“A genuine odyssey is not about piling up experiences. It is a deeply felt, risky, unpredictable tour of the soul. ” Thomas Moore - Care of the Soul : A Guide for Cultivating Depth and Sacredness in Everyday Life
The Shutter Sister's one word project for October is the word "you." I wasn't really ready for last month's theme to be done with because it fit so well with my totally unplanned and impromptu blog launch. But, I realized as I processed items I'd captured while away at LCPL Watson's funeral that photo blogging (at least the way I'm doing it) is a memoir of sorts. As a body of work begins to emerge on this blog and elsewhere, the bigger picture of a life's journey begins to reveal itself - where I've been, what I've done, and what speaks to my heart.
Today's post at Shutter Sisters encourages us to think about what we are drawn to photographically. As I start to organize images together in flickr sets and choose pieces to offer for sale, I was a bit surprised to find so much "rural" in my images. I can't resist a shot of a barn, or the beautiful rolling hills we have here in Tennessee. One would think by the images I post that I live way out in the country. Although I do live on a rural road, my home is just steps outside the city where I spend most of my time. Maybe that's why I'm drawn to bucolic countryside scenes - as respite to my city weary soul.
The featured image for today is one such scene. It was taken from the car as we drove along in the funeral procession towards Frankie's final resting place. I'm drawn to images of trees standing alone in a field like this. There's something haunting, yet serene about them. I took many pictures that day, primarily for the purpose of sending them to my son in Afghanistan. Some will make it online and others are too personal, too poignant to be shared with anyone but the family and his Marine family.
There are a few that did make it into my Scavenger Hunt Set. And so it seems that even a fun activity like the Scavenger Hunt 101 group has turned into something more than a collection of random items picked by the leaders.
Since there is a rule against archival photos, only new images I've taken since joining the group are allowed. So, in the span of the year or so it will take me to complete the project, the items I notice, capture, and choose to submit will invariably show what matters to me in that particular moment and paint a picture of this season of my life.
I do have ideas of how I might fulfill certain items, some flexible and some pretty firm. There are already quite a few images that are waiting for processing and submission, but then I find something else that expresses the item even more creatively or expressively. For that reason, I'm going to take my time with this project. It is more than a scavenger hunt, it is a soul search.
That said, four images from the day of Frankie's funeral were a perfect expression of a few of the items on the list and were selected to be a part of this collection in honor of his memory. For consistency in the series I used just a single layer of Kim Klassen's "stained linen" texture in each. I've always thought this particular texture added something special to flag images. I hope you enjoy them and stop today to say a peaceful prayer for his family and for the boys that are still there and their families.
#29 A motorcycle
#59 A billboard or sign
#78 A musical instrument
#72 A fire engine