My "Third Eye"

Why "third eye views"? I think of my camera as my third eye, capturing images that my 2 eyes frequently miss. I am legally blind in one eye and very limited in the other. I got my first SLR camera when I was 18 years old and have been a hobby shutterbug ever since. I learned to shoot around the blurred vision and blind spots that developed over the next decade or so (meaning I can seldom use manual focus!) When a resulting shot turns out to be "successful", sometimes I am shocked and sometimes see elements in it that I didn't even know were there when I composed it. I hoped to aquire mad skills over the years and have learned a lot by trial and error. It's a great feeling when I carefully set up a shot and it turns out just how I envisioned it but sometimes I have to credit my successes to some intuitiveness on my part (or possibly by sheer accident!) In Eastern medicine, the third eye chakra is associated with inner sight, which surely must at times be kicking in where my literal sight leaves off. Enjoy the pics and know that for every good shot, there are a dozen bad ones and that good or bad, I have enjoyed every single click of the shutter.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Into the Past

My mama is such a nostalgic person, more so with age. She is constantly reminiscing about "the good ol' days" and telling us stories of her childhood growing up in the little southern mill town, Whitehall, Georgia. In October, the town of Juliette, GA held their annual Fried Green Tomato festival...yes, like the movie. (This is the town where the movie was filmed, especially the scenes in the Whistle Stop Cafe). Mama and I, along with my daughter and her roommate, had a wonderful day walking around this old southern town and, when this photo was taken, we were sitting in the cafe waiting on our fried green tomatoes (which are the BEST EVER!) I looked up from my menu and saw her sitting there in a place so like the ones she remembers,with a faraway look on her face. It's as if the window wasn't just looking out onto the railroad tracks but a window looking back into time about 65 years. I titled this one 'Into the Past'.

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