Posts Tagged ‘ Picturing the Extra in the Ordinary

picturing A SNEAK PEAK

Just thought I’d give you a sneak peak into our preparations for the show. The fabulous Meghan Davidson is pictured here putting together note cards!

Also, if you’re interested in seeing some other pictures that *might* make their way into the show, check out my recently opened etsy shop (you can also find a link in the sidebar of the blog).

Just enjoying the ups and downs (mostly ups) of this rollercoaster ride.

picturing BUBBLES

picturing THE MOMENT

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The moment is a drop of water. It’s easy to miss if you aren’t paying attention. It’s dripping with anticipation, a promise of movement to come. It can be missed with the blink of an eye. However, when you capture it — in your mind’s eye or with your shutter — it makes you see things differently – not focusing on the past or the future, but being fully alive in the present.

This picture is a gentle reminder for me as my Photography Art Show approaches this Friday to stay in the moment. Things have been hectic — and by hectic, I mean crazy. I have been busy matting, framing, and wiring the work. Assembling note cards. Promoting the show as much as possible. We hang the photographs TODAY. In midst of all of this swirling, I am trying to savor the moment…drinking it all in. I have been overwhelmed by the support of others. Amazed to have overcome each obstacle (there have been a couple) as it has arisen. Delighted with the actual photographs. At each stage of the process, I want to deeply BE in the moment. Because although the moment is fleeting, it is everything.

picturing PLAY

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Although I enjoying posting a new picture each day, my photography has recently started to feel a little more like work than play. However, my father-in-law gave me Camera Creative (by Chris Gatcum) for Christmas. It offers several suggestions for fun, creative, and playful photography with detailed instructions on how to do each technique. This was an easy one – it simply involved using a scanner to “photograph” an actual object. Because the scanner light is so bright, it blacks out the background. The effect is very interesting. The image is imperfect (I consider this a *plus*) and the yellow and green on black are eye-catching. Delightful. Stay tuned for my shot at more easy techniques like this one!

picturing DEEP THOUGHTS

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I took this picture of my dog nephew, Indie, over the holidays. I can’t help but wondering what is going through the mind of that contemplative face.

 

picturing THE DARK SIDE OF DELIGHTFUL LITTLE HABITS

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Note to self: No more coffee (the caffeinated kind anyway). I’m now getting afternoon headaches from this delightful little habit I picked up over the holidays. Tea, wine, decaf from now on!

picturing MY DAILY BREATH

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The lovely thing about rituals is that they help us carve out time and space on a regular basis (whether it be daily, monthly, or yearly) for our souls.

For several years now, journaling has been my daily breath. Each morning I wake up and write three pages, usually in a spiral nondescript notebook, longhand (no computers before 8:00 a.m. please!). I started this practice several years ago when I was first introduced to the Artist’s Way and it has been one of the few intentions that I renew year-after-year. My journal truly is my daily breath. The first page often feels hard, a bit forced, but time-after-time, pages two and three easily pour out. I often simply empty the contents of my mind onto the page, letting each thought flow freely into the next without much reflection. There is something so comforting and peaceful about putting our chaotic, running thoughts on the page. It feels as if by writing them out, we can quiet the voices in our heads for just a moment. Sometimes I make lists, plans, and ask questions. Sometimes I dream, laying out bold ideas that sow the seeds for future actions in my life. Other times I write letters to people that I never intend to send. On tough days, my journal fills with profanity as I simply try to get to the end of that damned third page. My journal can take it. No matter what I throw at it, it shows up day-after-day to provide my daily breath – a moment of rest, comfort, peace. Sometimes when things get very hectic (like over the holidays, for instance), I skip this ritual. Although I don’t feel it immediately, I often start to feel a bit out of sorts. I hold onto little things that people say, wondering what they really meant by them. Small worries creep up in my mind. I lose my patience and am more easily irritated. It’s as if I’m holding my breath without realizing it. You know how good it feels to breathe in and out fully and deeply? Journaling can provide the space to do that.

Inhale. Exhale.

What daily ritual can you make your daily breath?

picturing THANK YOU UNIVERSE

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One of my New Year’s rituals is to write a letter of gratitude to the universe. I have found this action to be enormously powerful. I first thank the universe for everything — the joys and challenges — from the previous year. I then write another letter in anticipation of the coming year — thanking the universe for all of the gifts that are yet to come. For me, this is a perfect way to give thanks for the previous year and to dream about the coming year. I love reading my past letters and am humbled by how many dreams have been realized, often in the most unexpected ways. There are also dreams that have not come true, projects that have not been finished, and detours on my journey. But something about looking at the whole bit from a broader perspective helps me to see the lesson even in the failures. Although each day brings a new beginning, there is something magical about the beginning of a new year. It makes people bold. Dreams are bigger. Visions expand. The soul broadens. I don’t make New Year’s resolutions, but I do take the last few weeks of the previous year and the first few weeks of the new year to dream. What are you dreaming about? Is 2011 the year to turn those dreams into reality? What small step can you take today?

picturing HAPPINESS, BALANCE, TRUST

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My dear friend, Valerie, gave this lovely bracelet to me over the holidays. Although haven’t spoken with Valerie for quite some time, she could not have picked a more perfect present. As I hope and dream for 2011, this will serve as a wonderful reminder of the role of balance and trust in finding happiness and joy in 2010. At the outset of 2010, I started a journey of finding more balance in my life — through prioritizing time to work, play, and rest. It was out of this striving for balance, particularly some fun in my life, that I decided to pursue photography further — purchasing my first dLSR, taking some photography courses, and starting this blog. A secondary path that had not revealed itself to me at the beginning of last year, was learning to trust again — to trust myself, others, and even God – that higher power that knows what we want and need before we do. I feel grateful and content as I continue on this journey of balance and trust, but also a sense of energetic delight and anticipation, as I think of new journeys that will begin this year! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

picturing INNOCENCE

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