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!