a change of season
When is a leaf not a leaf?
Psh. It’s always a leaf. But it could also be a representation fragility or anything else you choose to make it mean.
Photography has been many things to me over the time I’ve been shooting. I think it’ll continue to evolve, and to be what I need it to be at the time.
Sometimes it’s an excuse to drive out into the mountains, or a reason to look at things a bit more closely and realise just how fantastic the world is with all its little amazing details. It can be a source of something beautiful to put up on your wall that simply makes you happy to look at, or reminds you of a place, moment, person. Sometimes it‚Äôs an outlet for feelings that you can‚Äôt put into words, or when you have nobody to say them to. Using a different lens can be like using a new pair of eyes to see something familiar in a new way. Sometimes you don’t think anything when you take a certain picture, then later on it becomes very significant to you. An image can be a message to someone in particular, and nothing to everyone else‚ because you want it to be.
Sometimes I get caught up in trying to pin down what it is to me, then I realise that it is what it needs to be at the time. I can stop lamenting about taking pretty pictures because sometimes, I just need to take pretty pictures. Going through the change of season, of autumn into winter, I usually dial down the photography anyway and start on other craftsy activities , this time I’m cooking and sewing and organising to make a new flat feel more like home. But there’s a bigger change in my life too, and with it a clearer picture is starting to emerge, like I’m seeing what I am, what I was, and what I may be changing into. And my photography changes with me.
If you are lovely enough to have a link to my blog from yours and my name is on it, I’ve changed my name from Julie O’Donnell to Julie Ann Matkin. A change of season…
“Sometimes I get caught up in trying to pin down what it is to me, then I realise that it is what it needs to be at the time.”
Very powerful statement…at any moment in time, we are all exactly where we need to be in life. Once we realize this, there is no need for regret, only hope for what lies ahead.
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Quote: “Sometimes you don’t think anything when you take a certain picture, then later on it becomes very significant to you.”
Thanks for writing so clearly about this. I have been thinking whether there is something wrong with me for taking pictures “when there is no meaning” – and only later finding that they indeed do have a significance.
Glad to see you back, Julie.
I just found your blog via a link on somebody else’s blog. I enjoyed your posts so far, I’ll keep an eye on you. =) Cheers! –rye