she's been going through countless tests and her experience with therapies has only begun (they've already been seeing some amazing results from therapy!). If you're interested in her story, or even making a donation, the link to her Facebook page is HERE.

Here's a picture I took of her when she was just born:

And a current picture from her benefit page taken by a family member:

To help with their medical bills, some family members are putting together a benefit event and silent auction. I'm going to donate a framed print or two, but I need your help deciding which ones. Since I took the pictures, I would hang all of them (ha!), but which ones are YOU attracted to? Which would you put a bid on if you were at said auction?

#1 - Red Bike of Florence - Black and White with color

#2 - Red Bike of Florence

#3 - Eye of the Colosseum

#4 - Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy - Tilt Shift

#5 - Boats of Cinque Terre, Italy - Tilt Shift

#6 - Marina, Cinque Terre, Italy - Tilt Shift

#7 - Street in Cinque Terre, Italy - Tilt Shift

#8 - Fishing Village outside of Shanghai, China - Tilt Shift

#9 - The Great Wall of China - Tilt Shift

Thoughts? Which is your favorite? 
I don't have all of these listed in my Etsy store, but I will be taking note of the popular ones and may add them soon! Thanks so much for your help!


  1. They are all so incredible! I was originally going to say #1 but then I saw #8 and the longer I look at it the more in love I fall with it. I think #6 and #7 are fabulous too, and I love their vibrancy, but #8 appeals to me a little more. I don't know why. I think it's similar to #1 in that it has the isolated feel of bright colours contrasted against the less vibrant (so the red lanterns against the greys and browns of the buildings) but it also tells a story. I see the bridge in the distance with the people and wonder what they are doing. I see the steps up to the house from the water, and the open window, and I make a story about that in my mind.

    Um, so, yea. Ultimately they are all spectacular but that's my vote.

    It's a wonderful thing you're doing and I hope the auction goes brilliantly!


  2. Good heavens, it's like trying to choose your favorite dessert! I have to say that looking over them, I was initially drawn to #1 because I just love the way the red bike just pops in the black and white image. But I also love water scenes, so I adore #5 as well. And #8 is simply gorgeous with the color, green of the scenery, and the water as well. I also think you capture the Great Wall beautifully in #9. However, if I had to choose... I would say #1 and #8, but it is a really, REALLY tough call. You're really a peach for helping them, Kristin, so I hope whatever photos you ultimately decide on will do well in the auction.

    Good luck!

  3. Oh dear. What a great thing happening for them, that's awesome! And kind of you too!

    Hmmm... I love #8. It's such a neat mix of water scene and oriental culturey stuff. (technical, I know)
    #4 and #3 are beautiful too! Those are all of my 3 faves. ;)
    Good luck choosing! They're all beautiful!

  4. I think it's so great that you are helping! I love 2 , 4 & 8

  5. I love them all, but 1 and 2 really speak to me since I can imagine myself in the picture more easily- it's closer to me. At first the contrast of 1 was winning me over, but my final answer is 2. I love the warm colors with the slight contrast of the red bike waiting for me and promising fun and adventure.

  6. Oh my gosh--those are all stunning! And I totally love the Cinque Terre pics--one of my favorite places on earth!

    That said, I really love #2. The colors are great and I love the angle. And like Jessica said, the whole photo promises fun!

  7. I love 2, 4, and 9, but they are ALL beautiful. I'm sending my best, best wishes to your friends and hoping that the auction will be able to help them and their precious little one.

  8. My favs were 2, 5 and 8, but i could probably make a case for any of them. They're all awesome.

  9. They're all amazing, Kristin! I want to put them ALL on my walls. My absolute fav is #2. But they're all amazing and I'm of course also partial to the China ones. I'm so glad it's working out for you to do something for this sweet little girl! I'm happy to hear the therapy is going well. <3

  10. It looks like I'm the only one voting for number 3, but I'm in love with it!!!! You have an unbelievable talent!!!
    And I think it's about the greatest thing we can spend money on, to help a little girl. Are you still doing the big auction. I'm sorry I went MIA! I'd still be happy to email some people and I'll blog about this too!
    I hope you've been well:)

  11. Red bike black and white, it's the most artsy.
    I remember that old picture of the baby back when you took it! Such a sad story :(

  12. Aren't you just a tilt shift kind of girl? lol I tend to not like tilt shift if it's a portrait (I'm in the minority, I know), but I like it on landscapes.

    I think my favorites are the fishing village one and the marina at Cinque Terre. Gah, you are so much better at landscapes than me! I SUCK at them! lol

    ...of course you're just a lot better than me in general. So. ;)

  13. It's TOO HARD to choose! If I had to pick, which if I'm trying to be helpful, I guess I do, I say #4 or #5. Adore the water ones.

    Also saying prayers for this sweet family. They're lucky to have a friend like you (as I am!)

  14. How could you choose between those? They're all perfect!