Do you journal? Photo journal, memory journal, feeling journal, spiritual journal? Why?
It’s MONDAY! I love mondays, especially because of the wonderful posts about family and life I find online. I think the moms out there get great perspective over the weekend, I know it was a good weekend for me.
Isn’t this picture beautiful. I love the tilt shift, and the lighting. Here is the photographers explanation of the photo:
Early this week, I stopped in my favourite local coffee place, and treated myself to an iced coffee (my first ever — where have I been all this time?) and a cakeball. (Aside: every morning in Texas should start with an iced coffee and a cakeball.) As I settled in to work, I looked up from my computer screen, and noticed the cupcakes on the counter waiting to be bought, backlit by the morning sun. I happily realized that I had my camera with me, and I took the shot.
I’ve been thinking recently about why I took the shot — what moves me to do so. I mean, obviously I love taking photographs, and I love the technical aspect of trying to capture and manipulate light with my camera, but why do I record the moment? Is it for me? Is it for my daughter, for when I’m no longer here? Is it for something else?
I love the thought of recording the moment. Some artists share what they see through photography, others through writing and poetry. Our lives are filled with beautiful and emotionally powerful moments. It’s always inspiring when I get a chance to take part in one of those moments in an artists life.
I have had some seasons of life when I kept a journal very consistently. It seems like having a little child makes me so busy that it’s impossible to take the time. I love going back and reading my journals; I love going back and reading my mother’s journals.
I always thought of journals as a way to get my feelings and experiences on a page. As I read my mother’s journals, I am enticed by the idea that I’m leaving something for my little children when they grow up.
For those of you who journal — why do you do it?
Thanks to Chookooloonks for the picture.