Today’s Gem of Gratitude #248


Today I am thankful for cameras. Though I rarely carry a camera with me, other than the camera that is a part of my cell phone, I have always been a lover of photography. In fact, learning more about photography and the art of taking powerful pictures is something that is on my bucket list.

I have always been more of a behind the scenes kind of person, taking it all in from a place that allows for a better vantage point from which to observe the goings on of life. Now that is not to say that I have never been in the spotlight, nor that I have had a problem with being in the spotlight when those moments have occurred, but I have always had an appreciation for viewing life from behind the scenes, so to speak, even though much of my life is lived in the foreground rather than in the background.

In addition to enjoying life from behind the scenes I have also enjoyed creating stories, and on occasion sharing those stories, whether it be via a poem, short story, essay, or whatever medium that I choose. And for a person who is known to be a listener more so than a speaker (though I do my fair share of speaking as well), having the ability to create and share my own conceptualizations with the people whom I have chosen has been a blessing to me.

And it is probably my appreciation of viewing and living life from behind the scenes and creating my own stories that has fueled, in part, my appreciation for cameras and photography. If you think about it, photographs are essentially still shots of various stories – the newly married couple enjoying their first week as husband and wife, a kindergartener’s first day of school, the arrival of a new baby. Every photograph that we possess tells a story that we have sought to capture. And it is the capturing of those stories that I want to be able to share with the world in a more profound way. #lovebythedrop

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