So I’ve been rather lucky to get a good deal of publicity for my blog from my Mass Effect posts. I’m a big believer in paying it forward, so I thought I’d share some of my good fortune and direct some you to check out a very talented local photographer.

Click the photos in this post to go to see the photos in their full screen splendor. It’s not optional either, because these little thumbnails do the pictures no justice.

Kindra Nikole is, as her website describes, a “[…]photographer, but first and foremost, I am an artist” and she does with pictures what I do with words. She not only captures gorgeous images, ranging from sweeping landscapes to a single leaf on a branch, but she seems to capture emotions right along with them. As a writer obviously I’m more partial to written art, and truthfully I once thought that photographers and film makers had the easier job. I mean writers have to rely entirely on words, and they say a picture is 1000 words, so everyone else is basically cheating right? Well after seeing the absolute splendor of Kindra’s photos, I’m starting to understand the complexities of visual arts like photography.

Who thought you could take an awesome picture of those little weed things that grow in fields.

When I’m describing a scene, I don’t have to worry about the lighting, or take into account what angle to be at. I have the most powerful artistic tool in the world, the human imagination. I barely have to do any work, all I have to is set the scene and the reader’s imagination takes over from there. As I was considering all the aspects of these photos, I came to a startling realization…I have the easy job!

After all, I don’t have to worry about my subjects taking off before I’m done…

Obviously a photo can inspire our imagination as well, much like Kindra’s photos do, but the wrong angle, a shadow from a cloud overhead, or even a small gust of wind can radically alter the context of a photo. Making it all the more impressive that Kintora overcomes these challenges to give us these stunning works of art.

I wouldn’t have thought it possible to get a picture of hummingbird with its wings in such a perfect stance.

As if this wasn’t already good enough, many of her photos include writings by poets and writers, including many of my favorites. These little sections of text really help accentuate the already gorgeous pictures, which by the way, aren’t just limited to nature.

Coming soon to a theater near you…

Look at that picture, all it’s missing is the name of the movie and when it’s being released. This could have been a teaser pic for Lord of the Rings, or any action movie featuring swords really. Some her pictures are even better than entire movies:

Better than all three of the prequel trilogies combined

My hat’s off to you, Kindra!

Everyone check out Kindra’s Website and like her Facebook page so you can follow her outstanding Photo a Day campaign.

Just remember to get back here by Saturday, when my new post on Science Fiction writing is posted!

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Written by John Stevenson

I'm a freelance writer based out of Seattle, Washington.

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