The song ” You rasied me up” was playing on the radio while I looked out from my widow in the attic room feeling grateful. I was staring out there for as long as I could remember. I couldnt help feeling a deep sense of gratitude.This was last day of 2011..I know that the next day was an opportunity for a fresh start, a new beginning. I had a camera on my hand.
Many people make resolutions for a new year, I used to (wish I never kept actually), but this year I didnt, I just had one wish.. to take Photographs.. pictures that have a thousand word of expressions without the alphabelts and storage of great moments. Indeed, life is filled with moments and I want to try and capture some of those moments.
I didnt just start wanting to take photos on the last day of 2011, I have been looking for a perfect moment to buy myself a gift of a bridge digital camera so when the opportunity came ( with ease of online purchase) I visited Amazon and got me a christmas gift. A Bridge Digital camera (GE Pro X500). In the past I have had small travel digital cameras for all my trips around the world ( As they came in many successions!) but this was different. I felt confident and I was happy demonstrating my new found passion, photography everywhere I went (ask Bolatito and Foluke my co-fellows at work)
So Christmas holiday was an opportunity for me to share my imaginations through photos with close friends and mentors. Spending Christmas with the best family in America, I received a gift of a book (50 Photo projects by Lee Frost) from my mentor and fellowship supervisor who strongly support my photography, and whose father is a career photographer. I was thrilled and excited. this was that yes I can moment!
Starting a new photography experience was very symbolic for me as it has also inspired me to start new things with confidence and faith as long as I have the desire to do it. It has opened up many other opportunities for me, such as meeting Pro-photographers and enjoy engaging my eyes and imagination on a object to be taken. This is an exercise of the mind and intelligence as Dorothea Lange rightly put it “While there is perhaps a province in which the photograph can tell us nothing more than what we see with our own eyes, there is another in which it proves to us how little our eyes permit us to see” Life is filled with great moments of joy and embarrassment. We can only imagine how long that moment will last unless we capture it.Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beautyof the earth and skies that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man
has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man. ~Edward Steichen PS: you can view my photos here