I have my grandmothers' sewing boxes and jewelry boxes filled with buttons, notions, earrings, and funky bead necklaces.
You could say I have a camera collection -- the latest being Muffy -- a 70s Canon AE-1.
The first piece of art I purchased was a pen and ink drawing of a cougar -- I was probably 10 and it was during my hometown art festival. A favorite piece is a large Johnny Johnson that I gave to my husband for our anniversary one year.
I am also photography collector. Most of what I have are small prints and I don't know that I intend to frame any of it. I like to keep the prints in a portfolio book -- easily looked at and safe. My purchases are from a variety of sources -- including last year's highly publicized Life Support Japan. I love Jen Bekman's 20x200. Not to even mention the collection of old photos I have that belonged to my grandfather. And now I am forming a Collectors' Guild at the Serenbe Photography Center.
We had the first collector event at SPC last month. John Bennette came to Atlanta for a few days and spent one of those with us. He held the attention of a room full of people telling tales of his first purchases and favorite photos. The group is fun and nothing could be better than a photo center not only promoting photography with workshops and a member group -- but also a collector group! For the next collector event March 23 -- Susan Todd-Raque is the speaker.
One of my favorite photos is of a very modern house in Virginia -- out in the country but not too far from Washington DC. I spotted the photo on a blog for an architectural photography group. The small group of chickens in the yard of the home really made the photo. I love it.
The latest edition to my collection came to me via Facebook. Last week I saw a photo from a friend -- he took it with his iphone. I asked for a print and he emailed me the file. I love this photo -- the geometrics of it -- the reflection. John Bennette commented to me that it was a bit surreal with the late winter snow on such green grass. Thanks for the photo Leroy!