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This site, Soul Food From Sally, is now at: www.photoartandinspiration.com I’ve moved this site to self-hosting so I can make the content more dynamic.  Hope you’ll like it there.  Sign up for email or other ways to receive updates regularly.  Thanks for visiting!  Sally Ross, Sally Ross Photography

 

Princess Dreams

Princess Dreams

Princess Dreams, black and white giclee print, 10 x 14″, $75.00

A little girl’s closet is filled with the necessities of being a princess—from dresses to capes to crowns. I took this photo directly into the light of the window, giving the shot it’s dreamy quality. However, the work of a princess is very real to this little young girl.  She’s a red-headed princess with Shirley Temple curls!  

This print was selected for the Atlanta Photography Group’s exhibition, In Your Dreams.  The opening reception is Friday, July 17, 7:30, and we’ll be there!  The show runs through August 29 at APG, 75 Bennett St NW # B1, Atlanta, GA 30309-1275
(404) 605-0605.  Call for open times.

Lunch Ministry

“I’m just not all that religious!”  I worried.

“What do you mean?” asked my dear friend, Kathy, knowing she could find a way to my heart.  

I was thinking about taking an introductory class at Columbia Seminary.  This was a weekend-long Immersion Experience, the first segment of their Spiritual Formation certificate program.  But I wasn’t sure.  I had lunch with my friend, Kathy, a huge proponent and enthusiastic graduate of the program, and Terri, a friend also considering the option.

“Well, you know,” I offered, embarrassed, “I feel very spiritual and I love my church, but I don’t sit around reading the Bible, and I really don’t know much about it!  I don’t do anything that feels real religious.”

“What DO you do?” she probbed.

I laughed, “Well, I eat lunch out a lot!”

“Ah, that’s it!” Kathy offered.  “You have a lunch ministry!  That’s your passion, your spiritual path, your mission!”  

And she’s right!   I love to meet my girl friends or go out by myself for an hour or more.  The conversation with treasured friends–those from over 30 years ago like Kathy, or brand new ones (Hi, Julie G)–always turns immediately to life: our dreams, our families, our goals and detours, our hopes and feelings, and one bit at a time, our stories.  Together we sort out what makes sense, how our paths connect, and what experiences or resources we may have that support one another.  

Isn’t that what creates a spiritual community?  

  • Sorting out what makes sense in life,
  • Discovering how our paths connect to those in our lives and those who have gone before (even those in that Bible), and
  • Sharing and creating experiences and resources that help each of us become a stronger, more engaged member of a thriving community of life-givers (definition: those who breathe LIFE  and JOY into everyone around them).  

You’ll find that theory of the lunch ministry here in my blog, Soul Food From Sally. I am a Christian, I do attend and participate in a wonderful organized church, and most whole-heartedly I do engage in a life of the spirit and the soul with every person I encounter.  And one of these days I will read the Bible!  

P.S. A word on lunching alone: I can’t recommend it highly enough!  A book, a journal, a magazine and me…time to reflect, to recharge, to be quiet within the white noise.  Embarrassed?  Heavens no!  I AM an independent woman happily engaged in life–I smile at everyone, exude confidence, and interact with those I am called to speak with.  I just love them for who they are; we have fun; and, who knows who I’ll meet!   My goal is to make someone’s day, many times each day.  

Not only do I deserve to be here, but I should be…for some reason!!   Someone up there has put me here to do my ministry-thing (smile).  Try it…and let us know what you think!

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Leaving Orkney, 16″ x 5″, $75.00

During a day trip around the isles of Orkney, I couldn’t stop creating images of the place.  This sunset view from the ferry to John ‘O Groats lingers with me still.  You’ll find many photographs from Orkney in my collection.  Its ancient history, glorious summer scenery where land almost always meets water, and generous people make it a wonderful outing if you can get to the northern most eastern tip of Scotland.  Learn more at Visit Orkney.

This is the banner for my other blog, Images of Scotland.  To me, this image exudes soul-soothing tranquility and peace.

This image, and all photographs on Soul Food From Sally are available for purchase at my web site.  All fine art prints are signed, limited edition (#/50) giclee prints using archival inks and Somerset Velvet papers for Epson printer.  Selection of images, papers, and artist’s descriptions are designed to “soothe your soul.”

Photo of the Day:  As we get to know one another, you’ll find that fine art photography has become a passion, a profession, a path to personal expression for me. Most images come from my walking in countries where I’ve been blessed to travel.  I also love writing the descriptions–envisioning you reading them and finding comfort and peace.  I’ll also always include a link where you can learn more about the topic or enhance the feeling in some way.   The central theme of all of my work is to live and to create art that “soothes one’s soul.”   I hope you find that here.

You can see much of my work at  www.sallyrossphoto.com 

A Flash of Blue
A Flash of Blue

A Flash of Blue, 11 x 16.25 print, $100

I’m always in search of isolated trees that stand tall and speak of the centuries they have known.  This grand dame reached into the emerging storm as if in a defiant, celebratory dance.  I’ve enhanced the blue with a florescent tinge to give her the radiance I think she deserves.  Read a poem that I relate to today, by Mary Oliver, “Where Does the Dance Begin, Where Does It End?”

This image, and all photographs on Soul Food From Sally are available for purchase at my web site.  All fine art prints are signed, limited edition (#/50) giclee prints using archival inks and Somerset Velvet papers for Epson printer.  Selection of images, papers, and artist’s descriptions are designed to “soothe your soul.”

Hello dear readers, As I create this blog, I find I’m adding new features that I hope you’ll like.  

First, I’ve added a CONTACT SALLY ROSS page (in sidebar to your right) that is an easy way to write a comment to me.  I’ll respond as soon as I can!  

Secondly, I’m going to share PHOTO OF THE DAY posts independently of other texts. That way you can use the SEARCH or CATEGORIES list (sidebar to the right) to find just those photos and, if you like, their descriptions, prices, and locations on my web site.  

I made this decision when 40% of your votes on my Welcome poll suggested that you wanted to see these photos as a major part of this blog.  (See my first Welcome post to vote and watch tallies from others.  New votes continue to be reviewed!)

I hope you’ll add comments, respond to one another’s comments, and begin a long, on-going conversation here that will soothe all our souls!   We deserve it!  

(Note: I’ll monitor and approve all comments to this site so we won’t have to put up with unrelated posts.)

Introducing my banner photo

One my most “painterly” pieces. I love the movement across the canvas of light, shadow, walls, and clouds. The two trees obviously represent shadows of one another as well. To me, the greatest beauties of Scotland and Northern England are the endless rock walls, hand-crafted without mortar in most cases. They arise from the earth so they don’t offend as fences do. But they give measure and a sense of mystery. I always wonder: who built these walls and how long ago?  Read more about the stone walls of the UK at http://www.britainexpress.com/History/drystone.htm    

This image, and all photographs on Soul Food From Sally are available for purchase at my web site.  All fine art prints are signed, limited edition (#/50) giclee prints using archival inks and Somerset Velvet papers for Epson printer.  Selection of images, papers, and artist’s descriptions are designed to “soothe your soul.”

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