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.
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.