There’s No Right Way of Doing This

The other evening, I met up with my dear friend Julia for an evening to talk, eat, and enjoy some photography together. We walked around by the Legislative Building, and went down to the river, taking pictures of anything that caught our attention.

It was an absolutely beautiful evening, and I loved sharing one of my favorite hobbies with her.

What kept impressing itself upon me repeatedly was that although we were in the same place, often taking pictures of the same thing, we both have completely different ways of seeing things.

Juls loves to focus on the close-up stuff, while I am newer at this whole photography thing, and am still shooting all over the place, trying to get a feel for everything, and often feeling a little lost with my fancy new camera.

But when I mentioned this feeling to Julia, she reminded me that there’s no “right way” to do photography. It’s supposed to be art, and art can be whatever you want it to be.

For the rest of the evening, I kept thinking about Burt on “Mary Poppins” – he sings that song about his artwork, and says, “I draws what I likes, and I likes what I sees.”

Photography is such a powerful way of saying, “This is me. This is what I like, this is what the world looks like through my eyes.”

I learned to appreciate nature from my dad. He is always pointing out things he finds beautiful, and he was always thrilled when I would bring in branches of apple blossoms or berries from the trees in our yard. He said it showed how much I noticed things like that.

And I have always loved finding beauty in my surroundings, but I feel like photography enables me to share it with others. For that one moment when someone sees a picture I took, they are seeing the same beauty I see, too.

Maybe they wouldn’t have seen it if I didn’t point it out by taking a picture.

Maybe they would have rushed by without taking a second glance.

Sometimes I rush by, too. That’s the best part of taking an evening just to take pictures.

We walked slow, and looked long, and found treasure after treasure.

And slowly, I’m finding freedom in expressing myself in this way – in my way, whatever way it happens to be.

7 thoughts on “There’s No Right Way of Doing This

  1. Great shots, Kendra! I can hardly wait to see some more! I love the fact that we can walk around and have such different perspectives. And the fact that we were working with different lenses also has something to do with our end products, I suppose! I hope we can do that again sometime. I had such a meaningful time sharing our favorite hobby and sharing heartfelt, deep conversation. Thanks for who you are, Kendra! I appreciate you so very much!

  2. I love that whole different perspective thing. I’ve noticed that when I’ve had my hands full of kids and asked Merle to take the picture for me. I see it, it’s obviously framed up perfectly in my mind, but he takes a totally different picture. Often, it’s just as good or better than the picture I saw. It’s not a bad thing. But we’ve started taking separate cameras on vacation:)

  3. I’m a friend of Wendy F’s – she told me about your blog. I just wanted to say I love reading it – love the images of my “other home” (we’re back in Australia now, were out for the summer), and I love your photography. So glad you got that feeling like Burt – what a joy! I can feel it from all the way over here! Thankyou…

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