Friday, July 19, 2013

Staying Present...............

Photography has taught me to be aware of my surroundings and given me a deep appreciation for the simple beauty in my everyday world.

While I cherish photographic experiences that place me in that "zen zone", there is one downside to this almost addictive to need to create........ I am not always present in my relationships.

Last week I mentioned that I was taking a few days "off". This break included one day in San Francisco to visit my son, then a weekend trip down to Southern California with my husband, both areas rich with image potential.

I brought my Nikon to San Francisco, but never took it out of the bag. I barely even took photos with my iPhone because I was simply having so much fun hanging out with my son!

This is one of the only photos I made that day. My son (who is a photographer) is in the middle of a "Polaroid Portrait" project and during my first visit to his new studio, asked if I would sit so he could take my picture.

So of course I took his picture while sitting there...............





The next day my husband and I boarded a plane for our weekend away. At some point that morning, I made the decision to focus more on enjoying a few days off with him instead of messing around with my phone (I didn't even bother bringing my DSLR).

The number of new images on my camera roll is very small compared to most weekends away and I feel good about that. My intention to stay present with my husband also meant that I did not even process these until we were at the airport waiting for our delayed flight to board.



©2013 Dianne Poinski



©2013 Dianne Poinski


©2013 Dianne Poinski


It is so easy to become disconnected and distracted these days. I feel like I know more about my "friends" on Facebook than the ones in my neighborhood. I had already made the decision to take a "social media" break last weekend, but did not realize that other actions had to be taken as well if I was going to practice being present with those closest to me.

I hope this lesson sticks with me for awhile..............



©2013 Dianne Poinski





10 comments:

  1. I've been thinking about this very thing since my daughter's wedding last month. In fact, there's a great article in Peta Pixel about it. (http://petapixel.com/2013/07/13/pictures-over-experience/) I mostly agree with your sentiments, however, I must say that I went in to a little bit of a depression right after my daughter's wedding. I hired a very wonderful photographer for the wedding, but I allowed myself to be bullied into not taking any pictures for me. Everybody, it seemed, would come up to me and shake their finger saying, "you aren't taking any pictures, are you?" It seems that I was the only one not taking pictures. There are several moments that I saw that I so wish I had a photo of. I am, by nature, a memory keeper, and I see much of life in moments. I didn't need a bunch of photos of that event, but there are about 5-6 that I wish I had. Ah well, I will hold those pictures in my heart. Good to hear your thoughts. Sorry I went on about this, but I've been pondering the same.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Karen! I know exactly what you are talking about. For a long time I sort of stopped "capturing memories" with my camera because I was busy "making art". I regret the opportunities I missed and am sorry you had that experience at your daughter's wedding. I am happy to report that I do have quite a few photos from our weekend that are "scrapbook/album" shots, and this is different. Thanks again!

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  2. This is a great reminder, Diane. My husband has learned to be really patient and I need to return the favour. What you came away with is outstanding. I especially like the abstract one - a pool, I presume?

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    1. Thank you Kim! Yes - that is a pool. Very "So Cal"! My husband has not only been patient with me all these years, but he also carries my tripod! I am very spoiled! Thanks again!

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  3. I love how you take the time to smell the world through your photography. Your pictures are fabulous. I too have this thing about taking pictures of swimming pools. Loving your blog and congratulations on your feature in Artfully Blogging.

    Paula
    ivyandelephants.blogspot.com

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    1. I appreciate your comment Paula! Thank you so much!

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  4. Great post!
    I truly do agree with you on this Dianne!

    I retired one month ago today, and one of the biggest surprises to me, aside from how much I am enjoying being retired, is that I am not nearly as obsessed with virtual things like FaceBook or even my blogs anymore.

    I take photographs when I have a mind to or use images that I already have and 'massage' them. I now blog when I have something new to share, or when it is has been long enough that that I just want to share that I have nothing to share! I check on FaceBook when I remember too, but not nearly as much as I used to.

    Rather than sitting at my keyboard with my morning coffee I now sit outside and listen to the birds and enjoy a good book. I go into town (and I live on a small, rural, island mind you!) about once a week to do whatever chores need to be done. I can't believe how content I am being more in the present and less in the future or the past.

    I think that that in this ever more virtual world it is more important than ever to stop and smell the roses, lift your face to the sun, breath is the fresh morning air.

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    1. Thank you for your comment Marie! Sounds like retirement is treating you well. I can almost hear those birds you speak of with your coffee in the morning. Thanks again and congratulations on retirement. Enjoy!

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  5. This is beautiful. Loved every single picture, especially the pool that is a perfect abstract.

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    1. Thank you so much! I too loved that pool shot. There was just something about the way the light was hitting the water that got me.

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