The fall of a leaf is a whisper to the living. – Russian proverb
Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life – Pablo Picasso
I was trying hard to figure out why losing the use of my camera for (possibly) a couple of months felt so harsh. I read the above quote this morning and realized that taking pictures – my little bit of art – does wash away the dust of everyday life. It also helps me to focus on new interests and look at the world differently and slow down. It is something I look forward to that is solely dependent on me.
I also love to blog – which explains why I have both a writing and a photo blog. Perhaps this summer of no camera will encourage me to focus on getting the writing one more established. Hmmm…
I had an opportunity to spend time with my son by taking pictures of some of his ants eating seeds (technically the elaiosome on the seeds…but I digress). Fortunately, I have an extremely generous neighbour who let me borrow her camera for that – and for this weekend. It’s given me a moment to think about that next step.
On the weekend my camera began giving me trouble and tonight I found out that it will take 3-8 weeks to repair. I told the clerk at the store that not having my camera was like losing a part of me…which is dramatic I know. Yet I had great plans for my photography in this my summer of no commitments.
One of the challenges will be keeping my blog going. I will ponder this wrinkle and decide the way forward.