Renewing the Journey ~ Part 1

 I’m a photographer. 
Just a few years ago I could not write that statement.  Not that I wasn’t a photographer, just that I didn’t believe in myself enough to say that. 
For the next few weeks, along with some blogging friends, I am making a review of just why I keep taking photos.  Today I begin by telling you where I am with this hobby now in my life and what it means to me.

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I want to catch the light 
no matter if it’s on someone’s face, 
or on a flower, 
or in the shade of a tree, or…
shining through a piece of fruit on my windowsill. 
Light through an orange
And I do this because of the connections friendships 
I have made with other photographers. 
Together we have been to some interesting places and shared 
not only the experience of taking photos, but the conversations and good times.
(I miss you photo buddies!)
Yellow warbler in nest
I also do this because I want to record and share the beauty that I see.  
It’s everywhere.
Sometimes we forget that.
Leaves on ice
On many occasions photography has been a spiritual experience for me.  
When I am there, in the moment, looking carefully through the lens, 
changing the angle, resetting the exposure, I become so absorbed 
in the process that I loose all sense of time.  
Sanctuary
When I’m really doing this right, or maybe just because I’m lucky, I am there when certain expressions come so quickly, and, well, I just click at the right time.
How else can you see that there are two boys the image below?
Dad and son or two boys?

How else can I convey to you just how much a 4 year old boy loves his dog?
In the photo below you can see it in his eyes.
A boy and his dog

Catching the light. 

Connecting and making friendships.
Capturing beauty and finding meaning.
Getting into the flow of creating art.
Witnessing sacred moments on the faces of others.
Yes, all of this is why I keep on taking photos.

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I originally wrote about this same topic in July 2011. 

29 Replies to “Renewing the Journey ~ Part 1”

  1. Oh, Deborah, these photographs are stunning. You have come such a long way and learned so much, but it is your "eye" that holds the magic. You have inspired me. Perhaps I'll finally take that new camera out of the closet. I keep it there because it scares me.

  2. Miss you too photo buddy! Wonderful images shared today, looking forward to reading (and seeing) your related posts over the next few weeks.

    1. Donna, to be able to claim who we really are is a process, a life long one at that. All I can say is stick with it, keep doing what you do and practice. Patience is a key, too. Thank you for your kind words, and enjoy the journey!

  3. That last image put such a big smile on my face. Lovely words Deb. I still feeling like light is something I catch by the tail sometimes and other times I can't catch it at all. Photography the constant challenge which makes us grow, and which I am truly grateful for. Glad to be on this journey with you.

    1. Sarah, that last image is a favorite of mine, too. The dog is so good and loves my grandson as you can see, allowing him to cover him in that blanket and hug him. It is such a treat to witness this and share it here.

      I agree with your comment that photography is the constant challenge that makes us grow. I'm looking forward to sharing this experience with you as well!

  4. Yay for you, feeling more confident about calling yourself a photographer — awesome! I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing the little slices of everyday life (sometimes literally, as with the fruit) that you share in your photos. That's what life and blogging are all about, creating and sharing to make the world more fun for everybody! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Jeanne! I'm sure there are as many reasons to love photography as there are people who take photos. These are the reasons that come from my heart, and I'm glad to be able to share that here.

  5. YES! you are a photographer and the way time looses its grip on you when you're absorbed in taking a photograph is a sign of that. The absolute breathtaking beauty of your captures is also a great indicator Deborah.

  6. I like your words that "photography has been a spiritual experience." I know exactly what you mean. Photography has given me such a deep gratitude or the beauty of our world and those in it! Photography has helped me see so many things that normally I would have walked right by! I'm looking forward to taking this journey with you!

  7. My dear friend… once again you amaze me with the heartfelt photos you capture. I've known you for almost 4 yrs. now and I have gladly sat on the sidelines what you grow. These photos and the storieds along with them are an excellent example of your heart coming thru your art.

  8. You said it so perfectly, Deb. And your photos speak for themselves. They are beautiful, heartfelt, food for the soul. They fit perfectly your words. What a pleasure to read this post.

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