Friday, May 29, 2009

May I take your picture please?

As you can see in the post below this one, I've returned from my short trip to Toronto with yet another folder full of photos. My camera has become so much a part of who I am - an integral part of the way that I interact with the world. I can get completely lost in the moment, wandering around a new place, or discovering newness in an old place, when I view the world through my lens.

On my office wall, I have a series of photos of people I have have had the pleasure of meeting in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania, and Ethiopia. If you were to visit me, I could tell you a story of each one of them. When I need a little distraction or creative breathing space, I stare up at my wall and get lost in the stories I've brought home - stories of girls dancing in the setting sun, a laughing farmer telling us how he'd survived a flood, strong women with the dirt of rice fields beneath their fingers - stories that have transformed the way I see the world.

One of my favourite blogs is Shutter Sisters, a space where many people who know what it feels like to be in love with a camera share their stories and favourite images. I have the honour of having a guest spot in that lovely space today. Go on over and visit if you want to learn the story behind this photo:


bbb said...

VERY cool!

Linda said...

I loved your story!

Anvilcloud said...

I'm glad you shot him and he didn't shoot you.

Anonymous said...

LOVED your story and the photo you used in the post over at Shutter Sisters. What beautiful, amazing faces you captured. Their smiles touched my heart.

And with the photo of the young man carrying the weapon... even if it was just the faintest of smiles, that smile goes a long way doesn't it?

Phenomenal blog. I'll definitely return.

Lucia said...

My office is the same, and I consider myself incredibly blessed to have the honor of meeting people around the world.