Photo Essay

Look Closer - Berkeley, CA

Never Played-Symphonies

When you think of Berkeley, what comes to mind? Most likely, something like Hippies, the free speech movement, liberalism, and pot. But there is so much more to Berkeley than that--as a former student and current employee at the university, I have made it my creative mission to show the enormous beauty lingering year-round in this extremely misunderstood city.

I find that the great beauty in life is found in areas where busy people don't normally look. I go on walks every day to clear my head, looking for those little glimmers of beauty that will not only reassure me that hope is everywhere...but that will encourage other people to pay more attention to the details in their everyday lives. We really are so lucky to be alive, and I hope these photos help demonstrate the wonder and awe I have for nature and the universe.

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10 responses

  • Klas Enochsson

    Klas Enochsson said (3 Nov 2008):

    i have som kind of a fetischm for close-up images on flowers and other things that grow. so i must vote for this one! Great work! (the opposite of my english, sorry!)

  • Casey Ahna

    Casey Ahna gave props (10 Nov 2008):

    each of these is just perfect, i love the colors

  • Ignacio Martinez

    Ignacio Martinez said (11 Nov 2008):

    love this collection of shots. great colour treatment

  • Dirk Spennemann

    Dirk Spennemann   gave props (20 Dec 2008):

    you got my vote for that story..great stunning images!

  • Roderick Vesper

    Roderick Vesper said (20 Dec 2008):

    The desaturation of the images is counterintuitive and makes the images startling. I love that.

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (22 Dec 2008):

    What a beautiful collection of captures & essay!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (7 May 2009):

    Love this! Beautiful!

  • Courtney Brown

    Courtney Brown gave props (8 May 2009):

    These photographs are absolutely gorgeous. And a beautifully written essay. Well done.

  • William Garvey

    William Garvey gave props (29 Aug 2009):

    Wow Amber, your words are like icing on your photos. Both are beautiful and both make people think.

  • Diana M

    Diana M (Deleted) gave props (5 Oct 2010):

    love the tones in these photos

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