first snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“You wake up on a winter morning and pull up the shade, and what lay there the evening before is no longer there–the sodden gray yard, the dog droppings, the tire tracks in the frozen mud, the broken lawn chair you forgot to take in last fall. All this has disappeared overnight, and what you look out on is not the snow of Narnia but the snow of home, which is no less shimmering and white as it falls. The earth is covered with it, and it is falling still in silence so deep that you can hear its silence. It is snow to be shoveled, to make driving even worse than usual, snow to be joked about and cursed at, but unless the child in you is entirely dead, it is snow, too, that can make the heart beat faster when it catches you by surprise that way, before your defenses are up. It is snow that can awaken memories of things more wonderful than anything you ever knew or dreamed.”

 

Frederick Buechner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a certain light

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there’s a different feel to November

now that the days are shorter

and the leaves are on the ground

 

 

 

 

bestowal

 

 

 

 

 

I have her hands

 

to hold her stories

 

 

 

 

 

 

acceptance

 

 

 

 

 

 

if wrinkles were flowers

we’d all welcome them

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

what are you trying to say?

 

 

 

So many of my pictures of late have been about the surface of things.  Yes it is fall and leaves are resting on the water, apples have dropped to the ground..but I realized today they are not really about that.   these pictures are about shallowness and my desire to dig deeper.  Social media is filled with pretty photos of nature, yummy food, exotic travel destinations and alluring selfies.  I want to make pictures that have something more to say, and that’s hard.

 

I have watched this Cig Harvey lecture over and over again.  Some thoughts I’ve come away with –

 

  • landscapes- can be a mirror of what’s going on inside of you
  •  use symbols and metaphors
  • dig deeper
  • cameras are just expensive pencils
  • speak through your photography
  • photography/art asks the questions
  • what do you have to say?
  • Art doesn’t have to be good or bad, it just has to be felt
  • make pictures ABOUT something rather than OF something

 

Taking the time to step back and really look at my work has been a revealing exercise.  Although I will still stop and take a picture of a pretty flower or that red leaf shining in the grass, my thought process is changing.

 

I think maybe I have found a starting point, that tip of the iceberg.

 

“You are only this moment, the length of a photograph”

~ Cig Harvey