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Guest Curator: Through the Lens With Abby Try Again

Sep 22, 2010

by abbytrysagain handmade and vintage goods

GC_abby_bio.jpgFinding herself in a new town and far from home, Abby Powell-Thompson started a personal blog in the spring of 2005. Never did she imagine that five years later she’d be blogging full time and selling her photography to support herself. Abby chronicles her daily life in film using vintage cameras on her blog, Abby Try Again. Abby’s work has been featured in several books, blogs, and magazines including Romantic Homes, Artful Blogging, and Sommerset Life. More than anything, Abby hopes that through her words and photography she can help others find beauty in their own lives.

I’ll admit it: I am completely addicted to images. I absolutely love looking at things — it’s my very favorite pastime. I thought today I’d share with you some of my current inspirations and favorites from Etsy photographers.
I am currently obsessed with landscape photography. Forest Print by Debbie Carlos is completely magical as is Cypress Print by Amanda E. Friedman. I also adore the misty foggy landscape by irenesuchocki and think it would look smashing hanging alongside the wintry print from Callex.
[From top: Empty by photobird, Waffles by photobird]
One of my absolute favorite things to do is eat a good meal. I also love a good tabletop photograph and Jen of Simply Photo takes the best ones. I’m smitten with her Empty print, and her Waffles photograph makes my mouth water.
Polaroids are another thing that never ceases to inspire me. The happy place print from CoriKindred is one of my very favorites, along with this exquisite portrait from pocketmemories. I’m enamored with the beautiful bowls by fieryeyed and this rad record player print from girlhula.
Being born and raised in California, I can’t help but have a soft spot for water related photos. I’d love to own this stunning photo of a girl looking out at the ocean, created by yerinmok. I could stare at it all day long. Carefree by tamgulich reminds me of happy summer days spent at the seaside with my sisters, as does the sandcastle print from siobhanphotography. The Wave print by feaverish captures the color of the Pacific just beautifully.
I hope these visuals have inspired and uplifted you just as they’ve done for me.

Past Guest Curators | Artistic Endeavors Series | Photography Category

Forest Print (Human Nature) - Discounted 20x25 Artist Proof
Forest Print (Human Nature) - Discounted 20x25 Artist Proof
put your records on 8.5x11
put your records on 8.5x11
untitled (braids)
untitled (braids)
Almost a Sand Castle-Fine Art Photography-Portrait
Almost a Sand Castle-Fine Art Photography-Portrait
$38.00 USD
Ireland Print, Ireland Photography, Mountains, Fine Art Photography, Limited Edition, Film, Analog, Landscape Photo, Fields, Square, 30x30
Ireland Print, Ireland Photography, Mountains, Fine Art Photography, Limited Edition, Film, Analog, Landscape Photo, Fields, Square, 30x30
$75.00 USD


  • dreamyvintage

    dreamyvintage said 6 years ago

    Great article, beautiful collection! I also LOVE landscape photography and water :)

  • bayousalvage

    bayousalvage said 6 years ago

    the cypress trees are indeed fantastic- love this shop

  • Ayca

    Ayca said 6 years ago

    Great article and lovely shop! Thanks for sharing this beauties :) Love from Istanbul...

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans said 6 years ago

    GORGEOUS! They evoke such emotion.

  • leannbutler

    leannbutler said 6 years ago

    These are all beautiful photos! 'Forest Print' is my favorite.

  • StudioElenus

    StudioElenus said 6 years ago

    Etsy's photographers always inspire me, amazing artists gathered here! And I love Abby's work, her art is full of life and light!

  • theeye

    theeye said 6 years ago


  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 6 years ago

    The ocean photos are so gorgeous.

  • SweetandDandyVintage

    SweetandDandyVintage said 6 years ago

    Beautiful article! Thank you for sharing these fantastic photos!

  • stockannette

    stockannette said 6 years ago

    Love love LOVE the look an old camera and/or polaroid gives.

  • lovesmenot

    lovesmenot said 6 years ago

    i can look at photos with the ocean in them all day long. thank you for sharing such a beautiful, well-curated collection with us.

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 6 years ago

    LOVE your photography!!! XO Best wishes in Austin! XO

  • gilat

    gilat said 6 years ago

    Great photos. especially "Put your records" by girlhula. There is something very nice about this orange pillow back there out of focus.

