Happy Accidents

 Every once in a while, I will be out shooting and glance into my viewfinder to see something that I wasn't looking for but which I really like.  Those are wonderfully fun images.  I call them happy accidents and am always grateful.  When I sat down at my computer to write this blog post, the picture that came up was this one. I was surprised and pleased.  I had forgotten that I had even taken it and had to look at the date to remember where.  It was taken at a motel complex in Townsend, Tennessee when I was there for a meeting.  Finding it today as I began to write was a happy accident of a different sort.   I am grateful for happy accidents in my life and hope that, amid all the negative things that are going on in the world, you will find happy accidents, moments of pure grace in your life too!

Every once in a while, I will be out shooting and glance into my viewfinder to see something that I wasn't looking for but which I really like.  Those are wonderfully fun images.  I call them happy accidents and am always grateful.

When I sat down at my computer to write this blog post, the picture that came up was this one. I was surprised and pleased.  I had forgotten that I had even taken it and had to look at the date to remember where.  It was taken at a motel complex in Townsend, Tennessee when I was there for a meeting.  Finding it today as I began to write was a happy accident of a different sort. 

I am grateful for happy accidents in my life and hope that, amid all the negative things that are going on in the world, you will find happy accidents, moments of pure grace in your life too!

As the Dusk Settles. . .

As the Dusk Settles. . .

This image is unusual in that I so rarely make a black and white photo.  I sometimes laughingly say that about 1 out of every 1000 of my images is in black and white.  I love color.  However, there are some images that just simply have to be black and white to say what they are wanting to say, and this is one such image.

It was dusk when I shot it.  The light was fading though the bare branches were still distinguishable against the sky.  I was experimenting with camera movement a lot this shoot.  The movement here accentuated the interplay of the light of the sky and the dark of the tree branches, and so it is not quite a tree or sky but something else.  For me it somehow involves shifting and settling.  I call it, "As the Dusk Settles , , ,"

Of course it is an abstract.  So different people feel different things from it.  What comes up for you when you see it?

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Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

It's funny how an image comes to you.  I was shooting in an area with stores and restaurants and saw a pot in the window.  I was caught by the way the light cut across it and by the shades around it.  So I took the shot.  Later in post processing, I cropped it a bit and really like this image.  

Thinking of a name is becoming for me an exercise in inner exploration.  As names pop into my head, I discover why the image caught my attention in the first place and often discover a deeper meaning.  Working on a name for this image, I kept feeling like the image was about the light. 

We are now in the season of waiting--waiting for Christmas, remembering that Love has come into the world.  I was taken to the phrase, "Light in the darkness".  And that became the name of this image.

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Broken Armed Photographer

My apologies to you who have been awaiting my next reflection.  I broke my right (dominant) arm a couple of weeks ago, and using a keyboard one handed has been a challenge not to mention many other aspects of life like brushing my teeth, cutting my meat and so on.  I’m learning a lot and among the things I’m learning are patience with the healing process and how much small kindnesses make a difference.

During this time, I have learned two photography related lessons.  I went to Cheekwood with a friend.  I didn’t take my camera because I couldn’t hold it.  While we were there she took out her iphone and started taking pictures.  I kept seeing things I wanted to photograph .  Finally I took out my iphone too.  Holding it in my left hand with my little finger supporting the iphone at the bottom and the first three fingers supporting it from the back, I could touch the shutter button with my thumb.  I hadn’t planned on making images but I had to take them.

The other thing I have noticed is that I still keep seeing beauty and lines and textures and light, even when I’m not making images.  I love the Dorothea Lange quote, "The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera."  So the photo for this week is the one you see with your own eyes.  May your life be especially enriched these next few days by what you “see”.