while Barry Manilow played in the background, I spent some time catching up on photo editing. I culled through landscapes, portraits and random shots of various things that caught my eye.
The photographs are often exactly what I expect them to be, but not always. Sometimes, there is more to them than I saw with my eyes; images within images that make me realize, again, just how much there is to see.
The intimacy of holding wonder and beauty in the lens of my camera with nothing but light and shadow in between is profound; the effect it has on me is sometimes startling. Just as a piece of music that soars and resonates takes my breath, so do the images.
Contrast, light, shadow, color, reflection … they capture my imagination and intrigue me, teaching me something new every time. The same shot taken a hundred times will always yield a different result as nothing, not air nor wind nor water nor light, stays the same from one moment to the next.
I find, on occasion, that I have missed shots because I have become so mesmerized by what I was seeing that I forgot to click the shutter. At these times, the magnificence of nature or the human spirit permeate my very being and make me more than I was before; more aware, more real, more emotional, more grounded. Simply more.
There will always be, no matter where I go or what I do, more to see and experience. There will be new ways to feel old emotions and catalysts that will throw me where I never thought I could go. That is the beauty of photography. Every shot is an original. Every shutter click is a memory kept. Every image is a monument to a single, solitary moment in time. The wonder of that knowledge never fades and it never, ever gets old.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace ~ Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8