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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

PHC

Linking with Kat for this month's Photo Heart Connection.  All are welcome if you'd like to join in.



This is my 4th installment of PHC.  I decided to go back and review what I'd selected before...just for interest sake.  The 4 photos are entirely different, like changing moods.  I think that's a good thing.  I had a hard time making a decision this month-there were several that I could have selected, but went with one taken mid-month. 


Boardwalk {15/52}
Boardwalk {15/52}


Taken late afternoon on a day I was incredibly frustrated.  My feet were dragging, my head was full of nasty self-talk, and I was shutting out the world.  The camera strap was tangling, the prickly bushes were poking through my pant legs, I wasn't seeing much of anything or motivated, and things seemed enormously out of sorts. There were no people around aside from a couple that passed by-it was frustration, solitude, grrrrrr.....but I kept going, albeit slowly and with heaviness. 

Somewhere along the way my photos turned from ordinary to special.  Maybe it was the magical light, maybe it was getting lost in the creative process, maybe it just was.  While the frustration was still there, it was back of the mind, not front of the mind.  I have learned that when I am angry or frustrated and need a distraction, doing something creative is often helpful-and pretty much the only thing palatable.  It doesn't take away the feelings, but it offers some respite.

For a long time I've realized I like images shot from a low POV, yet I forget to take them.  Lately they've been appearing more in my shots-I'm becoming more intentional, subconsciously....if that makes any sense at all.  I'm also finding stains on the knees of my jeans and tears and snags in funny places.  It reminds me of being younger when lying on the ground wasn't a big deal, you just did it.

I was sprawled out on this boardwalk-knowing the light was right, drawn in by the weeds and the nail pops, the imperfections, like the day I was experiencing-and knowing this would be a great image.  Funny what reveals itself out of frustration.  Doesn't look frustrating at all....does it?  I wonder what that means.

That's my PHC for this month.  Looking forward to reading the others.  Always such wonderful insight into this photography interest we all share.

31 comments:

Ashley Sisk said...

Ya know - I don't do this enough and you really inspired me today. I also love a low POV and then forget to do it...and your lighting in this image is fantastic. Thanks so much for sharing.

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I find my camera is one of the best remedy's when I'm plagued with frustration. I could sit and stare at this shot for hours, gorgeous lighting.

seabluelee said...

This is a wonderful image, my friend. Once again you've taken something so ordinary most people wouldn't even look at it, and found beauty in it. I mean, weeds and popped nails, for heaven's sake. Every time I see one of your low POV shots, I think to myself, I've got to try that. Now you've inspired me again.

PS - About that "nasty self-talk" - Isn't it funny (funny sad, not funny ha-ha) how we talk to ourselves in a way we would never speak to anyone else, even someone we didn't like? I try to remind myself of that when I catch myself at it, which happens all too often. I love that your creativity was able to drown out that voice, if only for a while.

I hope today is a good one.

ju-north said...

Worth the effort!

Deborah L. Tisch said...

Fabulous post, Susan.

I love reading what you share here because I always come away inspired. Thanks for the reminder of how doing something creative can help lift us up.

Kathy said...

Gorgeous perspective, texture, DOF, lighting....ad nauseum, lol. I can see why this tugs at your heart strings.

Susan @ Sunflower Status said...

Beautiful! I love the sunspots and the shadows the nails produced. The shot truly does not look frustrating at all!

Marji {RainCityGirl} said...

Oh, I love this. I hear you... I think we all have days filled with frustrations like you are talking about. but, letting them wash away we can see the beauty again. Great shot for PHC

Tamar SB said...

These are gorgeous! I totally get what your saying!

gina said...

The light IS magical in your image and I love the textures! How great that photography can remove those bad feelings! I find it works that way for me too!

Leanne said...

this is beautiful, such lovely light!

Laurie said...

What magical light you captured and that blade of grass reaching into it. Frustration can become beautiful. I'm glad you kept with it.

nancyjean said...

oh Susan, you have captured the light so magically! I love the low angle, even if you did smudge your jeans...). Isn't amazing how photography can help us escape sometimes??

Kat Sloma said...

