When I first began this series of classes, Find Your Eye: Photo Courses With Heart and Soul, I’ll admit, I did not understand what that meant. Then, you ask, why did I take the classes? I’ve followed Kat’s blog at Kat Eye View Of The World for a while. Her images, through so different from mind, appealed to me and touched me. There is something special about them. Her images made me wonder, think and imagine. Kat said her images were taken from her heart. I wanted to know what that meant. I wanted to see if I had the heart of a photographer.
So, my journey began. What I’ve discovered is amazing.
I've discovered the reason why I love photography. My favorite images are macro (up-close) shots of nature. I’m seeking details that my eyes can’t even see. So why do I want to take photos of them? Is it only out of curiosity to see what the stamen of a flower looks like up close? I don’t think so; I could find that on the internet. No, it’s something entirely different. When I upload images to the computer, I see the amazing wonders I’ve captured. It makes me excited, a little breathless, and stunned. This beauty was created by a loving God for his pleasure. He shared that creation with us to enjoy. That is what touches me and changes my life. Photography has made me slow down, look closely, and see the beauty of creation. Photography has made me grateful every day for the gifts God has given us.
I’ve discovered I create art and that I am an artist!! It took a lot of thought and soul searching before I could finally say this. This class has given me confidence in myself and in my photos. I feel for the first time that I am a photographer and I’m also brave enough to call myself an artist. I realize that art doesn‘t have to hang in a gallery to be called art. Art is what you create when your heart is involved.
I’ve discovered what it means to shoot from the heart. My photos are an expression of what I see and feel. Now, when I find an intriguing subject I take the time to compose a pleasing image by observing it from several points of view and looking for the best light. Knowing if I do these simple things, the image will be the best I can create. I want my photos to express a sense of awe and gratitude.
Taking these classes has changed not only my photography, but my life. I think differently, I see differently, and I photograph differently.
"The voyage of discovery
consists not in seeking new landscapes
but in having new eyes"