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I’m not really a person that is into “stuff” (my phone is so old roaming charges involves adding a longer string), but it was amazing when I got my new camera. It was like going from banging on pots and pans to get a brand new shiny Mapex drum kit. I could finally do all that stuff I had envisioned in my head but never had the right tools to implement. But I never knew what a wonderful storytelling instrument the camera could be. Suddenly I found myself using it more than the pen or the keyboard to tell the stories I have in my head. Like the famous photographer Ansel Adams said: “When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs” (the quote continues: “When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.” But I’m still working on that bit…)

And of course my mad scientisty-brain began to wonder what would happen if you wrote a book in both words and pictures. I am currently working on that, and with some luck the result will be ready before the leaves turn.

Another thing I also noticed with photography is that at some point you’ll find your own voice, and if you put enough of yourself in it you will connect with others that speak the same language. Something you’ll notice when the comments go from “nice light” and “cool angle” to “you have an old soul” and “this made me cry”. And when that happens it’s the same wonderful feeling as when you’re at a party and you see someone wearing a tee with that band you love but no one’s ever heard of, or when you’re being the only one completely mesmerized by a painting at a museum while everyone else just strolls past it … until you notice that someone is standing right beside you, also lost in what they see. That feeling. When you look at each other and share that knowing “You and I are the same”-smile, and you know that you have found a member of your Tribe. Wonderlicious!

So, a big ‘Hello!’, a big hug and an even bigger ‘Thank you!’ to all the exciting people all over the world I’ve got to know through photography. You make my life better and I love you all! Heart 

  • Listening to: Imogen Heap
  • Reading: Brief Lives
  • Watching: Outlander
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SharPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014
A wonderful written piece.  I am still looking for my tribe.  This is something I won't forget.  Thank you. My mother had a bracelet that was given to her after her first child was born that said,"May Your Tribe Increase"  I would love to see your book!
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Peterix Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you. The book is in progress and should be finished this fall. I'm sure you'll find your tribe.
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Alyanna9 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like how you describe this feeling :D
I'd like to see what you will do with both words and pictures together, it's a very interesting idea :)
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Peterix Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist

Thank you! :) (Smile)  
I’m also curious about the result, I’m trying not to plan too much or overthink the whole thing, and just be intuitive about the process.

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