Last night I watched a short interview by Brian Williams with Annie Leibovitz and then later with David Letterman. Both interviews were WAYYY too short for me. On my bucket “to do list” is to attend a workshop where she would be talking or TEACHING (better yet)! My guess would be that people like me would’ve really enjoyed listening about her life’s craft.
With her gruff voice and kindness to her interviewer, she resembled any ordinary woman who is passionate and loves what she does. She explained that when she reflected on particular images she realized that her photographs held power and told a story beyond what she initially felt.
I know it sounds cliche` to want to capture moments in time, but from the very deepest creative squiggly parts of me, that’s how I feel. In particular the last 5 years, I have set myself on a path to thoughtfully be in the moment and really soak in the beauty of the day (or night– see above photo); examine the ordinary and realize it was extraordinary or celebrate the imperfect. Night images have an eerie feel to them don’t they?
When bad bad things have come into my life I try to asking myself what am I suppose to be learning or paying attention to? Photographing people, animals or nature helps me review that far too fleeting moment and say “ooooh that’s what I saw.” Revisiting an image shows something entirely new I might not have seen in the beginning. And best of all, photography allows me to revisit special moments again and again.
Like most photographers, we are not comfortable in front of the camera. I joke how my children probably didn’t really know what I looked like without a camera in front of my face. Even Annie Leibovitz was uncomfortable when David Letterman wanted to take her photo.
My wonderful photography friends that I “play” with weekly (Prompt Addicts), encouraged us this past week to break out of our comfort zone and get in the photo. I was horrified! Really… I moaned and groaned out loud. Then I grabbed my camera and took way too many photos of the floor, ceiling or parts of my head or hands, trying to get a “selfie”. I finally settled on one and posted it in our group.
This was a big step for me.
After reuniting with my camera 5 years ago, I realized there have been many BIG steps for me. And while I am still on my journey pursuing the “Happy Accident– called Serendipity”. That’s joy rising!
(thanks to Jason Eiting for this photo) Yes, that is moi in that silly purple rain coat. *sigh*
During the past couple of weeks I have been on a “heavenly” photographic adventure. Seattle changed my life.
2 days flew by in warp speed. I could not slow it down, no matter how hard I tried. Our time was spent with people who have the same passion as mine. They love searching for beauty. They love their art. They inspired and taught me. Words fall very flat when I try to express how we connected and blessed I felt; their hearts spoke to mine. I look forward to more time with them soon! But in the mean time I am thankful for a new connection with them via a small thing called the internet 🙂
Be sure and find the beauty in your every day life.
“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change!” Wayne Dyer
Since January 1st 2010 -- I have been celebrating finding Beauty in our every day lives. Stay in the Day... be in the moment. Don't wait to live your life.
Stop and make a habit to find the Beauty and you will be amazed at how Beautiful your life is. Be thankful and remember:
"When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." Dyer