Thursday, March 20, 2008
The Simple Things
I went wandering with my camera today to try and shake the melancholy I've been feeling all day. Saying goodbye to Whiskey yesterday was more difficult than I had anticipated. Spending a whole week with him was wonderful, but I grew more and more attached as each day passed. I had a really hard time letting go. I can't imagine what I would be going through right now if he was my dog.
I feel such freedom when I am taking pictures. As soon as I plant my tripod into the ground, and set my camera at that perfect angle and peer through the viewfinder, I am completely in the present moment. All that exists is my subject, whatever it is in that moment, and everything else fades away. I can lose myself for a good hour in one little patch of new growth in a garden, or the mossy base of a tree, or the barnacle covered rocks near the ocean, or even an old worn out tractor covered in colourful rust. The past and future instantly dissolve and here I am... gazing in wonderment, as I think to myself, how precious the simple things are.