Thursday, January 22, 2015

Providence

Providence for photography is the best inspiration for it.

Prov"i*dence , n. 

1. The act of providing or preparing for future use or application; a making ready; preparation.

2. Foresight; care; especially, the foresight and care which God manifests for his creatures; hence, God himself, regarded as exercising a constant wise prescience.

3. (Theol.) A manifestation of the care and superintendence which God exercises over his creatures; an event ordained by divine direction.

 – Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary

The photographs that move me deeply, I store away in my heart, for a future use. They help to prepare me as a photographer, teaching me to see for the sake of seeing, enhancing my ability to look quickly and make decisions.

Inspiring photographs

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Following an early evening storm, a rainbow settles behind the roof line of the Cox & Johnson Insurance office along William Street in Fredericksburg, VA on Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014

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The camera that sits by my side in the car is always at the ready. With foresight and care, I pack my camera to go everywhere and anywhere.

And the constant and wise prescience of God places me in the right place at the right time . . . along a road on the journey I make . . . over and over again to visit my mother.

On a cold winter's morning, smoke rises from the chimney of this little bungalow along Route 3 East in Stafford County
on Monday, January 19, 2015

And by divine direction, as I researched the source for my inspiration photograph, I came across Josh Abe's insightful comments on the indwelling spirit of adventure in every person.

I believe that inside all of us, there is a call for something wild, something that tells us that we are capable of a life much richer than the one we are living . . . There is a wild inside everyone that longs for a life of purpose and adventure; to experience things the way they once were when the world was new.

I am hoping to inspire you to get out and create moments like these for yourself.

Inspiration happens when you give it the time and attention it deserves – by providence.

20 comments:

  1. Consider myself inspired. Always by you dear friend Donna. Love coming here and it just makes me feel better with your words, calming and always with good intent. Beautiful inspiration with these, simple but tell so much.

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    1. Barbara, Yes we inspire each other. I still have that beautiful photo of your roasted chicken in my mind - and such a meal will surely be on my menu plan for next week! Talking to you always warms my heart!

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  2. inspiration at the ready...time and attention...things that often are in short supply...but Josh Abe's comment sums it up best...the year long course I am taking, AWAKE, focuses on bringing out that life which is richer than the one we are currently living...I can only hope that it influences my photographs to match the beauty of yours...

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    1. Amy, The simple act of signing up for such a course is an adventure - and one that will surely advance your journey toward your best and most creative self. I was just studying your digital art creations this morning - your most recent works - with glasses superimposed over a sycamore tree. I am amazed at what you see - and how you help me to see differently, more and new. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  3. oh this is just beautiful indeed Donna! So wise, and comforting, yet uplifting and encouraging us to take time to enjoy so much that we pass by quickly or take for granted. Although if I ever do see a rainbow my camera will be right out taking shots. I haven't seen one since I got a dslr...so I would be thrilled to capture something so beautiful. Roof tops, cabins, and chimneys...love each one of your photos.

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    1. Beverly, It's always a joy to share a note with you. Looks like you are keeping up with Kim's assignments and making such beautiful art. Hope you do see a rainbow . . . and maybe snap a picture, too!

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  4. Inspired, indeed! I used to keep an inspiration folder on my computer. I think I need to resurrect that practice.

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    1. Dotti, One of your most recent pictures, flowers with light coming through, is such an inspiration to me . . . I like to take pictures alone, but I love the collaboration that comes with blogging friends like you!

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  5. I am always inspired by your beautiful images and thoughtful words! I especially love the simplicity of your photo and the intriguing patterns in the window panes.

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  6. Well done as always. Josh's comment is spot on. I know there is a wild inside of me :)

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  7. Donna, I think you've been a teacher in another life, or maybe in this one... I love the way you introduce your lovely pictures starting from a word or a concept... and how you lead us, along with beautiful quotes, fitting references, meaningful quotations from inspired people's books, to follow your line of thoughts and get us to ask ourselves the most important questions about our art... each one of your picture has been thought in relation with a special theme, each picture is part of a reflexion and also its perfect illustration... I love the picture of the log cabin which has inspired you and I love your own picture of this wooden cabin with its plume of smoke gently coming out of the chimney...

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  8. I told myself that in 2015 I would follow another blogger if a) there's value by learning something or b) if they are a good friend and I want to support their journey. Every time I come to your space I learn. Thank you! And I know the friendship will continue to build! What a plus!!

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    1. Robin, I like your sensibilities - such a clear head and open heart. It's been a hard lesson for me to learn that I can't support every cause, encourage every would-be friend, lift up each hurting person. It was arrogant of me to suppose I could . . . and now I am learning from you, too.

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  9. These are lovely images and this is a lovely philosophy Donna. It intrigues me how different people's memories are stimulated by different things. The other day I listened to a perfume-maker from the Cotwolds, here in England, being interviewed about the evocative power of what he rather grandly called "olfactory memory". He told us to give new scents a name to reinforce them in our memories and help us remember them for the future, so maybe his dominant sense was really sound rather smell. For me a scent (without any words) can carry me across a thousand miles to somewhere I've been before: vanilla always takes me back to my grandma's kitchen with the rice pudding bubbling away on the cooker. Other musically-talented folk can fly on the sound of a harmony to an afternoon in their childhood when they first heard it on the radio. I've got tin ears and no musical talent so that one's lost on me, but I guess we all have different strengths, different tipping points and we file our precious memories away with different labels: filed as sound, smell, sight or touch. And it makes total sense to me that someone like you who's such a great photographer should have a strongly visual memory bank. All the best for a lovely weekend, Bonny

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    1. Bonny, You made my day simply because you took the time to know me. I'm enjoying coming to know you in the same way - through your blog posts.Your experience life in such a genuine way, every sense alive,. Perhaps that is why you are such an extraordinary story teller - it's in the details.

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  10. Such a beautiful post Donna...you have a natural and yes, like someone else said, you must have been a teacher in another life...the fact that your camera is always ready to go means that you take your photography very serious...I do take mine with me also but not every time...another thing to go on my list for this year...I'm in the process of cleaning my office so this little job will fit in nicely..
    I love the second photo of the little log cabin...draws me out...and all the fires from the chimney
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    Have a beautiful weekend end.

    I love the first

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    1. Roxanne, I'd say we are all teachers to each other. Your blog posts of flowers set against different backgrounds showed such variety and helped me to learn, too! Put that camera in your car or your purse and we'll see what you see. Cleaning the office . . . will be worth the work . . . as new ideas come of seeing just what you have! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit.

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  11. In-dwelling spirit--I use this phrase to describe my place-based philosophy in writing. But it extends to photography as well, as you so eloquently point out. I love the way you were inspired by the two photos and combined that inspiration to make it your own. I will be looking at rooftops more myself. Looking up more in general!

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    1. I thought of you as I read the essay by Josh Abe - as we've discussed our feeling that we are meant to live a life much richer than we are living. I like this take - not that we long for a bigger life - but a richer one. Richer as in deeper, more meaningful, and significant. I believe that a rich life is born of rich relationships, and so I am grateful for your friendship. Yes, we will be looking up this year!

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  12. Beautiful words and images Donna. I believe there is a place and time for all of us, we just have to find it.

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