Sunday, January 11, 2009

SHOW & TELL - 2009 GOAL #5

On the very short list of things I am passionate about, photography has been close to the top for about 13 years.  I took three photography classes during my second year of college and was told that I have "a good eye" for the art.  I don't really know about that, but I do know that I get excited when I see an opportunity for a beautiful shot.  It could be the lighting, the subject, or even my own deep memories that draws me to capture any given moment.  It really just comes down to the fact that I like pretty things and photographing them lets me hold on to those pretty things a little while longer.  

I mostly enjoy photographing nature for beauty and my family for posterity's sake.  However, 2008 was a difficult year for me emotionally.  I resolved to find a new job and had started interviewing, but when Kev made a career move, I felt that in order to support him I needed to sign another one year contract to continue working the job that I suspect may have a slight impact on my fertility (mostly because of the incredible compacted stress).  I endured three failed Clomid/HCG cycles, and an even bigger disappointment with three failed IUI/injectable cycles.  One IUI cycle was even cancelled due to OHSS exacerbated by the anti-depressants I was taking.  These things, on top of other drama among my friends and within my family added up to the loss of my inspiration.  I didn't take my camera anywhere in 2008.  I didn't see beauty; I saw vast bleakness.   

So my fifth goal for 2009 is to get back into taking pictures again.  As hard as it may be to find it at times, the world is beautiful.  Truly beautiful.  And I want to capture the beauty that I see.

For the sake of Mel's Show & Tell, here is one of my favorite shots I've ever taken.  It was taken right before sunset in Canyonland National Park in Utah in 2005 (it may have been 2004 - the years are starting to blur together).

12 comments:

Cassandra said...

Wonderful shadow!

I hope that 2009 brings you lots of things to photograph.

Sam said...

what a beautiful picture. Perhaps none of us quite realise what an impact our circumstances have on us. Get back to taking lots of lovely photographs!

Martha said...

Gorgeous photograph, thanks for sharing. Visiting from Show and Tell, and here's to 2009 and the best of Health & Happiness to, and lots of more great pictures.

Liv said...

I'm sorry that 2008 was so difficult for you. Print this photo to an 11x14 and have it framed to inspire you to take your camera with you! Good luck!

Kristin said...

What a stunning picture. You do have talent!

Photogrl said...

You definitely have an eye for beauty! The picture is gorgeous.

Hoping 2009 is a MUCH better year...

Queenie. . . said...

Beautiful photo. . .I totally get what you mean. I was driving the other day, stewing about something, and all of a sudden realized that the light snow that was blowing around me on the highway had coated the trees, and looked absolutely beautiful. In my annoyance over something trivial, I had almost missed it.

Another Dreamer said...

Wonderful shadow play!

May you see beauty in 2009. Best wishes.

armyadamsgirl said...

thats a beautiful picture! i love photography as well but couldnt tell you where my "GOOD" camera is.

Monica LeMoine said...

That is an amazing pictures- great jagged shadow shot!

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