Welcome to Art and Healing Thursday!!! ( I know it’s supposed to be Wednesday, but life gets in the way)
Do you ever wish you could capture a moment in time. The essence of a second where the world seemed right, wonderous, or even mystical? They say that when you lose one of your senses, the other senses become heightened. I believe that when you are diagnosed with a chronic or other life-altering illness you become more sensitive on the physical, emotional, and spiritual arenas of your life. There is a new-found consciousness that emerges, and yes you can ignore it, but it won’t go away.
One of the art forms that I believe is great for capturing those moments is photography. I’m not talking about becoming a professional photographer, but using the camera to document those moments in your life that leave lasting impressions. There are different types of pictures we take, those that are casual and bring back memories like the snapshots we take on vacation so years down the road we can remember the fun and company of others. Obviously there are the more formal pictures like a portrait; perhaps something you might use on a Christmas/Holiday card. Then there are those pictures that capture a feeling or a thought.
There is a park near my apartment in San Antonio where I like to sit and think. I’ve taken to bringing my camera because the park is full of deer. The other day I saw a buck that looked like it’s horns were growing. He was majestic. His stride was long and graceful and he didn’t show any fear. Watching him and the other deer as they passed by made me think of a time of innocence. A time when the world seemed simpler, without worries, and certainly without a health challenge.
Cameras have become inexpensive over the years and digital technology helps you take a good picture. Again, we’re not trying to become a photographer for National Geographic, but capturing the essence of your soul whether it be through pictures of people, places, or things. We attach meaning to our images and what better way to do that than through photographs.
I’d love to see some of the photographs you take that represents states of mind or physical, emotional, or spiritual meaning for you. You can send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Look forward to seeing your images. If you would allow me to show the image on the blog please say so in your email and an identifier (if you so desire) to put with the photo. Thanks for sharing!