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The very first memory I have of my passion for photography goes back to when I was a little girl and my parents gave me my very own camera. I remember feeling like that little purple camera was the greatest gift I have ever gotten. The camera itself was nowhere near as intricate as the camera that I have today, but I remember the excitement to capture whatever I saw or loved- the ability to capture exactly how I was feeling in that exact moment.
In our little grove of trees behind our house, our little tribe of friends would constantly be out playing, making adventures and forts, and loving life. I can’t tell you how many hours we spent back there, but I can very vividly describe moments or things I saw that I wish I could see in front of me every day. My mom might remember a particular photo (she was the who would take my little rolls of film to Wal-Mart to be developed) or she might not. I remember her asking me why I had my camera out there with me next to the creek and what that photo was. I remember shrugging and walking away- but at 30 years old, I still have that moment in my head. The sun was setting with such a peaceful golden glow and shining in the water in the creek. It was springtime, and little buds of greenery were sprouting above the dirt. I still wish I had that picture.
Fast forward to high school- I cannot for the life of me remember why I was drawn to Dragonflies but to this day they still fascinate me, I even have a tattoo of them on my foot. According to some cultures, dragonflies are a symbol of hope, change and love. The dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life. Not many know that dragonflies actually only fly for a fraction of their lives. There are cultures who feel this symbolizes and exemplifies the virtue of living in the moment and living life to the fullest. By living in the moment you are aware of who you are, where you are, what you are doing, what you want, what you don’t, and to make informed choices on a moment-to-moment basis.
Life is so short and we are all moving along, trying to get to the next place or goal as quickly as we can. Memories, feelings, and time can be so fleeting. To me, photos don’t just represent a face or objects- they represent feelings or memories that we’d like to capture for a lifetime.