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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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Matt Weil photographs the Bay Bridge from the same vantage point of 85 years ago

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It is a homecoming of sorts for civil engineer and serious amateur photographer Matt Weil whose photography show, “The Bay Bridge: An Engineer’s Perspective,” is on display at Cafe Borrone. Matt grew up in Menlo Park and would wander into Cafe Borrone walking home from Menlo-Atherton High School. “I remember seeing the different art on the […]

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Nathalie Strand uses her iPhone to take photos, making captivating composites

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If ever there was a body of work that validated those big Apple billboards touting the iPhone as a camera, it’s photographs taken by Menlo Park resident Nathalie Strand. Her basement studio is a treasure trove of images, one of which is on display at the Hall of Justice (400 County Center) in Redwood City […]

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M-A sophomore Lena Kalotihos reflects on last week’s student walkout in words and pictures

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We at InMenlo are big fans of photography and blessed to have such a great crew of contributing photographers. We also try to support emerging photographers, in particular, those attending local high schools. In that spirit, we showcase some reflections on last week’s student walkout that raised awareness about gun violence on school campuses from Menlo-Atherton […]

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Former Menlo Park policeman’s artwork is on display at Cafe Zoë

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Photographs by long-time friend of Menlo Park, Glenn Raggio, titled Images on Metal are on display at Cafe Zoë through the end of March. Glenn served for 15 years with the Menlo Park Police, where he was appreciated for his unique style of community policing as well as his regular newspaper column for the Almanac News, in […]

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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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By the calendar it’s winter, but Windy Hill Open Space is in spring bloom

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InMenlo contributing photographer Betsy Sergeant Snow hiked up Windy Hill Open Space Preserve last week, the first outing for her at one of the Peninsula’s favorite open spaces. She emails: “We did the whole loop, and those white blooms are cherry blossoms in the parking lot :). “I loved the view of the ocean from […]

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Elephant seals strutting their stuff at Piedras Blancas captured by photographer Robb Most

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What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than to head to Piedras Blancas to see elephant seals, particularly since that day just happens to be the peak of the mating season, according to the Friends of the Elephant Seals website. If that wasn’t InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most’s exact thought, it’s close enough. Accompanied by […]

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Photographer Ian Ruhter bring’s “perfect imperfections” to Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park

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When invited to view “the world’s largest ambrotype” at Art Ventures Gallery in Menlo Park, there was an immediate pivot to discover just what this was. A quick web search revealed that an ambrotype “is a positive photograph on glass made by a variant of the wet plate collodion process. Like a print on paper, it is viewed […]

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Gideon Mendel explores “Drowning World” at photography lecture on Feb. 9

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Pamela Chen, Head of Creative, Community at Menlo Park-based Instagram will be moderating an event presented by the Palo Alto Photography Forum featuring documentary photographer Gideon Mendel that will take place on Friday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 pm the Mitchell Park Community Center in Palo Alto. Mendel will present his ongoing project ‘Drowning World’ that […]

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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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