Reaching for Enlightenment
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When I picked up the camera and headed outside, I did not have an idea. I looked around, but I was not seeing. The light was getting dark and I was not motivated to setup a tripod, grab a light, or be creative. I wanted something to say I did something. Looking up, I took this shot. In that moment, the view was not dramatic and was not a standout. It was boring and non-descriptive of anything. The shot was nothing more than a shutter click and bytes taking up memory.
I decided to challenge myself creatively and work this image. There had to be something within the four corners that I could use. Visually, I ran the image through Intensify to bring out some drama. I then set to work on writing to see if I could find something. That is when I found another unseen world. Through my writing I found a quiet inspiration. I found a moment well beyond the visual—a reflection of the peace and humility we all seek.
Creatively, finding anything of value in this image was a challenge. In -the-end staying with it strengthened my ability to see.
“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” ~ Elliott Erwitt
Image taken with Canon 5D Mark II EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens; image post with Intensify 1.2.3 and Aperture 3.6.
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