Most days, my cameras sit idle, and I feel bad for them. My Olympus E-5 was a Christmas gift from husband, and the two of us (the E-5 and me) have had some good times together. But I get busy, and my expectations get too high. Suddenly, no image I create is worthy of being seen by anyone but me.
Today is the day I say Piffle! Today is the day I pick up my camera again and record the light in my life. As simple as that: one camera, one lens, gratitude and acceptance.
"But reason, instead, is opened wide to reality, it takes it all in, noting its connections and its implications." —Monsignor J. Francis Stafford in the introduction to The Religious Sense by Monsignor Luigi Giussani
My photographic horizons have expanded a great deal thanks to my friend Jessica Maleski. She pushes herself and pushes me. She teaches, shares resources, and just generally inspires. A few weeks ago, she pointed me towards a website on photo impressionism. While I've not yet been able to explore it in-depth, I have poked around a little, and was inspired to try creating an image "in the round," after learning about the technique in this post. My first attempt wasn't worth showing to anybody, but I'm rather happy with today's experiment, which I created with 16 images, various levels of opacity, soft light blending, and a few tweaks to the curves, vibrance, saturation, contrast, and brightness controls.
My life works a little bit at a time: a hundred or so steps added to the total on my Fitbit; one downloaded image polished and posted; a load of laundry folded and put away before carrying a basket of dirty clothes down to the washer; another page turned in one of the books I'm reading. Although it sometimes seems like my efforts amount to barely anything, I know that a pebble thrown into a lake creates ripples far larger than itself.
This image marks the beginning of a breakthrough in my work, even though I did not realize it at the time. This one image poked the tiny hole that caused fissures in a lifetime carefully built upon the expectations of others.