A new dawn

A New Dawn (1)

This is a thought which was recently published on Photographer’s Selection (original here), and, in general, applies to any hobby/passion.


A new dawn.

When you set the alarm it seemed like a good idea. You would get up early to catch the dawn light and subsequent sunrise. Now, in the reality of the darkness before dawn, lying in a warm bed, perhaps next to a still sleeping partner, it doesn’t make so much sense. Having young children in the house helps to tip the balance, but it’s still hard to throw back the covers and advance into a new day.

There is the key: it is a new day. It is unwritten, fresh, a new opportunity, and that’s why you should make the effort. You may well have an idea of what you want to achieve, perhaps even a plan. Plans are good, they give you focus, however, remember to be flexible in this respect. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve come back home with images I couldn’t have even imagined a few hours before. Often, I find features in an image on the screen that I hadn’t consciously seen at the time I took it, but something impelled me to frame that particular scene. Keep your eyes (and mind) open; observe and reflect; don’t forget to look around and behind you; immerse yourself in your surroundings. That’s when you will really see, and only when you see can you capture
your images, the images that reflect what is deep inside you. It’s a form of meditation which will lead you to where you need to be, although not necessarily where you think you need to be or where you want to go.

Life is a journey which each of us documents through photography. Therefore, photography should also be a journey, usually one which is intertwined with our lives. Take your photography, and your life, out into a new dawn, who knows where it will take you!