This week I have come out of a short period of hibernation, as the rains from the west blow away the deep January chill that had settled over the British isles for the last two or more weeks.
The snow was pretty and uplifting, but truth be told, I don’t fair well in the freezing cold and only ventured beyond the environs of home when I absolutely had to.
Re-emerging, my first port of call was a recommended photographic shop in central london. I visited because I am considering upgrading my digital snap-shot camera of 5 years for something more adventurous. The assistant patiently gave me a quick lesson in DSLR cameras , shocked me with the price for a body and lens, before I set off for a walk on a positively balmy 12 degree celsius day!
As so often happens, my eyes fall upon something that appeals to me and I snap it with my Iphone.
The first thing I snapped was a gothic looking church seen through the bare branches of the trees.
And as I turned to my left, in total contrast, this alluring brightly coloured block which I didn’t think at odds with it’s historic surrounding: in fact I rather liked it.
Today the sun came out, and with a new walking app on my phone I was guided on a few back streets and again wanted to snap the moment.
Looking at my pics I don’t suppose they are too bad for a quick tap on a phone!
When asked why I want more than just a snap and go camera by my son, I thought for a moment and then replied, ” because I see a connection between my words and pictures.” ….something like the minds eye: two forms of expression that come together so perfectly and is so often reflected on many of the blogs that I follow and which inspire me.
My desire to capture the moment is a key ingredient in my daily endeavours and desire to live in the moment. I do this not to create images for posterity or aid memories, but I believe as a fuller expression of living in the moment.
This makes me feel a little more inclined to continue my search for my next camera. Any advice and tips will be gratefully received for a wannabee amateur photographer: A ‘moment catcher’ if you will!
Though I am driven by words as a form of expression, pictures often come first, whether in my minds eye or the images I process using the magic of my cornea, lens, iris, retina and optic nerve.
Which brings me back to my garden and the dwarf Iris (Iris reticulata) which I had forgotten were tucked safely in the soil of a plant pot from last spring: they are back to please my eye once more, for as long as they stick around.
This is my favourite image today, as this delicate early spring bloomer is my late Mum’s namesake and my most treasured flower.