Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Not in Nunavut

Well I am not just back yet, I have much shopping and Starbucks refueling to do yet. Meanwhile I am out taking just as many photos as I normally do, averaging about a million photos a day I'm sure. I was out for a walk with my family yesterday and realized that I had fallen behind the group. I had stopped to take some photos and when I turned around, everyone was far ahead and I had been left behind. Their voices and footsteps had been replaced with silence. It made me start to think about how I decided to be a photographer. Most of my life I have been catching up to the rest of the crowd. I learned to read later then the kids in school, it took me a little longer then the rest of my friends to get my drivers license and I was the last of all of my friends to get my first boyfriend (but the first to get married oh yeah). I am a dawdler. When everyone and everything hurries ahead, I can slow down and see the world. When you take a photo, it is important to slow down and look at something. Clear all the other worldly distractions and really take a look. One bazzar thing that I do is turn my head side ways, or look at some thing upside down. Sometimes colours pop out to you when you are looking at the world from a different perspective. You might be only looking at muddy farm land, but if you turn your head around, you might just see that blue sky. And if you let the world pass by you, no one will see how ridiculous you look walking around with your head at a 90 degree angle. Seriously try it.


Rob & Tina said...

I can't say that I turn by head 90 degrees, but I have been caught with my head at a 45 degree angle, deep in thought. You're right though, when you're passionate about photography you tend to see things just a little differently. There are times that we have been driving when I grab Rob's arm and say "you have to stop and turn around" because something caught my eye. There's something almost therapeutic about standing there by yourself, looking through the lens. Either that or I just like to ignore people and get away with it because I'm "taking the shot", even though I'm not taking a picture. :)

Hurry up and get home, I have no one to talk to on MSN in the mornings! Have a coffee for all of us up here drinking our "coffee from the kitchen".

Clare said...

I'm also a "lagger". One of my favourite stories from the Amazon was a result of lagging. I'd always fall behind the group and if they found something interesting by the time everyone had a look at it I'd catch up and get my look. I was busy doing my own searching in the jungle. When I was behind everyone I looked off the path and saw what looked like a huge dandylion fluff. When I had a closer look it was a caterpillar covered in long white hairs, the ultimate woolybear. I reached over and plucked off the leaf it was on and quickly caught up to the group to show the guide. He took one look, his eyes almost bulged and he said "Zowie! Don't touch it. Those really, really, really, really hurt! Hey everybody come look at this." and I passed the leaf from one hand to the other as the caterpillar crawled one way and the other across the leaf.