Picture taking. Lots of us put one of those things in front of your eyeball, pause, squint and click. Some of us like doing this more than others. Some do it to record history. Some do it to create history or to catch a memory in time, that will outlive the person who took the moments to click the BUTTON.
I am no expert at picture-taking with only a few years “under my belt” so to speak. My old Nikon with its 8.1 pixels is my accomplice. Months can slip by and no new pictures are taken. Perhaps it is because the camera is hidden from view in a bag that is used just to house it! Couldn’t give you a good reason why I stop, particularly since I love taking them. In fact I would go so far as to call it a hobby.
To me, something is labeled a hobby because it nurtures and recharges me, giving me energy and replenishing my spirit. Hobbies for me, be they gardening, writing, cooking, crafts, cultivating my Norwegian, etc. in one way or another engage my creativity and my intuition. (Want to read more about intuition and creativity, please read http://www.creativitypost.com/education/intuition_as_the_basis_for_creativity).
I do notice when I take pictures that I am attempting to capture the essence of a situation, experience person. It is not always to do and the best pictures seem to be a testimony to something in “real” life. Sometimes a lot of pictures are taken to get one good one. You know, until that picture that speaks volumes is born.
A few months ago, I was in Noah’s Ark Pet Center in Madison, Wisconsin waiting to see clients and decided to put my camera to work. Click. Click. Click. Nothing seemed to work. The animals moved and the pictures were blurred. Even the pictures that were clear seemed void of any character. My friend Susan asked if she could take some pictures with my camera and boy did she capture some great images. I asked her what she did. ” I talked to them.” In case you might be wondering what she said, it was something as simple as “Look over here.”