Sunday, February 19, 2012
PHOTO JOURNAL - 9
This week's assignment was to take a photo from my Inspirational file- one that leaps out at me, and just write about it. I choose this photo because of a recent conversation I had with my mom.
The other day, I was driving my 76 year old mother home after a day of shopping. Suddenly, she pointed at the naked trees lining the streets and commented how ugly and dead they looked. I did not respond, because Mom tends to be pessimistic and critical of a lot of things, so to keep the peace, I said nothing.
However, my heart was crying out "No! You are are wrong! They are beautiful!"
See how the branches appear like lacework against the grey clouded sky! They are not dead, just in a state of hibernation. Soon, delicate shoots of green will appear, and some trees will have spots of color intermingling with the leaves, but now, they are just in a state of dormancy.
As cliche as it is, the old adage is true that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder." As a beginning photographer, not only am I'm learning to capture what is a known lovely picture, but to also see beyond the ordinary. It's exciting to see a lovely tree, but it is even more enthralling to capture the texture in the bark, the raised pattern of veins in the leaves, perhaps an ugly bug, or a colorful bird or even a little brown squirrel in the the branches of those trees.
No Mom, you may see ugly dead trees, but I see God's Creation- and it is good!
REFLECTIONS OF THIS ASSIGNMENT:
How did I feel writing this journal? I enjoyed this assignment because writing comes easy for me if I have the right inspiration. In this case, I had the recent incident with my mom that exemplified what I feel and see in my world.
Did I learn something new? No
Did I feel uncomfortable? I had to carefully choose my words so as to not change the tone of the topic and turn it into an attack against negative people.
What was the most difficult part? Coming to a conclusion without being snarky.
I've done writing like this before. When looking for topics to blog about, I scroll through my photos and see what jumps out at me! It's really great that I can continue the writing that I no longer feel so enthused about, and have it paired with my new passion of photography! Thank you!
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