Friday, April 23, 2010

I've had a realization...

I haven't been taking pictures lately. I've pushed away my camera and thought, "Later. There are things to do." Mainly, because I realize that I'm so behind in my count--I'm behind in the amount of pictures that need to be completed.

In beginning 2010, at first I thought, "this will make me take more pictures--this will improve my skills." But I'm beginning to realize that that was wrong. Putting a time frame and a number count just takes away the magic. It takes away the beauty.

Photography is not about the amount of pictures you take, nor the camera you have, nor the editing you do, the posing, anything. Photography is about seeing beauty, and moments, in the ordinary and day-to-day life and celebrating it by capturing it and saving it forever. Photography is looking beyond what our eyes can see and looking instead at what is really there--what is real and beautiful.

Moments like this are why I continue on with photography. Because I want others to be able to see the beauty that I see. I want others to look at the ordinary and instead of seeing the everyday commonplace, they'll see the beauty and life that is everywhere.

That's why I'm a photographer. That's why I'm an artist.

I'm still going to keep this...I just won't continue with this journey. Perhaps I'll create a new blog for my photography. Perhaps I'll stay here. I don't know right now. I just know that, in my book, 2010 is done. I don't regret attempting it--it made me realize the reason why I take pictures. Not just to add more to my count, but to find and save beauty.

Perhaps 2010 is for someone, but not me. This journey has ended, but a new one has begun. I have found me in pictures--even if it wasn't the way I initially thought it would be. I've found the reason for photography.

And to me, that's worth more than taking 2010 pictures.


  1. Wonderful post. I agree completely:]

  2. That's really awesome what you did with your header.

  3. Wow! I totally agree! Photography has a special magic that you can't get in doing anything else!
    <3 Tessa

  4. I totally agree with what you said, Hannah! I hope you'll still keep your photography blog though. I always love looking at your photos! =)

    ~ Love & Blessings,
    Lindsay <3

  5. So true! That's exactly the kind of thing you have to find out for yourself. It can't be taught-- it must be discovered.

    Blessings on you and your photography!

  6. I'm so happy that you have posted some more of your beautiful photos. I ahve dearly missed seeing them. Very cool header! :)


  7. Beautiful work, and amazing header :)

    Loving all your photos, what photo editing software do you use?

    Stop by my blog at if you get the chance too.

    Have a lovely weekend.

    K xx

  8. I agree. Beauty is found in the everyday - in the photos you capture just because you want to, not because you have to get x amount of photos taken each day. :)

    I definitely think you should keep up with this blog! I also think you would do well to share only your best photos. I don't remember who said it, but someone said of artists that "you can tell a professional from a wannabe by the fact that the wannabe shows you everything, while the professional shows you only their best." (sorry, I'm paraphrasing here.) I really do love your work, and I think it would make your photos shine even more if you shared only a few of them. :)

    Keep on capturing beauty!




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