It has been 3 months since arriving home from my journey around the world. I am still processing the impact these new experiences have on my life and way of thinking. Between being sick for months, moving to a new part of California, and catching up on all my photographic work, I have had little time to soak everything in. Our new beach home has offered me peace and tranquility; recently allowing me to get fully caught up with my work. This amazing feat and release of stress has given me the time to finally take on little side projects for myself.
I began printing images from our trip to frame around our new home, something I have never done. Although I do occasionally capture images of my personal life, it is true that as a photographer I hardly ever enjoy them beyond the glowing computer screen. I know I am not alone in the photography world, neglecting the moments of our own life, while we capture memories for others. I can now truly appreciate what a gift these images are to us. I find myself staring at them remembering those precious moments that I did not fully appreciate at the time. My heart longing to be back in that very spot where I captured the photograph, to once again enjoy the sights, sounds and feeling of the environment.
My freed up time has also allowed me to move forward on a long time project I have been working on for nearly 6 months, my new I See Beauty website! You may have noticed some subtle changes while I sync my blog to match the color and feeling of this website. I hope to be finished with it in August, so stay tuned.
Because I cannot post without a picture, here are a couple of the images I have framed in my house from our travels.
Fishermen at Down Beach in Limbe, Cameroon. These hand carved boats are so heavy that they have to use logs and the muscle of several men to roll them onto the beach.
This image is from one of the Baha’i Holy Places in Israel, the Mansion of Bahjí. The young lady in the image is a fellow Pilgrim from Namibia. Our group was comprised of individuals representing nearly all the continents of the world. I have not shared much about our time in Israel, even with close friends and family, because it was such a personal experience. I have yet to formulate words that would to do it justice.