That is one question that is usually preceded by “I am just amazed… where do you come up with these ideas?” I had some time yesterday to contemplate this topic while watching the shadows cast onto the roof of our screened in deck. The branches were moving in the wind and created some very intriguing patterns. I neglected to pull out my camera, but I am sure you can create a picture in your mind?
Instead I am sharing an image today that was captured last month on my walk in the neighborhood. A vivid reminder that all personal possessions are fleeting and can be gone within a matter of minutes. That’s another topic and I will concentrate on why I made this image with my cell phone. (The neighbors are fine. They were not home when the fire began and efforts to rebuild are already under way.)
I was pulled in by the stark contrast of the charred beams against the grey sky and debris. My attention went to the textures in the brick work and charred beams.
Where do I get my ideas? The simple answer is: “All around me – all the time – nearly every minute of the day, and then even in my dreams.” Yes, I admit freely that I have an overactive mind, not the best thing when seeking restful moments. I took up meditation lately and even then I realize that my subconscious mind is working. One of the inspirations that sprang into my mind as I was emerging from the meditative state was the Kantha wall hanging I completed a couple of weeks ago.
Photography is also a great way to stay and/or become inspired. Yes, I make images of different subjects. During a sunset drive last night we came upon a road we had not traveled on before (and we have lived here for nearly 9 years). Not far from the road a herd of ponies was grazing, steadfast against the strong prairie winds. We pulled over and I spent some time trying to make eye contact with these beautiful creatures.
The question remains, what caught my eye? Was it the red harness on the pony, the stance of the ponies while watching humans, or was it the way the mane blew in the strong wind? My answer is: All of the above!
This morning I received a poignant essay by one of the Canadian photographers I most admire. David duChemin has done it again. This line caught me eye: “We talk so often about having a photographer’s eye, which is, of course, total nonsense. We see with the mind.”
David is an accomplished photographer. He also knows how to communicate well. Here is a link to the blog post I am referring to. Timely? Absolutely! Worth Reading? You be the judge… Here is the link once more http://davidduchemin.com/2016/05/receptive-observant/
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