Wednesday, January 11, 2012

She Nailed It

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Quotography is back in business after a holiday break, and is temporarily being hosted by Kelly over at Living in PA. Today's theme is A New Year, and I could not have found a better quote than this one by Anais Nin to describe my personal feelings about New Year Resolutions. She really nailed me with this one. If you know much about Nin, you know she nailed a lot of things (or people as it were).

Say what you will about her, colorful character that she was, she has written some of the most brilliant and quotable prose I've ever read. And, boy does this one hit home with me. Who needs New Year's resolutions when your life is one long self-improvement project?

That is not to say that 2012 is more of the same old same old. I have a new word that I'm exploring with Ali Edwards at Big Picture Classes, and that word is "Calling."

There are many reasons I chose this word, but the word first came to me in a discussion with my mom regarding this blog. She said, "I think you missed your calling. You need to be a writer."

This lead me to question what it is that I am doing here, and where this blog fits in to the bigger picture. As I've mentioned before, all of this was not on the radar even six months ago, and here I am writing and blogging every day. Some days I write a lot and others just a little, but writing does seem to be right on up there with the photos in terms of what motivates me to get up each morning and post.

For this reason, I joined the writers group in addition to the photography group. Both forms of expression appeal to me and seem to compliment one another. I loved both groups, but for different reasons.

The photography group provides an opportunity to learn and make friends with whom to share my hobby.

The writers group is something completely different. I must say that I lit up like a Christmas tree the minute we got started. There was an "inner yes!" that sprang forth from my gut that told me that this was exactly where I needed to be.

It makes sense really. I've been writing for far longer than I've been photographing. The topic for this group is personal essay and creative non-fiction which is how I like to write, and I've never actually made a real life connection with someone else with that interest. I've been blogging and journaling online for years, and been encouraged by those who enjoy my writing. But, I've never been involved with a community of writers.

It felt like coming home.

And suddenly, those back burner dreams that had been simmering quitely all these years, began to boil. Abandoned projects and ideas began to make sense again with the benefit of insight and experience. It is heady stuff to be sure, and hard not to be overwhelmed by it all.

While we are on the subject of Nin, one of the reasons she appeals to me is that she was a prolific diarist and of all her writing, her journals are what brought her the most notariety. One of my favorite quotes by her sums up my reason for writing:

“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection”

This could also be given as a reason for why we photograph as well, no?

Here we are not even two weeks into the new year, and I am already feeling the impact of my word.

How cool is that?

Today's image was taken at Centennial Park after my photography group meeting and enhanced with Kim Klassen's "Providence" texture and Florabella's snow overlay.

I am also announcing my participation in Magnetised by Life's monthly mosaic challenge. The theme color for this month is garnet and these red berries will definitely make the cut.

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  1. Leanne, I completely relate to your post...I've been writing poetry far longer than I've been doing photography, and as time passes I'm realizing how much I want to incorporate the two, with either my own writing or the writings of others that resonate with me. I can see clearly that my blog will evolve into a combination of the two. I can hear the excitement in your "voice" as you talk about your writing - I'm wishing you much joy in your creative writing endeavors!

    1. I think most creative people are drawn to multiple forms of art. I suck at poetry,but I sure do appreciate the work of others who are good at it.

  2. Hey Leanne-great post. I bet I too would enjoy that writing group-non fiction, personal tidbits. I know I write with run on sentences and grammar mistakes, but I write from my voice. Odd I can't make my voice say what I want to say all the time.
    Love, love, love the quote-so perfect and I would never have made that connection to 2x as with photography.
    Lovely winter image. Those red berries just sing out of the snow and cold.

  3. I truly enjoyed reading this post LeAnne, and what a beautiful photograph this is.

  4. I echo the preceding comments. The photograph with texture is lovely. Good luck with your writing. It is always liberating to recognize, and then live, your "calling".

    1. Yes, it is a great feeling. Thank you for your comment!

  5. Wow Leanne, I'm so happy for you, you definately have found your 'calling'! I loved reading every part of your post. I LOVE that quote 'we write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospection' i think it definately relates to photography for me. Thanks for sharing 'the monthly mosaic' info & my badge. Your berries are beautiful & perfect for the January challenge!!

  6. Beautiful.... the red berries are SO gorgeous... I have to find some too :-)


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