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The third time is the charm for a project that InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles has tried to do two previous times — posting a photo every day on Facebook and Instagram. She began this year on January 1.

“I also try to take a photo every day,” she says. “My rules are that they’re taken with my iPhone 10, always in black and white and always a square format. The photo I post each day may not have been taken that day, but it’s recent. My goal is to keep photography front and center with what I’m doing.”

Irene’s photographs include nature/landscape shots as well as abstracts and street photography. “I’m very fortunate to have an active travel schedule this year,” she says, explaining that she’s already been in Oaxaca, Mexico; Paris and Chamonix, France; England and Hawaii.

When talking photos professionally, Irene uses either two relatively new cameras, a Nikon D850 and a Sony a7rlll, but she says, “It’s fun to take photos with  your phone! We selected three photographs taken in France to showcase here. Her comments:

Top photo: “The architecture is framed underneath the clouds. You get such depth perception that moves you into the photo.”

Middle photo: “The ferris wheel is one of Paris’s iconic images. As I was walking by, I noticed the Eiffel Tower was behind it. All set against a moody sky.”

Bottom photo: “This fountain in the Luxembourg Gardens is something I visited almost daily when I lived there in Paris nine years ago. It’s a beautiful, quiet spot. Again, it’s the framing and leading lines.”

Photos by Irene Searles (c) 2018

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Spotted: InMenlo photographer Irene Searles at Women’s March in Oaxaca

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Your InMenlo team is spread across the globe at the moment. While Menlo Park and Atherton women participated in Bay Area Women’s Marches, contributing photographer Irene Searles (far right) was taking part in a march in Oaxaca, Mexico And she made the local paper: “… I was interviewed  at the Women’s Vigil in Oaxaca. My […]

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Photographer Irene Searles captures the multi-facets of the Gay Pride Parade in San Francisco

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The mass shootings at a gay nightclub in Orlando prompted InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles to head to San Francisco last Sunday to attend what would be her first Gay Pride Parade, although it was not without some trepidation. “I admit, I did ask myself, ‘Should I really be doing this? Could something happen?’” she said. […]

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Heart-shaped photo delights from photographer Irene Searles for Valentines Day

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On a walk along the Alpine path towards the Dish in February, 2014, InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles took a variety of heart-themed photos for a Lightroom class she was taking at Foothill College. One — Lights Heart (above) — was taken on a night field trip for the same class. Not only do we think Irene’s photos are […]

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Photographer Irene Searles goes on a field trip to Yosemite with her landscape photography classmates

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We at InMenlo have been fortunate to have Menlo Park resident Irene Searles as a contributing photographer for the past three years. When we first met she’d just taken a portrait class through Stanford Continuing Education with Neal Menschel and wanted to flex her newly-learned skills. She returned to Stanford this Spring where she took a landscape photography […]

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Photographer Irene Searles casts her lens on the people and landscapes of Burma

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Some things are worth waiting for. This is very much true for viewing InMenlo photographer’s Irene Searles’ photos of Burma, which she took on a February 2013 photo workshop trip led by Mark Tuschman. Upon return, she did a cursory glance of the 8,000 images that she captured but didn’t fully circle back on her body […]

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Freewheel Brewery photo exhibit showcases work of photographer Irene Searles

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Financial executive to pastry chef to community volunteer may not be the usual path to photography but it’s the one that Menlo Park resident Irene Searles has taken. It began with two classes at Stanford and then some one-on-one mentoring with photographer Neal Menschel. It’s paid off in an exhibit at the new Freewheel Brewery, […]

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Photographer Irene Searles aims her lens at carnival workers as they move on to next stop

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Last Saturday I enjoyed walking around the Nativity School Carnival photographing the rides, games and happy faces of the kids. At each area, I was struck by the kindness of the carnival workers and thought I would return on Sunday to talk with them about their jobs and a life so different than we know […]

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Saluting a quartet of InMenlo’s photographers on International Women’s Day

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We at InMenlo count ourselves very lucky to have a crew of wonderful contributing photographers. Four of them just happen to be long-time female contributors, so we’re saluting them and featuring four of their inspiring photographs on International Women’s Day. Frances Freyberg has traveled the world taking photos; our paths first crossed in 2010 when […]

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The beauty of California shown through the lenses of InMenlo photographers

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Some of the hidden talents of the great InMenlo photographers, who shine while taking editorial portraits, is how talented they are when they cast their lenses at nature. That’s what we’re thankful for today. So before your fill your bellies with turkey and all that accompanies a Thanksgiving meal, feast your eyes on these wonderful […]

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Menlo Park women rally to make Firefly Institute photo camp happen – despite the North Bay fires

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When the North Bay fires forced the cancellation of the Firefly Institute’s photo camp for women, a group of Menlo Park women came to the rescue, opening their homes for the four days of the camp to the 25 attendees. “While Westerbeke Ranch, the camp’s location, was not in the evacuation area, the air quality was […]

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