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About Laura B Scott Photography

Welcome to the blog!

I am a northwest Florida based photographer & artist. My two dogs & I love to travel & photograph new interesting people. My favorite things include the outdoors, hiking, chocolate chip cookies, a comfy down comforter (any time of year!), and flip flops!

Here you will find posts from my adventures & travels, both personally & professionally. Since I love to travel, do not hesitate to ask about any destination. Special discounts are available for Philadelphia, PA, Charleston-Myrtle Beach, SC areas & San Diego, CA destinations.

I also own an online handmade gift shop with my mom, featuring many different types of lovely & unique jewelry, pottery & home decor. (link at bottom of the blog)

Tag: ‘pennsylvania’



Walking the Forbidden Trail { Wissahickon Park, Philadelphia }

Sunday, April 12th, 2015

It was such a gorgeous spring-like day and some fresh air was needed. So I gathered the mutts and a backpack full of water and snacks to meet with some friends at Forbidden Lane, part of the Wissahickon Park area.  I thought I would share a few snap shots of what we saw on our mutt adventure . . . .

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My friend, Sean met up with us and brought along Miss Carly Q! The girls have not seen each other in over a year! I wish I had captured a video of their reunion. I needed 2 hands just in case the dog remeet didn’t go well. But they were so happy to see each other! There were tail wags from all, and cries of happiness (Carly), kisses (Carly) and rolling in the dirt (Carly again), playful pounces (Shay & Carly) and a ‘yeah I remember you. Can we walk now or what, people? I have things to smell.’ (Kaysea)

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We walked a few miles, met a lot of people, kids & dogs. We even saw some big horses along the trails.  Next time I will be sure to take along something better than my iPhone to get some more professional shots when all the leaves have returned to the trees.

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In case you want to do the trail walk too, click the map for directions:

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The Barnes Foundation {Philadelphia Pt Four}

Friday, August 8th, 2014

I had the day to myself today. That’s how it is when you visit with family & friends who have jobs to go to in the day. It was another gorgeous day for walking around downtown. So I did the walk from Kater St (below South) all the way to the Ben Franklin Parkway as I had always done years ago when I was too broke in college to take a cab.

I was so excited for my appointment at the Barnes Foundation this afternoon that I arrived and hour early. As always when I travel, I had a book on hand to keep myself busy in the park while I waited.

The Barnes Foundation

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There is so much controversy surrounding the Barnes Foundation & its recent move to downtown Philadelphia area.  Once owned solely by Dr Albert Barnes and housed in it’s own estate in Merion, the collection was established to promote appreciation & education about art.  It is by far the most extensive collection of Post-Impressionist & early Modern paintings in the world – featuring great works by Renoir, Cezanne, Rousseau, Matisse, Picasso, Degas, de Chirico – just to name a few of the most well known.

The fact that he had this collection to begin with isn’t necessarily the reason for its controversy.  Barnes himself abhorred the idea that art was only for the elite or upper class. He would rather share his collection with the common working man and share in the education and promotion of art.

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Unfortunately after his death the foundation created was not holding it’s own. Due to a series of mismanagement, near bankruptcy, poor building maintenance & a general thirst get a hold of this literally priceless collection, the works of art were all in danger.

Moving or separating any of this collection was against the wishes of Dr Barnes. Everyone knew that.  But after years of changed management strategies, political debate, legal battles & not enough revenue to maintain the collection & it’s home, it was decided that everything would finally move to downtown Philadelphia.

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But you won’t find the Foundation’s website telling you about any of this upheaval. It’s not a secret. The winners would rather we see the shiny new building & forget.

My feelings are mixed. And I feel like the whole thing is like a double-edged sword.

In the years I lived in Philly, I never once visited the Marion location. I never really even thought about the fact that there was some of the greatest works of art in the world housed within a drivable distance from where I lived my entire life.  That instead of looking at these works in a book, I could actually stand so close to them that I could smell the varnish.

I feel bad. I don’t know how I missed this.  I guess I honestly just didn’t know it was there.

Now here it is for the world to see, housed down the street from the Philadelphia Museum of Art in a beautifully cared for building (without leaky windows or mice running about). In a building whose architects took care to design it to have the same feel as the original home & displayed as Dr. Barnes, himself had curated.   So what’s the harm in that?

To start, the collection was moved against the founder’s wishes. It also costs quite a bit to visit now, plus special collections are additional. Memberships are available but still pricey – all of which make the collection not accessible for ‘everyone’. In addition to that is my biggest objection – the art gets separated. As part of this new management of this billion dollar collection, pieces are often ‘loaned’ out to other curations around the world. There were at least 10 pieces missing while I was visiting. Not cool since the original intension was to have it exist as one unit, the way Dr. Barnes designed it.

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If Barnes was alive today, I believe he would have found a way to preserve it. But unfortunately it’s just not so in modern economic & political times without him. At the very least, perhaps he will get his wish & more people will visit these great works of art than ever before. And education will continue for those interested.

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For more information (and a slightly biased perspective on this), check out the movie “The Art of the Steal” (currently available on Netflix) .

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Bucks County { Philadelphia, Pt Two}

Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

Spent the day with my BFF, Sean in New Hope, PA. It was just as I remembered it was when I was in high school. There were even some of the same shops there!

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Such a beautiful day!

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And of course while at Sean’s I had the chance to play, snuggle & lounge around with some of my old furry pals.

Kitty, Mylo

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Miss Lulu “Bunny”

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And Carly Q

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