Wednesday, November 11, 2009

on photography

There are times when I'd rather not have a camera with me. It can be cumbersome. I sometimes get tired of standing out as I take pictures in public places. And yet, these pictures I take of my everyday life create a record of my days. On the rare day when I don't take any pictures, I'm left with the feeling of that day having slipped away from me. And I often think about how these images I take in so many ways are also images of your everyday life too; whether you live where I do or halfway around the world. Whether you're able to meet a friend for coffee as I am in these images, or look forward to it or reminisce about it. So I guess you could say photography also makes me feel a greater connectedness. And I am so grateful for this record of my days, and for that connection I have with all of you.

23 comments:

Purple Flowers said...

So very nicely written. You do connect beautifully to the outside world with your photos. What I like best is the record keeping you are giving your family as the years unfold.

Frau said...

Love your photos I can almost smell the fresh roasted coffee!

kks said...

i know how you feel in public places with the camera...i bet everyone that notices presumes you are a professional documenting their place!
beautiful photos...
xo

charliebobjo said...

I so enjoy your photos...you have a wonderful eye! I especially like the cute patio in the first picture....wish I was there sipping on a Chai Latte.

Barbara said...

I went on an historical tour of the Breakers in Palm Beach yesterday and could not believe I forgot my camera! Did not even have my cell with me- which works in an emergency photo op. So I know what you mean about hauling cameras everywhere. When you do, someone objects and when you don't, you wish you had it!
I'm so glad YOU do so we can enjoy what you see...

Francesca said...

I'm still quite uncomfortable taking photos in a public places, and hope one day soon to feel more confident. I was once with a professional photographer in a crowd watching a parade coming down the street. He just leapt out, over security, and stood right in the middle of the street and took photos. No one said anything, and just a few people looked. I must practice leaping:)!

Joyce said...

I know the feeling of carrying a camera case. Thank goodness it is a small price to pay for capturing the moments. A photographer I know told me he doesn't leave home without his camera. Enjoy my friend. xoxo

AM said...

Beautiful shots of Seattle. It almost makes me miss living there. You've really captured the essence of fall in the GPNW.

Kwana said...

I think it's wonderful how you find the beauty in the evryday.

Ina in Alaska said...

I feel the same way when I stand out taking pictures of people's license plates here in Anchorage! I saw a GREAT ONE the other day but could not bring myself to take the picture because the owner of this particular car was sitting in it..... Love the top picture!! xoxo

chelsea said...

that's awesome that you take photos everyday!! i am horrible at remembering my camera! i love these photos.. particularly the last one..

Ruth said...

Oh I couldn't agree more! Photographing while cooking dinner? Photographing while walking down the street? I always feel so silly. But I do love it.

Thanks for the inspiration.

nicola@which name? said...

you are so talented, lecia. there is a peace in the creativity and art of photography you would likely miss on non-photo days.
nicola
http://whichname.blogspot.com

likeschocolate said...

I agree! I love your photos, and now if I can only make my photos look as 1/2 as good as yours.

gina said...

I like to take daily pictures as well. I've been asked a couple of times to refrain from taking pictures in retail establishments..have you encountered any troubles on your daily adventures, and how do you deal with it?

KPiep said...

And one of these days I hope to be just like you! I do think it's important to record all of the little things, and I regret that I've not done that since the girls were born.

Cote de Texas said...

I want to thank you SO much!!!! I got it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was so shocked.

It's sooo gorgeous - did you write a story about the calendar?

thank you again sooo very much!!!!! I am just amazed at your talent AND your generousity - i owe you one!!!!!

rosemary said...

I know that feeling. Sometimes i feel funny with my camera too, but when you look back at the pictures you are glad you had it with you. Great pictures.

Le blÖg d'Ötli said...

Wow !!! We can be at this table... and taste !!! Nice shots ! really !

Erin said...

I love looking through all your beautiful photos. Simple is sometimes best!

Shelley said...

lovely.

Kitchen Butterfly said...

Resonating words...feelings and thoughts. When I don't have it with me, I think missed opportunities and I kick myself, when I do have it with me, I spend time explaining to people what and why I take so many photos - having prints of my memories and thoughts! It is well...we'll keep doing what we do, though sometimes I'm so, so happy when I'm camera-free and then I relax and not worry...except for that one missed photo :-)

NW. said...

Not only are these photos incredible, but the thought you shared is 100% accurate. I couldnt agree more.
My blog (and I assume it's the same for you) have been come a journal or sorts... documenting all the things I love around me.
i'm so glad to have found your blog, really