Why I Bring My Camera
I bring my camera to be ready for that magic moment when a squirrel, rabbit or deer will lift its lovely face to me when a bird or butterfly or dragonfly will sit still long enough and let me get close enough to see its color and markings will allow a snapshot to be studied later in wonder
I bring a camera as a third eye that sees the beauty of the everyday in the pattern of a gravel walkway an old mosaic under a window trees, shadows and reflections the iridescent wings of a fly the interesting fruit on that evergreen tree If I hadn't stopped to snap some closeups would I ever have noticed it really?
with my camera I pay homage to all the world around me it's a small ceremony, a slight bow or a lifetime achievement award to honor the dignity and worth of the lives and existence of each subject almost to see the world from their point of view
whether an oak tree or the water spigot on the side of a building or a dead heron on the grass a respectful photo is a gift received with gratitude and empathy when nature is graciously and generously amenable to pausing for a moment to smile and pose
by Celeste Boudreaux, May 2019
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