Friday, June 26, 2009

A Lesson in Perspective

Early this morning I said goodbye to my daughter as she left for a five week service trip to Ecuador. I'm very proud of her-- I think she's very brave to go on this adventure, but I was teary-eyed nonetheless. My husband was driving her to the airport and I was left all weepy on the driveway. Yes, it was very pathetic.

I figured I had to pull myself together before I went back inside to the other two children, so I brought my camera out to take some early morning flower pictures. I confess I was having a hard time composing the shots. Nothing seemed right, so I just started holding my camera up at all sorts of angles, waited for the "bleep" of the focus mechanism, and shot frame after frame. Most of the time, I didn't even look through the view finder.

Now that I'm inside reviewing the pictures, I realize that I got some interesting ones. The photos all look so different, even though they're of the same set of flowers because I shot them from different angles.




This lesson in perspective is something I'm definitely going to have to remember in my art. Now if only I can keep it in perspective that my daughter's just gone for five weeks....

4 comments:

Susan Schrott, Artist said...

Ah Vivien.
Pespective. Something I truly respect in life. It can effect our thoughts, feelings and even outcomes. Seems to me, you have a wonderful perspective about our fantastic daughter..and I love how you used your feelings to facilitate a spontaneous perspective as you took your photographs. They are superb and capture this milestone of a moment in your life.

Susan Schrott, Artist said...

OOPS TYPO..I meant to say YOUR DAUGHTER...I need to proofread....

Michigoose said...

Nicely done.

Cindy Green said...

Vivien,
Yikes! I completely understand your apprehension and weepiness - of course you would feel that way. Weird how our role as moms is to make sure that they eventually no longer need us! How old is your daughter? My 12-year old will be going away for only 2 nights later this summer and I am already gearing up for the moment of goodbye. You are bravely doing the right thing. And your photos, once again, are gorgeous! Love them!