Finding Beauty. Finding Inspiration. Week 3

Yellow

I took this photo earlier this week as a joke, but after spending so much time editing more intense images, I decided I needed a break. So I dragged this one into Photoshop and started playing with color. Of course, they are lemons, but I think Coldplay’s song “Yellow” (that just may have been playing in the background) kinda sorta may have influenced it a bit.

Where have you found beauty and inspiration this week? I’d love to hear about it in the comments! :) If you have any pictures you can also share them in my Flickr group, and you can also find me on my Facebook page.

Finding The Will To Fly

Finding The Will To Fly

This image was created for Robin Spalding‘s challenge to create an image based on Lana Del Rey’s I Can Fly. It was the first time I had ever edited wings on someone. I had thought about digitally painting the wings on, but that’s not really something I’m so great at, though my first try came out way better than I would have expected! Definitely something I’d like to try more of in the future.

I ended up using wings from a photo I had taken a few years ago. The whole thing ended up being very significant to me. It really fit where I was at in life at the time, and pulled some things together that I wasn’t expecting.

Orange isn’t really a color that I’d used much in the past, but I have to say, I kind of liked it. It’s amazing how much colors impact how we perceive things.

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Finding Beauty. Finding Inspiration. Week 2

I’ve been very inspired by the weather this week. There has been a continual dreariness that simply won’t go away. First there were clouds, then there was rain, and even a little bit of snow. The clouds still linger above, covering the earth in its little pocket. Is this where we find security? Being wrapped so tightly in whatever may shield us above?

God has a way of using nature to weave all elements together into one harmonious dance. It’s beautiful in its simple purity.

In addition to my photo for this week, I also found the quote below inspiring.

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head.

If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ~ Nelson Mandela

It really makes me think about life and whether or not I’m speaking my own language. I’m so often sidetracked into speaking a language that most people merely understand, rather than one I’m truly passionate about.

Life is a series of learning experiences, this is one of those things I need to make adjustments on. I don’t want to live my life simply to get by, I don’t just want to survive, I want to thrive.

Light

I loved the mystery in this scene. It was a very surreal moment for me as I watched the rain pour down through the yellow light of the streetlamp, some of them clinging to the power line below. We all fall through the dark sometimes, but we shine when we come into the light.

What have you been inspired by this week? I’d love to hear about it (or see it!) in the comment section below. You can also share on Facebook or add any photos to my Flickr group. I look forward to seeing you there. :)

Baggage

Baggage

I fear being trapped in the past. Grasping only air that slips through my fingers as I fall.

I started this image in response to a few different things. Mostly, it was just my mind giving me answers to things before I really knew what they were.

Fear is a funny thing. It can be our greatest foe, or our dearest friend, it all depends on how we want to approach it.

What are some of your fears?

 

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Finding Beauty. Finding Inspiration.

How often do you stop to stare into the sky, smell a flower, notice how the light reflects through a raindrop, or see the intricate patterns of the frost on your windows? So often we look, but don’t really see.

There are so many little things, beautiful things, that we take for granted in our everyday lives. We’re so busy with the rush that we very rarely stop and pay attention to the beauty in the world around us.

To live inspired, you must be inspired. To be inspired, you must open your outer eyes to the beauty around you and open your inner eyes to the beauty within you.

You can use a camera, your memory, words, whatever it is that works for (or speaks to) you. I would like us to capture the beauty in our lives to create a world of beauty and inspiration. Won’t you join me?

I’ve set up a Flickr group where we can share photography, comments are always welcome here on the blog, and I’ll also be sharing these blog posts on my Facebook page where you can comment and share as well.

Below is my contribution for the week. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. :)

Still Holding On

Still Holding On

March Update

Hello, everyone!

I hope this blog post finds you healthy and happy. I have been very busy this month, working on so many concepts and whatnot. However, I have not had much motivation to edit, so I’ve done a lot of planning and shooting, but very little has actually been completed.

I stopped doing the 52-week project (for now) because I didn’t feel that I was completing the images as I would have liked. I have, however, continued to think about the themes, and I will use them for inspiration moving forward, when I can really put everything into them that they deserve.

I’ve also been thinking about adding a new section to my blog for random pictures that I take in everyday life, finding inspiration in the world around me, and sharing that with you. I would want it to be a group participation thing, where you could share inspirations from your lives as well. Is this something that anyone would be interested in? If so, you can leave a comment here or contact me on Facebook, Flickr, or DeviantArt.

When We Find The Light

When-We-Find-The-LightI’ve been doing a lot of shooting lately. Sometimes I’ve been shooting 4 or more concepts a day, but I haven’t had the motivation to edit any of them.

It’s as if all these ideas are floating around me, but my head is in a bucket, unable to see the light from them. That’s where this image came from. Fortunately, I was able to gather enough editing motivation to finish this concept. It’s funny how not being inspired can itself be an inspiration.

Inspiration is an amazing thing. It’s everywhere around us. Are we willing to see it? Inspiration isn’t something we need to wait for, it’s something we need to search for. It doesn’t come only in the form of big ideas that we’re immediately sold on. It comes to us slowly, one piece at a time, whenever we’re willing to look for it. Can we see the inspiration around us, or maybe use our lack of motivation as a motivator in and of itself?

Sometimes I think we find the light and then hide ourselves away. It reminds me of a quote, “When I was young, I was afraid of the dark. Now, when I get my electric bill, I am afraid of the light.” Are we sitting in darkness because we’re afraid of the price we’ll pay?

How often do we go running from the light when it’s right there around us? So close we could reach out and touch it. Maybe this image isn’t just about ideas–maybe it’s about something more than that, too.

Most of my images have multiple meanings and concepts behind them. Sometimes I don’t even realize what they are until I’ve already finished them, but it was something that was inside me all along. I needed that message, even if my understanding of it is delayed.

That’s what this image means to me.

 

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Thankful Thoughts

I was just talking with a friend about decorating, and it made me feel incredibly blessed to have a huge, empty wall to use for my photography. It even has a window nearby, so it has plenty of natural light.

I’ve used this wall for so many images and it’s amazing to see how different each one can turn out.

wallThese are only a few of the many I’ve used my wall for. Each one has forced me to look at creativity in a different way. It has been a challenge and a tremendous blessing.

So tonight, I am thankful for a blank wall that can transport me to many different worlds.

 

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