January 3, 2009

progress




In the process of moving, I've been cleaning my desk. Last night I found this old disk of some of the last film shots I did over two years ago. It was on a family vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee - the last Thanksgiving with my mother. Most of the shots were throwaways and surprisingly there were no shots of family. I didn't know anything about apeture or white balance. I didn't know a thing about anything - except I liked the scenery at Cade's Cove.

Just a reminder of how much life can change in the space of a year, two years, three years. How one can grow, develop, change, alter, and shape a life. When I picked up my old rebel, one that has been on the shelf since my sister's wedding, I had no clue the re-kindling that would ignite in my heart.

What passions have ignited within you that surprised you?

16 comments:

  1. Wow, these are amazing!

    I still find myself passionate about photography. I'll find some old equipment of mine and get that heady rush of excitement, and I'm off and running to take pix again. I think I need it from time to time to get things moving creatively again. Sometimes I get lazy and stagnate, but photography always inspires me to do more (and in other areas, too).

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  2. These are great shots! I'm so glad you re-discovered them. For me, photography caught me off guard. I'd been looking for something to be passionate about for 2 years and stumbled into this. Now, I can't imagine life without it!

    This makes me want to drive up to Cades Cove!

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  3. I think it was in your genetics.... Great shots! Photography hit me when I was 13 and I helped my grandmother shoot a series on west Texas sheep cowboys...

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  4. even if they are not technically perfect, they are still quite beautiful, Char.

    i like what you have written, too. i love the word "rekindle".

    i would definitely say photography has been ignited in me as well. all it took was my little tiny Canon PowerShot, and that was enough. now i can't get enough of it! it made a monster out of me. :)

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  5. Georgia - your shots are great and reminds us all, that it is NOT the camera, but the photographer. Dorothea Lange, when asked what camera she uses, said that she used anything that was handy -- a disposable, a P&S, a SLR. Just shows that you have to basically have an 'eye' and the rest will come.

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  6. VSM - Your grandmother was a photographer too? I would love to hear more about that.

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  7. Eva - Cades Cove is great. Unfortunately I was there Thanksgiving weekend and it was packed and bumper to bumper traffic. Try to go during a week if you can.

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  8. Chris - funny where inspiration can flow from. Sometimes its shots from flickr, sometimes its random, a tv show, a bit of fabric or a piece of prose. There are days I fall in love with different lenses.

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  9. What a beautiful place. I could sit and stare out at that landscape forever. These are wonderful photos!

    I think the biggest passion that has surprised me was when I started painting in 2003, how relaxing it was and how I could get lost in it for hours, literally. And since then how all of my creative doors continue to grow and expand.

    It is amazing how much can change almost without noticing as time goes by.

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  10. char what a site of inspiration here~old memories in photos really make you think don't they?!

    passions remain music and photos along with 3 D's...daughters, a dog and dad to them all

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  11. Change is good, change is bad, sometimes it's just change.

    Embrace it myfriend.

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  12. i love how you said you put your rebel on the shelf after your sister's wedding...

    i do realise you meant your camera, but it seems (from afar) that you are also re-locating that inner spirit in your self too...

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  13. Megan - too much photog lingo? :) I found my rebel again and i like it.

    Foxxx - I've been hugging it like crazy. I hafta..so I've been trying to make it my friend.

    Leigh - your painting is so wonderful. I would to paint too but alas, I don't have that spark that turns a dabbler into a painter.

    Elk - those sound like great inspirations. I know my nieces and nephews always inspire me.

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  15. I haven't mentioned it yet, but was saddened to hear of the passing of your mother. I was never what you would call very close with mine. And that was very foolish on my part.

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