Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Inspirited

The conversations and connections I make by way of this blog inspire me - and hopefully the exchange runs two ways.  You know that feeling when you read a great book, see a thoughtful movie, or discover a new park, shop, or diner - and you can't wait to share with your favorite friend? Sharing multiplies the joy.

The creativity of an artist is inspirited by the awareness that meaningful work comes from our uniqueness.

Don't you just love that word - inspirit?  From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary . . . inspirit . . . to infuse new life or spirit into; to animate; to encourage; to invigorate

In my best photographs there are hints of my true self.

I know right away that they are special. I guard and protect them because they are an honest reflection of me. Showing them I am vulnerable.

The scariest thing you will ever do as an artist is to be your honest, flawed self. The one you don't think people will understand, the one you lock away because judgment would be too painful. --CJ Nicolai


The truth is, the only thing you have that no one else has is yourself. Your collection of experiences and values, and your sense of beauty are the only things that can set you apart as an artist. Everything else can be bought, borrowed, downloaded, or stolen. --CJ Nicolai








CJ's challenge in her post, Be Inspired, is worth thoughtful consideration and intentional action.

Stop looking at what others are doing.

Start looking at the world around you, and the world inside you.

Stop shooting with an eye on what you believe others will like, and stop judging the strength of an image by the number of comments and Facebook thumbs you receive.

Start creating photographs that are vulnerable enough that they scare you. Learn to be brave enough to share them, and to stand proudly behind them.


Start the long and painful process of learning to answer your own questions, and embrace the trials, errors, and frustrations you’ll experience along the way.

Linking up with a true friend and trusted mentor, Kim Klassen, for Texture Tuesday today. Loving Kim's preset, filmish, and her texture, peony.

30 comments:

  1. What a wise and uplifting post...your words resonate. Thank you for sharing your beautiful images and thoughts!

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  2. Oh you really needed to be at Gather because I so want to meet you Donna you inspire me. I saw your post while at Gather on Friday and didn't leave a comment but I will be, it was awesome. You have out done yourself here today, giving me the feeling of wonderfulness I got at Gather. We all do so many of the things in your last thoughts as women and men and need to remember to be you and not anyone else. In fact my word for next year is along these same lines of thought. Your images are you and they reflect the inner you which it is so beautiful.Those little birds really tell a story there of thoughtfulness in bringing food to their loved ones. The broken down window, oh what has happened in that house you can only imagine. So good each and every one thoughtful.

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  3. Your blog title "Pic Me Up" is just the perfect one. Every post I read here "pics me up off the floor" as you share such deep thoughts on photography and ourselves. This one is exceptionally good...I'll be reading CJ's link, and soaking in the words you've posted here. I completely agree about the special images that I guard, sometimes not sharing online. Beautiful, beautiful!! Thank you Donna!!

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  4. A beautiful post and one that is much needed in this world of comparison! Beautiful images to accompany your words!

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  5. Oh my Donna a very thoughtful and timely post for me. You know every now and then we stumble in our creative journey and need to really look at what we are aiming for in our work.. Beautiful images to go along with your words. And yes I did make the little cushions for props.

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  6. So glad to have found your blog; it's inspiring and beautiful..Comparison can be a deadly trap and you have reminded us of the courage it takes to be the individual we were created to be at whatever the cost. Thank you...

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  7. a pairing of images and words that combine to communicate a profound concept...your images always impress me because I see a bit of your creative inspirit in each one...I have yet to edit my images and prepare my post for texture tuesday...but I will be keeping these words in mind...thanks for the reminder...

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  8. Donna, I haven't visited your site for a very long time, but whenever I come here I find inspiration and pure beauty.
    The beauty of your photos - those two birds on the birdhouse are so precious. Birds speak to me anyway, but this photo even more. I still try to find what it is about it.
    I love the word "inspirit". It's a new word for me (yes, after 13 years in the US I'm still learning new English words), but I think it hits the nail on the head. I just wish I would be better able to express my feelings and what I mean.
    Thank you for this lovely post.

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  9. All of these photos are so beautiful, but those birds, oh my goodness!!!

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  10. So true! I'm drawn to the worn look of these structures. The sepia tones are perfect for them.

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  11. So much can get in the way of our creative energy if we let it. Thank you for the reminder to 'be brave' and be me. You have created some beautiful images, as usual. The detail in the textures bring them to life.

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  12. I love your post! And your images are stunning. So much goodness here. I can't tell you how much I love your images, especially the bird image - wow!

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  13. Gosh I needed to read your words today Donna ! Thank you so much for sharing. I love your photos, especially the one of the sweet little sparrows :)

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  14. Wonderful post, Donna. Your images are insightful as the comments you shared. You are beautiful.

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  15. Inspirited....I really like that word! And the wisdom you share at the end of your post is wonderfully phrased. I love the shot of the birds and birdhouse. The duotone gives it a fantastic vintage feel.

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  16. Yes! Wow! Such great thoughts, such inspired photography. I really loved this post today, so much to think about. I should bookmark it and come back and read it. Often.

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  17. Thank you so much Donna for sharing such a profound and inspired post... After reading your thoughts and the quotes you selected from CJ Nicolai, I wanted to know more about her and I spent some time reading several of her recent posts... so very interesting, a lot of positive advice to be followed... I love your pictures for their simplicity, for the stories we can imagine behind them, the questions we have in mind about this decayed house waiting for an answer... you've processed them in a monochromatic way, in a simple and understated way, the way your eyes have seen the scene without trying to embellish it, going to the essential and following your heart... thank you for these wise thoughts, they help me progress in my mind..

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  18. It is time and you know it. I'm with you, sharing the same struggle. Only in the process do we try to answer the questions--if we can even figure them out. The end result may be wonderful, as these photos are, but it is the process that counts. I love this whole post. The birds on the birdhouse (bluebirds?) building their nest, the abandoned, practically destroyed house. The stairs reaching up, grass like nesting material softening the steps. Pretty pictures are just that. But these tell so much. Push the barn door aside, and go on in.

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  19. Thanks for the reminders, Donna. I'm going to let this challenge sit and mellow in my creative soul. Good things to think about and live by ... --Michele at Sweet Leaf

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  20. Wonderful photo of the home maker birds. The future is there for them and they are making it.

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  21. there is a lot of beauty in the ruins - love the b&w

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  22. Fallen in love with the sparrows, such a cute story :) very romantic :) Thank you Donna :)

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  23. another beautiful thoughtful post - YOU INSPIRE ME!!!

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  24. Wonderful, inspiring post. Love the little sparrows.

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  25. Thanks so much for sharing this. YOU are inspiriting. I believe the birds have taken much better care of their house. Great contrast.

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  26. The inspiration exchange definitely runs both ways dear friend. You have grown so much this year it is crazy amazing! I found once I stopped taking photos to please a class, FB or Instagram and just did them for me is when the true artist came out, which in turn everybody still likes because you are your most authentic, honest self.

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  27. Absolutely beautiful! So much wisdom, so well written! :) ... and I just LOVE your sparrow shot, and the stairs, and the great post processing. Thank you for the beautiful quotes, too.

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  28. Sharing absolutely multiplies the joy! I love that and you've summed up in such a few words the wonderful world of blogging! I have now made connection with bloggers all over the world and have visited several outside of the U.S.! I'm so glad we've connected and I eagerly await your postings!

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  29. Amen. Love your vulnerable imagery too!

    xoxo

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