A Pinker Shade of Pale

Olbrich Autumn Wonders - A Pinker Shade of Pale

A Pinker Shade of Pale ©2012 Bo Mackison

There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally. ~ Don Miguel Ruiz

Where I am now in my photography process?

I have embraced the freedom to create for myself first, to explore while processing and printing my photographs, to make decisions about my creative process based on what feels right to me. The bonus? The discovery that all this freedom opens the door to further exploration, taking bigger chances, stepping into challenges I once considered an impossibility. This is FREEDOM!

And then there is the challenge of printing photography portfolios.

I look around my studio. I look at the photographs I’ve chosen for the two portfolios I am currently printing. Who knew printing photography portfolios required such intense concentration, that it was such an exacting science? I learn as I do, and re-do. When I look at the finished printed photographs, the fine art photographic paper so thick and luscious, it feels like a high quality watercolor paper. I can scarcely believe these are of my creation. I love the prints.

They speak to me. For now, that is enough.


Bo Mackison is a photographer and the owner of Seeded Earth Studio LLC. She is assembling two sets of her fine art photography in classic print portfolios. She will be attending the Filter Festival in Chicago the week of October 15. Workshops, lecture series, gallery walks, portfolio reviews. Wow!




About Bo Mackison

I'm a photographer, book-artist, traveler, naturalist, and creator of the Contemplative Creatives Journey, An Online Workshop and Community and Desert Wisdom Cards and Workshops. Though often not well known, I find the desert a welcoming place - a healing space. Its mysteries and gifts transformed me several years ago. Since that first encounter, I return again and again to fill my well in what most people think of as a desolate region. I'd love to share my desert discoveries and wisdom with you. Please subscribe to receive my five part mini email course The Gifts of the Desert. It's my gift to you.


  1. Beautiful image! Love the shallow dof, and the subdued colors.
    I love that quote!
    Your first paragraph could have been written about me! “I have embraced the freedom to create for myself first.” Yes! I am hanging my framed photos in my bedroom and dinning room, and have plans to fill the house with them.
    Printing–that is something I don’t do.
    Good for you!

    • Bo Mackison says:

      Digital printing is a new skill for me. But I am, surprisingly, finding it a thrill to “do it all by myself.”

      I think it helps that I printed in a darkroom decades ago. Hmm…or not.

  2. this image is captivating. i love it.

  3. An incredible image. Masterful in its simplicity, its delicacy. Those colors – gasp!

  4. Beautiful!

  5. If you worked on the flower till you were satisfied, it is indeed, enough. It is gorgeous in both color and detail. Very evocative. Lovely!

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