“Look at those clouds! Look how deep that color is! Look at the shadows dancing! Oh my…the light! Do you see?!”
So many words given to my daughter. They were said out of a desire to share with her the incredible surroundings always in front of us. The benefits came in fostering a deeper appreciation of the natural world for both of us.
Master photographer Dorthea Lange believed that “the camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” Photography has helped us both to look below the surface of a glance. The world has become richer, a constant play of shadow shapes, lines and variations of hues and textures. We see things differently, and in doing so we became different.
Austrian photographer Ernst Hass quoted “The limitations in photography are in yourself, for what we see is what we are.”
Once a cloud was a cloud. Then the time came when it they took on the shape of a poodle or a man with a beard. Now they are multiple layers of tonal variations deepening into different colors depending on the light.
Appreciation runs deep.
Beauty runs deep.
I bow my head with gratitude.