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My Heart has found her Lighthouse


We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining – they just shine.

~ Dwight L. Moody.

It may not be a real lighthouse, but it reminds me of one. It also reminds me of how important lighthouses are, both the real and the metaphorical.

While working on my portfolio site today (well, after sneaking off for a walk) I went through some of my older photos from my old photolog. If I could do anything career wise and know that I would be successful, I would be a full time photographer.

I’m entranced by the magic of capturing a moment in time. Photography is one of the few ways we have of stopping time, of capturing a special moment forever. Our memories are another. There are so many beautiful things in this world, many of which quietly wait for their turn in the spotlight, for their turn to be noticed. So many never have that moment. I think that is why macro photography delights me so. Most people can see the big picture, they can see the sunset, the mountain ranges. But how many see the way the sunlight delicately shines on the petals of a tiny native flower. How many see the individual plants, rocks and the refracted light that make those mountain ranges so special?

I love finding those tiny glimpses of eternal, natural beauty that most other people pass by without so much as a glance. For me, beauty is in the details. Not things that are big and showy, but in the special and very rare things that grace this world. I don’t think beauty is solely in the eye of the beholder, I think it is also in the heart of the beholder. The most beautiful things in this world are those that most people never see. And that is where photography, macro photography, seduces me. It highlights and celebrates those tiny, beautiful and elusive details.

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Designz (couldn’t I have been more creative with the name?!)

While sorting through some old files, I came across some of my earliest digital photos taken with an old Polaroid digital camera. I also found one of my first pieces of digital art from a period when I was fascinated with aging photos and making them look like worn prints. Oh yeah, I also loved adding water drops and flowers. Back then, I spent hours designing intricate art including very small illustrations of jewels. One of my first web sites, hosted at Geocities, offered free web graphics and was called ‘Designz’. I would scan flowers, leaves and other items and then manipulate them into photo realistic backgrounds.

Thinking back now, I wonder why I stopped designing in that style? At one point, my work was going to be included on a cd that would accompany one of Andy Shafran’s books on Paint Shop Pro (I cut my designer teeth in PSP!). Then there was the time that I was invited to write a couple of chapters on Flash animation in a book to be produced by members of a design community I belonged to at the time. Both books never went through from the publishers end (I’m not entirely sure about the PSP one, however), but it was still nice to think that I was considered for those projects, even if they never actually saw the light of day. Maybe I’ll get another chance to write for publication in the future!

Anyhoo, two of the photos I found and one piece of digital art are behind the link below.

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Murphy's Law?

Oh dear, I think I’m coming down with a cold! It would come on today of all days when I have so much to do. I hope it’s just one of those 24 hour things, because I will not be at all happy if it lasts past this week. I didn’t think it was actually possible to get a cold during summer. Ugh. Time for heavy duty orange juice and ‘fever’ inducing naturopathic drinks to try and fight it off. Wish me luck!

One of the things I’m working on at the moment is selling prints of my photos. If you’ve got some spare time, I’d really appreciate it if a few people could have a look at my Flickr stream and tell me which (if any!) photos they think would make great prints. You can comment here, email me or leave a comment at Flickr, whichever you like. Thanks in advance!