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 6 years ago

    I like chronicling the changes in our immediate landscape best: the woods, rocky outcroppings, ponds. It's not the only the seasons & atmospheric conditions that quickly change but we're in flux constantly too. It's a way for me to make a personal souvenir, in a way, to remember that distinct 'here & now' moment, the mood, awareness, the light. Beautiful picks, Abby, and a great cameo. Thanks!

  • myrakim

    myrakim said 6 years ago

    This is great! Thanks, Abby!!

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 6 years ago

    such gorgeous finds! so relaxing and full of a bit of mystery. thank you!!

  • Asianexpressions

    Asianexpressions said 6 years ago

    Nice article! I love photography and beautiful photographs even though I don't own a camera until I open my Etsy shop and have to learn how to photograph 101!

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 6 years ago

    I was immediately drawn to Abby's photos for the water. Growing up on Lake Michigan...I can never see enough of it. Beauty, beauty. So many great Etsy photographers!

  • sajataeford2bd

    sajataeford2bd said 6 years ago

    Love the photo's. I want the waffles.

  • maryvican

    maryvican said 6 years ago

    Lovely polaroid and vintage style photo choices. I'm proud to be a photographer on Etsy as well, and I've admired Abby's work in Somerset magazines and online. Great job!

  • CatNPhotography

    CatNPhotography said 6 years ago

    This is truly inspiring! I love your picks. The forest print at the beginning is gorgeous!

  • seragun

    seragun said 6 years ago

    gorgeous photos...

  • leighmade

    leighmade said 6 years ago

    I have a couple of abby's photos hung up at my office. wonderful images! great article.

  • HoldTheWire

    HoldTheWire said 6 years ago

    Some very nice work! The cypress trees are fascinating. Thanks for the article!

  • littlesaplingtoys

    littlesaplingtoys said 6 years ago

    Thank you for collecting these and congratulations on your success!

  • AudreyGardenLady

    AudreyGardenLady said 6 years ago

    Wonderful article! What an inspiration!!!

  • abbytrysagain

    abbytrysagain said 6 years ago

    Thank you to etsy for letting me post and thanks to all of these fine photographers. And thanks for all the sweet comments :) Etsy rules!

  • DearIndustry

    DearIndustry said 6 years ago

    Wow, I love all these beautiful photographs! Thank you for posting these!

  • LeafandInk

    LeafandInk said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Always a pleasure and delight to view other photographers works. We are a family that has made a lifetime of creations supporting ourselves through fine art photography. It is a zest of life that stimulates you to capture the art that you see everyday everywhere. It is a rushing calm that motivates you within.

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    TwinkleStarCrafts said 6 years ago

    Good choices. Lovely images!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 6 years ago

    lovely photos!

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 6 years ago

    What a beautiful article! These photos are stunning!

  • akcArt

    akcArt said 6 years ago

    Very nice!

  • bhangtiez

    bhangtiez said 6 years ago

    Amazing photos....I love the simplicity of the waffles & cup of empty coffee...and I'm a native Californian too and love the ocean shots...congrats.

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 6 years ago

    I'm completely addicted to images too, Abby! You've got some amazing picks here, and your own work is equally as stunning. Thanks for sharing!

  • Sommersbreezeantique

    Sommersbreezeantique said 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful!

  • TheSpotlessLoop

    TheSpotlessLoop said 6 years ago

    I like the photobird's photos! Reminds me those beautiful mornings, eating a nice breakfast on the street with blue sky and a lot of sun. :)

  • caty99

    caty99 said 6 years ago

    What an inspiring story and beautiful talent!

  • LindseyHead

    LindseyHead said 6 years ago

    your photo of waffles is so great that I am going to have waffles for dinner. keep up the good work, and thank you!

  • MJSGems

    MJSGems said 6 years ago

    Love the photagraphy, the wave photo is perfect!

  • Jusadreamin

    Jusadreamin said 6 years ago

    JUS BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!

  • NoFrump

    NoFrump said 6 years ago

    gorgeous :)

  • lifeologia

    lifeologia said 6 years ago

    I love seeing you in the spotlight! Beautiful selection of images and your work is so timeless as always ;)

  • lobatoms

    lobatoms said 6 years ago

    Wow--I just found several new favorites. Thank you for the wonderful post.

