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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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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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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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Photographer Annie Barnett captures beach scenes – and more – in exhibit on display at A.Space

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For the past 20 years, Atherton resident Annie Barnett has focused her photography business on portraits of families, mostly shot on location — and often in black and white. So the current exhibit of her photographs at A.Space in downtown Menlo Park is a departure. Titled “Water,” it features not only beach scenes but objects […]

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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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Morning showers add to trickle of rain this Fall

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By noon Saturday morning, InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ recorded .2″ in his rainfall gauge, giving him .4″ year-to-date. This is compared to 3.9″ a year ago, in what would turn out to be a big rain year. InMenlo contributing photographer Robb Most was not deterred by the wet weather, hiking up Hamms Gulch in […]

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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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