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The mountain and the sun

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2012 by allisonlabine


….and the last rays of sunset bid the mountain good night.


Photo by Allison LaBine; The Alps

A Call From Home

Posted in Inspiration with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2012 by allisonlabine

One of the first words I ever spoke was “ocean.” I pronounced it oonda then, and I’d often ask my parents to take me to see the big oonda. As an adult, the first thing I do when I travel to another country is search for water – a coastline, if possible. Standing on quiet Brazilian sands years ago, I realized that even though I was thousands of miles away from my home in Florida, I was home.

The world of language barriers fell away, and I was left with the primal pull of a force so deeply ingrained in me, I knew it before my own name. Sometimes, the quiet is louder than any sound. The sea spoke softly that night, allowing the moon to weave silver in her midnight skin. I knelt down, listening to her gentle murmurs – to the faint music she played across the shore. She whispered of secrets long forgotten…of dreams hidden inside her depths.

The salt water ran cool and gentle over my hand till there was no longer a distinction between the two – till the sea became my own skin. Without a single word, she reminded me that before I ever took my first steps on land, I lived for nine months in the water – that all life on earth descended from her. In the dark calm of a foreign land, I was called back home.

If we listen closely, she calls to us all.

-Allison LaBine

Photo by Allison LaBine


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2012 by allisonlabine

“The mountains will always be there – the trick is to make sure you are too.” Hervey Voge


Image by Allison LaBine; Alaska

Into the light

Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , , on January 25, 2012 by allisonlabine

The women in this picture thought they were in my way when I took it. They weren’t. When one exhaled, she made the shot. So did that light – the light photographers wait for and dream of…

Image by Allison LaBine; Burano, Italy


Posted in Photography with tags , , , , , on January 22, 2012 by allisonlabine

In a sinking city,
Soon the only
Reflection will be the
Burning sun and sky.

Look now,
You are a part of history.

-Allison LaBine

Image by Allison LaBine