  • LiseWinne

    LiseWinne said 6 years ago

    Good article & nice photo choices!

  • xoazuree

    xoazuree said 6 years ago

    Another wonderful article and this one after my own heart and love of Polaroids!! The little square images that inspired me to share my love of this form of photography by opening an Etsy and selling my prints!! Thank you for sharing this story and these beautiful dreamy images!

  • AlissaRose

    AlissaRose said 6 years ago

    Thank you Abby. Picture viewing is an addiction of mine as well!

  • MaryFosterCreative

    MaryFosterCreative said 6 years ago

    Thanks for highlighting some of the great photography that is available on Etsy!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 6 years ago

    Very nice. Thanks for sharing these - I've some new shops to check out.

  • seaworthysend

    seaworthysend said 6 years ago

    Really beautiful! Thank you for this!

  • KMalinka

    KMalinka said 6 years ago

    Nice article and beautiful photos!

  • BellaPuzzles

    BellaPuzzles said 6 years ago

    Nice job Abby! They're all lovely, but the cedars are my favorite.

  • paramountvintage

    paramountvintage said 6 years ago

    i absolutely adore your photographs and your inspirations. thanks for sharing!

  • ColtVintage

    ColtVintage said 6 years ago

    beautiful. the cypress trees are especially nice <3

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 6 years ago

    beautiful photography. such soft colors

  • slgdesigns

    slgdesigns said 6 years ago

    LOVE her work! I have a few prints hanging in my kitchen, and I'm always on the lookout for more places so I can acquire additional faves.

  • elitas

    elitas said 6 years ago


  • RedorGrayArt

    RedorGrayArt said 6 years ago

    best wishes on your continued success///

  • Maddenphotography

    Maddenphotography said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing!

  • vintageglitter80

    vintageglitter80 said 6 years ago

    I adore taking pictures and photography in general. I hope one day to be a full time photographer, do you have any advice. I also love to take pictures with all kinds of cameras.

  • cuteaddiction

    cuteaddiction said 6 years ago

    Abby, I can understand your addition to images because I have an addiction too! Your findings are really great, I love landscapes images so much.

  • denizgunes

    denizgunes said 6 years ago


  • cadreams

    cadreams said 6 years ago

    Really beautiful-thanks!

  • gallery32

    gallery32 said 6 years ago

    This is a really nice feature. Thanks for bringing the focus to the etsy photographers. They are so talented :)

  • vestedbeevintage

    vestedbeevintage said 6 years ago

    The representation of your subjects are fabulously captured. Stunning.

  • sweetjane

    sweetjane said 6 years ago

    Photography is a wonderful form of expression...very nice picks!

  • irenesuchocki

    irenesuchocki said 6 years ago

    So much wonderful work here on Etsy! Thank you for including my Shadows and Tall Trees photograph :)

  • elissamay1

    elissamay1 said 6 years ago

    Neat photos! Talent written all over them!

  • gathersalot

    gathersalot said 6 years ago

    Carefree.Fun! :)

  • AZCreativeStudio

    AZCreativeStudio said 6 years ago

    So dreamy!

  • CandyAppleCrafts

    CandyAppleCrafts said 6 years ago

    I grew up in a landlocked state, but siobhanphotography's shot just about takes me there! Love all of these images. Very artistic and evocative shots!

  • Gratefulthreads

    Gratefulthreads said 6 years ago



    LOLLIDAYsPROJECTs said 6 years ago

    Magnificent!!! Love it... =)

  • dragonflymystdesigns

    dragonflymystdesigns said 6 years ago

    Great photos!! I love the eggs and waffles!!

  • genisepark

    genisepark said 6 years ago

    So meditative, quiet beauty...I enjoyed all the images.

  • doingitherself

    doingitherself said 6 years ago

    I am on a Holga camera kick - and these are so inspiring! Thank you for posting this!

  • vickihartmanclay

    vickihartmanclay said 6 years ago

    Nice picks, Abby!! Congratulations!

  • BlueSeaPaintShop

    BlueSeaPaintShop said 6 years ago


  • dkshopgirl

    dkshopgirl said 6 years ago

    beautiful images - lovely.

