This has been a long week…each day I wake up and think it is Friday. Of course it is the week wedged between parent conferences and spring break. It’s only slightly better because it is cold, making it easier to be at work instead of pining for that beach walk!
With weeks like this I have to make time to take photos–the opportunities do not seem to crop up naturally, I have to go out in search of inspiration. After work last Friday I talked my husband into a quick trip to the beach to watch the sunset (after running a few errands first). It was chilly but clear enough for the sun to be visible and I took a few nice sunset shots. I also found this interesting wind blown tree and found myself ducking behind it to capture it silhouetted against the shore.
And who knew that my search for sunset would lead me to a search for whimsy…I found this interesting, detailed art piece constructed on the top of a trash can near the beach. It makes me wonder about the artist. Was this constructed from found objects on the beach? What’s its story? Why mount it here?
I also found myself in search of beauty this week and I treated myself to some cut tulips at Trader Joe’s on Saturday. I watched and photographed the blooms all week. I love the way the afternoon sun illuminates my dining room table, the perfect setting for photographs of these beauties.
I like the idea of candles but seldom light them, afraid I will forget about them and start a fire. But over the weekend I wanted to create a pretty smell and enjoy the soft glow of the candle flame. So I lit this one for a while, it almost creates an alter like feel on the fireplace mantle.
After an early Easter dinner with family, Geoff and I headed out in search of the sunset. Unfortunately, as we headed away from our house the sun ducked under the thickening clouds. We knew by the time we reached our destination that no sunset would be visible this day. So, we made the best of it. Took some photos, explored the area…and then stopped for a cup of coffee and a walk through the outlet mall. Sometimes quiet time together is a sunset in itself!
I was delighted the other day to find this racetrack chalked near our neighborhood mailboxes. There are some children who live down the street who love to race their skateboards down the hill. I love that they inscribed the word start…a message that resonated with me. Don’t wait, just start rolling! (It’s funny that they drew the pathway down too…I didn’t go far enough down to see if there was a stop or end too.) I only needed the word start!
Somedays you just have to stop on your way home in search of something…energy, inspiration, a change of pace, fresh air… I found myself at a little seaside park in Del Mar watching the waves, the clouds,…and the train go by. It was a perfect pick-me-up during this oh-so-long week.
So, what are you in search of this week? Whimsy? Beauty? Inspiration? Relaxation? Where will you find it…in your backyard? At work? In the sunlight glancing through the window?
You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #insearchof for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.
So take out your camera and start your search…what will you find when go in search of…?