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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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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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Taking a photo journey with David Hibbard on the Olympic Peninsula

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We were delighted to reconnect with Menlo Park-based photographer David Hibbard and take a photo journey with him around the Olympic Peninsula in Washington where he’d spent eight days that he described as “not long enough.” He explained that he was just getting back into photography after a number of family responsibilities hindered his time […]

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Barry Fleisher and his camera head coastside to catch fishermen at their work

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When we asked Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher how he shifted from chronicling the construction of the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital to capturing fishermen working out of Pillar Point Harbor, he said he saw more similarities than differences. “They’re both about people at work,” he said. “Hard and sometimes dangerous work.” His latest project […]

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Photographer Stuart Jacobson in taking part in Silicon Valley Open Studios this weekend

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By his own account, Menlo Park resident Stuart Jacobson loves taking photos of wildlife and making big prints. “But my landscapes are probably more successful as not too many people want big photos of animals over their sofa,” he told us when we stopped by today to see his photographs, part of the 2017 Silicon […]

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Photographer Frances Freyberg cast her lens on Hawaii

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Menlo Park photographer Frances Freyberg, a frequent contributor to InMenlo, is the featured artist at the Portola Art Gallery this May. You can meet her in person at a reception on Saturday, May 6, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit, titled “The Colors of Hawaii,” features landscapes and seascapes, as well as floral and wildlife […]

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Wishing you all a happy Easter, happy spring!

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This morning we celebrate the determination of a crawling baby, who just happens to be the son of long-time contributing photographer Frances Freyberg. She took him to Burgess Park for the egg hunt yesterday, not realizing “what a madhouse” it would be. That didn’t seem to bother Dylan, who demonstrated his crawling expertise in the […]

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Photographer Merrie Asimow takes her cameras on an African adventure

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Menlo Park-based photographer Merrie Asimow may be most-known for her horse photography, but a 10-day trip last August to Kenya and Tanzania yielded some equally wonderful wildlife photos. She’s a self-described “Nikon person,” and brought two bodies along on the trip — a D750 and D500, along with two lenses, a 24-70 mm and an 80-400 […]

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Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild hosts “Envisioning Cuba” exhibit

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Menlo Park-based photographer Barry Fleisher is one of 10 photographers whose works will be shown at a Peninsula Photographic Arts Guild exhibit from September 17 to November 9. An artists’ reception will be held on Saturday, September 17 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. The exhibit is at Avenue 25 Gallery, 32 West 25th Avenue, San […]

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Big Dish area will be closed for five days in August

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The popular walking destination for Menlo Park residents, Stanford’s Big Dish area, will be closed Monday, August 15 through Friday, August 19. We’re using that announcement to showcase some of InMenlo contributing photographer Irene Searles photos of the area’s creatures. The closure will allow for coordinated maintenance activities in and around the area. According to a […]

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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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