Friday, May 23, 2014

Finding Courage


I love the peace and quiet of still life photography.  Gathering props, carefully arranging the elements of a scene, setting my tripod and camera, immersing myself in the work, it is a thoughtful exercise. Still life images are some of my favorites. 



But, sometimes I need to get out of my comfort zone. Driving to our local Farmer’s Market on Saturday mornings, I pass a small family farm.  I admire the cows and listen for their moos. I try to see up into the yard.  What’s in that barn? An old tractor? A wooden ladder?  I’ll bet there are treasures rich with the patina of use and age just waiting to be photographed. But the real gem is an old rusty farm truck, bright blue, loaded with firewood, parked out near the road’s edge. 

Every time I pass that truck, I imagine the picture.  I don’t think I can get the best view from the edge of the road.  No, I think the best picture will come from actually being in the yard. 


Finding courage, I walk up the gravel path and knock on the front door. A young woman comes around from the back yard. I introduce myself and my camera and explain my passion for pictures. “May I take a few pictures of your old truck?” I ask as bravely as I can. She laughs, as if amazed I think her truck is photo-worthy, and she nods her head yes. We are fast friends as it turns out we share the same last name. We talk about farming, and I promise to bring her the pictures of her truck, if they turn out well. 



I take my few pictures, trying hard not to be greedy. As I slide back into the car to head to the market, I realize that courage comes in small steps. Little by little, I learn to be bold . . . to venture, to try, to ask, and to revel in the results whether good or bad.

I'm linking up with Kim Klassen today and my Friday Find is the courage to seek the pictures in my heart.

16 comments:

  1. I love the photos and your courage to ask. They were worth it!

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  2. You have such a gift for still life work, a gift that I think is very rare. But courage is awesome! Excellent spot of that truck I would want photos of that too! So glad the gal was warm and receiving, that makes courage so much easier.

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  3. I too have a hard time finding the courage to ask. Why is that? There is a barn on the way to work that i want so badly to photograph. I am thinking I may drive there over the weekend to see if i can photograph it. Thank you for giving me the courage.

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  4. Good for you! I've had such a hard time getting the courage up to do the same thing! Great shots!

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  5. I'm with you I find it so difficult to approach and ask but nearly always people are so kind and are interested. I love the colour of the truck but your still life sings...

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  6. Good for you Donna I know how hard that is and isn't easy. I love your set up on the above still life's you are so so good at them, awesome work.

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  7. I have seen old barns and never had the courage to ask if I could take a picture. I am glad you found the courage, the shots turned out great. Your still life shots are great too. The book made a wonderful prop with the flowers. I love your new portrait!

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  8. wonderful shots...and that is the best blue truck...I always try to remember what my mom said...never hurts to ask...the worst that can happen is that they say no...

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  9. The second picture is my favorite, it just looks ready to go. That is so cool that you got the courage to go up and ask, now you will have a happy memory while driving by the farm house.

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  10. I love your still life photos at the top and the ol' truck as well. A few years back while walking with the kids on a nature trail I noticed a barn in the near distance. I took some photographs of that old barn from the trails and got a few I really like. In passing last week, I noticed they were tearing that beauty down. I have thought about having the courage to take the photo to them, perhaps they would appreciate it!?!? hmmm....

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  11. Your still life photos are absolutely wonderful - everything is placed so perfectly and I love the items you chose.

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  12. ... forgot to say "good for you" for being brave and getting the photos of the truck - well done!

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  13. You go girl! I am so proud of you!!! And it was so worth it - the photo is perfect. Oh but I do love love love your stills. I especially like how you used the first photo in the 2nd - so cleaver.

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  14. Finding the courage to go up to a house to ask if I could take photos is something I have yet to do....I truly admire that step you took! Love that truck too:)

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  15. Donna, Im in love with your still work. That truck is beautiful. Yes it takes courage. I once got told to move on. .. a few years back. .Way to go.
    Love what your creating. Stepping out is so hard for me also.

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    1. Lisa, I've been told to "move on," too. It kind of took the wind out of my sails. In general, I hate to be "in trouble, " and try to always be respectful of the property and rights of others. But, in today's world, I am finding people are very suspicious of photographers, especially those who carry "professional-looking" cameras. So, now I just pass up the photo if I can't find a way to ask permission. I miss some great pictures, but I feel better.

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