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”.