Compose

Compose
White-Tailed Deer ( Odocoileus virginianus )

White-Tailed Deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

What do you want to leave out?
— Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer & Founder, The Photo Ark

My photographs leave out a lot. At any given moment I am consciously leaving out something. In my own backyard it is usually the neighboring properties I choose to leave out. I focus my attention on the tiny bustling life forms, rather than sweeping landscapes that may betray my suburban surroundings.

On this particular evening I was leaving out a middle-aged woman in-line skating, a young adult photographing his motorcycle against the backdrop of the setting sun and a duo of impatient women slumped in a maroon sedan, squeezing off snaps with a point-and-shoot.

Ya wouldn’t have guessed it, right? ♥

Jessica Allen explores the fields and forests of Pennsylvania with her artist-husband, Michael Allen, and their son, Benjamin. She shares her observations through words and pictures of everyday magic and beauty she sees in her world.