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I finally feel as though I'm getting back into a groove with my photography.  I've managed to get out and shoot a few times in recent months and have tried to get back into the practice of posting on a weekly basis.

One of my goals for this winter - weather cooperating - is to get out and do some shoots in the snow.  I have a few photos in my gallery of Loudon Park Cemetery in the snow but really want to explore that further.  I'm also looking for some new locations in the mid-Atlantic region (if you have ideas, pass them on - always looking for interesting Victorian-era or earlier cemeteries) and am hoping to get to Philadelphia in the Spring to shoot at Laurel Hill.

Thank you all for the wonderful feedback.  I continue to make valued friendships here on :devart: and am always impressed by the talent of others which continues to inspire me to be better at what I do.  The affirmation from those whose own work I highly respect always motivates.

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touch-the-flame
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Why "Touch the Flame?"
The title comes ostensibly from the U2 song "Where the Streets Have No Name"...

I want to run
I want to hide
I want to tear down the walls
That hold me inside
I want to reach out
And touch the flame
Where the streets have no name

But the idea of "touching the flame" - reaching out, taking chances, embracing inspiration, giving in to temptation - has always intrigued me. I remember as a young child visiting my grandmother and being fascinated by a burning candle on the table. "Don't touch it" she cautioned. "It'll hurt." But of course, when her attention was away I slowly moved my finger closer and closer to the flame, until I touched it and was burned. Despite that early lesson in fascination and trust and danger and pain I still desire to touch the flame.

I live in Baltimore, Maryland (if you're in town and want a tour of my favourite photographic haunts hit me up). I'm a romantic at heart - from my interests in art to books to film to whatever... but I'm also drawn to that which speaks to the soul and feeds the spirit.

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." ~ Gandhi
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:iconmertonparrish:
mertonparrish Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Ty so much for the fav.  Have a wonderful holiday and new year!
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner 6 days ago   Photographer
You as well my friend!  :hug:
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
You have a very lovely gallery!
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2014   Photographer
Thank you so much!  :wave:
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Syltorian Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2014
Thank you for your help with submitting to Cemetary-Grave-Art, and I hope I was not too much of a bother! :)
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2014   Photographer
Not a bother at all!  :)
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MerlaMerula Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you very much for the comments, the favs and the watch :)
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2014   Photographer
You are most welcome - I look forward to seeing your new work!  :blowkiss:
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Mosby1865 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Glad to stumble across a fellow Baltimorean on DA :)

Given the themes in some of your work, I'll admit I was expecting to see some photos of Antietam National Battlefield.  I assume you've visited out that way?

Also (and this is rather further afield) if you ever make it to Andersonville National Historic Site in Georgia, I'd suggest looking up the story of Father Peter Whelan, whose story I found to be very inspirational.

Heck, look him up even if you don't ever go to Andersonville :)  His Wikipedia page should be a good start: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Wh…
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touch-the-flame Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014   Photographer
I've shot at Antietam twice in the last year or so and both times the weather was uncooperative and I wasn't pleased with the results.  I'll keep trying.  :)

Thanks for the info on Fr. Peter Whelan.  I work in Catholic ministry myself so this is very interesting.  I'm sure I've heard the name before but never really investigated to find out what he was all about.
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