In the last few years photography has become a bit of an obsession for me as I strive to find that perfect image that will dance. Much like a poet, playing with words that try and dance across a page lighting up the emotions with imagery. I have always had this creative streak inside me that for most of my life was repressed by the needs to please others or to do the right thing as defined by other people. It is easy to say the words by Henry David Thoreau about following your own drummer. The problem is for most people it’s easier and safer to follow someone else’s.
In the last two years I have had a hard look at my life and found that it was not were I wanted it to be nor were I needed it to be. I had given up many things to make other people happy or to make sure they were taken care of. I compromised and was told this is good and I should be happy because life had given me responsibilities and those had to come first. I noticed that everyone was more than willing to take what I had to offer and rarely if ever was anything given back or replaced. But then I was told that this was reasonable, understanding, and fair and what I had done was good. If I tried to explain that I was unhappy no one would understand because I was doing what they thought was the right thing.
I am now climbing a mountain to explore my creativity through photography and writing. I am rediscovering these creative talents that are blooming in late life. I am climbing a mountain that is hard and full of fear but I will succeed and enjoy the view from the top.
This is my obsession and I will not compromise or give it up as I have given up so much to so many because they have demanded it or they wanted or needed something. Am I being selfish? Perhaps I am, but then so many have taken from me in the past. Right now I’m to busy to worry about what other’s think or to puzzle at the worries that drive people from their dreams all to find what is safe. As Henry David Thoreau also said, “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.”
Enjoy, these photos are my dreams.