Monday, November 14, 2011

Creatively Speaking

music stand

"If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music. ~Gustav Mahler"

Over the weekend, my daughter-in-law and I were talking about the photo I posted last week of her and my son holding hands moments before he boarded a bus on his way to Afghanistan. The image has been her facebook profile pic since then and she said she'd received more positive comments on it than any other picture of the two of them. She summed it up by saying, "it speaks."

I wasn't really sure where I was going with today's post or image, but I'd been wanting to apply a music sheet texture that I downloaded from Inadesign Creations. This antique music stand from my parent's home silouetted against lace curtains seemed to match up pretty well.

As I was looking for some sort of quote to bring it all together, I came across the quote by Gustav Mahler above. It reminded me of a similar quote on photography by Lewis Hine: "If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn't need to lug around a camera."

I bet if I looked long enough, I would find similar quotes for all sorts of creative genres like painting, dance, etc ... Some people have a talent for articulating their thoughts, feelings and impressions through spoken word, but I'm not one of them.

Don't get me wrong, I am a talker and in a business meeting I can communicate clearly, facilitate concensus, achieve synergy, or insert business buzzword here. I've also been told I'm pretty good in conversations where advice is sought or telling a good story. But, when it comes to communicating my deeper feelings about what is important to me personally or conveying deep emotion, words often fail - at least the verbal kind.

That's where photography and writing enter the picture. I give a lot of credit to the Shutter Sisters website and their book Expressive Photography: The Shutter Sisters' Guide to Shooting from the Heartfor planting the seeds that eventually led to the birth of this blog.

An interesting side effect of my blog is that even people who have known me awhile, maybe even all my life, have learned more about who I am and what I'm about in the last three or so months I've been doing this blog thing. I can tell it in our conversations and interactions. There is an intimacy that has grown deeper and solidified in ways I can't even describe with written words.

And, I've learned a great deal about myself as well. By interacting with other photographers and being inspired by their work, I've found that pondering what speaks to me has increased my self-awareness exponentially.

What a lovely journey this has been so far. Thank you for being a part of it.

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An absolutely wonderful weekend living it up and loving it up with family and friends.

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  1. perfect texture & perfectly applied! =)

  2. Communicating through writing is working for you too. Love the musical quote and the photography quote. I find we all have so much to say, in so many ways, and all I think we want is to be heard.

  3. Beautiful image - your photos always have such a depth to them. I really enjoyed reading what your words here, particularly the part about the slight change in conversations with people you know after them being able to see a few more layers of you via your blog. And I absolutely relate to your comment about learning more about yourself through photography. I have seen that shutter sisters book advertised, good to read your recommendation. A really lovely and appreciated post. Thanks.

  4. What a beautiful post this is LeAnne! You have said SO much in a small space. I love this photograph also, and I still have a music stand just like this. It was my Grandpa's.

    Thank you so much for sharing this at The Creative Exchange today. It is truly perfect for it.

    Have a great evening!


  5. this is a lovely photograph, i enjoyed reading your post too.

  6. This is so beautiful! I love both your photo and the quote! And your processing is just wonderful!


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