2.7.13

DAY 365+87

overcoming strangeness

This is my Photo-Heart Connection of June. I had not to think very much because the only photos I have taken along the whole month have been a series of these cherries 


The day after I finished checking the paper of my students and once I uploaded their marks, I took my camera. Only a few weeks had passed without taking a single photo, even so, it was like a foreign object in my hand that I didn´t know how to handle. 
I felt sad and tempted to let it aside, but I had the feeling that this could create a breach, a rupture

I´ve being doing my inner work for nearly two years using mainly my photos which often trigger musings that drive me to become aware of things about my life and myself, but in the moment that I thought to postpone my practice one day more, I could see how fragile still is (will always be). And also, how the discipline that is needed to go inside once and again, can be broken by pain or tiredness... by those days when one feels that any other effort -even on which is aimed at giving us peace and joy- is too much


So, although I was a bit reluctant I decided to take some photos. I was at home and I was too tired to go outside but I remembered the cherries that were in the fridge and I gave them a try

I started without much interest, and, to be honest, with a not very good attitude. In fact, I simply placed a bowl on top of a chopping board but after the first attempts I started to feel how my mood was changing. I moved the fruits here and there, and play with the settings of the camera and after sixty photos or so of the same subject (yes! you´ve read well, did I mention that I am a bit perfectionist?) calm was restored. And I felt the old bliss

This is the back story of this photo which is about frustration and reconnection. However, it has been a good thing to check out all the photos I took that day, because I have realized that quite often photos tell a story that don´t fit what happened when they were taken. In fact, this photo talks to me about summer, the expectation of lazy day, the chance to rethink daily life and create healthier routines, the need to start to enjoy little pleasures again, it talks to me about plans and changes to come

About intentions and leaps of faith

16 comments:

Lisa Gordon said...

I am glad you decided to take some photos!
This one is really a beauty.
Such wonderful light, and I love the composition.

Miriam said...

My note says how much I loved your writing and your photo is just beautiful. I was eating a beautiful bowl of cherries this evening, I feel a little connection.

Sarah Huizenga said...

Photography is such a healing tool.

Jeanne said...

Love your photo of these cherries, and yes, photography is such an amazing tool to learn from! Love your musings!

Cathy H. said...

So many times my mood is changed when I have a camera in hand; when I focus on a little bit of beauty through my lens. Lovely image!

Prairie Jill said...

Beautiful image and beautiful writing. I also find that picking up my camera and starting to shoot always makes me feel better.

lorik said...

Love the glossy texture and warm light. Also your writing.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really love this capture...and I love how you connect photos with emotions.

Gotham Girl said...

A perfect example of what photography does for us! Great photo-heart connection!

gina said...

What a beautiful image! How lovely that photography brought you back to bliss and helped you reconnect to intentions. Happy summer!

Michele Matucheski said...

Welcome back to The World of Photography, and connecting to your inner life again.
--Michele at Sweet Leaf, visiting from PHC

S said...

Beautiful photography! The cherries look so fresh and inviting! I too am a perfectionist like you, constantly looking out for ways to improve myself in so many aspects, be it photography, home decor or my life:) thank you for your feedback in my blog.
take care,
Sanghamitra

Love 2Bs said...

60 photos of the same subject does not seem at all strange to me. Seems perfectly reasonable. And your end result is lovely. Amazing how something as simple as taking pictures can open us up, isn't it?

rakusribut said...

love the fact that you chose three cherries, they look gorgeous, love how you arranged them within the image.

Aga Gasiniak said...

Beautiful photograph Zena. So cheery, rich in colours, sweetness of life. I hope you have some rest soon, sending you much, much love

Kat Sloma said...

You speak of an important truth: Often the doing of something changes how we feel. I'm glad you took the time to play with this scene and create this series. A wonderful way to start your summer break! Thanks for sharing in the Photo-Heart Connection, and sorry for my delay in coming by. I'm catching up on June along with July!

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