6/06/2008

A moment














I haven't felt the urge to take photos in quite a few months. I've felt heavy in my body, slow in my head and not exactly brimming with creativity. The last photos I posted here were taken last year. I've thought many times lately that I ought to get out there and take pictures and that pressure really didn't work in my favor. I just ended up feeling shitty that I wasn't doing anything creative. "Should's" are really throttling and don't work so well with the reality of chronic illness. So, I had a moment today where I just wanted to stop and take pictures, and for that I'm grateful. There was no pressure, no judgment, nothing but deliberation and a bit of wonder.













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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

look what You do behind my back! i love these. for some reason i find them v moving. xo s

rachelcreative said...

Beautiful.

Reading the Signs said...

Your approach is engaging and resonates in me. Lovely.

Donimo said...

Thanks, everyone. It feels good to focus on the positive. I'm so glad I picked up my camera and didn't ignore my urge to create.

Elizabeth McClung said...

Yeah, the "shoulds" - if only I could find someplace to bury them where they wouldn't return, they are like freaking zombies.

I like these pictures I guess because it tells me that I have not looked, I have seen but not looked at what is there in front of me, not some singular moment of fame but dew, or post rain, a leaf. What could I see, if I but looked. An important reminder, at least for me.

Donimo said...

Elizabeth: maybe you take a closer look at concepts and the bigger picture more than what is very small and close. The zombie simile, for example: that really fits and it's a way of describing "shoulds" that I never thought of. A legion of zombie shoulds. Excellent way of seeing things.

I'm glad though that these photos are a reminder to you to pause and look closely. I know both of us would like to travel farther and live larger but looking close at hand enriches and makes larger the life we have.

Anonymous said...

I am so moved by your story about your Sister, donimo. The bone scan image is AMAZING! Also very glad to hear it WAS clear! It's obvious you are a dear and caring sister.

The photos bring the eye to the microcosm and make me think about how tears can promote resiliency in the body.

EkC said...

Beautiful pictures! I really enjoyed looking at them and the intricate details. I just came across your blog and plan to visit it more - thanks for sharing!

rachelcreative said...

Hi Donimo.

I just left this comment on L'Ombre de mon Ombre but I wanted to tell you about it too and invite you to consider joining.

I've set up a blog ring and a new blog to try build a little network of artists balancing their work with chronic illness and pain.

I'd be delighted if you would consider joining.

It's still in it's infancy but I thought it would be good to try and nurture a network where people understand some of the challenges chronic illness presents to artistic practice.

I've called the new blog Chronic Artists and there's a link on there to join the network/blog ring.

http://chronicartists.wordpress.com

The Elite Body said...

You are really a good photographer,don't take this talent as granted.