I have been on a long-term journey of discovering my passion(s). Being fairly even-keeled, it is often difficult for me to identify what things in life truly draw me out (and in), truly cause me to be present and to come alive.
When posed with the question of what excites me, one of the items I named was photography. I am a routine-loving home-body, but with a camera in my hand, I suddenly become adventurous, scaling rocks to get a new view and venturing ever further into the forest to see what’s around the next bend.
There is something about taking pictures that makes me come alive.
I can still remember purchasing our first digital camera (my first real camera, actually), shortly after getting married. I was hesitant to spend money on a device that I was sure I would rarely use. But once I got my hands on the camera (a Canon SX2 IS), I was in. I shot spiders on their webs every night for a week.
In an effort to continue to engage with the passionate side of who I am, I think it is fitting that I engage more intentionally in photography…both to enjoy the moments of being present in this world in (for me) a unique way, but also as a part of my broader journey of self-awareness and growth.
So, I hope to be more intentional about taking photos, processing them (just now venturing into shooting RAW photos), and then sharing them. You’ll note that very few posts on this blog have photos attached to them, but I hope to use this opportunity as motivation to engage in something that I find peculiarly life-giving and mysteriously self-revelating.
No self-imposed obligations about posting every week (though that wouldn’t be a bad routine), but rather a mindfulness to be who I am, and to discover what that means. And to use photography as a tool to those ends.
Here’s a recent shot of a flower in the garden of an old manor house in Dyffryn, South Wales. My wife spotted this lonely purple flower, which is perhaps lording itself over the yellow ones, but yet with a bowed humility that I really appreciate.
And so am I.
You are welcome to view more of my photography on my Photoshop site: http://www.photoshop.com/users/allennotalan