No really, there is this girl, with a phone. She takes a lot of pictures. Far better than what you will see here. Yet this 20 something girl, a friend of my Sister-in-Law, is an artist. As in, she draws things, paints things, and now…
She uses her phone to take a myriad of pictures.
I seen this in the early spring of this year. And it got me to thinking; dangerous, I know.
Most of us have smartphones now, and with smartphones, cameras. When we aren’t snapping photos of ourselves, we use this little camera to take picture of family, friends, silly signs, and well, just about everything. Like mushrooms growing outside my children’s gymnastic class.
I took it upon myself to follow this girls ‘Advice’ and start snapping pictures of what was around me. Found myself intrigued by the darndest things, mostly nature, and well. Flowers.
And well, more flowers.
Of course there was more than flowers to take pictures of. Bugs for instance.
And bugs making…well more bugs.
There were of course parties to attend, some of them, well…they happened while I was at work. The party-goers were still at my house when I got home.
Sometimes, it was the ordinary that caught my eye. Something as simple as the remains of an orange on the kitchen table.
Or rainbow butterflies, they exist you know, in the land of imagination.
These are not the grandest pictures. Simple ones, a few of many I have taken over the summer. Odd things that caught my eye. Little pieces of data to fill my cloud storage and remind me of this year. This wasn’t the best year, nor the worst. It was a year of change in my household, new job, new schedules, things to try, horizons to expand.
Many years back, I used a Minolta 35mm camera to take pictures. Loved doing that. Haven’t broke down and bought a digital camera yet. Just started to play with my phone. I have no intention to get ‘serious’ about photography. I did that years ago, classes, the equipment, and the dream.
Yet the desire to capture the moment is still there. Look for the unexpected. The girl? With the phone? Now, she is an artist. She has a real eye.
I hope one day she will move beyond her phone, use that talent of an artist’s eye she has.
And I hope you do too. Selfies are fine, family and friends will capture that moment you will talk about years later. But the mundane, the simple beauty around us everyday? We should all try to capture it more. Let people see a piece of our bit of the world.
Could lead to an explosion of pictures. You know, like this one.
And years from now, when your great-grandchildren look upon these digital images. They will get to know a little more of you than just family and friends. More than events and places, but of the little things that surrounded your life. Pieces of you that rarely get passed on in stories. I know mine will, and it will all be because…
There is this girl, with a phone…
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BUT SERIOUSLY, COPYRIGHT 2018, KIDZOND.