a lesson from my neighbour's roses
From the large window in my studio, I can see a corner of our next door neighbour's front garden. During the past week or so, a brand new rose bush that she had planted bloomed fully and beautifully. And during the past week or so, every now and then I would look up and notice them, and think I should really go out there and photograph those.
Then, about two days ago, despite the general state of exhilaration I've been enjoying, I had a couple of conversations that left me feeling pretty beaten around the edges. After about 24 hours of feeling down, I looked out the window. And since shooting often makes me feel better, I grabbed my camera, called over my shoulder to Marcus that I would be back in a minute, and went outside.
As I neared the rose bush, I realized that up close, they weren't looking as great as I thought they would: Houston hasn't had rain in months, and the rose petals looks scorched and burned, and, weirdly, the tops of the taller roses' petals were worn-looking with large white blotches, like they had been bleached and faded from the sun.
God, they look like I feel, I thought. But I aimed my camera and shot anyway.
After a few minutes of shooting, I realized that I was sort of loving the images that were resulting. It seemed like these roses didn't care that they were worn and brittle; in fact, they were still actually pretty awesome.
Lesson there, I think.
Anyway, after shooting, I felt better. So I went ahead and came back inside.
Happy Love Thursday, everyone. Be gentle with yourselves, and don't forget to appreciate who you are: scorched, bleached bits and all.
(By the way, loving your sweet emails in response to my request for interest yesterday! It's going to take me a while to go through them, so please be patient with me -- but feel free to keep them coming. And thank you. I continue to be blown away by how much you all support me and my work.)
Images: Photographed with my Nikon D300, 60mm micro lens. aperture 3.2, shutter speed 1/320, ISO 200. Incidentally, the only way I processed these were to bump contrast and increase sharpness a bit. The startling colour is all its own.