“If nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart. And though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that.”
-Frances Hodgson Burnett
I love this time of year. I find my senses heightened and tuned to the subtle vibrations of joy. I’m talking about a walking-around, tiny-bubbles, effervescent kind of joy ~ not the explosive noisy type. I’ve learned that I can summon this feeling with intention and I can also create it by photographing. One such experience happened the first time I used a Lensbaby. I’m not a gadget/gimmick/tricky photographer….but I do enjoy creative exploration. So I popped on a loaned lensbaby and started shooting, just to see. I like that idea “just to see”. How many times have we learned things that were transformative just because we were curious? And how much joy did that bring?
Regarding the opening quote: it’s not unusual that as a photographer my “hands are empty” but it is true that my heart is always full. This year I’ve been busy making prints and cards for friends and family as gifts. Then I thought I should take that one step further. I’m sending boxes of cards to some local nursing homes. While the residents don’t often have the ability to shop, many still write and send cards to family and friends. I know that you all have great ideas of your own that spread the joy of this season. Tell me about them! And remember: a thing of beauty is a joy forever.
….some lensbaby joy: