New Decade. New Camera. Re-New-ed Passion.


My wonderful husband got me a Canon EOS 1100D REBEL T3 for my 40th birthday. I am so excited to get back into something that I have loved my entire life.



Photography has always been a part of my life. My father, Perry G. Wilson, is a photographer and started his career while serving our nation in Vietnam in the 60s. Over the years he has photographed people and places and things all over the world on his military and personal travels. One of my favorite photos of his is called “the other side” and I look at it every day as it hangs above my couch. It was taken in Okinawa, Japan in 1976. Taken while looking through an old covered bridge, through the archway, you see the light of the sun shining on beautiful trees that sit on an enbankment and little stone wall. To me, it has always represented the excitement of things to come – the light at the end of the tunnel, if you will.


My dad loves photographing landscapes and nature. Old barns, trees, flowers in my mom’s gorgeous garden, and brick walls are all his favorite subjects. Playing off the textures and the balance of colors. His Lake Michigan series from the early 90’s hangs in some of my friends’ homes. The pictures of the sunset over the lake are among the faves. My dad has a knack for spotting the beauty in the ordinary – an old ladder leaning against a wall; vine growing on brick. He would bring out the marvel and impact of all of it.

As a child, I would often pose for him as he fiddled around with some new lighting or camera equipment. I remember being fascinated by all the gadgets he would use – the light meters, tripods, light gels, backgrounds. He would explain everything he ever used, as my father is a born teacher. I soaked it all in.

And then the dark room – oh, the dark room. As we begin this new journey, I am a little saddened over the loss of the art of the dark room. The digital age has made photography easier, more accessible and professional for the every man, but I miss the creativity and science of the film development process. I loved my dad’s dark room. I loved spending hour after hour in there helping my dad with his latest project.

He converted a portion of our back basement into his dark room but to me it was a glorious mad scientist’s laboratory to explore and play in. Sometimes, when he wasn’t home, I would go down there and pretend to be developing my own film and printing my own beautiful 11×13 prints. I would go through each and every imaginary step, always careful never to really touch anything for fear of breaking it.  The equipment was so fun to play with. The enlarger was like a giant microscope and made me feel a little like a scientist. I loved the smells of the chemicals as my dad poured them into their trays to develope the photo paper in. Watching the pictures appear on the page was like magic. My dad was a wizard to me. Making something appear from nothing. 

As a teenager I would summer in Iceland with my grandparents and take pictures the whole time. One year, my dad gave me an old Petri 7s and I was in love. I spent the whole summer working out in the country and photographed so much of the Icelandic countryside. When I returned home, my mother said, “These are beautiful photos, Gunna, but we know what Iceland looks like. We wanted pictures of the family!” And so began my love of landscapes and nature photography.

                            my Petri





So, Peter and I are embarking on a new journey together. Photography. He also was a photo hobbyist growing up and we have some of his prints hanging in our apartment along with my father’s. So we have decided to start this blog and document our photographic adventure.
Although we will probably be photographing many people and events, mostly we will be doing landscapes, cityscapes and nature. Some photos will be untouched and some will be played with in various photo apps. We will try to document which app was used with each photo. We hope you enjoy!

-gunna (and peter)

We began yesterday on Easter Sunday while at the driving range on Randall’s Island, NYC


“Under a Bridge”
Taken with Canon EOS Rebel T3
Photo App Used: Camera+





“Under a Bridge” 
Taken with Canon EOS Rebel T3
original raw photo





“Purple View Finder”
Taken with Canon EOS Rebel T3
Photo App Used: Camera+





“Patch of Yellow”
Taken with Canon EOS Rebel T3
Photo App Used: Camera+



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