I love light, I love to write and I love life – I create my words and images to capture the light in my life.
Capturing the light leads me on many different journeys – wandering with my camera is one of my favourite things to do.
“If I didn’t have my camera to remind me constantly, I am here to do this, I would eventually have slipped away, I think. I would have forgotten my reason to exist.”Annie Leibovitz
Once upon a time, my habit was that I always took my camera everywhere I went. Over this winter, I had forgotten that habit. Part of the problem was that due to being locked in with road closures and locked down through Covid, I wasn’t actually going anywhere. Yes, I could still walk on the beach unless it was raining and blowing a gale – which it did regularly throughout the winter months.
Thankfully, as the weather is warming up- and (even though the roads are only slowly being fixed), I am getting out a bit more – and I am becoming reacquainted with my camera after misplacing my ‘phojo’ for a couple of months. I had forgotten the joy I feel when wandering with my camera.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”Aaron Siskind
I write to capture my thoughts…
“People have forgotten how to tell a story.”Steven Spielberg
I thought I had forgotten so much of my childhood but then I started to write my story, and those memories came flooding back. They were much closer to the surface than I had thought. I had not forgotten my life experiences and yet I struggled to write them as interesting stories. So I researched how to write memoir. I used some writing prompts. I revisited Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey (adapted for Covid heroic journeys), and also found an updated version or two of the Heroine’s journey. My memoir writing journey has just begun. I hope to record those memories I thought I had forgotten. Watch this space.
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”Rudyard Kipling
A little story about coffee. Alarmingly, we run out of coffee so had to do the 120 kilometre round trip to town on a Monday – not our usual habit. Finally, we arrived home after a fraught day of road blocks, delays and overheating in our masks. I unpacked the groceries (yes, we bought so much more than we had planned) and noticed… HE had bought beans not espresso grind! That HERO had to return the very next day as HE was not popular – he will not forget again!
Life is about creating memories – and art!
“So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.”Gaston Bachelard
I’m playing with art again. Practicing my creativity through daily pencil sketches and creating art journals. I put on some music, and immerse myself in paints, pastels and crayons. Out comes the water paint, the felt tips and the stencils. I have rediscovered the pure joy of messy fingers, and scribbling with charcoals and ink. I’m having fun! I have not forgotten how to do that.
And just like that, all my hobbies are back on my playlist – and are remembered.