” Run your fingers through my soul. For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel, believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive, look, experience, examine, and for once; just once, understand.” Unknown
there are days, many days when I get lost in my thoughts, working on photos. This quite time in my studio is like having my head in the clouds, and I can spend time thinking about the images I have taken. It is when I am in the “outside” world with my camera that I look, experience, explore and try to understand the world. To photograph the lines, textures, people and places, that touches my soul, and I hope touches yours.
time for doing and time for dreaming, are both important to the creative process.
“Focus on the journey not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it” Greg Anderson
One of the things we found while walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela, is the same thing we have found and experienced in many other areas of our life. People are goal oriented and want to reach the next destination. On the walk people were getting up well before dawn and walking in the dark, little headlights on their forehead, trying to find the next arrow or marker. This is fine if you have spent some time the day before surveying the route out-of-town. But why walk in the dark. Yes it is a quiet time of the day, and you can be out-of-town before the traffic gets bad, but in the small town on the country road that we were walking traffic was never a problem.
I do understand that the summer heat of Spain can make walking in mid afternoon difficult, so that might be a consideration during the summer months for some people. But walking in the dark means that you really can’t see and enjoy the town, or the countryside, the signs, the shrines or farms that you are walking by.
It isn’t reaching our goal or destination that shapes our journey, it is each mile or milestone along the way that shapes our soul. It it the sights, sounds, people and experiences we have along the way that is what we, what I wanted to remember. I would say to anyone planning this journey to take your time, enjoy the sights, the sounds, get to know the people along the way, live each moment of the journey.
“Sugar and Spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of…..”
This one was fun, but only take two attempts, little Addilyn tipped over the first time! On the plus side it won’t be long before she rolls over all by herself. The big girls Skylar and Alexa were perfect, they remembered to watch me, not the baby, so I could get the shot.
A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bank balance smaller, home happier, clothes dirty, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for – unknown.
We first met Addilyn before Christmas, she is now about 5 months old, and has clearly made some major decisions about how she will live her life – afterall cheering for the Saskatchewan Rough Riders is usually a life long obsession. Okay maybe, just probably, she had some family influence, I think it was Grandma Carolynne that bought the jersey, and the socks seem to be a big hit.
Carolynne brought the whole family by a while ago for photos, so we will have more photos during the week, they are almost ready.
“Turn your face to the sun and all the shadows fall behind you!”…Maori Proverb; the quote is perfect for photographers, unless of course we want our shadow in the picture; when photographing people it is better if they are facing away from the sun as well.
We visited Ireland a few years ago now, I stopped at every stone circle we found, there are more being found all the time. This photo was taken at sunset, the sun flare over the circle and through the large gap of standing stones a some depth and some magic. The photo would have been taken near the end of September, close to the time of the fall equinox, and we can image watching the sunset or sunrise as those who built the circle did many years ago.
It is Wednesday of another busy week, I hope your weeks is a good one filled.
“When we walk like (we are rushing) we print anxiety and sorrow on the earth. We have to walk in a way that we only print peace and serenity on the earth… Be aware of the contact betwen your feet and the earth. Walk as if you are kissing the earth with your feelt”
Thich Nhat Hanh
old boots on the camino route. the camino to Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
I have recently started to follow Kat Eye Studio blog, and her Photo-Heart Connection for January was inspiring. Looking back over my January blog, this is the photo and memory that was in my heart, my Photo-Heart Connection.
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen – that stillness becomes a radiance. Morgan Freeman
The perfect reflection in a pond lets us know just how still the air was the day I took this picture. It was early one morning in Stanley Park, Vancouver BC. I am not the type of person that sits quietly for too long but this morning was peaceful enough I might have been there for a while had not the ducks arrived and disturbed the water, so a few pictures, and off we went to walk the rest of the park and the seawall. Vancouver’s Stanley Park is a beautiful place to spend the day.
This photo is pretty much as it was taken from the camera, a little sharpening, was all that was required. I hope your Monday is a peaceful one!
The picture I see is the picture I will be. Bob Proctor
As a photographer, thinking in terms of pictures seems natural. Bob Proctor ask, ” how do you see yourself on a daily basis?” As a successful, happy person, who brings light into other peoples lives, happily anticipating of challenges; or a sad, discouraged, grumpy person. There is great power in the way you visualize yourself and your approach to life. What kind of picture is there on the wall representing you?