Welcome to Saturday’s Share – Reflections and impressions inspired by and celebrating images from daily life, to add a bit of sparkle to the weekend. Happy Saturday!
Today’s Share pretty much sums up my life. There’s beauty, joy, and words. There’s that girl; the one who picked those pretty flowers out of the cottage garden by the front door, and brought them to me in a plastic basket that’s been scuffing around here for years now. I wonder if she knows how much prettier that sparkle in her eyes is than any flowers ever could be?
And there’s my laptop, and the original draft of Chameleon’s Dish, the novel I’ll spend 50 hours rewriting as my NaNoEdMo challenge, as soon as the calendar shifts…and yes – all this activity was taking place on my bed – because some afternoons just happen to be like that, here.
Sometimes pictures say a lot about who we are, and how we live. Maybe that’s more true, and less true, today than at any other point in human history. Taking pictures has become almost effortless. I can do that with my little pay-as-you-go not-quite smart phone; my Kindle Fire, my laptop, and two cameras (one sophisticated; one point-and-shoot).
Sometimes, I just go through the house and snap random shots of our life as it is, so that I can look at them through the camera’s framing rather than my own. I can see a huge mess; the camera sees a small detail, like this photo…
Then, I can go to PicMonkey, and edit the picture in many ways, making something that might have seemed unhappily chaotic magical in a whole new way!
It gives me a better vision of my life. There’s less grumbling about imperfections; more seeing the wonder around me.
That’s something that’s missing from the oldest photographs, when people dressed up, posed stiffly, dared not smile….because a photo was precious, and a huge effort to capture. The magic then was maybe in being able to capture the moment at all…and so much more quickly than a portrait could be painted.
There’s always talk about the “good old days” – and I’m not going to say that there aren’t bits of bygone days that I would have rathered keep than see them evolve.
But, in this way, I am very grateful that I can use technology to capture these moments, share them, and see them anew.
That’s pretty magical, isn’t it?
How about you? Are there things about modern life that make your life seem magical and more wondrous than it did, before? Are there pieces of the past that you still mourn?
Happy makes more happy. I’d love to hear your stories and see your happy photos. Drop me a comment, or post a link, and join in the happy-making fun!
After all, Saturdays are for sharing!