  • mamasgroove

    mamasgroove said 6 years ago

    The muted photo with a stream running through a forest; Hauntingly beautiful. Very nice.

  • mamasgroove

    mamasgroove said 6 years ago

    The muted photo with a stream running through a forest; hauntingly beautiful. Very nice.

  • rntn

    rntn said 6 years ago

    live curious by your photo :)

  • littleloveblue

    littleloveblue said 6 years ago

    oh, i am a big fan of her work... and love the choices here!!

  • ladylotus

    ladylotus said 6 years ago

    wonderful images!

  • songbirdandtwig

    songbirdandtwig said 6 years ago

    Polaroids are never going to go out of style. Love these images!

  • ohbabydotcom

    ohbabydotcom said 6 years ago

    fantastic! wish I had the waffles : )

  • VelveteenHabbit

    VelveteenHabbit said 6 years ago

    I adore your beautiful vintage style photos-it's not just about the film or the camera but the photographer's feeling=wow

  • Maulani

    Maulani said 6 years ago

    I totally fall for her photo tone! One of my fav blogger too!

  • ConservationClothing

    ConservationClothing said 6 years ago

    thanks for sharing!

  • Emmamaha

    Emmamaha said 6 years ago

    I love photography. It leaves an indelible impression on my memory that I can have many months pass and a photograph that I saw, touched me, I'll always manage to remember..and I have an awful memory! What you do as artists documenting emotion through the snap of a camera, it's amazing and powerful. Thank you!

  • bluedaisies

    bluedaisies said 6 years ago

    Too beautiful!! I have always loved it when there is a dark storm looming up behind sunlit trees - Cypress Trees is such an amazing photo! Loved the article - thanks so much!

  • thesleepingdog

    thesleepingdog said 6 years ago


  • jenniejune

    jenniejune said 6 years ago

    Beautiful photos! thanks for this article!

  • lorenabr

    lorenabr said 6 years ago

    Love the ocean pictures :) the article is great!

  • AngelaIngram

    AngelaIngram said 6 years ago

    Simply beautiful.

  • undertheroot

    undertheroot said 6 years ago

    When I came across Abby Try Again, her thoughts through visual screamed comfort. Extremely thrilled to see her represented here.

  • gretchenmist

    gretchenmist said 6 years ago

    very inspiring, thank u :)

  • ViviansKitchen

    ViviansKitchen said 6 years ago

    Love the waffle :)

  • feltonthefly

    feltonthefly said 6 years ago

    sooooooooooooooooooooo beautiful. Captivating, really.

  • annaandroy

    annaandroy said 6 years ago

    abby's photographs never cease to inspire me. I love seeing through her lens. i'm so happy to see this article - and a wonderful collection of new artists to browse through too! xx Liz

  • prettyvisage

    prettyvisage said 6 years ago

    i've been following abby for awhile. just beautiful. her pictures make life seem just way too short. love that you guys spotlighted her.

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 6 years ago

    Awesome picks ! Many thanks for sharing !

  • TropicalGarden

    TropicalGarden said 6 years ago

    Wonderful photography! Abby has the eyes of capturing beautiful pictures!

  • SEOWebDesign

    SEOWebDesign said 6 years ago

    These photographs are really amazing. I especially like the Forest Print and the Cypress Trees. Just stunning.

  • LittleWrenPottery

    LittleWrenPottery said 6 years ago

    Great article I love the feeling that these photos have, very relaxed and natural. Great picks!

  • LittleBeeVintage

    LittleBeeVintage said 6 years ago


  • kclarkphotography

    kclarkphotography said 6 years ago

    Thanks for sharing some favorites. Fixin to go check out your blog.

  • GalleonGal

    GalleonGal said 6 years ago

    Calming nature and delicious food photos, nice article

  • thestapeliacompany

    thestapeliacompany said 6 years ago

    Yay for Etsy photographers! I love it.

  • louloudo

    louloudo said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! Lovely picks

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 6 years ago

    I love the egg print. Makes me wonder how I can get a chicken to lay a blue egg?!

  • mountainvintage

    mountainvintage said 6 years ago

    Very beautiful!

  • OhDearWatson

    OhDearWatson said 6 years ago


  • kathiroussel

    kathiroussel said 6 years ago

    love love love your views of the world-- and i'm so glad you keep trying again...and again!

