In my last post I listed my “aspirations” for 2010 and the first one was “take more photographs”. This is probably the most important activity on the list – which makes sense if you consider yourself a “photographer”.
There is another simple reason why “take more photographs” is number one on my list for 2010 – it makes me happy!
You may recall an earlier post I wrote about my annual “holiday grumpiness” and how making art in December would probably help relieve some of that. Well - it worked!
The best example of that was on December 19th – the day of my husband’s annual Christmas party in San Francisco.
I woke up that morning excited about going to San Francisco and happy we would get a chance to visit with our son who lives there – but I wasn’t thrilled about the party. The more I focused on that thought, the more irritable I became.
Fearing that a progression of this mood could make for a unpleasant weekend, I decided to be proactive and asked if we could take the “scenic” route to the Bay Area so I could stop and take pictures. Sensing the mood that was brewing, he quickly said yes (smart man!)
We stopped at Steamboat Slough in the delta and I spent quite a bit of time there with my camera and my tripod. I have already shared a couple of images from that day but here are a couple more – watch for some of these to be converted to black and white and hand-colored soon.
©2010 Dianne PoinskiNeedless to say, by the time we got to San Francisco I felt creatively satisfied and very happy. Even if I had not gotten any decent shots – it didn’t matter – it’s the act of searching for scenes, looking through the viewfinder and clicking the shutter that does it for me. That’s all I really need.
In keeping with that intention and remembering what it does for my mood, I have also made it out on a couple of our recent Sacramento foggy mornings. Again - I plan to work more on these, but still wanted to share.
©2010 Dianne PoinskiI feel so lucky to have such a simple way to feel good – especially important during the winter months. Besides, I love the light and the mood of the landscape this time of year and plan to get out there as much as possible................