Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through My Eyes

515 - CopyI must admit I would probably not make it into the Hall of Fame for the most positive Pollyannish attitude in life. I love to laugh, but there is a hint of melancholy always waiting in the wings. And no, I don’t need antidepressants. They mask feeling and produce weight gain, and that would make me melancholy!

I think the melancholy is the part of me that feels deeply, that empathizes, that creates. And it is that part of my soul that has made me see my world in pictures. Since I was a child, the framing of my world was unconscious, but it was the frame and the details within which became the raw materials for my art, poetry, music, and photographs.

Looking for details can be altogether clinical–the checking off the box exercise that many of my students do just to get the grade. But it is in the details where we see the true picture of the artist. It is in the details that we learn what the author or poet is really trying to say. And it is in those details where I find joy.

The melancholy me is pained by the ragged chaotic world, but finding the beauty in the details of life is what feeds the inner me and gives me hope that there is love and life beyond the brokenness.

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About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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23 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: The World Through My Eyes

  1. selah says:

    I can certainly relate to what you are saying here and appreciate that you wrote about it. your photographs are beautiful and do certainly show the beauty that is around is if one has eyes to see it.

    • Life is so busy at times, we all need to slow down and look. It’s like a vacation. Yesterday on my break, I went out on the school playground (sans kids!) to sit on one of the benches. I took my camera with me to capture whatever might happen along. It was so fun. I discovered a family of ground squirrels living under the handball courts. They came out and gave me quite a show. 🙂 A happy pill.

  2. tootlepedal says:

    You communicate your melancholic view in a very entertaining way. We are the beneficiaries.

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  4. dorannrule says:

    And you certainly do have an eye for detail. I love the rock formation heart – or is it driftwood? And your writing is another way you open the window to the real you. In other words, and as they say nowadays, “You ROCK!”

  5. bdh63 says:

    Most people carry sadness if they have connections with other people. Betrayals, loss and hurt is the salt in the bread. The yeast is the joy, and the flour is produced by our labor. I like that you don’t leave out the yeast or the flour because all salt would not sustain.

  6. nutsfortreasure says:

    Now you know I could not agree with you anymore we miss the old days Lilly because they were good from our eyes they were the best which brings us to the longing here is where we share with those who care to read about what matters in our world. Love your photos too.

    • Memory is selective, I know, but when I see the world my kids and grandkids are facing, I think my youth was definitely in the “good” old days. Sigh.

      • nutsfortreasure says:

        You are not crazy what we have become here is not what we once were sadly few will ever find the simple joys as we did 😦

  7. Tina Schell says:

    Lovely shots – really loved the wood heart perspective.

  8. pattisj says:

    I like seeing the world through your eyes. Interesting designs/textures.

  9. taphian says:

    fantastic photos

  10. I like your attitude, melancholy and all! I’m a bit of the same way; never thought about it being the compassionate, empathetic part of who I am – thanks!
    I love the way you look at life and I love these images!
    Have a great Fourth of July!

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