  • fullcircleimages

    fullcircleimages said 6 years ago

    Beautiful! I always love seeing posts that focus on photography :)

  • LGordon555

    LGordon555 said 6 years ago

    I love the empty espresso photo. Thanks for sharing these favorites.

  • GracefullyGirly

    GracefullyGirly said 6 years ago

    This is a wonderful compilation of beautiful, moving photography. You have an eye for it! I'm in CA too and about 4 hours from the ocean but we get there every chance we can! One of the shots through the trees, pines and coastline photo, makes me long for the ocean mist even more!

  • parchmentcraft

    parchmentcraft said 6 years ago

    When one photographs we photo the pretty but you photograph the real. What we really need to see is what you photograph, and it makes it real, and the ugly realistic life becomes pretty. Your photography makes us think that that is just what we see so why not photograph.Keep it up cause that is why you are successful - congratulations! regards, Roslyn

  • AmandaEFriedman

    AmandaEFriedman said 6 years ago

    LOVE this gallery! thanks so much for including my cypress photo!!!!

  • KikaAmila

    KikaAmila said 6 years ago

    One word: PRETTY! :)

  • milemarker

    milemarker said 6 years ago

    Lots of beautiful photos I've not seen before. Thank you for sharing, Abby!

  • CBMLphoto

    CBMLphoto said 6 years ago

    Great Spotlight article!! Nice to see photography getting some well-deserved recognition.

  • KitschDesigns

    KitschDesigns said 6 years ago

    All such great escapes. Thanks for sharing!

  • felicitycrew

    felicitycrew said 6 years ago

    Great inspiration. Thank you Abby!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 6 years ago

    Love it, the reinventing, it works! Great art...

  • chriswaind

    chriswaind said 6 years ago

    Simply stunning. The images make me slightly sad, as if they're a memory that's now far out of reach (if that makes any sense at all). Thank you for sharing these.

  • trillity

    trillity said 6 years ago

    The last picture of the wave is just dreamy...

  • TheLeftBank

    TheLeftBank said 6 years ago

    Elegant. Beautiful. Simple. Perfect. Thank you for sharing your love of photography-- and your favorite photographers!!

  • exclusivelyhannah

    exclusivelyhannah said 6 years ago

    So beautiful! very inspiring for me! :)

  • DearOhDeer

    DearOhDeer said 6 years ago

    This is so wonderful, and a great inspiration. I'm totally about to start selling prints in my store, I hope to be as successful as these lovelies! xx

  • Hammermann

    Hammermann said 6 years ago

    Beautiful pictures!

  • gototes

    gototes said 6 years ago

    Thank you for sharing about your passion; there's something magical about a simple, catching, beautiful photograph...I could also stare at them all day!

  • lizhutnick

    lizhutnick said 6 years ago

    Gorgeous work!

  • spiritcleanslate

    spiritcleanslate said 6 years ago

    You are an inspiration and have a wonderful artistic eye for beauty

  • Niftic

    Niftic said 6 years ago

    I WANT the pillows photograph! Reminds me of lazy,hazy days in California. Thanks for bringing back memories...

  • pinksnakejewelry

    pinksnakejewelry said 6 years ago

    Beautiful Photographs!!!! Great article!! Wonderful imagery....very talented photographers...

  • samsstuff

    samsstuff said 6 years ago

    Beautiful & interesting photos, some of my favorite things!

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 6 years ago

    Love the choices. Well done.

  • sheenajewellery

    sheenajewellery said 5 years ago

    Great photos! Keep up the inspiring work!

  • tiredmommyspinning

    tiredmommyspinning said 5 years ago

    absolutely beautiful photos I have a pentax k1000 first real camera I ever bought. I still have it and absolutely adore it.

  • alessandragerevini

    alessandragerevini said 5 years ago

    Great photos! Thanks for sharing!

  • MapleShadeKids

    MapleShadeKids said 5 years ago

    Each of these pictures transport me to some of my favorite places in life.... forest, beach AND some of my favorite and music :) Thanks for your inspiration

  • PoetryofObjects

    PoetryofObjects said 5 years ago

    Lovely. Congratulations on your new baby coming...

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