Sometimes something or someone comes along and strikes your fancy and you realize that all is right with your world!! This happened when I got an email from friend, Bob, sharing info about International Photography Exposition in Wilmington, DE, sponsored by the Delaware Photographic Society. There are hundreds of photos on display from all over the world - nature, human interest, landscapes, sports, abstract, photojournalism and ... I joined the organization and then went to a workshop last night with Joshua Taylor (www.joshuataylorphotography.com ) as the speaker. He was talking about walking through the garden gate - nature and landscape photography. I so totally resonated with his words - spoken from his heart - and as I reflected on why, I realized he feels about photography as I do!! It's about SEEING and noticing all of the little details and patterns. I use my camera and my eye in the same way. I stop and really look at what is in front of me - and not necessarily the 'whole' but the fascinating pieces that make the whole. I see life as pieces of a jigsaw puzzle floating in front of me...and that is how photography is too. When something fits together - WOW - if not...well, they are there and will fit when the time is right! I created this collage from a series of pictures at Grounds for Sculpture a summer or two ago. Wandering the grounds is always a treat. So thanks to Josh - a new teacher/mentor - and a dancer in life's Dance of Relationships - and he has a DARE to AFFIRM pin too!! So go out in your world - just stop - and notice. The other thing - you don't have to wait for Spring and colors - there are always things to notice and patterns all around you in all weather!! Sunny days the only 'good' light for taking pictures? Absolutely not...how about fog and mist and clouds and patterns from the rain?? Happy day...life is our gift...with gratitude!!
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