Monday, October 8, 2012
Color and Light
I'm looking back at photos from last Thursday afternoon. . . sunshine, 70 degrees, all over beautiful. The girls were running around, playing outside while Harry followed them everywhere and I admired the colors. I was particularly drawn to all the different shades of red that day.
A few years ago my friend Jenny gave me a bit of advice when I wanted to learn how to take better photos of my children: "take lots of pictures and pay attention to the light." Words of wisdom, indeed.
Maybe she knew that even though I was setting out to get "better pictures," I would end up learning something else by looking at the world through the lens of a camera. And I have. I've begun to notice—really pay attention to—the light. How it makes colors, shapes, and patterns look different from different angles. How it filters through different windows in the house at different times of day. How it feels at different times of year.
And, most importantly, perhaps, how to find it. Because sometimes the image I have in my mind just won't show up on the camera unless I find the right light.
I'm so grateful for the people in my life that have inspired my love for photography and the way that it helps me to really take in the beauty outside, savor it, and reflect upon it—inside. It's a wonderful thing to be able to carry a trace of light with me and then share it here with you.