I’ve been reflecting over the week-end on how much I love this challenge, because I feel passionate about both photography and stories. Bringing photo imagery and words together on my blog has been transformative for me.
A few months ago, I started photographing in nature because… finding an image that went with a blog post took me longer than writing the actual post. Taking my own photos for blog posts has saved me loads of time.
It also became my way of meditating. I find that when I zoom into a pretty flower, my mind empties out. In that moment, all I can see and appreciated is that flower. It softens and relaxes me. Taking a good shot nourishes me and feeds my creativity.
Through photography, I have learnt a great deal about myself as an artist. In my favourite shots, I zoom into fine detail whilst maintaining a sense of the bigger picture in the background. That’s exactly what I do in my writing too. In my memoir about my childhood, I have a close up picture of my family life against the backdrop of the Soviet Union’s collapse and Azerbaijan’s transition to independence.
Last, but not least, through taking photos for my blog, I have learnt to see beauty in everything. Where before I saw weeds, I now see splendour. Where before I saw conflict or something negative, I now see life lessons.
I was nominated to take part in this photo challenge by wonderful Ula. Although we’ve never met, I feel I’ve known Ula for a long time. Her writing is exquisite and touches something deep inside me. I’d like to nominate Vanessa at http://petalandmortar.com/. She has amazing photos on her blogs and they tell so many stories.
The rules of the Five Photos, Five Stories Challenge are:
1) Post a photo each day for five consecutive days.
2) Attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction, non-fiction, poetry, or a short paragraph. It’s entirely up to the individual.
3) Nominate another blogger to carry on the challenge. Your nominee is free to accept or decline the invitation. This is fun, not a command performance!