Sometimes we just need to STOP…take a breath and soak up the sun.
We live right off the Great Western Bike trail. It is both a blessing and a curse. It’s great to have it right there but we don’t always take the best advantage of it so it is also a daily little slap in the face. “I’m right here. Only steps from your door. Why don’t you visit more?” Yes, I know…but I need to finish this and then I have to go here and was really hoping to work on this. Maybe tomorrow…
This is how I feel about my photography. Everyday I try to do something that gets me either behind the camera or reading about it. This blog has really helped make it a regular part of my day but I still feel like I’m not doing enough. I’m not always spending my time wisely and doing what I really want to be doing in order to succeed. It is my dream to be a photographer and even with my camera at my fingertips, I find that everyday life and sometimes sheer exhaustion keep my camera and my dreams just out of reach.
So, recently, feeling desperate for inspiration, I took advantage of the bike trail. Leaving my camera behind and only bringing my phone, just in case, I let myself just walk. It was a perfect evening. Brilliant fall-blue sky, just warm enough that walking in the shade of the tree lined trail was perfection, but as I walked I could not shut off the continuous chatter in my head. Lists of things to do, wondering how long I can keep up with my current work schedule, concerns over a family issue, do I need to put money on Jake’s lunch account?…
Finally, in the hopes of creating some sort of distraction, I began taking pictures of whatever captured my attention. Ground squirrels peaking out of their little homes, a few fall leaves here and there, the trail itself. At first it wasn’t really helping but then shortly after I turned around to head back home I started taking the same shots again only now with the sun more in front of me everything had changed. Before I knew it I was completely wrapped up in catching odd angles that allowed the suns rays to shine through. It’s one of the things I love about my camera on my phone, it doesn’t try to compensate for the bright rays and tone them down, it simply captures whatever is in the frame. All too soon I was walking up the last little hill towards home when an unexpected reflection glanced across my eyes, blinding me for a moment. Stepping back, I saw “STOP” bathed in an array of sunlight.
I took one last shot of the sign then shut my phone off and walked the last bit home in a peaceful silence. No more lists or random thoughts. Just quiet.
This is my passion. To bring feeling and emotion into an everyday picture. To help us all see the beauty that surrounds us at every turn. To remind us that sometimes we just need to stop.