On occasion I enjoy taking pictures… 🙂 which is an understatement I realize, but it’s one of those tools that came to me when I held my first camera. It allows me to see the world through fresh eyes, and find the beauty in everything. Even something ugly can be made beautiful. Let’s not even discuss people, there are so many people who think of themselves as ‘ugly’ for the lack of a better word, and yet always… and I mean that… ALWAYS… there is something beautiful to be found. I once knew a girl who thought she was ugly, she thought she was over weight… but when I looked at her I saw a petite frame, pale translucent skin and the most striking blue eyes. She was beautiful. It made me wonder about what we see in the mirror, because what we see there is only ever a reflection… it’s not something that is real. We will never see our real selves. Have you ever thought about that? We can look at a reflection or a photo but it’s not really who we are projecting to the world. So, I set about trying to see people for who they are, who they are when they aren’t a reflection.
Someone I love dearly once told me that I was gifted at landscape photography, but that I didn’t capture people very well… so while mildly hurt I decided that I wouldn’t do another landscape until I could master getting people right. I still don’t… because getting people is harder than you can imagine. Catching those moments when the persons eyes are alight with laughter, or joy recognized, or even their sadder selves is not an easy task. Trying to get the closet version to who they are is my goal because as I mentioned… everyone is beautiful in some way, shape or form.
On the weekend as a special girls night to celebrate my birthday a friend of mine and I went to a photo exhibit where all the pictures were taken with phones, all using instagram. Now, I had stopped using instagram because of the privacy issue back in January but have since learned that it’s no longer an issue… so I am back to one of my favorite apps! I am very excited about it too! I can’t stop taking pictures and it’s annoying my kids. (not that I mind annoying them too much).
Kaleb’s strengths are his eyes, and his facial expressions. He can use his ‘cute’ face and win a heart forever.