Nov. 1, 2014
What? It’s November already? Where did the summer go?
As we say farewell to the sun-filled, warm days of summer and move into the gray soggy darkness that is November and winter in the Northwest, we also say farewell to the Virtual Gallery feature. We wanted to go out in a blaze of color and glory, and we can think of no better way to say goodbye than with the vibrant colors of Shaunna Baganz ‘s photographs.
This is Whidbey as you have only imagined in your dreams: richly saturated color that breathes animation into a vacant field and sky. These are photographs that go way beyond reporting. These are photographs that will inspire your imagination and desire for a richer, more colorful existence.
Shaunna shared one of her recent experiences with us, and I think it perfectly illustrates her connection to her subjects and her love of the place she lives:
This past March, as I was photographing a sunset at Maxwelton Beach, a gentleman approached me as I was setting up my gear. Our entire conversation was about the sunsets here on Whidbey Island. He shared that he has lived in California, Oregon, and now he lives on Whidbey Island. He went on to tell me, that without a doubt, Whidbey Island has the most amazing sunsets he’s ever seen!
On the same evening that I had that conversation with this gentleman, the sky started to glow as the sun began to set. My photograph titled “Fireball” was taken. Again, it was one of those amazing Whidbey Island sunsets! What a great end to an amazing day…
As for myself, I feel the same way about the sunrises and sunsets here on Whidbey as that gentleman did; however, hearing it from others was confirmation that we live in one of the most amazing area’s I’ve ever seen. I also realized how blessed we are to live in this wonderful community.
This gallery represents the beauty of Whidbey Island along with its surrounding area of sunrises and sunsets. Please enjoy…
Anne Belov is a painter, printmaker, prevaricator, and pandaholic, living in a cottage in the woods on Whidbey Island. You can find her paintings at The Rob Schouten Gallery in Greenbank: http://www.robschoutengallery.com. She recently published her first wordless picture book, “Pandamorphosis,” a visual adventure (with pandas!) that will delight the whole family. She is also the perpetrator behind The Panda Chronicles, where you can find more pandas than you even knew you wanted at http://yourbrainonpandas.com . Pandamorphosis and the collected cartoon books of the Panda Chronicles can be found at Moonraker Books in Langley.
Shaunna, these are just gorgeous! I’m so glad your work is being showcased here!
Beautiful! Such variety of color and feeling, each one a real gem! Sunsets are so fleeting, so you have caught some really memorable moments. And the reflections are beautifully portrayed, also.
Captivating photography, Shaunna!