My Photographic Past


Self portrait at a Nude Beach, CA, 1981

I’ve been cleaning out my room and ran across some of my early work in photography. Looking at each of them flooded my mind and heart with emotion. They transported me back to a time of transition for me. So, I realize this is post is a little out of the norm, but I thought you all might enjoy a trip down memory lane with me today.


My son Dave at 2 1/2 years old, 1980


Rushing Water, Laguna Beach, CA, 1981


Door Handle, Bodie, CA, 1979


Beaver’s Pond, CA 1979


Still Water at Beaver’s Pond, CA, 1979


Light & Shadow, Long Beach, CA 1981

Now before we go to the next image I think a little back story is in order. I was in a photography class where each week we brought in our work to be laid out with the others so everyone could see what each of us had done with that week’s assignment. This particular week the assignment was to compose 3 or 4 images that together would tell something about ourselves. I decided I wanted to tell the story of my transition of going through a divorce from my first husband and moving through that time, going through the emotional trauma and ending up in what I felt at the time was a place of empowerment. Once I completed my assignment though, I felt very uncomfortable about sharing it with the entire class so I talked about it with the professor. He kindly viewed my work privately, gave me my grade and a pass on showing it in class. Of course now I’m ok sharing it. It was so long ago, but I still smile when I think of me working on that project and how empowering it made me feel. Before now, only 3 people in my life as seen this…


Carol’s Transiton, 1980

One of the big reason’s I’m in such a better place now is because of this man


Brian, 1981

I think it is a good exercise to look back on our lives from time to time and realize just how far we’ve come.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


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14 Responses to My Photographic Past

  1. Kate says:

    What an empowering post. All of these past experiences have made you what you are today. So happy you feel confident in sharing them. You are an inspiration to many.

  2. Carol Albers says:

    Thank you for sharing your story with this beautiful photographs ! You have been doing this well for a long time -these are art and poetry!

  3. Carolyn says:

    You are a gifted story teller. I agree that reflection is good. It forces you to ponder on the journey along the way.

  4. Lisa says:

    Beautiful photos and story!

  5. Barbara says:

    Some of this I knew but some I didn’t and it is nice to see your beautiful photography way back when. So lovely and what a cute little boy your son is and oh that buddy of mine sweet Brain. Enjoyed your post Carol. Have a perfect week.

  6. Jana Vargas says:

    OH my goodness, how wonderful to see some of your past, your story, your early work! – Thank you so much for feeling safe in sharing it all with us – Interesting to me how I see who you are now so clearly in all of the shots – that thread of what will become is always in what we are doing now and your photogoraphy revealed it even all those years ago. Lovely post my friend – JBV

  7. Jill Ruskamp says:

    Carol this is all so beautiful in so many ways. Your talent and ability to use it to convey so much emotion. It’s a gift for you to see you life this way and a gift for us to get to share in a way in it. And, I have to add that you were doing great things with your photos long before digital and photoshop allowed “messing around” until you get it right.

  8. You have been so creative for so long. Good for you for keeping it up. Love the photos. The four you talk about are so of that era.

  9. seabluelee says:

    It is clear that you’re a gifted photographer and story teller. You have been making beautiful photos for a long time, and of a wide variety of subjects. Thank you for sharing these – it’s wonderful to see a bit of your history and get to know you better. That silhouette on the beach is exquisite.

  10. Dotti says:

    This is a beautiful story, powerfully told with beautiful photos. You’ve come a long way, baby — and there’s no going back. Isn’t that great?

  11. Wonderful that you can leave yourself vulnerable. Your images do certainly tell a story, a lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

  12. Diana Foster says:

    Always so beautiful Carol.

  13. Kelly Kardos says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful past with us Carol! It’s an amazing story. xo

  14. Sarah says:

    Awesome. I loved learning a new, more personal side to you. And thank you for sharing your life changing project photos with us.

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