The Speed of Change

Its so interesting when you notice change. Most of the times things seem to stay at a moderate pace. When we are in the mist of life, a part of us expects things to always remain the same; the good and the bad. The friends that surround us, family, pop culture, even the strangers that walk by, we think time won’t change anything. Suddenly you stop and look back. You realize you are in a whole new world, a new time, a new season.

A part of me wants to miss the past. It wants to miss the friends that I was closest to. When I look at old photos, it makes me wish to go back. But I know that world no longer exists, even if I did go back, no one would be there. And even if I stayed at that spot of life forever, I would miss out on the future. I would never get the chance to extend my love and add a new person in to my heart.

The lives of my friends are changing, new songs are being written, new stories are being told, and what seems to stay the same is the love I have in my heart for the Creator. Even though my world is busy, I still think about what I can do for Him. Its been a desire of my heart since I was a naive youth. Now that I’m older I realize what God wants to do in my life is deeper than I imaged.

When I was 16 and wanted to change the world, I didn’t understand that the miracle God wanted to do was inside me. Only now do I see its about character, the way I respond to things, if I’m compassionate, if I’m kind, patient. I have heard the word “meek” all my life but for the first time I looked it up and began to study it. Meek isn’t a character attribute that I can, “work on” but its the state of a heart. I can work on being kind but being meek.. I can’t help the way my heart reacts sometimes.

Change is never easy, no matter how much you prepare for it. Its the beginning of a new season that is the hardest to get use to.  A part of me always misses the winter when spring comes, and misses spring when summer comes but eventually I learn to enjoy the moment I am in. Its the challenge of looking myself in the mirror and noticing the change that matters, is what happens inside my heart. Even though I miss the past life, I have confidence that better days are up ahead.

So things are changing, the question is, What are you going to do about it? Sit and miss the past? Or stand up and dare to overcome the new challenges that you face.

See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Is. 43.19

dare to overcome.

Locations of photos: Barstow, Ca

A Walk in a Botanical Garden

I must admit, the more expensive my camera gets with its fancy lens the more I leave it at home. On a day off, the last thing I want to do is carry a big heavy camera. Gus and I went for a walk in the Claremont Botanical Garden near town, once I got in to the garden I regretted leaving my camera at home, lucky I had my point and shoot in my purse.

There is something therapeutic about taking photos. It makes you notice the details you would other wise pass. I was noticing color and the way light was hitting the different plants. Being an editor, it was nice getting out side and watching the ants and bees work hard.

Black and White shoot

I decided to change what I was looking for during this shoot. I found the real change was in the editing room. When I was picking out the photos -the usual ones I would disregard I decided to keep and my normal shots, I disregarded.

I for one love color but I wanted different results so I went black and white. I wanted to capture the eyes attention and keep it. Black and white has that power.

Here is Olivia.

Color….. I couldn’t help myself. 🙂

The Magic of Film

I finally develop two rolls of film today. The experiences of film just never gets old.

Here are some favorite shots from the rolls today.

Joshua Tree

More at  Journey to Salvation Mountain and  Road Trip to Salvation Mountain (35mmFilm).

David playing outside. More at Playing Outside.

My photo shoot with Olivia, more at Photoshoot: Olivia

Photo shoot with Drew. More at Photoshoot: My First Guy.

Keep in mind I did no editing with these photos. The colors you see are the rich colors of light hitting the film. With film you are just able to catch the most magical moments that maybe digital doesn’t have the patience for. The pay off and risk is indeed worth it.