A Little Closer To The Ground

These images are not mine, they were taken on the family ipad by our 3 1/2 year old, and I stumbled upon them recently when I was trying to fix an issue with the device.

Since getting into photography myself I have made some cameras available to my kids as well. For a while the digital camera was more of a curiosity and sough-after play thing than an actual camera. The novelty of what it could do didn’t seem to last too long, unless the other child became interested in it once more that is. Nothing is quite so interesting as what your sister currently has, no matter whether you wanted it three minutes ago or not.

My six year old understands things mechanically, and has a knack for putting together the cause and effect of what is happening. She is the child of endless “why” and “how” questions, and it is through trying to support her in asking those questions that I have learned many interesting things that I never would have thought to ask. She picked up the camera and was quick to start figuring out which button did what. It didn’t take long before she was able to get a good solid picture: subject in the frame, well lit, zoom in if need be.

My 3 1/2 year old shows a much different relationship with the device. With the first digital camera we had, and now with the ipad, I see her off in corners of the room by herself, often looking at things very closely, and working hard to capture something multiple times. She isn’t interested in the technology or the settings. What she is interested in is unclear, but it is obvious to me that she sees something, and feels like this might be a way to capture it.

I am very curious to see if this interest continues or develops. As I have discovered, handing a camera to someone and seeing what comes out is a fascinating way to peek inside their minds, and especially to see a bit through their eyes. I have been self-reflecting through a camera since the end of last year and it is very fun for me to get a quick glimpse inside the head of my middle child.

Photo Story: The Fox Hunt

We have recently had a lot of fox activity around the neighborhood. This isn’t something we have seen in the previous six years of living here and it has been fairy entertaining. There are at least two foxes that come visiting, the bigger of the two usually makes his morning commute through our front yard as we are eating breakfast, and then returns on the other side of the street. Apparently the squirrels in our neighborhood are pretty good pickings.

A couple of days ago we had a gray misty morning that lasted nearly until noon. We saw the neighborhood fox four times that morning, coming by our window and feeling pretty confident with himself, apparently because he felt that he had a bit more cover in that sort of weather.

I had been feeling a bit restless that morning as well and thought that the gray morning might make for some good photography lighting. I had been keeping my eye on a few trees that line the nearby bike path which were always early to bloom in the neighborhood. One of them has wonderful yellow buds that really set it off from the surroundings. I had been looking for an opportunity to get over there and grab a few pictures while the color was good, but things had not been turning out in my favor.

So, this restless morning, I decided to drag my whole family out for a morning walk just so I could photograph one tree.

As often happens when one decides to embark upon an adventure, interesting things are discovered.

As we were fully on the bike path, a third of a mile into our loop and near my photography goal, we saw the second neighborhood fox hanging out off the path, enjoying a freshly caught meal. It didn’t see us at first, and when it did notice me sneaking up with my very-non-zoom-35mm it didn’t immediately run off because it didn’t want to bother having to relocate for brunch.

Despite the fact that I did not have remotely the right equipment for the job I managed to snag a couple of good shots as the animal decided what its next move was going to be. I don’t think I’m going to be investing in a telephoto any time soon, but I did enjoy the thrill of the hunt while I was there. I can certainly see the appeal.

Introduction

Welcome to my blog. I am creating this site for myself and others who are interested in spending time thinking about their relationship to the world and their path through life. I am using this blog to document my own daily adventures in seeking meaning through photography. I will be posting about philosophy, books that I have read and thoughts that I have been working over on my own. I will be writing about the intersection of various pieces of my life and sharing experiences that I have had in an effort to better see the larger path that I am on. While this content is largely a way for me to stay in touch myself, I do hope that others who are on similar paths will be interested as well. We are all taking the same journey together, but apart, and sharing with one another is a wonderful way to build connections and help point each other towards helpful practices. I encourage anyone who is interested to follow along through email updates, and to send me questions and comments if they arise. I welcome the dialogue and the connection to others who resonate with the project.

Before getting into discussion on any particular topic I would like to offer a few pieces of information about myself. I have always been a seeker and drawn to questions about my own life and the world around me. My own journey continues through my interactions with nature, my photography, my travel, my family relationships and the books I am reading. I have my BA in Philosophy and have read several of the classics, but I do not consider myself to be an expert on any of this. I have spent time learning about a variety of Philosophy-Religions such as Taoism and Buddhism and have built up my own practices, but I have not practiced with teachers and do not consider myself to be an expert on the doctrine. I have picked up a camera and am learning how to take pictures the way that I see them, but I have a long way to go. I am happy to share the knowledge that I have, but do not take anything as doctrine. Where possible I will be linking to resources that I have found helpful.

Thank you for reading and for joining me on this part of my path. I look forward to finding out where it takes me.