We’ve recently returned from a fun but busy trip to Orlando. We managed five parks in six days, and hit almost every ride we had on our to-do list. It was both exhilarating and exhausting.
I had brought my camera with me, hoping to take lots of pictures. I had visions of capturing endless details at the parks, palm trees and tropical plants. In reality, I only took it to two parks, and it was a challenge to capture decent shots in the crowds and the harsh sunlight.
On our first evening, however, I did manage these shots around the pool at our rental house. The late golden light reflected in the water made for some creative captures.
This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time.
I have thousands of photos (and don’t intend to stop taking more any time soon!), and have been wanting to try something new with them. Starting with a blank canvas, I worked at this piece layer by layer, knowing only the beginning photo I wanted to use and the quotation by Rumi that I love: “Let yourself by silently drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.”
I am happy with the way all these little pieces have come together in a cohesive collage.
(If you’re interested, you can find prints here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/178452902/do-what-you-love-8×10-photography-mixed)
I’ve been selling my photos in craft fairs and on Etsy for a number of years. More recently, they’ve been for sale at a local shop, Aristide.
In an effort to keep things fresh, I am working on some new ideas. One of the things I will be doing is framing with old, weathered wood. (Another is painting vintage frames, which is my next project.) It suits the cottage-y style of my photography, I think, and adds to the overall artistic appeal.
Lucky for me, my husband has a talent for repurposing old wood, and made these beautiful frames for my work. (I may have to steal a couple for home before I sell them all!)
There is a moment when the light is soft and quiet. The sun dips below the trees, taking its shadows with it.
It is my favourite time to explore with my camera.
Potted flowers become abstract art. Lines on leaves become visible patterns. Orange and red berries become brighter and more intense. The world transforms through my lens.
And I cannot capture enough.
I am grateful for this. For having a blog again and waking each morning to writing.
It is helping me to notice the small moments that make me happy. It is something to look forward to. It is also a way to use some of the thousands of photos I have on my hard drive!
But besides that, the writing itself is a gift. To rearrange words, express thoughts, and write a few sentences to share with the world: For this, I am thankful.