P&P Blogger Profile: Kathleen Connally

Kathleen Connally of A Walk Through Durham Township, Pennsylvania

Raised in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania; worked in corporate America for 15 years in Philadelphia, London and Seattle; returned to Pennsylvania 9 years ago; started my photoblog in January 2003. I’m a mom, a Penn State Master Gardener, and I live in a 230-year-old house. I want to make documentary films one day.

Why do you blog?

To become a better photographer. There’s a lot of discipline in posting new images for the world to see three or four times a week. I take photos every day and keep trying to reach that vision in my head.
If you only had time to read three blogs a day, which ones would they be?
Hahaha…I only have time to read three blogs a day.
Seth Godin – http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/
Boing Boing – http://www.boingboing.net/
MetaFilter – http://www.metafilter.com/

I look at countless photoblogs everyday. Here are three I never miss:
14 Places to Eat – http://www.fourteenplacestoeat.com/
The Narrative – http://thenarrative.net/
Mine is No Disgrace – http://mineisnodisgrace.com/

How long have you been using Photoshop/been a photographer?
I’ve been a photographer since I was seven years old. I’ve been using Photoshop since 2003.

What type of camera(s) do you shoot with?
Mostly a Canon 5D right now.

Mac or PC?
PC for now. (Love Mac, though. Someday soon.)
What is your favorite piece of photo or computer equipment (other than your camera)?
My Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L lens.
What piece of equipment would you most like to get but don’t have?
A Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L lens.

What advice do you have for a novice creative professional/photographer?
1) Follow your vision.

2) Create something everyday.
3) Fill your life with people who support you in doing those things.
What inspires you to create?
A very strong desire to realize my vision, tell a story and leave the world a better place when I go.
What would be your most important piece of advice about life?
Trust your instincts and do what you want to do. Don’t let anyone stand between you and your vision of yourself. Live boldly and discover the unique talent you have to offer the world, whatever it is! You’re wonderful!

Where would you most like to live (other than where you live now)?
Three places: Ireland, Italy and New Zealand.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
What spare time?

What talent would you most like to have?

The ability to compose and play music like Johann Christian Bach.
From Inside the Actors Studio:
What is your favorite word? Ubiquitous.
What is your least favorite word? Can’t.
What turns you on? Exuberant people.
What turns you off? Apathetic people.
What sound or noise do you love? Italian loafers walking on cobblestones.
What sound or noise do you hate? Bulldozers taking out trees.
What is your favorite curse word? GODDAMNIT!
What occupation other than your own would you like to attempt? Diplomat.
What occupation would you not want to participate in? Accountant.
If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? Thank you for using your talents to help save the earth from urban sprawl – it worked!

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