When I am walking around the city taking pictures I have this passion for trying to find the beauty in everything. I use photographs to extract the beauty from crumbling buildings, pealing paint and rusted metal. I feel as if it is my job to show everyone the hidden beauty in things that most people never take a second look at. I feel the same way about portrait photography. I want so badly for the person being photographed to be able to see the beauty in themselves that I see through my camera lens. We all tend to focus our eyes on the worst things about ourselves, and therefore miss all of the hidden beauty that is, in fact, there just waiting for us to recognize it. It is a goal of mine to make people feel beautiful and loved. However, I tend to be unable to do this in my own life. I seem to have the hardest time finding the beauty within myself and recognize the dream that is my life.
Sometimes I wonder what would happen if we could take a photograph of our lives, hang it on the wall, take a step back and really look at it. What would we see? Would we see more than just temper tantrums, dirty dishes, piles of laundry, and large thighs? I believe that if we were able to look at our lives in this manner we would be able to see the gentle tear wiping and reassuring hugs and kisses, the delicious new recipe we discovered, Our favorite outfit, and that award winning smile!
Taking the time out of my busy day to sit down, reflect on my world and write it all down helps me to refocus on the beauty that is there.
Today I want to make a goal! Once a week I am going to take a picture that represents what is going on in my life and make a list of all the beautiful things I see! Please feel free to join in and post your photos here as well!!
Ok, so here is my first photo!
This picture was taken right after seeing the movie Home in theater!
( mind you, a picture I would have kept hidden due to the state of my face! LOL!)
(That was a bit counterproductive I know)
Ok, so here is my list of beautiful things that this picture reminds me of.
1. The smile on all of the girls faces (even mine) shows me that
everyone was having a good time!
2. Umm... Movie theater popcorn hello!! It doesn't get more beautiful than that!
3. Listening to the girls giggle during the movie made me wish
the movie would never end.
4. Knowing that this photograph will help each of them remember that day!