I think it. I do. I think I need to get out more… Then I remember that I’m out all the gosh darn time! What I mean is I need to see some new stuff, new people and do different things. I read blogs from around the world and I smile at the charming tales of daily life and think, wow I need to get out more. I need to be a little more fearless about taking my camera with me. I need to explore the hidden corners of this place I live and just look deeper.
Photos are my new thing. I’m reading lots. Learning lots. And dreaming of big fancy equipment I could never need.Did you know my Dad used to take photos. He had a talent and an eye for it. I’ve seen the albums, he was really very good. I wonder sometimes if these things are ingrained in some ways. The idea that I can look through a viewfinder and see the world in a similar way to my Dad did 40 years ago.
That’s nice don’t you think? Comforting. Comforting because the way light shines and bounces is the same. The rules and ideas of a photo are the same in principle. Even the colours of the sunset and sunrise are the same. The green of leaves, same. I like that feeling of consistency. It holds me like a warm hug in my father’s arms. Just like he always has been there, so too has the air I breathe.
It might seem that comforting consistency may be in opposition to the urge to see new things. But it’s not, they run the same path. The world doesn’t look the same way to me as it did to my father all those years ago. Not entirely. Time has changed things as it does. Even the viewfinder I look through is attached to something that was a twinkle of an idea decades before.
That feeling, the duality of it, encourages me to jump into the unknown. To look further afield and yet take that familiarity, the warmth of the same sun old and go. To get out more.
Hi! I’m Melissa Walker Horn. Around here, they call me Suger. I’m the Chief Blogger and doer of all the things here at Suger Coat It. Blogging since 1901; I love a casual ootd, taking photos, and writing about things that irk or inspire me. I love wine and cheese, long days at the beach and spending time with my family. I make stuff for the internet over at Chalkboard Digital. You know, living the sweet life.
This is something always on my list! But I’m so shy and awkward. I’ve been loving your photos as of late, I’ve been noticing the ones you often use as your post header image thingy, they are wonderful!
Oh I hear you Nat. Getting out more can be a thing for me too sometimes. Yeah I’ve been dragging them out bit by bit in the emails etc. It makes for interesting additions to random posts like this one.
I know I need a bit of new and a bit of comfortable in my life.
Have you heard of Project 365 – taking at least one photo every day for a year? I did that when I got seriously into photography and it improved my skills no end. (I kept it up for over two years! It was great fun.)
It’s a nice balance for me too. I have heard a little about it. I think I might need to unofficially do something like that so I’m at least dragging the camera out for more than outfit photos every week. Thanks!
Can’t wait to see the photos. It’s a pretty special thing being able to share a hobby or interest that your parents have. For me it’s been books.
Thanks SSG. And yeah, it’s nice to have something that you feel like was passed down. Even without the direct pass down. If that makes sense. A common thread.