“We need a renaissance of wonder. We need to renew, in our hearts and in our souls … the perennial sense that life is miracle and magic.” ~E. Merrill Root
Today, as I write, I sit outside in the Prague sunshine under a vivid blue sky enjoying tempertures in the mid-50’s. Last week at this time, I was sitting outdoors with this view:
Paradise, I think.
And there, in Italy, I attempted to capture the beauty I saw through a camera lens. I took hundreds of photographs during our trip — I’ll be sharing some of my favorites here over the next few weeks.
|The extraordinary details and layers in a Mediterranean sunset|
For me, holding a camera opens up a whole new world of possibility. With a camera, I find myself slowing down and looking for the beauty around me. And soon, instead of just moving through a day, I’m seeing the amazing elements of life — the clear blue of the autumn sky contrasted against the swirling leaves, the soft smile of a child holding his first pumpkin, the pastel morning clouds backdropped behind the foggy Prague skyline …
|the peaceful pasture of grazing sheep in the mountains of Tuscany …|
|A jumble of Chianti bottles in the back of a truck in Firenze …|
|bikes lined up in the crowded Firenze streets …|
|the immense and unspeakable grandeur in the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome …|
|and the pigeons bathing in the fountain outside Rome’s amazing Pantheon …|
All elements of wonder.
With a camera to help capture the beauty around, it might be true that I more fully experience what I see. Maybe, with the aid of a camera lens to isolate and capture what we see, we can more fully experience wonder.
What do you think?
Starting the conversation: Do you find yourself slowing down and really seeing the world around you with a camera in hand? Do you experience life more richly when you have a camera to capture what you are seeing?