Pulling It All Together

After four weeks in this photography course I know that something has changed in me. I can’t say if I have truly “found my eye” yet because I can’t put it into words.  What I can do is tell you the highlights of what I have learned, what I have noticed.

Photography has become my art form. No longer do I just shoot lots of images at events or family gatherings just because I own a camera. The “why” of taking photos is changed. I do this for me. 

Slowing down, looking at a subject carefully, letting it “speak” to me in it’s own way. That is what I have learned that has impacted me most. This may sound silly but it is as though I needed someone to give me permission to do that. (Thanks, Kat.)  Exploring a subject thoughtfully and intentionally has lead to some really fun moments with the camera.

A couple of days ago I went to the park and studied this old picnic shelter with its great stone columns and arches.  After taking at least 50 images of this shelter I saw the sun light on the floor. The shadow created by the arch and the stone structure in front of me just really got my attention. But it’s through that open arch…that doorway to another place…that my eye was drawn. Leading me beyond.

And I think that says volumes about what I have gained from this class. Moving out of my comfort zone, doing new things, thinking critically about the whole process, then writing it down and sharing it through intuitive photo journaling are just a few of the highlights of what I have learned. I’m still standing there in that shelter, but through my lens I can see that there is so much more to explore.

There will be another part to this course starting in mid October. Meanwhile I’ll keep sharing my little bit of the world with you here.  Thanks for stopping by!

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9 Replies to “Pulling It All Together”

  1. Oh Deb, I cannot tell you how much it means to me to read this. That you have found such a wonderful connection between photography and self just really inspires me. I love how you say photography has become your art form. Yes!! I also love this image, the possibility through the arch you can see along with the unseen possibility hinted at with the arch on the floor. I can't wait to see where that possibility leads you! Thanks for sharing your journey with us all.

  2. Deb,
    I completely understand your need to seek permission outside yourself to create art. And how beautiful that you now know that you do this for yourself.

    Your image (and your words) speak so eloquently about moving beyond, into something new. Looking forward to seeing what comes next.

    (And great shadow!)

  3. Such an inspiring post, Deb. I love reading about your creative journey — you sound so much more confident now. Your image is lovely — the arch frames the scene beyond so beautifully!

  4. The doorway to another place…I love this-such a gorgeous image. And I love hearing about your process & all the shifts you are having along the way.

    Thank you for sharing, Deb…as always, I walk away feeling so glad I stopped by.

    Have a beautiful Monday, my friend.

  5. I can so identify with what you are expressing here and you painted quite a picture with your words. I want to take some courses myself. Photography changes us in many ways doesn't it? Or maybe it just "reveals" us.

  6. How wonderful for you to have learned so much about yourself and photography thru your class. I'm so happy for you and know you will continue to learn even more. This picture is beautiful and I love how you described your feelings about it and how you step out of your comfort zone now and really take the time to explore on the why's of photography. So happy for your journey and how much you are learning.

    I like the new fall header pictures too.

  7. You put it so well into words and I can fully understand what you mean. Phtography is such a fulfilling art form. I think it constantly changes, we get better and better and find our own eye. I love this kind of development.

    This photo of the arch is beautiful, and I love both the sunlight on the ground as the view through the arch.

    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my post at Vision and Verb today!!

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