About Me

Photography is not something I have been doing since I was knee-high to a grasshopper. However, I have always been fascinated with the shapes and shadows of things, the ever-changing nature of light, and the beautiful patterns made when light filters through the structures of man or nature.

It was that fascination that led to the purchase of my first camera when I was eighteen. This was 1969, my father was in the MACV (Military Assistance Command in Vietnam) Program, and our family lived on Clark Field Air Force Base in the Philippines. There I learned to scuba dive and became mesmerized by the splendor of light streaming through the restless, liquid medium of the South China Sea…its rays flickering along the bottom, highlighting the translucence of various sea creatures, and gleaming off of the reflective bodies of fish. So, we went to Japan and I bought a Nikonos II underwater camera!! This camera today gathers dust in my closet, but I cannot think of it without recalling both my attempts to capture beauty undersea and the fact that many of my dive companions were airmen already living with images of darkness.

My old camera has a life of its own; it has been places; dark places and light places, and when I touch it memories flow. I feel exactly the same way about photographs. It is tempting to look at a photograph as merely a technical capture of the reality in front of the camera lens. What is viewable on paper is the whole story. Right? Not quite! Every image has a story behind it…a story of creative vision, a story of interaction with the scene, a story of adventure, a story of supreme joy or even a story of how fast you raced back to your truck in an attempt to outrun voracious, blood-thirsty mosquitoes while trying to capture the beauty of the Everglades on an oppressive summer day! Whew! Yes, a photograph is more than a record of what something looked like at a particular moment in time; it has a life! With this photo journal I’d like to share that life…the life of the image!

Your comments, criticisms and questions are welcomed in equal measure, here onsite, or drop me an e at janthina50@hotmail.com! Visit my galleries at www.janthinaimages.com .

In closing, enjoy this quotation by Roy J. Cook, editor of my favourite book of poetry “One Hundred and One Famous Poems.” The quotation is from his preface and I include it here because although written of the need for poetry, it also translates to the need for retreat into the natural world and why we love the great masters of scenic photography so much, such as Ansel Adams and his modern descendants in the art, as Clyde Butcher here in south Florida:

“There are souls, in these noise-tired times, that turn aside into unfrequented lanes, where the deep woods have harbored the fragrances of many a blossoming season. Here the light, filtering through perfect forms, arranges itself in lovely patterns for those who perceive beauty.”….Roy J. Cook

©2007 jalovell

29 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Wow! I am a friend of Lynda’s and followed her bread-crumb trail to your webpage. What amazing photos! Your pics of windswept birds make me want to touch them and the alligator at the top of this blog page is perfection. What a great eye and appreciation for the texture and colors of nature. Very nice!

  2. Judy, I’ve nominated you for the “Family of Bloggers” Award. To see the nomination, visit http://anotherlovelyday.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/overdue-thank-yous-awards-and-a-little-winnie-the-pooh.

    Thanks so much for your friendship and followship.

    ~ Sandy

    • Sandy, I am honored that you thought of me with this award. I confess to not having a clue what to do about it but will look. You are very sweet to think of janthina images. Thank you!!

  3. Beautiful photos.!

  4. Hi Judy, thank you for discovering my blog http://www.throughharoldslens.com. It gave me the opportunity to discover, explore and Follow your blog. Hope we both enjoy our journeys. Best, Harold

    • Hello Harold!! Totally my pleasure! I loved your pictures and have always wanted to travel Africa..so seeing those gave me such interesting perspective! Thank you for your visit and follow.

  5. Your blog is very good, all the images that fit you really beautiful, I’m very excited to be visiting your blog, always successful for you and your blog
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  6. You have a wonderful blog with some outstanding photography!

  7. Thank you for commenting on the photo I took at Dead Horse Point State Park near Moab, UT. You have such great posts and images that I’ve decided to follow your blog from now on.

    • Oh, I appreciate that very much and hope I can share some things you will enjoy!! I very much did enjoy your sinuous tree with the blue sky and those gorgeous earthy orange tones on the tree and rocky landscape.

  8. I have granted you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope you enjoy it. I can totally understand if you do not wish to participate. I think your blog is wonderful and wanted you to know that.


    • I apologize for my tardy reply, and do appreciate you thinking of me for this award. I had reason to need inspiration this year and was planning to give thanks and this will be perfect to share, so I will be getting to that soon!! In the meantime….let me wish you a very happy holiday season, Merry Christmas and a stellar upcoming 2014!!

      • Hi Judy – You’re welcome! Your art itself is very inspiring, you are truly the sorceress of egrets! Happy Holidays to you and yours, as well, and a healthy and hoot 2014!

  9. […] CFS, the unexpected tends to trigger immediate panic. And it was unexpected when Judy of Janthina Images presented me with the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. My head wouldn’t grasp […]

  10. Merry Christmas, Judy! And a Happy New Year! God Bless!

  11. I am married to a Navy man, so I had the opportunity to live in Hawaii for awhile. I learned to scuba dive while I was there, and I was also fascinated by the shifting lights and colors. When the PADI scuba class went for their last dive together (down to a sunken ship off of Barber’s Point) I noticed that my wet suit completely changed color at the deeper depth.
    Truth be known though, I was always a little worried about bumping into a shark. 😉

  12. Thanks. Pleased to have found your arresting work here. Looking forward to further visits. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (plugged in and ready to play)

    • Please know that I am enjoying your blog as I write and even as you were commenting…on my fourth version of Michael Row the Boat Ashore right now. Great stuff and will exploring a lot more! And, so pleased for your visit with me here!

  13. Amazingly beautiful photographs here, Judy!!! I particularly love the ones of the egrets and herons. I plan to visit often and have just begun following this blog!

    • I sincerely appreciate your visit and your wonderful comment. I hope some others will hop over to your blog to learn more about birds and their place in the human spirit, legend and culture through your excellent text and research!

      • Thanks, Judy, I really appreciate your kind words. Again, I’m looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful photographs. Best wishes!

  14. So glad I found your site. I have a particular fondness for the not so sweet-looking birds (vultures, herons, storks, pelicans, etc.) and I’m rather fascinated by alligators and other reptiles. Your photos really do these critters and their environs justice! So, off I go to look at all your stuff. 🙂

    • Oh, I feel exactly the same way!! I am not so organized about putting bird species in their own categories, but if you type in the search bar…say woodstorks…I think all the post with woodstorks will list out. I welcome your visit throughout.

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