8.4.13

DAY 365+63

at a glance

T
his is my March Photo-Heart Connection. I don´t know how many times I had seen that building before the day I took this photo but I had never noticed those beautiful reflections and the contrast between its design and the traditional houses with red roofs in front of it 

While going through my files it caught my eye not only due to those lines and tones which I love it, but also because it illustrates the way I am approaching photography these days

This semester I am quite busy at university so most of my time is devoted to teaching, writing, preparing classes and workshops, seminars with my students and to endless meetings. I have little time but when I have a free hour I often go outside with the camera. No matter if I should be catching up with my home chores, my readings or some of my pending projects, I close my eyes, I carry my handbag and close the door behind me

I don´t plan beforehand organized outings. I don´t try to capture predetermined images. I don´t take self-portraits, either. I only go outside, I walk and shoot

I take photos of the urban scenery that surrounds my house. I take photos of the same common things that I see when I am going to work or shopping

 I go over the same streets and lanes, the same passages and avenues. I go over the same boulevards and the same park once and again...

 Only to discover that my feet lead me to well-known places that I can´t even recognize. Places where an old window makes me think about the brevity of life, where a bench suddenly invites me to rest and to soothe my mind, where trees are starting to bloom and are painting the city with mauve shades

Yes, I go over the same places once and again only to discover that my feet know what my eyes haven´t still seen. Only to discover that something inside me is able to feel the enigmatic appealing of the ordinary, to catch the inscrutable allure of this fleeting beauty

I know this is one of the best ways to keep my practice (which is not only related to photography, but also to my personal path) till summer vacations. So I go outside, I walk and shoot

And by doing that, I re-discover the place where I live

11 comments:

Sandra said...

So lovely to rediscover the place where you live and see things anew. Those window reflections are indeed lovely in their pale shades with a touch of red, they look like watercolour paintings!
It's wonderful all the things we can really see when we look with new eyes!

Jeanne said...

Such wonderful healing moments when you are so caught up in university. I will always remember my days of getting my masters degree, and all of my morning bike rides.. no matter what. It helps keep your sanity!

Kat Sloma said...

I love your Photo-Heart Connection this month! There is so much wisdom here. In finding a way to maintain your path while busy, and in the statement, "my feet know what my eyes haven´t still seen." I believe that's your intuition talking. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us this month.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Good for you to get out and shut the door on the other stuff. It will still be there when you get back. Beautiful building, the reflections are amazing.

Barbara Schwartz said...

When I let my heart see, when I let my heart write, I get to an essence I din't know before. Love your picture.

Aga Gasiniak said...

' I only go outside, I walk and shoot' how magical and simple thoughts Zena. This is probably how your magic happens. You could not describe that better. You are my photo Queen Zena. I love your photos because of compositions, how you capture beauty, shades and colours. There is also so much heart and delicacy in your photos. there are packed with peace. I completely agree with you that there is always so much to discover. Have a great week. Much love to you

Cindy Swainson said...

The Zen of photography: just get out and shoot. You have a wonderful attitude and approach to it all.

And I love the window shot. It has an almost sacred, stained glass feel to it.

xoxo

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Introverted Art said...

I feel like this image...or I should say this image represents how I feel. Like life passing so fast and not being lived... not looking, not living...

Nonnie said...

reflections are one of my favorite things to capture. I love the red roofs in yours.

sherrygaley said...

This image is quite magical. I love the blue tones and reflections. It is very calming. Nice piece of writing too!

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