The Power Of Photography
Did you know that today, March 20th, is the International Day of Happiness?
I love to have a look through the Days Of The Year website and see what days are coming up. Knowing that March included, among other things, the International Day of Happiness, got me thinking about what makes me happy. Life can be very unpredictable when you are self-employed. One minute everything is ticking along at a manageable level and the next you are feeling completely overwhelmed as those jobs you quoted for several weeks ago all get back to you at the same time and all are suddenly very urgent. Add in all the usual "Mum Duties" and suddenly you find yourself wondering when you will find time to sleep and stress levels soar. For me there’s one activity that is guaranteed to allow me to completely unwind, recharge my batteries, and add a little happiness to my day.......
And that activity, believe it or not, is photography!
Yes, even though photography is my business there’s nothing more relaxing and therapeutic than a walk with my camera, connecting with my surroundings and shooting purely for pleasure. I’ve lived in my little Wiltshire village for several years now but every single time I wander around it with my camera it’s like seeing it all through a fresh pair of eyes. Photography allows us to reconnect with all those little details that we stop seeing in the hurry of everyday life. It gives us the opportunity to slow down and really see the beauty of our surroundings. That process of slowing down and reconnecting really makes me happy. Regardless of where we live there are endless photo opportunities and beauty all around once we learn to see them.
Photography also gives me the excuse to go out for long walks, sometimes on my own and sometimes with friends with cameras. The combination of fresh air, creativity and exercise is meditative, calming, inspiring and thought provoking and lifts the spirits. Every time I return from a ramble with my camera I feel refreshed and revived and ready to take on the world!
The photos accompanying this blog post were taken on a walk around the village, after a few wet days we had a misty morning and I knew I needed to escape with my camera. The sun broke through the mist, the light was beautiful and for a little while I could switch off from the world and put all the current news stories out of my mind .......