Pursuit of the Work

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything new, so I thought I should give it a try.  I’m sitting at my laptop, having deleted the lines from the last three attempts I made to pen something interesting – thoughts about rediscovering hiking this year or musings about my inability to balance my personal interests.  I’m losing hope in accomplishing my objective and wondering if this writing thing will end up being yet another short-lived endeavor. Continue reading

Learning How to See

The more that I explore photography, the more I realize about what it requires. You have to be alive. Awake. Able to move with the pace of the scene. Slow. Fast. A careful observer. A stealth mover with balance. Timing is essential but second to developing a sensitivity that sees something beyond what’s right in front of you. You need to see something of God’s movement, and in drawing closer to it, your goal is to help others see it too.

I’m still learning how to do this. It’s not just mastery of the technical (although I am in definite need of practice there) but it’s a lifelong process: learning this new rhythm; welcoming rest; making myself available to the moment and all it contains; maintaining a willingness to listen to the whispers which call for my attention and dare me to explore and try, to discover and think differently, to sometimes fail and at other times find that risk pays off. To dive into this realm of writing with light requires patience, humility, and courage, all of which I am learning more and more each day. Continue reading