Spent / What’s the story here?

Spent

Whenever you see something like this, you have to wonder, “What is the story behind this?” As co-editor of the newspaper at my high school, our first issue of the year explored the theme, “Everyone’s Got A Story.” I encouraged (read:  cajoled)  the staff to find people whose stories were either ordinary or extraordinary and write a story sharing that person’s story and experience with our readers. The results were fun and enlightening to see, and with that reflection in the back of my mind, it made me ask that question about anyone I saw – in person or even driving by – as well as things I saw in everyday life. I find I’ve had a much richer imagination by making up stories about people I’ve never met! One day, I’ll write a book full of those characters and places.

Curiosity killed the cat? Pssh.

Shadows of Dreamers

Shadows of Dreamers

I had such a fun day with my friend, Laura, when she came out to Kansas and we spent part of a day roaming around the backroads of Southwest Kansas taking photos and laughing (like, all the time). This photo was taken on the first (of many) dirt roads we traveled on that day. Laura told me to stand there and pose for a picture, and I decided to snap one myself, too!

Perched

Perched

When I get lazy with a bird or butterfly picture, I use the title “Perched” because it always works!

OK, that out of the way, this is one of the first photos I’ve taken with my new camera, the Nikon D5100. I did a little cropping and sharpening to really bring out the details on the butterfly.

So far, I am impressed with the Live View shooting mode, as it is much faster than the D3100 (what I had before). This isn’t necessarily WHY I upgraded my camera, but I was intrigued by the flip-out monitor… I like to take a lot of shots “looking up” and “from the bottom,” so I hope this feature works when I need it to! I look forward to seeing what I can do with this new camera!

Goodbye, My Friend!

Goodbye, My Friend!

I’m saying goodbye to my baby today… She has been with me around the world to ten countries, has shared with me in some amazing experiences, and has been there to record family moments, important and momentous occasions, as well as the passage of time. She has been right there over my shoulder and around my neck the last couple of years, but it’s comforting to know that she is headed to a friendly new owner who will now be able to capture her own family’s moments and experiences.

My new camera will arrive today as I retire this one. I will look fondly on my memories with this camera and look forward to sharing the journey with my new friend, too. And, in closing… I know this isn’t the best picture, but, then again, I didn’t take it with you. 🙂

Confusion

Confusion

Sometimes in life, you just get confused. You think you’re doing the right thing, but then you start to think about it a bit more, or perhaps certain events prompt it, but you start to doubt and question yourself.

This has been happening a lot lately for me. Last night, nearing midnight, I got so frustrated that I could have screamed! I thought about how work and life aren’t always fair (at least in my eyes), and I decided that rather than go off the deep end and start the virtual B Roll of negative thoughts and feelings, I would channel it into my Moleskine sketchbook/journal.

Being new to the game of journaling, I’ve still found it therapeutic and relaxing to create art rather than bring negative energy into the world. Because God knows there’s enough of that out there already!

This piece, to me, shows confusion at its best… Converging, diverging and crossing lines show how circumstances so frequently enter and exit our lives; the curly and curved lines show that no path is correct, or the same as another’s; the opposing focal points and the reds show the anger and frustration that we must all experience to see the good things in life; the EKG lines, abstract mountain peaks and other objects show the obstacles we face daily; and the torch represents the coming-to-a-head of all these emotions, thoughts and feelings.

In the end, we question the meaning of our lives here on earth. The age-old question, “Why are we here?” doesn’t have an easy answer, if it has one at all. Many of us have goals, activities and other reasons that keep us living, and when we stray from those things, it’s important to find ways to get back to center. For me, I hope that journaling and getting back to creating art will make for a good start.