Aahhhh... a wonderful example of how our creative pursuits affect us in such positive ways. Beautiful glowing light, and the details that echo your mood - just perfect. I have a worn spot on the right knee of all of the jeans I own, from how I kneel down all the time! So fun to read about your growing use of the low perspective. Thanks for sharing this in the Photo-Heart Connection!

Rosemary Pizio said...

I always make it a point to never read others blogs until I have done my own... and yet I wrote and chose about my board walk experiance last week just awaiting to post today... thank you for sharing your post, beautifully done and I am glad beauty found a way of calming and claiming you as you shot these pics.

Becs said...

That light is just gorgeous and I love the low pov. I really enjoyed reading your connection too. As others have said, I always come away from here inspired. Creativity saves me from a lot of negativity too. :)

Phyllis said...

finding perfection in the imperfection...nice in the not nice. Your photo wouldn't be nearly so interesting if someone had pounded in those nails and trimmed those weeds. Why are we all so hard on ourselves when we are all so special? May the sun shine iside of you today.

rakusribut said...

the light is awesome.... and the details in the wood captivating. i love this shot, truly inspiring!

Sandra said...

I love the lighting here and how we can notice the tiniest detail: the shadow of the grass, the way the nails catch the light and that very thin strand which just brings in a delicate touch.
That low point of view brings you into connection with yourself and grounds you and allows you to come back to you. Excellent!

Anonymous said...

The light in your image is magical and the point of view perfect. Lovely shot, thank you for sharing. - Susan

Brenda said...

I love the thought that you took your frustration and turned it into this marvelous shot. That you got right down on the ground and made something beautiful.

Tamara said...

this light and pov is so perfect that i honestly didn't notice the nails or weeds until i read your words. i had to scroll back up, and then "oh ya...they are there" i thought to myself. i'm not sure why this is, but a lot of times my best shots come when my mind is busy with other stuff. a difficult, preoccupied day = great photos. usually it's the day i'm scambling for my phone to get the shot or my camera's on a setting i never would have used if i had taken an extra second to check before i turned it on.

this photo-heart connection is beautiful...you created a great photo even in the midst of a frustrating day. :)

chelle said...

what lovely light & dof..& what a beautiful image to put your frustrations at ease..getting lost in the process is always calming for me..i love your pov.

lisa. said...

A wonderful Photo-Heart connection, and what gorgeous light in this photograph!

Francisca said...

That nail sticking out on the boardwalk COULD be a thing to stub one's toe on, or rip one's pants with... instead, you made it an object of beauty. There are a lot of things in life that can be transformed with a fresh POV. Hey? ;-) You posted this lovely shot on my birthday, Susan, (May 2 - I am in your future) so I'll take viewing it as my gift. And I hope you got past the frustrations and nasty self-talk. Know that you are ENOUGH.

(One thing frustrating me right now is being months behind on my personal correspondence... grrrr...)

Elsie said...

Happy you that a bad mood help you made such a beautiful picture, love the light on it, hope your heart is as light as it whas there right now.

Bo Mackison said...

Love hearing how you ended up taking this photo. I love low POVs too.

Gilly said...

Wonderful light, and I like how you turned something boring and ordinary into something of beauty. Sounds like you might be having a bit of a bad week - I'm sending lots of good wishes your way.

Jennifer Hagedorn Dizon said...

I can relate so much. Especially right now. I feel frustrated and unmotivated and uninspired. Even with all the inspiration around me, how shameful I feel to admit 'I feel uninspired'...it's as if wow, I've lost some sort of ability to see&feel the simple joy and magic in everything. But right here in your post I understand that you just keep going, and the 'thorns' or the 'nails' and all the imperfections are actually even beautiful and if you just keep pushing (not with force) but with a motion to just keep moving forward, like a river, then things will just flow and eventually you will find something to keep, to learn, to untangle, to capture, to remember and use as your own wisdom which you can share with the world.

Thank you so much for sharing. Beautiful light here.♥

Cathy H. said...

Your image is beautiful! Gorgeous light and a wonderful POV! Your photos are inspiring to me and your thoughts always leave me with something to think about! I also use creative activities to help me out of not so good moods!!

Cathy H. said...

Your image is beautiful! Gorgeous light and a wonderful POV! Your photos are inspiring to me and your thoughts always leave me with something to think about! I also use creative activities to help me out of not so good moods!!