On Finding What Works
For this month’s Photo-Heart Connection, I expected to share with you a photo of my son’s wedding. Certainly, that event and all the surrounding festivities and celebration, was the emotional high-point of the past month.
I had good intentions to capture special wedding and reception moments. Since I now have a smartphone, I figured it would be easy to both be there in the moment and record it. But, as has been made clear to me in the past, that simply isn’t how my photographic practice works. I’m not wired to “see” in that type of fast-paced, emotionally-charged environment. For me, capturing people is a stress-filled act rather than a meditative one.
I keep having these conversations with myself – about how I need to broaden my skill-set and embrace additional subjects and ways of seeing. And I certainly want to stay open to all those possibilities. But at the same time, I want to celebrate what I am good at.
So rather than an image of the happy newlyweds – and they were so very happy – I give you my favorite Austin architecture image. This abstract celebration of reflections and geometry brings me a quiet joy. And a knowledge that I bring other talents to the photographic table through my own unique viewpoint.
The wedding I will hold forever in my heart – and in its own way, this image will always remind me of the bright joy of being in Austin for that once-in-lifetime event.
Linking with the November edition of the Photo-Heart Connection, hosted by Kat Sloma.