Out of the Office

For now, I’m putting my camera on the shelf. In other words, I’m going on a photography hiatus of sorts—a sabbatical. 

My relationship with photography began not too long after meeting my husband Brad. He actually introduced me to the camera and the idea of freezing time. Something supernatural would happen when I would pick up my camera and bring it to mine open eye. I would see things I wouldn’t ordinarily see, things I felt only I could see. And when I would look at the film for the first time, what I felt was happening, did in fact happen. There was proof in the emulsion of silver on the film. And it was only I who originally saw it.

It was that duplication of what only mine eyes saw that lead me to pursue photography. I felt I had a perspective all my own and to share it with others was my life’s purpose. Or so I thought. Until my my life was forever changed. My perspective changed. My eyes opened. No longer did I need my camera to see these things. My eyes alone could see what only my eyes and camera could see before. But now the camera was blocking my view.

My photography hiatus of sorts will involve using my eyes to experience life as it should be seen—seeing all of the potential and possibilities in others. No longer will I be a spectator but a participator. It was the good Lord who gifted me these eyes and the good Lord will sustain me. He has shown me that my perspective will continue to shift for the better, in only seeing the good, seeing all of the potential and possibilities in others, similar to the eyes He looks at us with. That shift in my perspective, in seeking only the light in others, will only strengthen my sight and bring me to take up the camera once again, refreshed.

For now, I’m putting my camera on the shelf. In other words, I’m going on a photography hiatus of sorts—a sabbatical. Sabbatical comes from the Hebrew word Sabbath, which literally means a ceasing. On the seventh day, God ceased creating and rested and then admired what He created. And that’s exactly what I plan to do—admire His creation and take it all in, as a participator not a spectator.

 

 

 

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